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Aras Newsletter

August 2016

In this issue:

CIO REVIEW: Considering IoT and the Business of Engineering

LIFECYCLE INSIGHTS: Cloud Scenarios for PLM at Global Enterprises

NEW SERVICE PACK AVAILABLE: Version 11 SP 7

SUBSCRIBER TECH TIP: Accessing Workflow Activity and Process Variables

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs & more

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

We've had a lot of interesting news lately - check out articles from CIO Review, Lifecycle Insights and CIMdata. And... Don't forget to catch up with us at a number of upcoming events in September - like the OMG Technical Conference, AIAA Space event and our own ACE 2016 Japan in Tokyo on Sept 1-2!


CIO REVIEW: Considering IoT and the Business of Engineering

The impact of IoT is felt across many industries - from automotive to aerospace and beyond. Products are growing more and more complex posing a challenge for today's manufacturers.

Recently Peter Schroer, Aras Founder & CEO, was in an article on CIO Review discussing the impact of IoT on the business of engineering. He states the question - What is the impact of IoT on the business of Engineering?

We know that connecting the disciplines and extended enterprise is essential. Peter explains, "What we commonly see is that product developers turn to their existing PLM systems to handle these challenges. What the enterprise quickly discovers, however, is that legacy PLM systems were never designed to flexibly manage cross discipline or cross-enterprise business processes."

Today's business of engineering demands digital connectedness between the engineering disciplines as well as enterprise collaboration across sourcing, manufacturing, the supply chain and field services. Without this digital connectedness, it is impossible to create context for IoT data and successfully leverage it."

Without a balance between the Science of Engineering and the Business of Engineering, manufacturers will struggle to produce advanced products that meet market demands.

Read the full article on CIO Review: http://aras.com/plm/003303


LIFECYCLE INSIGHTS: Cloud Scenarios for PLM at Global Enterprises

Cloud hype has been raging in the PLM industry for a while. One of the big problems is that people are talking about "going to the cloud" as if you're just going to wake up tomorrow and decide to move everything... everyone knows that's just not going to happen. Yet, the cloud hype continues.

Chad Jackson from Lifecycle Insights has actually put some thought into when, how and why large enterprises might consider using the Cloud for specific PLM scenarios.

He's identified several scenarios that are particularly relevant to global companies and might make sense to consider:

  • Organizations entering into rapid co-development projects - working with suppliers and/or customers outside the firewall
  • Separate & finite duration programs - situations where the business unit is unable to use the existing corporate PDM system and needs it's own environment
  • Undergoing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures or Joint Ventures - when you need a stand-alone PLM environment for the new organization

These scenarios demand an alternative to traditional PDM systems. "Technology advancements combined with new business models provide a promising alternative. A flexible, agile PLM solution deployed on the cloud meets the fast start-up time requirements of these scenarios. These new cloud-based solutions represent an excellent fit for decentralized development projects and programs," notes Chad.

Read the full Lifecycle Insights article: http://aras.com/plm/003310


NEW SERVICE PACK AVAILABLE: Version 11 SP 7

Our latest service pack for Version 11 is out >> SP 7 is now available for download.

Version 11 SP 7 includes enhancements to:

  • Enterprise Search - provides the ability to perform keyword / full text search across various Item Types such as Parts, Documents, ECOs, their Related Items and content in their Files at once.
  • Visual Collaboration - improvements made to notifications, message visibility control, improved usability, advanced image viewer, highlight text markup and configurable toolbars.

SP7 details are available on the Documentation page in the subscriber portal.

Subscribers can schedule a free upgrade to SP7 by contacting Aras Support or your Aras certified partner.


SUBSCRIBER TECH TIP: Accessing Workflow Activity and Process Variables


Workflow activity and process variables are similar to standard item properties but are configured in a Workflow Map by a workflow author independent of the controlling ItemType. Process and activity variables can be used to collect and store data associated with a running workflow process. This additional data can then be used in specialized business rules or simply retained as part of the workflow process for later review.

An activity variable is assigned to an individual workflow activity while a process variable applies to the entire workflow process.

When an end user receives and opens an assignment from a running workflow process, a workflow completion dialog is displayed to submit a vote. The dialog displays activity variables (unless hidden) and allows the assigned user to enter additional data that is recorded with the workflow process.

This tech tip will show you how to configure and access workflow activity and process variables using a server Method assigned to a workflow activity event.

Get the full Tech Tip: http://aras.com/plm/003309


RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, etc.

CIO REVIEW: Considering IoT and The Business of Engineering

CIO Review devotes its latest edition to disruptions companies face in the age of The Internet of Things. Aras Founder and CEO Peter Schroer shares his perspectives on how IoT changes the nature of the business of engineering for product developers.

http://aras.com/plm/003303

CIMDATA: T-Systems Powers Their Cloud-Based PLM Solution with Aras Innovator

CIMdata has tracked PLM's growth on the cloud for many years. Initially, security and performance with large datasets were the big concerns. Product development organizations lagged other enterprise domains in cloud deployments due to these concerns, but that appears to be changing.

http://aras.com/plm/003287

MANUFACTURING BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY: Can Today's Manufacturer Manage Business of Engineering?

For today's global engineering and product development teams, the watchword is product complexity. Aras founder and CEO Peter Schroer offers his thoughts about the best approach to power today's business of engineering - nothing less than a digital transformation in product development.

http://aras.com/plm/003304

FROM THE BLOG: Your Legacy PDM System Doesn't Support Systems Engineering

This requires strong Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) capabilities to establish how the system (product) will operate and behave. Systems Engineering lays down the foundation of your product. Here is where a firm will find out if it can reuse product modules, where new tech will be developed, where challenges will be, and if the product is even viable.

http://aras.com/plm/003305


UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

CM TRENDS 2016 S.W.A.T. - San Antonia, TX - August 29 - 31, 2016

Become better able to identify bottlenecks, improve workflow, and reduce mistakes within your organization. Attending CM Trends 2016 will give you a better understanding of configuration management. This event will cover the latest CM trends, industry standards, corporate experiences, and specific topics in configuration management and associated professions. http://aras.com/plm/003276

ACE 2016 Japan - Tokyo, Japan - September 1 - 2, 2016

Arasコミュニティイベント (ACE) 2015 Japanを9月2日(水)・3日(木)の2日間、東京・六本木アカデミーヒルズで開催いたします。ACE Japanは、ユーザー事例や技術セッションなど、Aras Innovatorをより先進的かつ柔軟にご活用いただくための情報を共有いただくコラボレーションの場です。今年は2日間のイベントとして開催し、より多くのお客様に、より多くの情報に触れていただく機会をご提供できればと思っております。 http://aras.com/plm/003225

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Requirements Management - Virtual - September 8, 2016

Requirements Management provides powerful capabilities for complex systems engineering planning, development and realization through the creation of a single, multi-discipline requirements hierarchy. Change management workflow assures requirements stay in sync as the system or product evolves over the lifecycle. http://aras.com/plm/003307

OMG Technical Meeting - Chicago, IL - September 12, 2016

The OMG Technical Meeting provides IT architects, business analysts, government experts, vendors and end-users a neutral forum to discuss, develop and adopt standards that enable software interoperability for a wide range of industries. http://aras.com/plm/003306

AIAA Space 2016 - Long beach, CA - September 13 - 16, 2016

AIAA Space and Astronautics Forum focuses on serving the broader space community. From the beginning, AIAA's space-related conference has had a hybrid program, with plenary and panel sessions focused on policy and management issues as well as a strong technical program featuring technical paper presentations in space operations, space systems, space transportation, space and Earth science, space exploration, and many other topics. http://aras.com/plm/003277

Discover Aras Innovator and the Aras Community - Gröbenzell, Germany - September 14, 2016

Sie interessieren sich für die Aras PLM Lösungen - aber Sie sind sich noch nicht ganz sicher, ob Aras Innovator die richtige Lösung für Sie ist? Besuchen Sie uns bei unserer Discover Aras Innovator Veranstaltung um zu erfahren, ob Aras die richtige Lösung für Sie ist. http://aras.com/plm/003289

CMII/IPE Symposium and Training - Las Vegas, NV - September 19 - 20, 2016

The Institute of Configuration Management's international conference provides companies from around the world, expert information and case study examples on how to implement the CMII best practices for configuration & change management. http://aras.com/plm/003278

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Manufacturing Process Planning - Virtual - September 22, 2016

Aras Manufacturing Process Planning provides an integrated approach to managing manufacturing data and processes in PLM. It supports graphical and concurrent process plan, MBOM and work instruction authoring plus real-time automatic EBOM/MBOM reconciliation. http://aras.com/plm/003300

More Industry Events: http://www.aras.com/events/


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 - Falls Church, VA - September 12 - 13, 2016

CM Implementation - Falls Church, VA - September 14 - 15, 2016

CM Foundations - Unterföhring, Germany - September 26 - 27, 2016

CM Identification - Unterföhring, Germany - September 28 - 29, 2016

CM Dynamics - Unterföhring, Germany - October 17 - 18, 2016

CM Implementation - Unterföhring, Germany - October 19 - 20, 2016

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.

Boston, MA - October 3 - 7, 2016

Santa Clara, CA - December 5 - 9, 2016

NEW: PLM Basics e-learning class: http://aras.com/plm/003308

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Agenda & Registration

CMII/IPE Upcoming Sessions

CMII Basics

Denver, CO - September 12-15, 2016

San Diego, CA - October 3-6, 2016

CMII Comprehensive

Denver, CO - October 10-13, 2016

Orlando, FL - October 17-29, 216

CMII Course Schedule - Registration


ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

Aras 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.

Location

Date

Course Name

Days

Andover

10/12/2016

Aras PLM Essentials 11

3

Andover

10/17/2016

Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

5

Andover

10/24/2016

Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

4

Andover

11/30/2016

Aras PLM Essentials 11

3

Andover

12/5/2016

Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

5

Andover

12/12/2016

Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

4

Gröbenzell

10/17/2016

Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)

5

Gröbenzell

11/14/2016

Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)

5

Osaka

9/8/2016

Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)

1

Osaka

9/16/2016

PLM Basic (Japanese)

1

Osaka

10/21/2016

PLM Basic (Japanese)

1

Osaka

11/18/2016

PLM Basic (Japanese)

1

Osaka

12/16/2016

PLM Basic (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

9/8/2016

PLM Basics (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

9/9/2016

Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

9/13/2016

Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)

2

Tokyo

9/15/2016

Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

9/16/2016

Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

9/28/2016

Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)

2

Tokyo

9/30/2016

Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

10/6/2016

PLM Basics (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

10/7/2016

Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

10/11/2016

Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)

2

Tokyo

10/13/2016

Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

10/14/2016

Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)

1

Tokyo

10/19/2016

Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)

2

Tokyo

10/21/2016

Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)

1

Troy

9/7/2016

Aras PLM Essentials 11

3

Troy

9/12/2016

Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

5

Troy

9/19/2016

Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

4

Troy

11/2/2016

Aras PLM Essentials 11

3

Troy

11/7/2016

Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

5

Troy

11/14/2016

Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

4

Course Descriptions, Calendar and Registration