GE Medical Systems Accelerates Product Development With Agile Advantage PLM

Agile PLM Solution Shortens Innovation Cycles and Simplifies Data Sharing With Partners and Suppliers

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL), a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik's selection of Agile Advantage to accelerate its product development processes. GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik develops and produces 3-D/4-D medical ultrasonic devices for the world market. The short innovation cycles in medical engineering and the continuous expansion of their product portfolio drove GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik to the decision to introduce a PLM solution.

"We must achieve short innovation cycles while managing a growing range of products. This means during our development process, we must be tightly integrated with our service providers and suppliers. The Agile Advantage PLM solution is a key factor for the successful implementation of our business strategy," said Franz Haas, business process manager, GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik. "It is especially important that we can use Agile Advantage to share our product data with partners via recognized standards such as PDX (Product Definition eXchange). This enables us to quickly and easily share product specifications with our partners and service providers electronically. At the same time, we can import product data from development partners directly into our Agile PLM system, which shortens our overall development cycles."

The development of complex, multi-component ultrasonic equipment requires that engineers process a large number of product specifications. Changes to product data also need to be communicated to external suppliers in a timely manner. The company plans to use Agile Advantage for the central processing of all product-related information, which includes the processing of bills of materials (BOMs) and the management of the complete product documentation. This will make it possible to handle version and change management for all products.

With Agile Advantage, GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik chose a PLM application that is specifically designed for small and medium-sized companies. The solution primarily addresses the electronics, technology, and medical engineering industries. It helps small and medium-sized businesses to gain optimum insight into their product lifecycle and enables then to accelerate innovations. Moreover, it assists companies in saving development costs, increasing the product quality and improving their productivity. The PLM system also provides companies with a more efficient way to meet applicable compliance guidelines.

"We are pleased with GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik's adoption of Agile Advantage," said Craig Livingston, Agile vice president and general manager, SME solutions. "Agile Advantage was designed to enable small and medium sized companies to increase product quality, improve productivity and ensure regulatory compliance -- all important objectives for medical device manufacturers. We look forward to working with GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik to help them achieve their objectives."

GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik

GE Medical Systems Kretztechnik develops and produces medical ultrasonic equipment and probes for the global market. The Austria-based manufacturer is a leading provider of 3-D/4-D ultrasonic equipment. The company was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2001, which made it part of the General Electric Group. More information is available at www.gehealthcare.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 and time-to-value focused implementations, Agile helps companies get the most from their products. Small and medium enterprises including Colubris Networks, McAfee, Ondine Biopharma, OnStor, Sonic Innovations, Visx, as well as large and global enterprises such as 3COM, Acer, Bayer, Broadcom, CooperVision, Dell Inc., Flextronics International, Foxconn, GE Medical Systems, Harris, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Johnson Diversey, Lockheed Martin, McAfee, McDonald's, Micron, Philips, QUALCOMM, Sharp, Shell, Siemens, Tyco Healthcare 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. Agile OnDemand is a Software as a Service (SaaS) version of the Agile Advantage solution. For more information, call 408-284-4000 or visit http://sme.agile.com .

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. All other brand or product names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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