The advent and growth of vendors targeting the needs of discrete manufacturing industries proves that the PLM market in this sector has been hot. Agile Software has made a name for itself by providing the tools that support the collaborative exchange of product data, appealing to companies that rely on contractors for the manufacture of its products. For companies whose BOMs change frequently, this integrated capability set has been extremely important, and Agile has thrived in the PLM selection situations requiring extensive external collaboration.
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Announcements Early in August, Agile Software Corporation (NASDAQ: AGIL), a San Jose, CA-based provider of PLM solutions with historic strength in the electronics and medical devices industries, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire, Eigner ( www.eigner.com ), a German provider of PLM solutions to the automotive, industrial equipment, aerospace and defense (A&D) industries, for an undisclosed consideration comprised of stock and cash. Agile and Eigner expect to complete the acqui