Aras Corporation is an American developer and publisher of product development software, Aras Innovator. The Aras Innovator software is used for product lifecycle management, advanced product quality planning, lean product development, product quality control, collaborative product development and new product introduction. Aras Corp was founded in 2000 in Andover, Massachusetts. Aras Corp was founded by Peter Schroer in 2000. Until 2007, Aras sold their product as proprietary corporate software. Unsatisfied with the success of this product, Aras decided in 2007 to begin providing Aras Innovator as open-source software. Clients obtain the software for free, and Aras Corp provides technical support, software updates, and other consulting as a subscription service.
JDA Software Group, Inc. is an American software and consultancy company, providing supply chain management, manufacturing planning, retail planning, store operations and collaborative category management solutions James Donald Armstrong in 1978, founded Calgary, Alberta as a Canadian IBM mid-range software provider. In 1985 Armstrong sold the Canadian business and, along with Frederick M. Pakis, formed U.S.-based JDA Software, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. After signing a contract with a Phoenix-based automotive retailer in 1987, all eight JDA employees relocated to the new headquarters in Arizona. After ten years of operation as a privately held firm, JDA became a public corporation on March 15, 1996, re-purchased the original Canadian "JDA" company, and reestablished presence in Canada. In 1998, JDA completed their first major acquisition, the Arthur Retail division, a vendor of planning and allocation software.