SOURCE: Actify Inc.

Actify Inc.

September 28, 2010 10:22 ET

Actify Announces Open-Source Solution on SharePoint 2010 for Enterprise Collaborative Product Development

Actify Partners With Microsoft, Aras and Razorleaf for Enterprise-Wide Collaboration on PLM Data Inside of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 28, 2010) -  Actify Inc., a global leader in product data collaboration solutions, today announced the introduction of an open source SharePoint-based solution developed in collaboration with Aras, Razorleaf and Microsoft. The Collaborative Product Development (CPD) solution enables product data assets normally constrained within a Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) or Product Data Management (PDM) system to be shared throughout the enterprise and to its customers, suppliers, and partners globally, improving collaboration and cycle times by fostering speed to decision -- visually. The CPD solution combines the capabilities of Actify's DesignShare, including a new Silverlight based 3D viewer, and Aras' Innovator suite by utilizing SharePoint Server 2010 Business Connectivity Services, PerformancePoint services, workflow, and search to form an end-to-end companion for PLM and PDM.

"The value of PLM and PDM increases vastly when more people in the product development process can access the information quickly and easily for their own purposes," said Simon Floyd, Director of Worldwide Industry Technology Strategy for Microsoft."This solution is therefore designed to extend the reach of product information in the Enterprise by making it instantly accessible, reusable and easily shared using collaboration, business intelligence, search and social computing capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010."

The CPD solution is ideal for global enterprises that need to provide users across the extended enterprise with easy and secure access to PLM processes and 3D product information. To realize the project, Microsoft brought together a team of specialists, including Actify, Aras, and systems integration firm Razorleaf Corporation, who specialize in the integration of SharePoint to PLM and PDM applications. The solution is available on Microsoft 's Codeplex open source community at www.codeplex.com/plm.

"The need to make product information accessible to the extended enterprise is paramount in organizations, particularly in the manufacturing industry where a lot propriety file formats are used in data that's distributed," said David Opsahl, CEO of Actify. "SharePoint 2010 is a perfect vehicle for companies to access and collaborate on all product data, including 3D and 2D data with the marriage of Actify's SpinFire technology and Microsoft's Silverlight platform."

The CPD solution exposes information contained within Aras Innovator dynamically, in real time, through SharePoint to the broader community of information workers across the global enterprise. PLM workflows in SharePoint are enabled with Aras while 3D visualization from Actify in Silverlight provides a truly collaborative decision making process. Visual information is presented to users around the world in the familiar SharePoint interface, for a highly consumable experience that requires little or no training. Information from these collaborative sessions are made part of the product record, and managed within SharePoint.

The CPD solution provides end-to-end capabilities for extending the reach of PLM and PDM information to everyone involved in the product development process by integrating technologies from Actify and Aras into SharePoint Server 2010 to facilitate collaboration and enhance decision making across the Enterprise.

For more information, visit www.actify.com/products/designshare/visual-decision-support/

About Actify, Inc.
Actify Inc. is a privately held, award-winning global leader of product data collaboration solutions with customer companies throughout the automotive, aerospace, industrial automation, and discrete manufacturing industries. Actify products are sold through authorized distributors and Value Added Resellers in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Actify is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information please visit www.actify.com or call 415.227.3800.

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, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand, Klöckner Desma, Hi-P and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass. For additional information visit www.aras.com

About Microsoft
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. For more information please visit www.microsoft.com.

About Razorleaf
Razorleaf is a consulting services provider that helps companies become market leaders through the measured application of technology and best practices to existing business processes. Razorleaf specializes in process analysis, implementation, training and support of enterprise technologies including Design Automation, Enterprise Portal, Product Data Management, and Product Lifecycle Management solutions. Razorleaf is privately held with headquarters in Stow, Ohio. For additional information, visit www.razorleaf.com.

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