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Apriso Extends Leadership in BPM for Manufacturing with Release of FlexNet 9.5

Latest version redefines manufacturing Business Process Management with advanced blueprinting and prototyping capabilities and new user interfaces for greater productivity and flexibility

LONG BEACH, CA – June 29, 2010 — Apriso, a leading provider of manufacturing software solutions for sustained manufacturing operational excellence, today announced availability of FlexNet version 9.5. This significantly enhanced version of Apriso’s FlexNet represents the next generation of Business Process Management (BPM) for manufacturers. Apriso has enhanced collaboration between corporate IT and manufacturing while accelerating implementation and engineering change through an Agile implementation methodology.

"This latest release of FlexNet helps cross-functional teams better collaborate through improved role separation, advanced blueprinting and prototyping capabilities," stated John Fishell, vice president of product management at Apriso. "Simply stated, new manufacturing processes can be easily mapped, prototyped and evaluated by business users to ensure business objectives are met. These new processes may be implemented locally or globally through a Center of Excellence, accelerating the time to value and effectiveness of continuous process improvement. No other BPM solution enables an Agile implementation and change methodology."

Apriso customers are now reaping the benefits of synchronized global manufacturing. For example, an industry-leading consumer goods manufacturer now performs Engineering Change Requests (ECRs) as often as three times a week, impacting operations spanning production, warehousing and quality across 20+ plants for improved operational performance, higher quality and greater profitability. Further, a large Automotive Powertrain customer is now implementing Apriso at 4 sites per month, benefiting from an accelerated time to value of their FlexNet IT investment.

Expanded capabilities of FlexNet 9.5 include:

  • Advanced blueprinting and prototyping features that support an Agile approach to continuous process improvement
  • Improved monitoring and process visualization for multi-plant deployments to accelerate new product introductions
  • Enhanced Manufacturing Process Management (MPM) capabilities to ease the management of processes extending across a manufacturer's operations
  • Better tracking and monitoring of business process lifecycles for improved process governance and a lower total cost of compliance
  • Redesigned User Interface (UI) for reduced project risk and greater productivity

As the only provider of native BPM-based manufacturing software solutions, Apriso understands not only the need for greater flexibility, but also the importance of governing and tracking process changes on an “end-to-end” basis. Apriso’s FlexNet has always utilized a native BPM architecture, so operations processes can easily span across production, quality, warehouse, labor and maintenance operations. Further, by leveraging a unified data model, these processes can be easily replicated across multiple locations to establish and maintain global standards and best practices.

"Unlike past approaches to process management, BPM recognizes that today's business markets are global and more unpredictable than in the past. The time frame (or durability) of operational best practices is shorter, driving more-frequent adjustments to better respond to changing market dynamics. While process efficiency and effectiveness are still key goals, process agility — the ability for a business to adapt to changing conditions — is paramount," explains Michelle Cantara, Research Vice President at Gartner, in her "Research Index: A Guide to Principles of Business Process Management," published September 8, 2009.

About Apriso
Apriso Corporation is a software company dedicated to providing competitive advantage for its customers. It does so by enabling organizations to adapt quickly and easily to market changes and unexpected events. Apriso's FlexNet platform provides visibility, adaptability and real-time control of manufacturing operations across the enterprise and supply chain network. This is accomplished by integrating planning, execution and control, increasing operational efficiency and eliminating errors in the production process. Apriso serves more than 180 customers in 41 countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Its customers include General Motors, Lear, Honeywell, L'Oréal, Trixell, Lockheed Martin, Becton Dickinson, Saint-Gobain, Novelis and Essilor. For more information, please go to www.apriso.com.

Apriso and FlexNet are registered trademarks of Apriso Corporation. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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