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Aras to Speak At CMII World 2004 Conference

Emerging PLM Leader Aras Corporation Describes How Software Automation Supports CMII Principles for Configuration Management

LAWRENCE, MASS. - July 19, 2004 - Aras Corporation, a provider of practical Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Terry Quan, Aras vice president of consulting, will speak at the Institute for Configuration Management's upcoming annual international conference and expo, CMII World 2004. The annual CMII Conference is the leading event for configuration management and business process improvement professionals.

The conference will be held on August 1 - 4, 2004 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, DC. Mr. Quan, a CMII certified practitioner, will present on Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3 at 1:00 pm eastern. His presentation will cover CMII principles within PLM automation technology for product definition and enterprise change management across a company and with suppliers and customers.

"The CMII principles are a widely recognized set of best practices for configuration management and engineering change," indicated Quan. "PLM technologies automate the CMII practices to both improve process efficiencies and provide actionable reports and metrics to identify continuous improvement opportunities that link directly to a company's strategic goals."

"Aras welcomes Matrix as a new member of the partner program, and we are glad to have Matrix's considerable expertise in product life cycle management solution deployment and engineering best practices," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. "The extensive experience that Matrix has in PLM deployments will benefit companies across industries that need professional assistance implementing the Aras solutions to achieve business results."

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation is a provider of practical and affordable enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software. Aras PLM is an engineering and manufacturing business solution with comprehensive ready-to-use functionality that addresses the rigorous requirements of discrete manufacturing operations. The underlying Aras Innovator™ application framework is based on a next-generation model-based service architecture that enables customers to deploy solutions quickly and adapt easily without programming delivering a Total Cost of Ownership far lower than conventional enterprise systems. Customers include Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg-NOK, Ingersoll-Rand, and the U.S. Army. Aras is a privately held company headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call [978] 794-7643 or visit