Agile Expands Compliance, Product Portfolio, Product Collaboration and Quality Management Capabilities in Latest Version of Leading PLM Solution

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Agile Announces General Availability of Agile 9.2

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Agile Software Corporation (Nasdaq: AGIL), a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced that Agile 9.2, the latest version of its next generation release for managing the enterprise product record throughout the product lifecycle, will be generally available on December 19, 2006. Building on Agile 9's position as a leading PLM solution, this latest release features enhanced overall functionality and expands on the solution's compliance, product portfolio, product collaboration and quality management modules. The Agile PLM solution will also support the Linux operating system, enhancing flexibility, improving intellectual property security, and reducing total cost of ownership for the company's over 10,000 global customers.

"As PLM vendors add greater breadth to their solutions, business enabling functionality is quickly becoming the key purchasing factor among global 2000 companies selecting a PLM solution," said Peter Bilello, director of consulting services, CIMdata. "With the added functionality to its compliance, product portfolio, product collaboration and quality management suites, Agile is a leading PLM player and should be on the short list of any global organization looking to drive business performance."

This release builds on the momentum of its next generation solution, Agile 9, to provide a broad suite of business-ready, best-practice PLM solutions built on a unified enterprise PLM architecture. With a focus on overall functionality, the enhanced Agile PLM solution includes the following upgrades to reflect Agile's 10,000 worldwide customers' needs: Agile Delivers Expanded Functionality -- Agile Product Governance and Compliance -- Agile's leading solution to help organizations manage product and program compliance against standards and regulatory requirements, now provides expanded capabilities to manage Bill of Substance information and rollup compliance information using a variety of scenarios. It also delivers improved supplier declaration capability and regulatory information to ensure effective compliance throughout enterprise operations. In addition, PG&C also includes upgraded Bill of Substance adapters for Agile partners -- PartMiner, i2 technologies, Avent, and Arrow -- enabling suppliers powerful environmental standards declaration tools. With immediate and extensive supplier and regulatory information, organizations will now be better equipped to meet environmental regulation standards such as the Waste of Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) directive and the Restrictions of Hazardous Substance (ROHS) regulations. -- Agile Product Portfolio Management -- This out-of-the-box solution now includes executive portfolio analytics and bi-directional integration with Microsoft Project, enabling organizations to optimize their product development investments by providing tightly synchronized program and product information, maximized resource utilization, and cross-program visibility and decision support throughout the product lifecycle. Agile's extensive portfolio analytics include time to market, financial, resources pool, program and issues tracking. -- Agile Product Collaboration -- In Agile 9.2, the suite's flagship solution adds enhanced change collaboration and document management capabilities, providing each stakeholder in the extended design and supply chain secure access to critical product record data, including bills of material, attributes, manufacturers, configurations, specifications, documents, models, work instructions, revisions and more. -- Improved Global Interface -- To meet the growing number of organizations with worldwide operations and extended global supply chains, Agile now offers its PLM portfolio completely localized in six different languages: English, French, German, Japanese, traditional Chinese, and simplified Chinese. -- Introduces Agile Product Quality Management -- In addition to the above product enhancements, Agile has renamed its Agile Product Service and Improvement solution Agile Product Quality Management in order to better align Agile technology with customer needs. The solution also now includes advanced analytics capabilities to drive improved product quality and customer satisfaction by tightly integrating customer, product, quality and regulatory information within a closed-loop corrective action system. Agile Product Quality Management enables companies to fulfill customer demands for higher quality, faster response and compliance with regulatory requirements. -- Linux Support -- Agile adds the Linux open source operating system to its list of supported environments. The addition of the Linux operating system will enhance flexibility, improve intellectual property security, and reduce total cost of ownership for the company's over 10,000 global customers. Agile will support Red Hat Linux AS version 4.0, the core operating system and infrastructure enterprise Linux solution for business-critical applications. "This latest release builds upon our long term efforts to include our customers in every step of the product development process," said Bryan D. Stolle, chief executive officer and chairman of Agile. "Our customers communicated a need for a highly functional solution that helps them meet increasing government regulations, manage shrinking product development cycles, drive quality, and integrate global supply chains. In the case of the Agile 9.2 release, our collaborative efforts have resulted in a highly functional solution that meets our customers' needs." About Agile Software Corporation

Agile Software Corporation helps companies drive profits, accelerate innovation, reduce costs, and ensure regulatory compliance throughout the product lifecycle. With a broad suite of enterprise class PLM solutions, time-to-value focused implementations, and a unique Guaranteed Business Results(SM) program, Agile helps companies get the most from their products. Alcatel, Bayer, Dell Inc., Flextronics International, Foxconn, Harris, Hitachi, Leapfrog, Lockheed Martin, Magna Steyr, Playtex, Siemens, Quanta, QUALCOMM and ZF are among the over 10,000 customers in the automotive, aerospace and defense, consumer products, electronics, high tech, industrial products, and life sciences industries that have licensed Agile solutions. For more information, call 408-284-4000 or visit NOTE: Agile and Agile Software are registered trademarks and Agile On Demand, Agile Advantage, Agile Product Collaboration, Agile Product Cost Management, Agile Product Service & Improvement, Agile Product Quality Management, Agile Product Portfolio Management, Agile Engineering Collaboration, Agile Product Interchange, AgileMD and the Agile logo are trademarks of Agile Software Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Guaranteed Business Results is a service mark of Agile Software Corporation. All other brand or product names are trademarks and registered trademarks of their respective holders. SAFE HARBOR: This press release contains "forward-looking statements" as defined under securities laws, including statements relating to the Company's expected release date of Agile 9.2, its functionality, capabilities and performance characteristics, and the ability of Agile 9.2 to meet customer expectations and needs. Actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements address matters that are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that can cause actual results to differ materially. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ability of our product development to complete and release Agile 9.2 as expected; customer rate of adoption of new technologies; risks inherent in the development of complex technology; the timing and competitiveness of new product releases by the company's competitors; overall spending patterns for enterprise software in general and for PLM in particular and other risk factors detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. For additional information regarding the risks inherent in our business, please see "Risk Factors" included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2005, and in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2005, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to revise our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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