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Aras Brings Enterprise Open Source on Microsoft to the PLM Market in EMEA

Opens EMEA Headquarters; Expansion Delivers Significant Business Advantages to Companies Across Europe, Middle East, and Africa

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland - April 24, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced expanded operations throughout Europe, Middle East, and Africa [EMEA] and opened an EMEA headquarters office in Solothurn Switzerland to meet the growing demand for the Aras Innovator enterprise software solutions. As part of the expansion, Aras plans to add sales and support operations and extend the partner network across the region to provide local geographical representation.

Aras provides the Aras Innovator® suite of solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management, New Product Development &Introduction, and Advanced Product Quality Planning enabling companies to collaborate and innovate more effectively.

"Companies of all sizes around the world increasingly recognize the strategic importance of an enterprise-wide PLM strategy that helps them achieve better collaboration and innovative to drive profitability," said Ed Miller, President of CIMdata. "Aras' open source model provides a new value proposition for the PLM market that a number of companies will find attractive, with the elimination of software license expenses companies no longer need up-front capital."

Aras Innovator provides complete access for unlimited users at no cost. Because there is no charge for the enterprise production-ready software, Aras removes the need for up-front capital and eliminates expensive software licensing requirements for users, modules, and servers.

"Businesses are demanding a new approach that delivers results. Microsoft enterprise open source provides more innovation and better value than conventional systems can ever achieve," said Martin Allemann, Vice President EMEA for Aras. "Our expansion brings a proven alternative to companies throughout the region that offers both significant business benefits and the most advanced enterprise solutions available for PLM business processes."

Available exclusively on the Microsoft .NET platform, Aras Innovator's open enterprise service-oriented architecture [SOA] delivers unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy quickly and adapt easily while maintaining upgradeability.

"Freudenberg Dichtungs- u. Schwingungstechnik's [FDS] multi-national rollout for advanced product quality planning [APQP] using the Aras enterprise PLM solution is the first time a company-wide standard system has been implemented this quickly and easily," said Axel Vondermuehl, Manager of PLM and Collaboration at Freudenberg FDS. "As the global corporate standard, Aras will be used at 20 sites across 6 countries. The added control of the open model combined with Aras Innovator's advanced enterprise SOA on Microsoft enables us to increase efficiency through business processes standardization while providing us with greater flexibility than previously possible with conventional systems."

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About Aras
Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit