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Aras and GIV Solutions Sponsor PLM Summit 2008

Premier Event for Next Generation Enterpriese PLM Thought Leadership

ANDOVER, Mass. and Raanana, Israel - October 2, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, and GIV Solutions, an experienced provider of systems integration services and an independent software vendor of product lifecycle management [PLM] solutions for the consumer packaged goods [CPG] and pharmaceutical industries, today announced that the companies will sponsor the PLM Summit North America 2008. The conference is the premier event for next generation thought leadership on Product Life-Cycle Management best practices.

The PLM Summit North America 2008 will be held at The World Golf Village, St. Augustine, Florida from October 13-14, 2008. The conference is designed to provide an exclusive venue for global leaders to learn about the future of PLM technologies. Industry speakers include:

Airbus - Martin Horwood, PLM Solutions, EMSA - Development Process & Methods
AMR Research - Jeff Hojlo, Research Analyst
AMR Research - Michael Burkett, Vice President
Boeing - Kurt Kuhn, Structural Analysis Tools Manager
Coca-Cola - Sue McCusker, Project Manager, Global IT
ConvaTec - Karen Marks, Director of Operations, Global Science and Innovation
General Motors - Terry Kline, Global Product Development Process Information Officer
H J Heinz - Werner Stoll, Global, Integrated Specification Management
Honeywell - Keith Zobott, Corporate Director, Engineering IT Enterprise Applications
Lockheed Martin - Paul M. Bevilaqua, Chief Engineer, Advanced Development Projects
Manufacturing Insights - Joe Barkai, Practice Director, Product Lifecycle Strategies
MEDRAD Inc. - Donald M. DeLauder, Executive Director, Innovation and Advanced Development
Medtronic - Carla M. Hawley, IT Director, CRDM
Mercury Marine - Fred Bellio, Director, Global Product Development, Processes, and Systems
Nokia Siemens Networks - Konrad Schütte, Program Manager
Nokona Baseball Factory - Jerry O'Connor, Chairman & CEO
Proctor & Gamble - Dan Blair, Director for Material and Product Corporate Systems
Proliance - John Kolb, Vice President of Engineering
Rolls-Royce - Doug Tracy, Global Chief Technology Officer
Schlumberger - Najib Abusalbi, PhD Chief Architect, Operations & Production; Information Solutions
Schneider Electric - Eamon O'Kelly, Director, Global Customer Support & Services
Smith & Nephew - Mark Towne, Director, Global Business Processes
Timberland - Warren Siecke, IT Program Manager, Product and Planning
Timex - James Jackson, Development Systems Manager
Unilever - Huw Evans, R&D Information Director, HPC
University of Michigan - Bruce M. Belzowski, Automotive Analysis Division. Transportation Research Institute

To learn more and register for the PLM Summit North America 2008 visit:

GIV Solutions Ltd, within the GIV GROUP, provides a comprehensive approach for a wide variety of enterprise solution technologies. Since 2001, GIV-IT has specialized in PLM systems development and support. GIV GROUP has specific expertise in the complex product packaging life-cycle management processes in the CPG, food & beverage, and pharmaceutical verticals. GIV GROUP is privately held with global headquartered in Raanana, Israel. For additional information visit and

About Aras
Aras® is the leader in providing Microsoft enterprise open source solutions. Aras delivers the most advanced model-based service-oriented architecture [SOA] solutions for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] on the Microsoft platform. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquartered in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit