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:
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.
After the transaction is complete, Oracle and Agile partners will benefit by working with a single vendor to address customer needs for product lifecycle management. Oracle partners are expected to benefit from Agile’s best-in-class solutions for PLM. Agile partners are expected to benefit from Oracle’s increased support of Agile partners and increased investment in Agile products. Both companies’ partners are expected to benefit from the complementary solutions that provide an opportunity to increase business value and drive down cost of ownership throughout an integrated, standards-based enterprise software stack.
We are excited about this acquisition and how it will strengthen our ability to provide product lifecycle management across our customers’ and your customers’ enterprises. More information about the transaction can be found at www.oracle.com/Agile.
This document is for informational purposes only and may not be incorporated into a contract.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Additional Information About the Merger and Where to Find It
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