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Aras Chosen 'Editor's Pick' by Desktop Engineering for Changing the PLM Industry with Open Model

Aras Removes Large Up-Front Licensing Expenses to Eliminate Risks

ANDOVER, Mass. - June 24, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that Aras Innovator Version 9 has been selected as the 'Editor's Pick of the Week' by Desktop Engineering Magazine. Aras recognized for revolutionizing the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) industry by openly providing comprehensive and proven PLM solutions and removing the up-front capital expense and complex licensing required by every other enterprise PLM system on the market.

"The mission of Aras is to change the rules of the game so that you gain competitive advantage using powerful enterprise software without horsing around with crazy licensing schemes and oppressive software management," said Anthony J. Lockwood, Editor at Large, Desktop Engineering Magazine. "Aras puts its money where its mouth is: The initial download of its Aras Innovator is free. Aras is doing for PLM what Red Hat did for Linux: open source format licensing. In my book, that's reason enough to check Aras Innovator out."

Aras removes the large up-front license expenses to eliminate the financial risk that all of the other PLM system vendors force on companies. With Aras the focus is on solving strategic business initiatives without worrying about huge capital expenditures and complicated licensing ploys.

"Aras is changing the PLM industry with the open model," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. "We've made our suite of comprehensive enterprise PLM solutions openly available. Companies get advanced PLM solutions that are proven to run end-to-end for a global organization, or that can be used to complement an existing PDM system with flexible workflows for engineering change, phase-gate programs, and many other processes."

Read the full article published on June 18, 2008 by Desktop Engineering Magazine.

Aras Changes PLM Industry with Open Model

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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