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Aras Honored as One of 2008's Most Advanced Technology Providers

START-IT Magazine Names Aras to Top 125 List of Leading Software Providers

ANDOVER, Mass. - May 22, 2008 - Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced that the company has been named to the START-IT Top 125 list of the most advanced and influential technology companies for the third consecutive year. The list is comprised of the top technology providers with the greatest impact on the direction of the manufacturing technology market as determined by START-IT magazine and its editorial advisory board.

Aras was chosen for the recently announced Aras Innovator Version 9 solution suite for Product Lifecycle Management [PLM] which represents a significant innovation in enterprise service-oriented architecture [SOA] software for PLM. Aras Innovator's advanced model-based SOA on the Microsoft platform provides comprehensive solution functionality for enterprise-wide PLM deployments with real-time customization capabilities that eliminate the complex programming required by conventional PLM systems such as Oracle's Agile PLM and PTC's Windchill.

"The START-IT 125 lets our readers know what the best solutions are, who can provide them, and how they can help companies improve strategic business practices," said Peggy Smedley, editorial director of START-IT. "Each year, we see more changes in the available technology, and each year the editors of START-IT must be more critical in examining the top 125 technology providers."

"We are proud to receive this recognition which provides further validation of the next generation SOA capabilities that Aras provides for enterprise PLM," said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. "The enterprise open approach provides businesses with more innovation for better software, and our proven solutions are delivering results to companies all over the world."

2008 START-IT 125 list is available at

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