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Aras Community Newsletter -- February 2013
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NEW RELEASE - Microsoft Office Connector for Aras

WEBCASTS - 2 New Webcasts for SolidWorks Users

NEWS - 5 Years of Record Growth at Aras

REGISTRATION OPEN - Register for ACE 2013 - April 30 - May 2

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

UPCOMING EVENTS - Office Connector Webcast, Product Innovation Congress & More

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs



ACE 2013 registration is open and if your company has achieved new successes with Aras over the past year, get in touch with me about sharing your story.

NEW RELEASE - Microsoft Office Connector for Aras

Last month we announced the availability of the Microsoft® Office Connector for Aras Innovator®. The Office Connector for Aras lets you manage documents, spreadsheets and emails in Aras without leaving your Microsoft Office application.

You can create, store, edit and manage Excel, Word and PowerPoint files and your Outlook emails from within the familiar, easy to use Microsoft environment.

The Office Connector for Aras also includes some pretty sophisticated capabilities for document control and security, including need-to-know access, configurable automatic document numbering and naming conventions, the optional use of corporate templates and more. All the stuff that PLM administrators will appreciate.

We think the Office Connector for Aras offers the best of both worlds - ease of use for end users and the controls and security required by global companies in military, aerospace, medical devices and other highly regulated industries.

>> See for yourself: On-Demand Demo available now

Aras Office Connector Features

  • Search - Search files and templates in PLM from within the Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • View & Edit - Simply select View for read-only access or Edit to lock and modify a file
  • Automated PDFs - Auto generate PDFs of saved files to attach and distribute to other users in the workflow
  • Classification - Automated file naming & document number sequencing based on classification categories
  • Linking - Option to create relationships between Microsoft documents and Aras items such as Parts, Drawings, Projects, Process Plans, and other PLM items from within Microsoft Office. Relationships can drive naming and numbering, and are updated along with associated product components.
  • Revision & Version Control - Configurable revision and version control on Microsoft files provides traceability and assures that users always work with the correct version of a file
  • Side-by-Side Comparisons - Enables users to easily view side-by-side comparisons of different revisions of the same document or file
  • Configuration Options - Configurable to support corporate standards, practices and procedures
  • Compliance - Document controls, tracking, traceability and audit trails streamline and simplify compliance
  • Security - Need-to-know access rights and permissions on files managed from within Aras

WEBCASTS: 2 New Webcasts for SolidWorks Users

Don't miss your chance to learn about the two new solutions available for Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM, the best PLM for companies that run SolidWorks.

Don't miss your chance to learn about the two new solutions available for Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM, the best PLM for companies that run SolidWorks.

Requirements Management for Aras EPLM enables SolidWorks users to incorporate Requirements Management in PLM to meet complex customer demands, drive product quality and minimize risk. Ideal for companies that have products with mechanical, electronics and software in the design.

Office Connector for Aras EPLM extends the PLM benefits directly into Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Users can create, store, edit and manage documents while working within the familiar, easy to use Microsoft environment.

Registration is FREE - Sign Up Now

Webcast: Requirements Management for Aras EPLM
Thursday, February 7 - 11:00 AM eastern time
Registration & Information: http://aras.com/plm/001758

Webcast: Office Connector for Aras EPLM
Thursday, February 28 - 11:00 AM eastern time
Registration & Information: http://aras.com/plm/001759


NEWS: 5 Years of Record Growth at Aras

It has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Aras community. Thanks to everyone for your ongoing commitment which helped us achieve a fifth consecutive year of record global growth in 2012. We believe this is the direct result of the open innovation enabled by your participation and collaboration on our next generation PLM platform.

And to help us continue to expand the business globally, we brought on a new CFO in January, J. Britton ("Brit") Hutchins, CFA. Brit has a track record of success at high growth technology firms and was most recently CFO at VISTAGY so he knows the PLM business which we think is key.

Aras 2012 Highlights

  • More than 67,000 downloads in 130 countries
  • Joined the 3D PDF Consortium as a founding member
  • Became a signatory member of the Codex of PLM Openness
  • Named PLM industry expert & former head of SAP PLM Japan, Masahiko Hisatsugu, as President of Aras Japan and launched Aras Japan
  • Expanded our global partner network to include representation in more than 40 countries including new partners Aimnext, DIPRO, Integware, SCSK Corporation, SEEBURGER AG, vdR Group and many others
  • Became the first enterprise PLM provider to enable on Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Made multiple major product releases including Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM, Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault and Aras Requirements Management
  • Had solution contributions from Carestream Health, COMPAL, ECCO, Gentex, GETRAG Ford Transmissions, Lear, Mitsubishi, NSK, Sandia National Laboratories and numerous others
  • Announced availability of exciting new Cloud-based data replication technology from Ilesfay

It's lining up to be an even better 2013 with lots of exciting new developments, new releases and new events. We appreciate your contributions and look forward to even more collaboration and to helping you achieve truly transformational PLM results at your business this year.


REGISTRATION OPEN - Register for ACE 2013 - April 30 - May 2

We're excited to announce that registration is now open for ACE 2013. It's at the Marriott in Troy Michigan just outside Detroit (USA) this year.

We're putting together another great line up of speakers and sessions. In fact, if you have been considering sharing the story of your PLM journey, get in touch.

There'll be additional learning sessions this year along with plenty of time to network and collaborate with other leading companies.

Whether you're expanding your Aras deployment or just planning your PLM strategy, you'll get the information you need to achieve success.

Registration is free, so you won't want to miss it. And we've kept the room rates at the 2012 level, so click through and reserve your spot.

And check the ACE regularly as we'll be adding the agenda, speakers and partners over the coming weeks.

>> ACE 2013 FREE REGISTRATION: http://www.aras.com/ACE2013


RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

Tech Video: Simple and CMII-based Change. Which One is Right for You? Change management. It's the process by which changes to products or documents are initiated, developed, reviewed and implemented. Managed change enables a company to improve its products and become more successful, while documenting history and audit...

On-Demand Demo: Aras Requirements Management The newest Aras Requirements Management solution embeds advanced requirements management functionality in enterprise PLM, providing powerful capabilities for complex systems engineering. With Aras Requirements Management, users can identify, associate...

User Spotlight: Spartan Motors Do you need to standardized cross-functional processes but don't want to impact your CAD users? Take a look at Spartan Motors who achieved standardized processes without impacting their SolidWorks users or replacing their existing SolidWorks Enterprise...

NewsImpresa: Anche le soluzioni PLM diventano open source o quasi... quale futuro? Aras Corporation da azienda pioniera ha introdotto un diverso modello di business rispetto alle altre soluzioni PLM: l'open source. Trasportando - di fatto - il modello di business dalla vendita di prodotti a quello della fornitura di servizi. I risultati? Visti i livelli di fatturato raggiunti, sono da considerarsi...

SWW2013: Aras @ SWW13 - A Recap I just met up with Marc Lind, fresh off the airplane from Orlando, who gave me the inside scoop on SolidWorks World 2013 . Marc reflected on the great energy at the Aras booth and all through the conference, and how delightful it was to catch up with...

Partner Spotlight: Javelin Technologies Canada's leading SolidWorks ® reseller, Javelin Technologies , has recently partnered with Aras and will resell Aras Enterprise PLM (EPLM) for SolidWorks EPDM . Javelin brings extensive SolidWorks expertise and rich PLM experience to the Aras...

User Video: Boeing-Insitu's Keys To PLM Success You may remember the post a few months back on the Boeing-Insitu 60 Day PLM Implementation Challenge , and today Pam Schwandtner will share some tips to make your PLM initiative just as successful. Boeing-Insitu Keys to PLM Success: Gain Executive Support...

Aras Video: "We Became Addicted To Our Own Technology" That's a quote from Rob McAveney, Aras Director of Product Management. He said it in response to the question: What makes Aras unique? He also talked about Aras's flexibility, dynamic nature, openness and so much more. But the most intriguing...

New Blogger: A Letter From The New Aras Blogger Dear Aras Community, My name is Brianne and I am really excited that I will now be managing the daily activities of the Aras Community blogs. By way of background, I have a degree in Journalism and a passion for telling stories. I can spark up a conversation...


UPCOMING EVENTS

WEBCAST: Next Generation Requirements Management for Aras EPLM - 11:00am Eastern Time - February 7, 2013

Requirements Management for Aras EPLM enables SolidWorks Users to Incorporate Requirements Management in PLM to Meet Complex Customer Demands, Drive Product Quality and Minimize Risk.

Next Generation Requirements Management for Aras EPLM - Free Registration


PARTNER WEBCAST: SofTech SolidWorks Connector for Aras - SofTech - 10:00am Eastern Time - February 7, 2013

SofTech invites you to experience its direct SolidWorks connection to Aras Innovator. SofTech's Connectors for Aras provide you with the ability to manage your critical CAD information, including Documents, Parts and BOMs, while providing direct access to Aras Innovator PLM.

SofTech SolidWorks Connector for Aras - Information & Registration


PARTNER WEBCAST: Why Aras is the Best PLM Value - Fisher/Unitech - 10:00am Eastern Time - February 12, 2013

With Aras you can dramatically speed up design-to-release processes, improve quality and cut overall development costs.

Why Aras is the Best PLM Value - Information & Registration


PARTNER WEBCAST: SofTech Inventor Connector for Aras - SofTech - 11:00am Eastern Time - February 14, 2013

SofTech invites you to experience its direct Autodesk Inventor connection to Aras Innovator. SofTech's Connectors for Aras provide you with the ability to manage your critical CAD information, including Documents, Parts and BOMs, while providing direct access to Aras Innovator PLM.

SofTech Inventor Connector for Aras - Information & Registration


Product Innovation Congress 2013 - Berlin, Germany - February 19, 2013

Join us at Product Innovation (PI) 2013 - Europe`s leading independent PLM and CAD-CAM-CAE event. PI 2013 builds on the years of success of the PLM Innovation congress, and brings it together with the exciting developments and applications in CAD, CAE and simulation. We would like to invite you to be part of PI 2013, and as a member of the Aras Community you get a €600 discount off registration.

Product Innovation Congress 2013 - Information & Registration


WEBCAST: The Microsoft® Office Connector for Aras EPLM - 11:00am Eastern Time - February 28, 2013

The Office connector for Aras EPLM extends the benefits of enterprise PLM to SolidWorks users in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Users can create, store, edit, search and manage documents while working within the familiar, easy to use Microsoft environment.

The Microsoft® Office Connector for Aras EPLM - Information & Registration


CMPIC Configuration Management Training

CMPIC courses are designed to provide a detailed overview of CM planning, naming conventions, numbering practices, baselines, change control, traceability, status accounting, and more. The CMPIC classes explain the role of CM in the organization.

  • Upcoming Sessions
  • CM Foundations - Washington DC - Feb 25 - 26
  • CM Structures - Washington DC - Feb 27 - 28
  • CM Dynamics - Washington DC - Mar 25 - 26
  • CM Implementation - Washington DC - Mar 27 - 28
  • CM Foundations - Ottawa ON - Mar 18 - 19
  • CM Structures - Ottawa ON - Mar 20 - 21
  • CM Dynamics - Ottawa ON - Apr 15 - 16
  • CM Implementation - Ottawa ON - Apr 17 - 18
  • CM Standards & Practices Update - Stafford, VA - April 15 - 17
  • CM Foundations - Myrtle Beach, SC - April 23 - 24

CMPIC Training Schedule - - Agenda & Registration


CIMdata PLM Certificate Program

CIMdata's PLM Certificate Program on enterprise PLM best practices provides you with an in-depth PLM education. The training is comprised of 9 sessions delivered over a five-day period through a series of lectures, case studies, tests, and individual as well as group exercises.

  • Upcoming Sessions
  • Newport Beach, California - February 25 - March 1
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - April 22 - 26
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan - May 13- 17
  • Oslo, Norway - June 10 - 14

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - - Agenda & Registration


TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

Training combines hands-on exercises, overview presentations, and discussions so that participants achieve an in-depth understanding of the topics.

Get the education you and your team need for success with the Aras solutions. Regularly scheduled Aras training sessions are FREE for companies with an active Aras subscription.

Also, there are several self-paced, online training tutorials available at the Tata Technologies engineering training site called i GET IT. Use the "TAG-10-RES" discount code for 10% off i GET IT training on Aras, as well as, all the other i GET IT training offerings.

United States

  • Feb 11 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Feb 25 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Mar 11 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Mar 18 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Apr 8 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Apr 15 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA

Japan

  • Feb 8 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Feb 8 - PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Feb 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Tokyo
  • Feb 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Tokyo
  • Feb 19 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Osaka
  • Feb 21 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Osaka
  • Feb 22- Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Osaka
  • Mar 1 - PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Mar 5 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Mar 7 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Mar 8 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Mar 8 - PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Mar 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Osaka
  • Mar 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Tokyo
  • Mar 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Osaka
  • Mar 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Tokyo
  • Apr 5 - PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Apr 9 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Apr 11 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Apr 12 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Apr 17 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Tokyo
  • Apr 19 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Tokyo

China & Taiwan

  • Feb 21 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Taipei
  • Feb 21 - Aras Solutions and Administrator Training - Wuhan
  • Mar 7 - Aras Solutions and Administrator Training - Wuhan
  • Mar 14 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei
  • Mar 28 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Taipei

Korea

  • Feb 20 - Aras PLM Basics - Seoul
  • Feb 21 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Seoul

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration


DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
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  • AgustaWestland
  • Allen Vanguard
  • BDT AG
  • Breton spa
  • CapGemini
  • CMC Systems
  • Convenientpower
  • Crux Aerospace
  • Danieli Automation
  • Danielson Engineering
  • DAS Aero
  • Dexcon GmbH
  • Dytecna
  • Fillworth
  • FlexLink
  • Forum Energy Technologies
  • Foxconn
  • Freudenberg
  • FTC
  • Gentex
  • GlobalSim
  • Halbit Avionics
  • HITACHI
  • HP
  • Humax
  • Indo Shell Cast
  • InMediasP GmbH
  • INNOSOFT
  • INSOURCE
  • IOMAX
  • ISID
  • JTT
  • Karl berrang GmbH
  • Keirex Technology
  • KOBELCO SYSTEMS
  • Luvata Franklin
  • Malibu Technologies
  • Malvern Instruments
  • Mitek
  • Murata
  • National Oilwell
  • Nuclear Engineering Services
  • Novo Electronics
  • OPTEX
  • Osram GmbH
  • PALFINGER
  • Pentair
  • Plasma Antennas
  • Quanser
  • R.E. Phelon
  • Rallyspeed
  • ReaMetrix
  • Robert Bosch
  • Rockwell Collins
  • RSCS
  • SILVATRIM
  • SmartHome
  • SRCTec
  • STEGO Elektrotechnik GmbH
  • Stoneridge Electronics
  • StrongWeaver
  • TEAM INGENIERIA
  • T-Systems
  • UFT
  • UNITEC
  • University of Derby
  • University of Portsmouth
  • US Army
  • VenTower
  • Weir
  • Westinghouse
  • Yokogawa
  • コベルコシステム株式会社
  • 北京斯奥特软件技术有限公司
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