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Aras Delivers Advanced Search Capabilities from GlobalSpec and Microsoft Live Search Embedded in Enterprise PLM Software Suite

Software+Services Format Combines Cloud-based Search Services in Enterprise PLM Software for First Time

ORLANDO, Fla. – February 9, 2009 – Aras®, leading Microsoft enterprise open source software solution provider, today announced at SolidWorks World 2009 the release of advanced search capabilities seamlessly embedded in the Aras Innovator suite for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management [PLM]. The new Aras search functionality provides additional Software+Services options where queries submitted in the Aras on-premise enterprise PLM software access cloud-based search services in Microsoft Live Search and GlobalSpec, the most comprehensive engineering part, product, and specification database on the Web.

With the new Aras search functionality product development teams have the most powerful enterprise PLM software search capabilities ever available:

  • Parametric searching on GlobalSpec’s PartFinder and SpecSearch® which access a library of over 24,000 OEM and distributor product catalogs spanning more than 180 million parts in 2.3 million product families
  • Full text searching on GlobalSpec’s Engineering Web vertical search engine index covering hundreds of millions of pages of product development content including engineering articles, technical research papers, material properties, product patents, standards, and more
  • Web searching using Microsoft’s Windows Live Search for instant access to the Internet
  • Enterprise searching using Windows Search 4.0, the next generation Microsoft enterprise search with the fastest performance available and support for a wide variety of languages including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and more
Aras search capabilities include the ability to save frequently used searches to My Saved Searches for additional convenience and instant reference. Complicated searches that are commonly conducted across the enterprise can be saved and shared to all users without creating custom reports to provide quick access to information such as “currently active engineering change orders” and “supplier qualification status”.

“GlobalSpec is committed to providing the most comprehensive, accurate, and easy to search source of engineering, manufacturing, scientific, and technical information on the Web,” said Jeffrey Killeen, Chairman and CEO of GlobalSpec. “With advanced search from within the Aras PLM software solution out to the GlobalSpec online information services we are helping companies around the world reduce the cost and time it takes to bring new products to market.”

“Our introduction of cloud-based search capabilities brings the power of the Web to the enterprise PLM software environment so that engineering professionals can locate product information more quickly and cost effectively than previously possible,” said Peter Schroer, Chairman and President of Aras. “In seconds a user can search millions of parts, BOMs, drawings, data sheets, specifications, suppliers, and quality information to find the right part at the lowest cost.” To learn more and begin using the advanced search services in the Aras enterprise open source PLM software visit:

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About GlobalSpec, Inc.
GlobalSpec, Inc. is the leading specialized vertical search, information services and e-publishing company serving the engineering, technical and industrial communities. GlobalSpec users benefit from domain-expert search engines, a broad range of proprietary and aggregated Web-based content, and more than 60 e-newsletters - helping them search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content. SpecSearch®, GlobalSpecs trademarked search technology, allows users to search by specification more than 180 million parts in 2,300,000 product families from more than 24,000 supplier catalogs. For suppliers, GlobalSpec offers highly filtered sales and marketing opportunities, product promotion and brand advertising platforms, including the GlobalSpec Industrial Ad Network, and a wide range of e-media advertising and marketing solutions. For additional information visit

GlobalSpec, SpecSearch, The Engineering Search Engine and The Engineering Web are registered trademarks of GlobalSpec, Inc.

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

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