Agile Enhances User Experience, Enriches Decision Support and Better Enables the Global Product Network with Latest Version of Leading PLM Solution
"As one of the world's leading providers of advanced semiconductor solutions, Micron has relied on Agile PLM to build a solid product development process and consistently execute against it," said Dean Klein, vice president of market development for Micron. "The increased visibility into our product portfolio has allowed us to optimize and improve our business processes, product selection process and product success ratios. We look forward to this latest release of Agile 9.2, which delivers exciting new decision support capabilities to help us continue to make better product decisions, and improved usability, which will continue to drive adoption of Agile PLM within Micron and across our extended product network."
"Agile has traditionally been recognized for its support of engineering- to-manufacturing business processes across a supply network, particularly related to high-tech electronics product-related businesses," said Ed Miller, president, CIMData. "The new Agile 9.2.2 continues with this theme and includes numerous enhancements to improve the user experience and significantly expand its embedded decision support capabilities. Agile customers should benefit from these new capabilities and the expanded breadth and flexibility offered to support daily decision-making operations."
Latest Release Delivers Powerful New and Enhanced Capabilities Across the Agile 9.2 Product Line
-- Intuitive and Innovative Enhancements Improve Overall Agile User Experience
The latest Agile 9.2 release incorporates a host of new and improved capabilities, which make interacting with the Agile product easier and more intuitive to help drive user adoption. Streamlined user interface and navigation simplify the process of accessing valuable product record information. Project summary pages, bookmarks and quick-links enable users to quickly access frequently used information. Powerful parametric search and virtual classification make design reuse fast and simple.
-- Embedded Decision Support Provides Greater Visibility and Enables Better Decision Making
The out-of-the-box, extensible decision support capabilities now available in the latest version of Agile 9.2 offers customers an opportunity to drive significant value to their businesses. Personalized, easily configurable dashboards provide insights and views into the enterprise product record for both executives and those in operational roles. Event-based subscriptions provide users with proactive, exception-based notifications as to product lifecycle status. Pre-packaged PLM performance and analytic applications, specifically in the areas of product quality and portfolio management, deliver rapid time-to-value, clear executive-level visibility, and proactive analysis of PLM process performance. All of these next generation decision support capabilities provide customers with more insight than ever before, arming them with the critical information needed to make better product development and portfolio decisions.
-- Cross-Functional Business Process Automation and Collaboration Enables the Global Product Network
Agile 9.2 provides industry-leading business process and collaboration capabilities, enabling companies and their product networks to securely manage and collaborate on shared business processes. Enhanced and significantly expanded relationship capabilities connect and fully automate end-to-end business processing across functions and enterprises. Agile provides a number of out-of-the-box best practice relationship capabilities, and customers can easily configure their own relationships based on their specific business practices, without any code or customizations. Additionally, enhancements to the Agile Product Portfolio Management (PPM) application allows companies to better coordinate deliverables, tasks, and schedules across organizations, global sites and partners. Synchronization of the deployment and timing of activities and resources across the product network improves the ability of manufacturers to manage their product portfolio, reducing costs, maximizing resources and improving time to market.
-- Comprehensive Integration and Extensibility Capabilities Allow Users to Leverage Current Information and Streamline Business Processes
Agile has continued to enhance the capabilities introduced in the Agile 9 platform, built on open industry standards, to better enable customers to share information with other enterprise systems. In this current release, Agile allows customers to better leverage the Internet and public product data sources to streamline the design for cost and compliance business processes. Agile PLM seamlessly connects to part catalog information, retrieving timely information such as part cost, end of life, and compliance attributes. These capabilities, combined with robust, standards based integration services that enable data and business process connectivity to upstream design systems and downstream execution systems, help companies better develop and introduce products across complex design and supply chains.
"PLM is taking on a broader and more strategic role at manufacturing companies by improving processes across global design and supply chains, including compliance, cost management, new product development and introduction, quality, and outsourcing," said Jim Brown, vice president, Global Product Innovation, Aberdeen Group. "Global manufacturers are also facing increased complexities across their supply chains, their design networks, and within their own product portfolios. In order to address these complexities and stay competitive, best in class companies will continue to adopt PLM solutions that will enable decision support and portfolio management, leading to greater product profitability."
"At Agile, we are laser-focused on the success of our customers. This latest version of Agile came to fruition through the valuable input and collaborative efforts of our customers," said Jay Fulcher, Agile president and CEO. "Agile PLM solutions enable companies to accelerate product innovation and maximize product profitability by managing the information, processes and decisions about their products, throughout their product lifecycle and across their global product network. This release of Agile 9.2 greatly improves the overall user experience for our customers and more broadly enables cross- functional business process automation and collaboration. The functional enhancements of this release, coupled with the embedded decision support capabilities, are unique and unprecedented in PLM."
About Agile Software Corporation
Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL) helps companies drive profits, accelerate innovation, improve quality, enable globalization 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. 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 and ZF are among the over 11,000 customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer packaged goods, 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.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under securities laws, including statements relating to the functionality, capabilities, performance characteristics and profit driving potential of Agile 9.2.2, and the ability of Agile 9.2.2 to meet customer expectations and needs. Actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Forward- looking statements address matters that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our ability to ensure that Agile 9.2.2 provides all of the attributes described in this release; customer rate of adoption of new technologies, and Agile 9.2.2 in particular; risks inherent in the implementation 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, 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.