Alcove9 Joins Aras Partner Program and Offers Enterprise Search Solution for Aras Product Lifecycle Management Platform

Sophisticated Platform Delivers Unified Search Capabilities for Engineering and Manufacturing Applications and Repositories.

Andover, MA, May 06, 2011 --( Aras®, the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions, today announced that Alcove9, a business unit of The vdR Group, an independent developer of engineering and manufacturing software solutions located in Orange, California, has joined the Aras partner program and launched an advanced search solution for the Aras Innovator PLM software suite. The Alcove9 search solution delivers unified access to disparate file system structures, including electronic content management (ECM), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems, enabling users to quickly search, find, retrieve and act upon content.

With the Alcove9 search solution, Aras users can immediately locate part and product data residing in unrelated repositories, applications and content formats throughout an enterprise. This instant access to enterprise-wide information enables companies to improve productivity, optimize design and reuse, accelerate time-to-market and reduce new product development costs. An open source architecture and interactive discovery and analysis tools enhance accessibility and usability while providing additional functionality.

“In Alcove9, we’ve re-architected our technology to an open source platform and we believe there’s no better way to launch our new offering than with a like-minded partner such as Aras,” said Martin van der Roest, President of Alcove9. “As the industry’s leading open source PLM solution, Aras has brought a much needed paradigm shift to the PLM industry and we are delighted to be a part of this movement.”

“As new product development becomes more complex and geographically dispersed, advanced search becomes increasingly critical so we are very pleased to welcome Alcove9 to the Aras Partner Program and the Aras Community. We know this solution is one our Community Members will find appealing and we applaud Alcove9 for migrating to an open source platform,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras.

About Alcove9
Alcove9, a business unit of The vdR Group, Inc., represents the open source re-architecture of a proven software solution that has been adopted by over 120,000 combined users in engineering and manufacturing organizations across multiple industries. The vdR Group is a privately held software development company founded in 1986. The Group’s primary focus is the design, development and delivery of integration technologies and solutions for manufacturing and engineering environments. These activities are done in collaboration with selected partners that market and sell the resulting solutions. Via this business model, the Group is able to focus and build on a history of technology innovation, quality software, and high-value solutions for partner's customers. Today there are an estimated 190,000 users of vdR Group solutions. For more information please visit or

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 or follow us on Twitter @aras_plm

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