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Aras Community Newsletter -- February 2012
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in this issue
-- REGISTER - Aras ACE 2012 International
-- NEW BLOG - What is a PLM alpha? ...and are you one?
-- WEBCAST - Latest Release of Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM
-- UPCOMING EVENTS - CMPIC, CIMdata
-- TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions
-- DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

Wow! Seems like everyone around the world is moving forward with their Aras initiative all at once... and if your company is still trying to figure out PLM, get in touch... we can help you too. And no matter where you are you won't want to miss ACE 2012 International.

REGISTER - Aras ACE 2012 International

ACE 2012 International is coming fast. It's in early May in the Detroit area (well really Troy, MI). Get the details, make your plans and register now.

You'll find out about global companies that run Aras, get the latest PLM best practices and talk with people that have gotten results with Aras.

Whether you're just forming your PLM strategy or expanding your Aras deployment, you'll get the information and insight needed for success.

Find out why Aras is the most talked about PLM solution on the market, and learn how companies are addressing their most complex challenges with our advanced PLM platform.

Presenters will include:

  • American Italian Pasta Company
  • Boeing / Insitu
  • Kolcraft
  • Lear Corporation
  • Hayes Lemmerz International
  • Spartan Motors
  • and more

Conference Details

Date: May 1 - 3, 2012 (2.5 days)
Location: Marriott in Troy, Michigan (close to Detroit USA)
Registration: Free to Attend - No Fee - Registration Required

Our events are specifically designed to give you time to network & collaborate with your peers. You get to hear what others are doing in PLM, get new ideas, meet Aras team members and find out about the Aras roadmap.

You get real-world PLM experience combined with in-depth knowledge... and you'll have a great time.

Agenda, Overview, Hotel Info and Free Registration


NEW BLOG - What is a PLM alpha? ...and are you one?

This month we started a new blog called PLM alpha which is me interviewing Peter Schroer, Aras president & founder (and chief architect) about our technology.

It's designed to provide some of the more technically-oriented information on Aras for PLM professionals (we've been getting a lot of techy questions lately).

One of the first posts does a nice job explaining what a "PLM alpha" is, so thought we'd share some of that with everybody. If you want more, check it out - we'll be posting regularly.

What is a PLM alpha? ...and are you one?

MarcL: Why 'plm alpha'?

Peter Schroer: Over the years, I've met with thousands of PLM users, project teams and architects. They've been from a wide range of industries and locations all over the world.

And while each person's perspective on PLM is different, I find that there are some pretty consistent levels of experience. They're either first-time PLM novices, experienced PLM veterans or this kind of alpha geek in PLM, sort of a "PLM alpha" for short.

As the name implies, these PLM alphas tend to lead the way. They set the standard by which other companies measure PLM success, and are usually the ones that think of new ways to transform their business.

  • They're always on the lookout for new innovations in the field, and are typically the first to apply new technologies. PLM alphas are great to work with because they combine deep technical competence with an unusually high level of business savvy.
  • PLM alphas understand that technological breakthroughs occur constantly, and that uncovering the 'right one' can create a significant advantage over their competition. They're not looking for yesterday's system with some new screens or a dump truck load of unusable features.
  • Alphas want revolutionary innovation, the kind that typically comes from small groups of highly knowledgeable experts and results in an order of magnitude leap forward.
  • An alpha knows that advantage is achieved by using something that the other guy doesn't have. They're able to independently assess a technology's merits based on capabilities. PLM alphas want to evaluate, test and validate for themselves because they want hands-on experience.
  • They want to know with certainty that a new technology is truly revolutionary, and they understand that no amount of customer reference calls will ever provide the depth of insight necessary.

In fact, by definition they don't want something that a lot of other companies have because by that time it's too late to get the upper hand.

PLM alphas also shy away from "success stories", flashy brochures and pretty PowerPoints. They refuse to sit through endless sales presentations because they know that salesmen with slides and magic show demos typically sell snake oil.

They've been burned before and aren't about to let it happen again. Actually, most PLM alphas that I know have been part of knock-down drag-out vendor fights, and have the scars to prove it. A true PLM alpha takes pride in this.

Most alphas have led multiple PLM implementations, have experience with at least two of the major PLM systems on the market and understand the core capabilities better than the vendor's own personnel.

They have been down & dirty inside the code. They know every in and out of the data model. They have reached the limits of the system and gone beyond. They know where each PLM system breaks down, and where they will be forced to customize or compromise.

That level of competence, expertise, experience is typically accompanied by an attitude, a positive attitude that combines confidence and clarity with a healthy serving of curiosity.

The PLM alphas that I know are always advocating for the business and taking on new challenges while simultaneously on the lookout for game changers.

They're busy people. They're a scarce resource that's in-demand so they rarely have the time that they'd like to test drive each new technological advancement.

That's why it's 'PLM alpha' because this is the type of info that these people want to know about Aras and our PLM platform technologies and solutions.

If this sounds like you, we should have the kind of info you've been looking for and if you're not getting something specific or if you have a questions, just post a comment and we'll get you what you need.

Read more posts on PLM alpha


WEBCAST - Latest Release of Aras EPLM for SolidWorks

This month at SolidWorks World 2012 in San Diego California we announced our latest release of Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, our product that's optimized for companies that run SolidWorks.

It's built on top of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM, extending its capabilities with packaged functionality for corporate-wide PLM business processes.

It's highly scalable for global multi-site deployments because it's based on the advanced Aras platform.

Find out why Josh Mings over at Solidsmack says, "if you're a SolidWorks data-org-whore, or involved with SolidWorks data in any way, you're gonna love it."

We're doing a webcast to show off the newest features & functionality including:

  • Enhanced SolidWorks Look & Feel
  • Item-based Multi-Level BOM & BOM Redline
  • Additional Enterprise Change Management Functionality
  • Classification for Parts, Documents, Items and more
  • Configuration Management
  • Approved Vendor / Manufacturer Management
  • Integrated Project Management
  • and lots more...

Webcast: What's New in Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM
Date: Thursday March 22, 2012
Time: 11:00am Eastern Time (USA)
Registration: Free sign-up

If your company runs SolidWorks and is considering a PLM solution like Teamcenter, Agile or Windchill, you won't want to miss this webcast.

In fact, you should probably invite your colleagues too!


UPCOMING EVENTS - CMPIC, CIMdata

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
  • SCM: Strategies, Techniques & Tools - Orlando FL - Mar 19 - 22
  • ANSI/EIA-649 NEW Rev. B Course - Orlando FL - March 26 - 28
  • CM for IT & SW Development - Orlando FL - April 2 - 5
  • SCM: Strategies, Techniques & Tools - Ottawa ON - Apr 9 - 12
  • CM Assessor Certification - Orlando FL - Apr 16 - 18
  • CM Foundations - Myrtle Beach SC - Apr 17 - 18
  • CM Structures - Myrtle Beach SC - Apr 19 - 20
  • CM Dynamics - Myrtle Beach SC - Apr 23 - 24
  • CM Implementation - Myrtle Beach SC - Apr 25 - 26
  • CM for IT & SW Development - Stafford VA - April 30 - May 3
  • CM Foundations - Houston TX - May 14 - 15
  • CM Structures - Houston TX - May 16 - 17
  • CM Dynamics - Houston TX - June 11 - 12
  • CM Implementation - Houston TX - June 13 - 14
  • ANSI/EIA-649 NEW Rev. B Course - Stafford VA - May 14 - 16
  • CM Foundations - Salt Lake City UT - May 21 - 22
  • CM Structures - Salt Lake City UT - May 23 - 24
  • CM Dynamics - Salt Lake City UT - June 18 - 19
  • CM Implementation - Salt Lake City UT - June 20 - 21
  • CM Standards & Practices Update - Seattle WA - June 25 - 27

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
  • Birmingham, UK - Mar 12 - 16
  • Oslo, Norway - June 11 - 15
  • Dallas / Fort Worth, TX - Sept 17 - 21
  • Stuttgart, Germany - Oct 15 - 19
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Nov 12 - 16
  • Cypress, CA - Dec 3 - 7

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

  • Mar 5 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Mar 19 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Apr 9 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • May 7 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • May 21 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA

Japan

  • Mar 9 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Mar 13 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Mar 15 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Mar 16 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Mar 21 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo
  • Mar 23 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo
  • Apr 6 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Apr 10 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Apr 12 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Apr 13 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Apr 18 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo
  • Apr 20 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo

China & Taiwan

  • Mar 8 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei
  • Mar 8 - Aras Innovator Administration - Wuhan
  • Mar 29 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration


DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • 3M
  • Accenture
  • Aeronamic
  • Atos
  • Avio S.p.a.
  • Axis Photonique
  • BlueFors Cryogenics
  • Boeing
  • CAE
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Columbia River Carbonates
  • Devolo AG
  • Digital Signal Corporation
  • Dongguk University
  • Ehinger Informatik
  • ESCATEC Switzerland AG
  • Estrix
  • Experian
  • Foxconn
  • Fujitsu
  • Genesis Engineering
  • GETRAG
  • Hangzhou Dunli Medical Instruments
  • HCL
  • Hitachi
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • ITT Exelis
  • Kollmorgen AB
  • Medtronic
  • MITSUBISHI
  • Motorola
  • NobleTek
  • Noraxon
  • Northern Digital
  • OneChip Photonics
  • PERA Global
  • Procter & Gamble
  • ReformTech Sweden AB
  • Revolights, Inc.
  • Roding Automobile GmbH
  • SAIC
  • San Gennaro Foods
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Satcon Technology Corporation
  • Scandinavian Wind AB
  • Shanghai Legion NOVA Energy Technologies
  • Shenzhen Aikang Electronic
  • Siemens
  • Snoeks Automotive B.V.
  • SNY Autotech
  • Sogeclair Aerospace
  • Streamliner
  • SUMISHO
  • ThyssenKrupp
  • Transocean
  • T-Systems
  • Università del Salento
  • US Army
  • UTC
  • Vivid Medical
  • Wipro
  • XEI Scientific
  • Zenon AB
  • コムネクスト株式会社
  • デジタルプロセス株式会社
  • ファインテック株式会社
  • ミネベア株式会社
  • ヤマト科学株式会社
  • 上海德明通讯
  • 京セラ株式会社
  • 任天堂株式会社
  • 日産自動車株式会社
  • 株式会社アルゴグラフィックス
  • 株式会社エスワイシステム
  • 株式会社ネオシステム
  • 株式会社野村総合研究所
  • 武汉博威管理咨询有限公司
  • 野村総合研究所
  • 青岛崂山应用技术研究所