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Aras Named One of Top 125 Most Advanced Technology Companies

START-IT Magazine Names Aras to List of Leading Software Providers

LAWRENCE, MASS. - May 8, 2007 - Aras Corporation, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced at the Software 2007 conference that the company has been included on START-IT 125 list of the most advanced technology companies for the second consecutive year. The list is comprised of the top technology providers with the greatest impact on the direction of the manufacturing market as determined by START-IT magazine.

"We are proud to be recognized for a second straight year for our technology leadership in the PLM market," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras Corporation. "Our ability to make the move to an open format is the direct result of the advanced nature of our technology innovation."

Aras Innovator enterprise open source solutions address strategic business processes such as new product introduction [NPI], advanced product quality planning compliance [APQP], and enterprise product lifecycle management [PLM]. Aras solutions rely on a unique model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] that provides unmatched flexibility so solutions deploy quickly and adapt easily. The open format makes the Aras solutions ideal for companies to complement and extend existing systems to leverage previous investments.

The START-IT 125 is a list of the most influential manufacturing technology providers as determined by the editors of START-IT magazine and editorial advisors. The list is designed to provide insight into the technology providers that most impact the direction of the industrial market. For more information, visit

Start magazine has been uniquely focused on the information technology needs of the manufacturing community. This encompasses automation, enterprise applications, logistics, as well as other technology opportunities. In its new form, START-IT emphasizes the power of partnerships among vendors, manufacturers, and their customers. Four times a year, START-IT advises 50,000 manufacturing executives in all sectors as they search for technology ideas, products, and services that help their businesses grow. For additional information, visit

About Aras Corporation
Aras® Corporation is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source software solutions to companies that want the control and flexibility of open source and have Microsoft skill sets and infrastructure. Aras delivers the Aras Innovator® suite of solutions providing an alternative to conventional enterprise applications. The Aras Innovator application framework technology is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy quickly and adapt easily while maintaining upgradeability. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held and headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information visit