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NorthRidge Software Develops Advanced Search Solution for Aras PLM Software Suite

Solution Leverages Lucene Open Source Technology and Enables Users to Quickly and Easily Search Complex Enterprise Data Sets using Simple User Interface

ANDOVER, Mass. and Solothurn, Switzerland – September 8, 2010 - Aras®,the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced that NorthRidge Software, an independent software provider (ISV) and developer of advanced search solutions located in Windham, New Hampshire, has joined the Aras partner program. NorthRidge is developing a sophisticated search solution for the Aras Innovator PLM software suite using Apache Lucene, an open source search engine. The NorthRidge solution provides users with a simple, fast and secure interface for accessing the full range of complex data sets managed in Aras Innovator, as well as information stored in other locations such as intranet sites, SharePoint, file shares or any place where relevant content resides.

PLM solutions encompass a wide range of complex data and files in a variety of formats, including CAD files, quality data, regulatory specifications, requirements, BOMs and more. With the NorthRidge Search Solution, Aras Innovator users can locate drawings, documents and other information by searching on keyword terms, phrases in the content or metadata values. Searches are performed using a familiar Google-like user interface and results are presented with the most relevant documents appearing at the top of the list, which can be tuned to meet users’ specific requirements.

“We are excited to bring advanced search capabilities to Aras users and we’re even more excited that NorthRidge is building the solution on Lucene and using their know-how to tailor it to the specific needs of the Aras Community,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Using a Lucene/Solr technology stack to build an enterprise search solution underscores the unlimited potential of open source in the corporate environment. “

About NorthRidge Software
NorthRidge Software recognizes that information is the lifeblood of today’s dynamic enterprise. The company specializes in advanced search solutions that enable organizations to fully leverage investments in content assets and enterprise applications. NorthRidge combines extensive experience in product development processes, technology and application development with a proven methodology and leading open source technology to accelerate the distribution of information throughout an enterprise. With a simple, intuitive search, knowledge workers have immediate and secure access to information stored in Content Management Systems, Collaboration Tools, ERP, PLM, Intranet Sites, File Shares, External Web Sites and more. For more information please visit

About Aras
Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand, Klöckner Desma, Hi-P and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit