Agile-Sponsored Report Reveals IP Protection Is A Top Concern

Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL), a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced the release of a research report by leading analyst firm AberdeenGroup titled "The Global Product Design Benchmark Report." This report revealed that 63% of companies with global design strategies in place have named protecting intellectual property (IP) as a top challenge. Other challenges revealed include the ability to synchronize distributed designs and managing changes across dispersed teams.

"Global design has benefits that are very attractive to manufacturers, but adds new challenges and intensifies existing problem areas," said Jim Brown, vice president, global product innovation and engineering for AberdeenGroup and author of the report. "Many companies are designing in four to five geographies in either outsourced or company-owned design centers. Designing products in a distributed approach makes classic control, communication, and collaboration challenges in product development even more difficult to manage."

"The challenges outlined in this report not only describe scenarios common to our customers, they are also challenges that we at Agile face," said Bryan Stolle, Agile CEO. "Our R&D is done in five global development centers, including four outside the U.S., so we appreciate both the benefits and the challenges inherent in a global development process."

The Global Product Design Benchmark Report also provides recommendations to help resolve some of these top concerns for companies pursuing global design strategies. A download of this report is available at this link: The Global Product Design Benchmark Report.

About AberdeenGroup, Inc.

AberdeenGroup provides fact-based research and insights focused on the technology-driven global value chain. Aberdeen's benchmarking, market and solution assessments, sales acceleration programs, and conferences support Global 5000 value chain and technology executives and the solution providers who serve them. For more information, visit www.aberdeen.com or call 617-723-7890.

About Agile Software Corporation

Agile Software Corporation helps companies drive profits, accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and ensure regulatory compliance throughout the product lifecycle. With a broad suite of enterprise class PLM solutions, time-to-value focused implementations, and a unique Guaranteed Business ResultsSM program, Agile helps companies get the most from their products. Alcatel, Bayer, Dell Inc., Flextronics International, Foxconn, Harris, Hitachi, Leapfrog, Lockheed Martin, Magna Steyr, Playtex, Siemens, Quanta, QUALCOMM and ZF are among the over 10,000 customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer products, electronics, high tech, industrial products, and life sciences industries that have licensed Agile solutions. For more information, call 408-284-4000 or visit www.agile.com.

NOTE: Agile and Agile Software are registered trademarks and Agile On Demand, Agile Advantage, Agile Product Collaboration, Agile Product Cost Management, Agile Product Service & Improvement, Agile Product Quality Management, Agile Product Portfolio Management, Agile Engineering Collaboration, Agile Product Interchange, AgileMD and the Agile logo are trademarks of Agile Software Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Guaranteed Business Results is a service mark of Agile Software Corporation. All other brand or product names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective holders.

CONTACT: Terri Pruett of Agile Software Corporation, +1-408-284-4048, or
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