Xbox Marks the Spot

Microsoft division uses Agile for collaborative manufacturing

San Jose, Calif.  March 26, 2001  In its quest to dominate your holiday season this year, Microsoft has tapped Agile Software to provide collaborative manufacturing software in support of the Redmond software giant's upcoming video game system.

Microsoft's Xbox division will use Agile Anywhere to collaborate with its widely dispersed supply chain partners, improve time to volume, and ensure quality for its next-generation video game system, which is targeted for availability during the key holiday shopping season.

To help it achieve leadership in this highly competitive market, Xbox outsources its manufacturing to Flextronics, one of the largest providers of electronics manufacturing services, and uses Nvidia to supply the core of Xbox with its advanced graphics processing technology. Both Flextronics and Nvidia use Agile to collaborate and speed product delivery to partners worldwide.

Microsoft has gone to extremes in creating the superior game system, and Agile provides the necessary mission-critical solution to support our sales ramp, especially for the holiday season, said Todd Holmdahl, general manager for Xbox Hardware. Agile Anywhere provides the collaborative manufacturing solution to optimize supply chain efficiency by effectively managing product content and changes internally and with our key manufacturing partners and suppliers worldwide.

Agile Anywhere, a suite of collaborative manufacturing solutions, enables manufacturers to build private "product manufacturing collaboration exchanges," automating the distribution and synchronization of product content across the e-supply chain. At, Agile also provides the dispersed supply chain with services such as online marketplaces, custom part procurement, wireless access and components research.