February 21, 2012 – The vdR Group Joins the Aras Partner Program

Veteran Enterprise Application Integration Firm Offers Enabling Technology to Integrate Critical Systems, Accelerate Time to Market and Improve Profitability

ANDOVER, Mass. and Orange, CA – February 21, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced that The vdR Group, an open source technology development and integration services company located in Orange, California, has joined the Aras Partner Program. The vdR Group applies its Optimize family of custom enterprise application integration (EAI) services to provide users of the Aras PLM suite and other open source solutions with efficient access to critical data, accelerated time to market and improved profitability.

With decades of experience behind it, vdR’s Optimize provides clients with custom connectivity, extended functionality and other enhancement services to optimize their business environment. The vdR Group also offers Aras Innovator® users custom data integrations, export-transform-load (ETL), bi-directional publish capabilities, and GUI enhancement services.

“Aras and The vdR Group share the core belief that software must adapt to change as fast as businesses change,” said Martin van der Roest, President of The vdR Group. “Together, Aras and The vdR Group enable businesses to facilitate change by improving interoperability between engineering and other critical business systems across the enterprise and global supply chain.”

“The vdR Group brings years of integration and process expertise to the Aras Community,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “We’re pleased to welcome them to the Aras Partner Program and we’re confident that members of the Aras Community will benefit from their technology and experience.”

About The vdR Group The vdR Group are enterprise application integration (EAI) specialists. They partner with manufacturing and engineering clients to understand the workflow of their vital business systems and provide optimized interconnectivity between them. The vdR Group provides custom integration services for both commercial and open source CAD, PDM, PLM, ECM, and ERP business systems with a focus on improved connectivity, GUI enhancements, and extended functionality. For additional information please visit www.vdr.com or www.vdroptimize.com

About Aras Aras is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Freudenberg, GE, Hitachi, Lockheed Martin, Textron and TEVA Pharmaceuticals. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm