ACCO Brands, the global leader behind Swingline, Kensington, and other brands, wanted to improve innovation and collaboration and to standardize product life cycle management (PLM), in order to speed time to market, reduce costs, and further enhance product quality. The company adopted a Microsoft® .NET–based enterprise PLM solution from Aras, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, and cut cycle time by more than 50 percent, speeding time to market.
Aras Drives Performance in Product Life Cycle Processes Launching innovative new products on time while ensuring quality and profitability targets are achieved is critical in any industry, from high-tech and consumer goods to pharmaceutical and automotive companies. Businesses must contend with increasingly narrow windows of opportunity in the marketplace, intensifying competition, growing compliance complexity, cost pressures and shorter development cycles — while also striving to improve quality.
Xerox (NYSE: XRX) is the world’s leading document management technology and services provider with $17 billion in annual sales. Xerox’s product portfolio ranges from industry leading color and black-and-white printing systems, laser and solid ink network printers, copiers, fax machines, and multifunction devices to “book factories” and digital publishing presses. A broad vision for end-to-end enterprise PLM across the lifecycle combined with complex process and integration requirements drives the Xerox strategy while practical realities shaped the systems evaluation approach.