On May 15, 2007, Oracle announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Agile, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions. We expect the transaction to close in July 2007, subject to stockholder and regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions. Until the deal closes, each company will continue to operate independently, and it is business as usual.

Agile’s PLM solutions drive the product innovation and introduction process in a variety of industries, including high-tech, life sciences, industrial manufacturing and consumer packaged goods. These solutions help Agile’s 1,250 global PLM customers make better product portfolio decisions, collaborate across design and supply chain partners, accelerate new product introduction and manage compliance. In addition, through its Cimmetry Systems subsidiary, Agile has over 10,000 customers and is the industry standard for collaborative visualization.

As PLM evolves into an enterprise-wide discipline, it must span multiple product design systems, interact with a wide-range of enterprise applications and manage the complete product lifecycle from concept and design, to production, sales and service. The combination of Agile’s best in class PLM solutions, together with Oracle’s leading solutions in CRM, SCM and ERP will create a best-in-class, integrated, enterprise PLM solution. Additionally, Oracle’s commitment to open, standards-based integration will enable users of other, non-Oracle enterprise applications to utilize Agile’s best-in-class capabilities.

The anticipated benefits to our customers include:

  • Manage product information, processes, and decisions, across the lifecycle and across the global product network of design and supply chain partners
  • Manage product information across multiple design systems, with an agnostic approach to CAD and other authoring systems
  • Fully integrate with customer enterprise architecture - manufacturing, supply chain, fulfillment, service and customer - leveraging existing IT investments
  • Take advantage of proven 3rd party connectors that support integration with Oracle Applications and with SAP
  • Reduce total cost of ownership while increasing customers’ ability to operate an integrated, information driven enterprise

 

Oracle plans to continue to sell and support Agile products as standalone and as an integrated solution with both Oracle and non-Oracle environments. Existing customers of Oracle PLM will be supported and protected by Oracle, and customers will have the option to gain access to Agile’s best-of-breed product lifecycle management solutions and to their domain expertise. In addition, Oracle plans to continue its investment in the complementary product Oracle PIM Data Hub, with a planned integration to Agile PLM. This further strengthens our product master data management role in consolidating and managing the enterprise product record across heterogeneous environments.

We are excited about this acquisition and how it will strengthen our ability to provide product lifecycle management across our customers’ enterprises. Oracle representatives will be reaching out to you to answer any questions that you may have. More information about the transaction can be found at www.oracle.com/Agile.


Sincerely,
John Wookey
Senior Vice President, Applications Development
Oracle

 
 
 
 

This document is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into a contract.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This document contains certain forward-looking statements about Oracle and Agile including statements that involve risks and uncertainties concerning Oracle's proposed acquisition of Agile. Actual events or results may differ materially from those described in this press release due to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Oracle and Agile. The potential risks and uncertainties include, among others, the possibility that the transaction will not close or that the closing may be delayed, general economic conditions and industry specific conditions. In addition, please refer to the documents that Oracle and Agile, respectively, file with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. These filings identify and address other important factors that could cause Oracle and Agile’s respective financial and operational results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements set forth in this document. Accordingly, no assurances can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking statements will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what impact they will have on the results of operations or financial condition of Oracle or Agile. Oracle and Agile are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this document to conform to actual results.

Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find It
Agile will file with the SEC a proxy statement and Agile and Oracle will file other relevant materials in connection with the proposed acquisition of Agile by Oracle pursuant to the terms of an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Oracle, Aqua Acquisition Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, and Agile. The materials to be filed by Agile with the SEC, may be obtained free of charge at the SEC's web site at www.sec.gov. Investors and security holders of Agile are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed merger.

Oracle and certain of Oracle's executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies of Agile stockholders in connection with the proposed merger. Investors and security holders may obtain more detailed information regarding the names, affiliations and interests of certain of Oracle's executive officers and directors in the solicitation by reading the proxy statement and other relevant materials filed with the SEC when they become available.

Agile and its executive officers and directors may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from Agile stockholders in favor of the proposed transaction. Certain executive officers and directors of Agile have interests in the transaction that may differ from the interests of stockholders generally. These interests will be described in the proxy statement when it becomes available.

 
 
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