Acer Selects Agile PLM To Streamline Worldwide Operations

After Extensive PLM Market Evaluation, Agile Selected Due To Electronics and High Technology Market Leadership

SAN JOSE, Calif., May 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL), a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Acer, one of the world's top PC brands, has selected Agile PLM as its global PLM solution standard. A globally recognized leader in IT, Acer will deploy Agile Product Collaboration and Agile Product Portfolio Management to accelerate getting products to market, as well as improve and streamline the visibility, management and collaboration of new and changing product record information across its worldwide operations and extended supply chain. After an extensive evaluation of the PLM market, Acer selected Agile because of its robust, industry best practice solutions, and its excellent reputation as the PLM market leader in the electronics and high tech industry.

"To succeed in the globally competitive IT solutions market it is imperative that we work with partners who understand our unique challenges," said Richard Lai, Acer's chief quality officer, quality and services business unit. "Agile will help us streamline our outsourced manufacturing capabilities by providing visibility into our complex product portfolio across our global manufacturing and supply partners. This visibility will enable us to better collaborate with our partners and optimize our product development investments."

With headquarters in Taiwan and 5,600 employees around the world, Acer focuses on globally marketing its brand-name products: mobile and desktop PCs, servers and storage devices, LCD monitors and high-definition TVs, peripherals, and e-business solutions for business, government, education, and home users. The company outsources the majority of its manufacturing responsibilities to strategic partners and suppliers.

With an extensive product portfolio manufactured across multiple outsourced partners, Acer requires a single system of record to ensure that it is developing innovative quality products that meet global market demands. Agile Product Collaboration will provide Acer with a complete view of the product record to enhance enterprise visibility, management, and collaboration capabilities of new and changing product information across the extended supply chain. With access to the complete product record, Acer can manage its complex product portfolio throughout its extensive network of manufacturing and supply partners. Agile Product Portfolio Management will enable Acer to successfully accelerate the delivery of new products in each geographic market. By providing tightly synchronized program and product information, maximized resource utilization, and cross-program, multi-enterprise visibility and decision support across the product lifecycle, Agile Product Portfolio Management will help Acer maximize its product development investments.

"Acer is a leading brand in the global IT solutions market because of its ability to quickly identify and develop products that meet global market demand," said Jay Fulcher, Agile CEO and president. "We look forward to supporting Acer's worldwide operations by providing greater insight into its product development processes."

About Acer Inc.

Acer ranks as one of the world's top-branded PC vendors, designing easy, dependable IT solutions that empower people to reach their goals and enhance their lives. Since spinning-off its manufacturing operation, Acer has focused on globally marketing its brand-name products: mobile and desktop PCs, servers and storage, LCD monitors and high-definition TVs, peripherals, and e-business solutions for business, government, education, and home users. Acer's unique Channel Business Model has been instrumental in the company's latest success. The model encourages partners and suppliers to collaborate in a winning formula of supply-chain management, allowing Acer to provide customers with fresh technologies, competitive pricing, and quality service. Established in 1976, Acer Inc. employs 5,600 people supporting dealers and distributors in more than 100 countries. Revenues in 2005 reached US$9.7 billion. Please visit

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

NOTE: Agile, Agile Software and the Agile logo 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.

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