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Customers Applaud the Release of Innovator 5.5

Latest Release Continues to Build on Flexibility, Features, and Ease-of-Use

LAWRENCE, MASS. - June 23, 2003 - Aras Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, announced today at the CIMdata PLM Conference 2003 the release of Innovator 5.5: the latest version of the integrated application platform for the Innovator Application Suite. Innovator 5.5 builds on the adaptive Internet architecture that enables customers to tailor, modify, and expand applications without programming. Release 5.5 enhances the browser-based graphical editing tools for changing forms, lifecycles, workflows, and even data structures. As a result, changes to an application can be performed in real-time, not over the course of weeks or months. By eliminating costly programming and consulting, Innovator significantly reduces the Total Cost of Ownership.

"Aras really hit a home run with the functionality we required to make our Project Innovator deployment successful," indicated Tom Gill, Director at Freudenberg-NOK. The Project Innovator module was rolled out to production enterprise-wide at Freudenberg-NOK across all North American facilities in under 90 days.

Innovator is the only PLM solution that relies on exactly the same browser-based interface for developers, system administrators, and end users. Configurable access permissions determine the level of functionality available. End users only see the screens and features available for performing daily tasks.

The intuitive, browser-based graphical editor comes standard as part of the Innovator Application Suite. Editing workflows and lifecycles in Innovator is as easy as creating process diagrams in Microsoft Visio®. Changing a form or data structure is comparable to editing in Microsoft Access® or Visual Basic®. Innovator provides drag-and-drop capabilities, and end user screen layouts look exactly the same as defined in the editing tool during tailoring.

"By creating an environment that is easy to use and available in a browser we have removed the need for programming and fundamentally changed the enterprise software deployment methodology," emphasized Peter Schroer, CEO and Founder of Aras. "Tailoring the out-of-the-box applications in Innovator is very different. We encourage customers to describe business processes directly in Innovator. By avoiding the long, theoretical exercises of 'as is, to be' process definition and the associated complex code-compile-link-release processes, customers are able to implement business changes quickly as they arise."

About Aras Corporation
Aras Corporation provides manufacturing and engineering companies with affordable, enterprise-class Product Lifecycle Management solutions that dramatically reduce Total Cost of Ownership and drive rapid results. The Innovator Application Suite enables real-time prototyping and deployment getting customers up and running fast. Innovator implements 5x faster and costs 5x less than conventional systems. Comprehensive capabilities address the unique requirements of mid-sized manufacturing operations and divisions of Fortune 2000 companies while set pricing and shared licenses make Innovator cost effective to own. Customers include Rolls-Royce Naval Marine, Fox Electronics, and the U.S. Army Arsenal. Aras is privately held company headquartered in Lawrence, Mass. For additional information call (978) 691-8900 or visit