Long-Time Agile Customer Upgrades to Newest Version of Agile PLM to Leverage Enhanced Overall Functionality, Implement Expanded Product Governance and Compliance
Spirent Communications is a global provider of integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems that enable the development and deployment of next-generation networking technology, such as Internet telephony, broadband services, 3G wireless, global navigation satellite systems, and network security equipment. The company's solutions are used by more than 1,500 customers in 30 countries, including the world's largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises and governments.
Critical to Spirent's success in the global communications market is its ability to rapidly innovate and bring products to market via an internationally distributed enterprise and highly outsourced model. Through its use of Agile PLM, Spirent has been able to optimize its collaboration and communication across the entire supply chain -- from design to new product introduction to ramp to volume and end of life. The results are greatly reduced time to market and product-related costs, and increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Spirent Communications has been running Agile 9.2 in production since December 2005. The network solutions company, which had implemented Agile 9.0, participated in the Agile Customer Acceptance Testing (CAT) and Limited Availability (LA) programs in order to gain early access to the added functionality in version 9.2, including enhanced analysis and reporting.
"Agile has served as a valued partner in understanding our business needs and delivering the PLM software we need to effectively manage our product lifecycles across our global teams and extended supply chain," said Phil Walton, director of information services at Spirent Communications. "We were excited to participate in the Agile CAT program and become one of the first companies to access the new capabilities in Agile 9.2. We've already taken advantage of the solution's enhanced functionality, which is helping us to gain greater insight throughout the product lifecycle."
Agile Product Governance and Compliance to Facilitate Decision-Making
With the upgrade to Agile 9.2, Spirent Communications is also implementing the newest version of Agile Product Governance and Compliance (PG&C). Agile software will assist Spirent's efforts to ensure compliance with environmental regulation standards such as the Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive and the Restrictions of Hazardous Substance (ROHS) regulations, while working with its supply chain to deliver solutions to more than 30 countries. Even for Spirent products that are exempt from these regulations, the ability of Agile PG&C to aid in tracking and reporting on regulated substances will provide critical information for designing and manufacturing its products. By gaining visibility into components with banned or restricted substances that will cause obsolescence, Spirent can take a more strategic approach to product planning and production -- for example, either buying components before scarcity drives up prices or converting to alternative components.
"The enactment of ROHS and WEEE are positive initiatives for protecting the environment. At the same time, they add a new level of complexity in managing the design, production and delivery of our network performance analysis and service assurance systems," said John Lane, Spirent Communications senior compliance manager. "Agile PG&C provides a comprehensive solution for identifying and rolling up compliance information, which will enable us to make strategic decisions about our products to ensure availability, manage costs, and provide the best value to our customers."
"A leading global provider of networking solutions, Spirent Communications is leading the trend among manufacturers to expand beyond tactical management of their products across the extended supply chain to leveraging PLM as a system for making strategic decisions with far-reaching business impact," said Jay Fulcher, Agile president and COO. "We are excited by the greater insight that Spirent is gaining through its upgrade to Agile 9.2, and we look forward to supporting its initiatives to drive innovation in order to maximize profitability and customer loyalty."
About Spirent Communications
Spirent Communications ( www.spirentcom.com) is a global provider of integrated performance analysis and service assurance systems that enable the development and deployment of next-generation networking technology such as Internet Telephony, broadband services, 3G wireless, global navigation satellite systems, and network security equipment. Spirent's solutions are used by more than 1,500 customers in 30 countries, including the world's largest equipment manufacturers, service providers, enterprises and governments. Based in the U.K., Spirent Communications reported 2004 revenue of $460 million and has 1,700 employees worldwide. The company is the largest business group of Spirent plc, traded on the London and New York Stock Exchanges (NYSE: SPM) . www.spirent.com. Spirent Communications' sales to the United States government are made through Spirent Federal Systems. www.spirentfederal.com.
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 Results(SM) 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, the Agile logo and Agile Software are registered trademarks and Agile On Demand, Agile Advantage, Agile Product Collaboration, Agile Product Cost Management, Agile Product Governance & Compliance, Agile Product Service & Improvement, Agile Product Quality Management, Agile Product Portfolio Management, Agile Engineering Collaboration, Agile Product Interchange and AgileMD 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.
SAFE HARBOR: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under U.S. securities laws, including statements relating to Agile 9.2, and particularly Agile Product Governance & Compliance, and their functionality, capabilities and performance characteristics, and the ability of Agile 9.2 to meet customer expectations and needs. Forward-looking statements address matters that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially from those implied. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: unforeseen problems in products that delay its implementation or affect its performance; inability of our products to deliver the return on investment or other benefits customers seek from those products; customer rate of adoption of new technologies; risks inherent in the development of complex technology; the timing and competitiveness of new product releases by the company's competitors; overall spending patterns for enterprise software in general and for PLM in particular and other risk factors detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For additional information regarding the risks inherent in our business, please see "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2005, and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2006, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
CONTACT: Terri Pruett of Agile Software Corporation, +1-408-284-4048, or