New Features and Licensing Model Dramatically Broaden Impact of the Foremost PLM Solution for Small and Medium Enterprises
"The Product Record Management module of Agile Advantage has been our long-standing solution of choice for managing our intellectual property and tying our product development and manufacturing partners into our processes," said Robert Chiang, director, quality assurance, Santur Corporation. "The new licensing model in SP2 will allow a wider group of users throughout our organization and our product chain to gain access to the features and functions in the Agile Advantage solution suite. We're considering how these expanded areas of our business might leverage Agile Advantage through the new licensing model, and how such adoption might deliver improved business process uniformity and enablement of best practices."
Agile Advantage 2006 Service Pack 2 includes the following enhancements and changes.
New License Model. With SP2, customers have two important new licensing options-the Agile Advantage Extended and Agile Advantage Unlimited licensing plans-which open access to all Agile Advantage modules. The Agile Advantage Extended license option provides access to all modules for a specific number of users, and the Agile Advantage Unlimited License option delivers this total Agile Advantage access to an entire company and its supply chain partners. Before the new licensing options in Service Pack 2, a company that purchased licenses to the Product Record Management module needed to purchase additional licenses for use of additional modules, such as Agile Quality Management or Agile Product Compliance Management. Agile Advantage SP2 offers customers an important leap in value by delivering access to the entire Agile Advantage solution suite through the Extended and Unlimited licensing plans. Customers simply estimate their concurrent-user needs and license that number of sessions. As customers deploy the solution throughout the company and they adopt more and more functionality, additional session licenses can be purchased easily and quickly. This allows customers to buy only what their actual usage dictates. For customers who wish to remain with Agile Advantage's traditional licensing model, Agile Standard licensing is still an option.
AutoVue Professional Desktop Edition v19.1 SP2. Support for the latest release of the Cimmetry viewer includes the most recent versions of a number of leading CAD software systems, including SolidWorks 2007, MicroStation V8XM, and OneSpace Designer Drafting (ME10). Cimmetry is a member of the Agile family. This product enables Agile Advantage to easily keep up with all the latest CAD releases and assures that customers can view the latest CAD software, with updates released on time and in synch with their PLM system. As designers' tools advance, timely reviews are assured so that errors are eliminated early in the design cycle.
Improved Audit Window. Agile Advantage's pop-up Audit Window allows users to check compliance with configuration rules (SmartRules), automating tedious but important tasks and improving efficiency. The new SP2 version of Audit Window adds fourteen new Compliance Management rules and organizes them for easier management. These new capabilities speed greatly the tracking of product compliance and improve the productivity of analysts. The new Audit Window in SP2 is also much more organized and user-friendly than previous versions, appearing in standard Windows livery, and displaying continually so that it functions as a work list.
New "Unincorporated BOM Item" SmartRule. An incorporated item is one that has had the proper review of the drawings or files attached to it. Many companies require that their files and drawings have been reviewed, updated, and incorporated before a change can be released. This is especially true in ISO- or FDA-compliance situations. Until now, such compliance could only be assured by means of item-by-item review of a bill of materials (BOM), a tedious process as BOMs can contain hundreds of items or more. With the new "Unincorporated BOM Item" SmartRule, a single click of the control checks the status of every item (including child items) in a BOM, so the analyst has to deal only with the unincorporated items. Such important productivity enhancements help change analysts and engineers make more positive and creative contributions, while helping companies hold development costs down and assure regulatory and process compliance.
"Agile Advantage customers have enthusiastically embraced the changes within the new Agile Advantage Service Pack 2 release," said Craig Livingston, vice president and general manager, SME solutions, Agile. "Agile Advantage has always delivered maximum software value through flexible purchase of just what is needed, when it is needed, and where it is needed. The enhanced productivity capabilities delivered in SP2, combined with the outstanding economic benefit of the expanded licensing model, will continue to increase our customers' advantage over their competition."
About Santur Corporation
Headquartered in Fremont, California, Santur Corporation is the world's leading vertically integrated manufacturer of high-performance tunable lasers for metro and long-haul WDM systems. The company's patented DFB-array technology enables the fabrication of broadly tunable sources at the same high performance as fixed wavelength sources. Santur's products have set a new standard in the industry with their unique combination of high-power achieved without the use of a semiconductor optical amplifier (SOA), wide tunability with no possibility of mode hops, stability in harsh environments, Telcordia GR-468 reliability and value. For more information, visit http://www.santurcorp.com , call 1-(866)-TUNABLE, or e-mail Email Contact.
About Agile Software Corporation
Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL) 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 .
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