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AspenTech Releases Version 8.5 of aspenONE® Manufacturing and Supply Chain Software

Unique New Capabilities for Aspen InfoPlus.21®, Aspen PIMS™, and Aspen Petroleum Scheduler Create Additional Profit Opportunities for Customers

BURLINGTON, Mass — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the availability of aspenONE Manufacturing and Supply Chain V8.5 software.  The latest release includes:
• New aspenONE Process Explorer – to drive manufacturing execution with breakthrough visualization and analysis of plant operations data;
• New aspenONE PIMS Platinum – to compare refinery plan and schedule side-by-side for the first time ever; and
• New Aspen Petroleum Scheduler – to integrate refinery scheduling and dock scheduling.

aspenONE Process Explorer and aspenONE PIMS Platinum are both built on the HTML5-based aspenONE web and mobile architecture, providing a user-friendly interface with touch interaction, intelligent search, and secure access from any web browser on a desktop, laptop, or tablet.

Powerful Visualization and Analytics for Plant Operations Data
aspenONE Process Explorer translates data collected by the industry’s leading data historian, Aspen InfoPlus.21, into actionable operational insight.  The new capabilities for overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) enable customers to better understand Production, Quality and Equipment Availability.

Alignment between Planning and Scheduling
aspenONE PIMS Platinum delivers an industry first, enabling customers to view the plan and schedule side-by-side and resolve discrepancies easily.  A web-based flowsheet environment, aspenONE PIMS Platinum software can run multiple planning scenarios to make more informed – and more profitable – decisions.

Integrated Dock and Refinery Scheduling
The new Aspen Petroleum Scheduler adds the ability to schedule dock operations with refinery operations.  By combining these, customers can minimize losses from demurrage, re-blending, and product downgrades.

The V8.5 release of aspenONE software, including the new aspenONE Process Explorer, aspenONE PIMS Platinum, and Aspen Petroleum Scheduler, is available immediately.  Qualified aspenONE customers can upgrade to the new version for no additional cost.  For more information, visit http://www.aspentech.com/products/v8-release/.

Supporting Quotes
Manolis Kotzabasakis, Executive Vice President, Products, AspenTech
“Version 8.5 of aspenONE software is another step forward in collaboration across planning, scheduling, and manufacturing operations.  By using the new aspenONE Process Explorer, aspenONE PIMS Platinum, and Aspen Petroleum Scheduler, our customers can become much more profitable.”

Nils-Petter Nytzen, Perstorp
“We are very confident that we can get more value out of our existing Trends and Process Graphics by bringing them together in the new aspenONE Process Explorer.  aspenONE Process Explorer is fast and the HTML5-based architecture eliminates client-side installs reducing our Total Cost of Ownership.  We plan for many of our users to start using it right away.”

Shinoj Bhaskar, Economist, Essar Oil UK
“aspenONE PIMS Platinum lets new users get up-to-speed quickly and advanced users reduce analysis and reporting time using the customizable dashboard templates.  By integrating Aspen Petroleum Scheduler, both the plan and the schedule can be seen together.  aspenONE PIMS Platinum increases collaboration with management, process unit managers, and schedulers.”

Supporting Resources
• About aspenONE V8.5 software
• AspenTech Manufacturing and Execution Systems
• aspenONE Process Explorer
• Aspen InfoPlus.21
• aspenONE PIMS Platinum
• Aspen Petroleum Scheduler
• Dock Scheduling

About AspenTech
AspenTech is a leading supplier of software that optimizes process manufacturing – for energy, chemicals, engineering and construction, and other industries that manufacture and produce products from a chemical process.  With integrated aspenONE solutions, process manufacturers can implement best practices for optimizing their engineering, manufacturing and supply chain operations.  As a result, AspenTech customers are better able to increase capacity, improve margins, reduce costs and become more energy efficient.  To see how the world’s leading process manufacturers rely on AspenTech to achieve their operational excellence goals, visit www.aspentech.com

AspenTech Releases Version 8.5 of aspenONE® Manufacturing and Supply Chain Software
BURLINGTON, Mass — Aspen Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZPN), a leading provider of software and services to the process industries, announced the availability of aspenONE Manufacturing and Supply Chain V8.5 software. »

Quadrant Software Announces Acquisition of BCD and ExcelSystems Software Development

Combined company will enable customers to better maximize, modernize and mobilize their business applications

Mansfield, MA  – Quadrant Software, LLC, a Candescent Partners company and the leader in Document Output Management (DOM), today announced it has acquired IBM i modernization market leaders Business Computer Design, Inc. (BCD), located in Chicago, and Victoria, BC-based ExcelSystems Software Development, Inc. (ESDI).

BCD and ESDI are two of the most successful software organizations in the IBM i marketplace, with more than 35 years of experience in providing modernization solutions for thousands of organizations worldwide. ESDI is the development arm of BCD and the two companies have been partners for more than 20 years. BCD and ESDI will continue to operate under their brands.

BCD and ESDI are known for their exceptional technology, quality, service and support. Through this acquisition, Quadrant will benefit from product synergies and will be able to expand its solutions to maximize, modernize and mobilize the value and investment organizations have in their IBM i assets and applications.

“As the market transforms, organizations are looking to modernize their IBM i assets. With the acquisition of BCD and ExcelSystems Software, Quadrant will be well positioned to expand market share in this industry, ” says Ron Glaz, Program Director and IDC Analyst at Hardcopy Peripherals: Software and Services.

“This transaction will provide significant opportunities for our customers, partners and employees,” said Stephen Woodard, who will serve as CEO of the combined companies. “Through this acquisition, we can take advantage of BCD’s global reach and can offer our customers a larger and complementary portfolio of solutions, from infrastructure and application modernization to mobile development, further maximizing the investment they have made in IBM i.”

“Quadrant’s solutions are very synergistic with our current product portfolio, and this merger will enable us to provide new opportunities for our customers and employees,” said Duncan Kenzie, founder of ESDI who becomes chief knowledge officer for the combined companies. “We are excited to continue our work with BCD with the added resources afforded by Quadrant.”

“Our customers have relied on BCD’s solutions for more than 35 years,” said Eric Figura, BCD’s director of sales and marketing for more than 30 years, who will assume the role of chief customer advocate at the combined company. “We now have an opportunity to expand the reach of our solutions with a greater breadth of resources and global channel options, while we continue to offer the level of technology, service and support that our customers have come to expect.”

BCD founders Lynn and Joseph Svandra are very pleased that BCD will continue the history of quality and success that Lynn started in 1976 and then managed throughout BCD’s growth. The joining of BCD and ESDI as one group that will join forces with Quadrant will become an organization that will benefit BCD’s clients, business partners, employees and the growth of BCD’s product lines.

“This key acquisition is consistent with our strategy of combining world-class technology and services companies,” said Stephen Jenks, managing partner of Candescent Partners. “BCD and ESDI have a long history of success and are an ideal complement to Quadrant.”

About BCD
BCD is the clear leader in modernization and mobility solutions for the IBM i marketplace. With more than 35 years of experience, BCD has successfully helped thousands of organizations worldwide to modernize using BCD software solutions that include Presto, WebSmart, Catapult and ProGen. BCD has received 40 industry awards for software excellence, is a member of IBM’s IBM i ISV Advisory Board and an IBM Advanced Business Partner. BCD is known for the ease of use of its products and its outstanding customer service. For more information, visit: www.bcdsoftware.com

About ExcelSystems Software Development, Inc.
ExcelSystems Software Development, Inc. (ESDI) is a software development and services company located in Victoria, BC, Canada. ESDI develops, supports and provides services for almost all of the software under the BCD brand. For more than 20 years, ESDI has operated on the core principles of technical curiosity, hard work and innovation. For more information, visit: www.excelsystems.com

About Quadrant Software, LLC
Founded in 1990, Quadrant Software is a leading provider of Output Management (DOM) software and solutions for the enterprise. Through its award-winning cloud based QuadraDoc V, FastFax and Formtastic product lines, companies can electronically create and manage mission critical documents from their data center, or the cloud, via print, fax or email to reduce expenses, increase productivity and improve communication in a more secure and compliant manner. Quadrant Software has customers and partners around the world in key markets including finance, manufacturing, transportation, retail and healthcare. For more information, visit: www.quadrantsoftware.com

About Candescent Partners, LLC
Candescent Partners is a Boston-based private equity firm that invests in the acquisition, growth and recapitalization of lower middle market companies in healthcare services, business services, software and consumer products and services. Steve Jenks and Sandy McGrath founded Candescent in 2009 and Steve Sahlman later joined as a Principal. Candescent invests in businesses with annual EBITDA between $2 and $8 million and enterprise values between $10 and $75 million. For more information, visit: www.candescentpartners.com

Quadrant Software Announces Acquisition of BCD and ExcelSystems Software Development
Mansfield, MA – Quadrant Software, LLC, a Candescent Partners company and the leader in Document Output Management (DOM), today announced it has acquired IBM i modernization market leaders Business Computer Design, Inc. (BCD), located in Chicago, and Victoria, BC-based ExcelSystems Software Development, Inc. (ESDI). »

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