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Aras Attains Microsoft Certified Partner Status

Aras Strengthens Partnership with Market Leading Platform Provider

LAWRENCE, MASS. - February 20, 2006 - Aras Corporation, a premier provider of product development &quality compliance enterprise software solutions for performance driven companies, today announced that the company has attained Certified Partner status within the global Microsoft Partner Program.

Aras' unique model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft .NET is the only comprehensive enterprise PLM solution on the market based entirely on the Microsoft enterprise SOA technologies. Companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, reduce new product risks, ensure quality compliance, and shorten development cycles with Aras solutions. Product risk management and closed-loop quality processes are combined with support for Lean product development to deliver bottom line business results.

"We are proud to achieve certified partner status with Microsoft," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras Corporation. "Aras has made a strategic commitment to the Microsoft platform and this step represents the strengthening of our partnership with Microsoft."

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation delivers practical, affordable product development software solutions for performance driven companies. Product engineering, quality planning, and program management solutions provide a process-oriented approach to product lifecycle management [PLM] helping companies achieve alignment with customer requirements, ensure new product margins, and shorten development cycles. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is a next generation model-based, service-oriented architecture [SOA] in Microsoft® .NET with unmatched flexibility enabling companies to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily at a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand and ACCO Swingline. Aras is privately held and headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 691-8900 or visit