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Aras Community Newsletter -- May 2012
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in this issue
-- HIGHLIGHTS - Aras ACE 2012 International Summary & Slides
-- SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Service Pack 3 Now Available
-- FEATURED PROJECT - AML Studio
-- UPCOMING EVENTS - CM:TRENDS, CMPIC, CIMdata, Expanding PLM Search (Webcast), ACE 2012 Midwest

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions
-- DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

SLIDES, SLIDES and more SLIDES are now available for download from ACE 2012 International. And for you power users, you won't want to miss AML Studio either (see below)... SP3 is here... lots of conferences, webcasts and training are coming up... all this and more in this month's edition. Enjoy.

HIGHLIGHTS - Aras ACE 2012 International Summary & Slides

ACE 2012 International starts bright & early at 9am Tuesday morning.

In May we had our fifth annual ACE 2012 International conference, and it was great to be back in the Detroit area.

This year was our largest ACE ever with 300+ registered and sold out sponsorship.

On behalf of all of us here at Aras, I'd like to personally thank everyone that joined us for making it a really great conference, and special thanks to the presenters and sponsoring partners.

Our theme was "Be Different" which emphasizes how enterprises use Aras to differentiate, innovate and compete on process superiority.

We had business and technology professionals from around the world that came to learn and collaborate on PLM best practices with Aras from global product development to outsourced manufacturing and systems engineering complexity.

The agenda was loaded with corporate case studies where leading companies shared how they are addressing their most complex challenges with our advanced PLM platform & solutions.

Presenters included Boeing, Insitu, GETRAG Ford Transmissions, Lear Corporation, Carestream Health, Ceradyne, Maxion Wheels / Hayes Lemmerz International , Ralcorp's American Italian Pasta Company, Infosys and Amscan.

And this year's Collaborate & Contribute award winners were ECCO, Gentex Corporation and Minerva. Congratulations and thanks to the people at each of these companies for making these contributions which enhance the Aras solutions for everyone. And I'd also like to recognize the other nominates, as well as, the hundreds of other people around the world that made contributions this past year. It's something to be proud of, Bravo.

All in all, it was a great conference. In fact, 98% people responding to our post conference survey indicated that they "achieved their personal goals at ACE".

While we're not able to bring back the energy from the conference (if you want that, you'll have to come next year), what I have done is share some highlights along with pictures and presentations on our blog.

Read ACE Highlights, See Pictures and GET THE SLIDES


SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Service Pack 3 Now Available

The latest Service Pack for Version 9.3 is now available - SP3

SP3 includes items important to enterprise users:

  • Support for SQL Server 2012
  • Improved Export to Excel feature
  • Package Import / Export utility enhancements
  • Introduced ability to execute multiple onSearchDialog events
  • Additional feature enhancements and issues addressed as well

SP3 details are available on the Documentation page.

SP3 is available to businesses with an active Aras subscription package, and companies on subscription receive free upgrades regardless of the amount of customization they've done to their system.

Subscribers can schedule a free upgrade to SP3 by contacting Aras support or an Aras certified partner.


FEATURED PROJECT - AML Studio

One of this year's Collaborate & Contribute award winners from ACE 2012, AML Studio is an open source XML dev & admin tool for working with Aras Innovator.

This is a great tool for advanced users, especially those that take advantage of the Aras modeling capabilities, because it dramatically simplifies interacting with the Aras Web services and Adaptive Markup Language (aka AML, hence the project's name :-) which is Aras Innovator's XML tag set.

AML Studio is similar to NASH (Aras utility) in concept, but the similarities end there.

It includes:

  • Intellisense 'type down' suggestions for writing correct AML / XML
  • 'type down' suggestions are context sensitive so only suggests options that are relevant / possible
  • Automatic XML tag set formatting
  • Expand & collapse XML nodes
  • XML syntax highlighting, code folding and lots more

For new Aras administrators this significantly accelerates the learning curve for interacting with the Aras Innovator server using AML.

But in my opinion, AML Studio is even more important for power users who simultaneously work with many different customized Aras Innovator instances that each have different data models.

AML Studio securely authenticates and dynamically exposes the data model to interactively guide you through the customized model's ItemTypes, Properties and RelationshipTypes simplifying query development and speeding solution customization.

It's great for:

  • Aras Administrators
  • Power Users
  • Developers
  • Solution Architects
  • Aras Consultants & Partners
  • ...and anyone that likes to Model solutions with the Aras Innovator platform

AML Studio was created by Eric Domke at Gentex Corporation and it's a freely available download on both the Aras Project Site and Microsoft's CodePlex open source site where Eric has also posted examples, tips and AML snippets.

Congratulations to Eric for winning this year's award at ACE and a big "Thanks" to him and everyone else that has contributed to this project. Well done.

This is a HOT one so go get it and have some fun!


UPCOMING EVENTS - CM:TRENDS, CMPIC, CIMdata, Expanding PLM Search (Webcast), ACE 2012 Midwest

ACE 2012 Midwest - Chicago, IL - June 19, 2012

Collaborate, innovate and network with other Aras users in your area at Northern Illinois University in Hoffman Estates, IL (Chicago area). This half-day FREE session includes Aras user presentations and updates on new Aras solutions, the Aras roadmap and more along with a networking breakfast.

ACE 2012 Midwest - - Agenda & FREE Registration


WEBCAST: 4 Extraordinary Ways You Never Knew to Expand Your PLM Search - June 19,

Learn how companies like yours are saving hours every week by extending their PLM search to find and use their data regardless of object type, location or file format without ever leaving their session. We will review easy ways to maximize your existing data management solutions and the advantages of Alcove9.

Webcast - - FREE Registration


CM:TRENDS 2012 - San Diego, CA - Aug 13, 2012

CM:TRENDS 2012 embraces all aspects of Configuration Management best practices including CM process, automation, industry standards and professional organizations. Presentations will cover all facets of CM from government to commercial best practices, as well as, current and future trends in CM automation.

CM:TRENDS 2012 - - Agenda & 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 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
  • CM Foundations - Orlando FL - July 10 - 11
  • CM Structures - Orlando FL - July 12 - 13
  • CM Dynamics - Orlando FL - July 16 - 17
  • CM Implementation - Orlando FL - July 18 - 19
  • CM Assessor Certification - Stafford VA - July 16 - 18
  • SCM: Strategies, Techniques & Tools - Stafford VA - July 30 - Aug 2
  • ANSI/EIA-649 NEW Rev. B Course - San Diego CA - Aug 15 - 17
  • CM Assessor Certification - San Diego CA - Aug 15 - 17
  • CM Standards & Practices Update - San Diego CA - Aug 15 - 17

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
  • 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

  • Jun 4 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Jun 4 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Jul 9 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Jul 16 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Aug 13 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA

Japan

  • Jun 8 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Jun 12 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Jun 14 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Jun 15 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Jun 15 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo
  • Jun 20 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo
  • Jul 6 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Jul 10 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • July 12 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Jul 13 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Jul 13 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo
  • Jul 18 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo

China & Taiwan

  • Jun 21 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration


DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • AIRBUS
  • Altronic
  • Argo Graphic
  • Axis Photonique
  • Beijing Sanyou Technology
  • Bladon Jets
  • BOND & CARNABY
  • Cameron Pace Group
  • Carraro SpA
  • Çarşıbaşı
  • CCS China
  • Chemtrol División Teatro S.A.
  • CIMPA
  • Comnext
  • Cyber Innovation Labs
  • Dansk Svejse Teknik
  • Dongguk University
  • Durabotics
  • ED2 Soluções Integradas
  • eTurbotouch
  • Exelis
  • Foxconn
  • GE
  • General Motors
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • HCL Technologies
  • Hitachi
  • HP
  • Hypertherm, Inc.
  • IBM
  • Infosys
  • InnoDisk Corporation
  • International Automotive Components
  • JCI
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kawada Industries
  • KEISOKU GIKEN
  • Konica Minolta
  • LSI Industries
  • MAN
  • Maschinenbau Grissemann GmbH
  • Miotech Orthopedic
  • Navistar
  • NIIGATA POWER SYSTEMS
  • Nippon
  • Nissan
  • Nonin Medical
  • Novatronix
  • Orcia Company
  • Pisa University
  • Rand McNally
  • SEEBURGER AG
  • Seiko
  • Siemens
  • Streamliner
  • Synexxus
  • TATA Technologies
  • TCS
  • Terumo Cardiovascular Systems
  • TSMC
  • T-Systems
  • Valtronic
  • Varian
  • Verizon
  • Volvo
  • Winsonic Electronics
  • Wipro
  • エイムネクスト株式会社
  • 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
  • ベクトル株式会社
  • ミネベア株式会社
  • 古野電気株式会社
  • 株式会社 アルゴグラフィックス
  • 株式会社アルゴグラフィックス
  • 株式会社ネオシステム
  • 株式会社メディコスヒラタ
  • 武汉博威管理咨询有限公司
  • 烟台星辉