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Agile Announces Agile Product Compliance Management for Small and Medium Enterprises
New in Agile Advantage 2006, SMEs Easily Manage Compliance Requirements With Agile Product Compliance Management
By: PR Newswire
Mar. 13, 2006 01:00 PM
SAN JOSE, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agile Software Corporation , a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today introduced Agile Product Compliance Management, a solution that enables small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to manage complex global regulatory requirements. Building upon its leadership and expertise in dealing with environmental compliance on the enterprise side, Agile Product Compliance Management was designed specifically for SMEs, and provides SMEs with an affordable solution that is easy to implement and manage without increasing IT overhead.
Agile Product Compliance Management is one of many new solutions added to Agile Advantage(TM) 2006, Agile's new and expanded, industry-leading PLM solution for SME customers. Agile Product Compliance Management enables SMEs to market their products and compete in global markets by tracking of material and substance information concurrently against multiple compliance directives and environmental regulations for each specific product. Today's SMEs face a growing amount of increasingly stringent environmental regulations around the world. Environmental mandates such as the European Union's Restrictions of the Use of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Waste Electrical and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) have proliferated worldwide as large corporations, the state of California, and even China implement similar standards. Product manufacturers who fail to comply must pay significant penalties or risk the loss of sales by exclusion from certain markets.
For SMEs, regulatory compliance management imposes a disproportionate burden. With smaller IT staffs and leaner budgets, SMEs cannot afford the additional burden of compliance management solutions. And while many SMEs contemplate manual solutions, such approaches are mistake-prone, slow the pace of innovation, and often fail to stand up to environmental audits.
"As an industry pioneer in the highly technical and rapidly advancing WiMAX market, tools such as Product Compliance Management enable us to design for compliance," explains Scott Woodworth, senior vice president of manufacturing and operations, SOMA Networks. "By incorporating environmental compliance at the design stage, we can ensure that our products meet the latest regulatory specifications, eliminating costly hardware re-spins, and accelerating our ability to respond rapidly to market demands for product innovation and enhancement. We work with a large supply chain, but compliance responsibility for all product content ultimately rests with us. Agile Product Compliance Management is an easy-to-manage solution that provides us with the necessary safeguards to ensure complete regulatory compliance."
As a fully integrated module of Agile Advantage 2006, Agile Product Compliance Management links all product content (design, manufacturing, and compliance) into a single system that provides visibility, enhances productivity, and facilitates audits. One of the most powerful advantages of Agile Product Compliance Management is its change-based logic. When an Agile Advantage user changes a Bill of Materials (BOM) or Approved Manufacturers List (AML), those changes are noted and checked against relevant regulations in the database. Such capability provides assurances that regulatory compliance management will not slow the pace of innovation, a vital competitive advantage for SMEs.
"With increasingly stringent environmental regulations and limited IT resources, small and medium enterprise customers face many great challenges managing regulatory compliance," said Craig Livingston, vice president of worldwide SME operations at Agile Software. "Recognizing these constraints and the serious business problems created by manual compliance methods -- lost efficiencies, the potential for human error, long investigations, the potential heavy fines, and even exclusion from lucrative markets -- Agile Product Compliance Management, with its ease of implementation and management, is designed specifically to help SME's meet today's regulatory management requirements."
About SOMA Networks
Integrating the latest advances in wireless broadband, distributed computing, and Internet technologies, SOMA Networks offers the industry's leading "last-mile" wireless broadband system. With SOMA's SoftAir(TM) wireless system, service providers can quickly and profitably roll out a feature-rich package of broadband Internet access and primary-line voice service to the residential and small-office market. Key advantages include its large cell size for quick and inexpensive market entry, multi-megabit data rates, superior voice capabilities, non-line-of-sight access enabling self- installation of the SOMAport(TM) wireless broadband gateway, and subscriber self-activation of services. SOMA Networks is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum(TM) and a supporter of next-generation standards. For more information, visit: http://www.somanetworks.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 Alcatel, Boeing, Dell Inc., Flextronics International, Hitachi, Leapfrog, Lockheed Martin, Magna Steyr, Siemens, QUALCOMM and ZF are among the nearly 10,000 customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer products, electronics, high tech, industrial products, and life sciences industries that have realized high impact results through their use of Agile solutions. Agile OnDemand is a Software as a Service (SaaS) version of the Agile Advantage solution. Agile also offers an Agile OnDemand PLM Small Business Startup Pack, at no charge, for qualified customers in the small enterprise market. Agile OnDemand is the lowest total cost of ownership PLM solution. For more information, call 408-284-4000 or visit http://sme.agile.com/ .
NOTE: Agile, the Agile logo and Agile Software 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. Guaranteed Business Results is a service mark of Agile Software Corporation. All other brand or product names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective holders.
Safe Harbor: This release includes "forward-looking statements" as defined under the U.S. securities laws, regarding Agile's product offerings, the functionality, performance and capability such offerings, and the ability of such offering to meet customer needs and expectations. Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those predicted in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to: unforeseen problems in our software that delay implementation or affect the performance of our products; inability of our products to deliver the return on investment or other benefits customers seek from our products; customer rate of adoption of new technologies; risks inherent in the development 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 and risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2005, and in our quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2006. 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.Agile Software Corporation
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