Systems Engineering

Managing Across Disciplines

Managing the lifecycle of "systems" products is one of the biggest challenges facing product organizations. It involves unprecedented levels of collaboration to work on products with much greater complexity, often under high cost and timescale pressures. And as software-enabled products become the norm in the Internet of Things world, this is a challenge that is impacting more businesses.

Simplify the Complex

PLM with Aras provides a complete set of capabilities to manage the lifecycle of complex multi-disciplinary products from requirements, through development, manufacture and support.

Watch this short video to learn how Aras has teamed with Airbus and IBM to enable a Systems Engineering approach.

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Key Features

  • System level product design (functional blocks, model based)
  • System-based requirements management
  • Management of multi-disciplinary deliverables for hardware and software development and maintenance
  • Systems-based management of the evolving configuration of products and variants through the complete lifecycle
  • Multi-disciplinary modular technical documentation

MBSE PLM Integration

Coordinate your requirements, system models and physical product definition better than you have in the past with this proof of concept integration providing you with an open, secure and sustainable architecture for better visibility, collaboration and traceability of your product through the system level.

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  • Supports the rapid development of complex systems-based products
  • Provides a complete environment for multi-disciplinary collaboration
  • Provides schedule visibility and enforces best-practice ways of working to simplify management


PLM and PDM capabilities are powered by Aras Applications which are available on either an Open or Subscription basis.

Managed Item Types Enabling Application Open Subscription
Parts Product Engineering
Documents Product Engineering
Change Product Engineering
Requirements Requirements Management
CAD Documents CAD Connector or PDM Integration
Software Product Engineering

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Airbus' New Approaches to ALM & PLM: Cross Discipline Product Development (56 Minutes)

Watch the presentation as members of Airbus Group, IBM and Aras discuss ALM/PLM Cross-discipline product development and present a brief teaser demonstration.

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Dr. Eigner Discusses: Industrial Internet (5 Minutes)

Watch Dr. Martin Eigner explain how and what job number one is for Industrial Internet in this presentation.

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Aras Next Generation Requirements Management

Learn how Aras Requirements Management combines advanced requirements management functionality with enterprise PLM.

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Related Capabilities

ALM Integration

Creates complete system view of multidisciplinary products by linking embedded software deliverables into enterprise processes while source code is managed in ALM.

Bill of Materials

Manage complex MBOM and EBOM structures with Aras across mechanical, electronics, and software to assure consistency and control through the product lifecycle.


Change management with Aras streamlines change requests, assessments, and orders and ensures visibility across disciplines and in the extended supply chain, reducing errors and avoiding delays.

Component Engineering

Simplifies selection, approval, sourcing, and compliance for externally sourced electronic components.

Configuration Management

Provides a comprehensive closed-loop system using CMII and CMPIC certified methods for managing the configuration of a product or system throughout its life.


Provides document management including version and change control for files in multiple formats in a secure, searchable repository.

Manufacturing Process Planning

Provides an integrated approach to managing manufacturing data and processes in PLM, bridging the gap between engineering and manufacturing with a digital thread.


Ensure consistency of information by automatically managing relationships between part items and relevant CAD models, drawings.

PDM Integration

While Aras provides full PDM capabilities, integration with other PDM environments which manage CAD, parts, BOMs and documents is also available.


Providing visibility into projects and programs, enabling enterprise organizations to plan and manage resources, mediate risk and maximize profitability.


The Aras® Quality Management System application provides businesses with advanced product quality planning (APQP) tools to manage risk, improve quality, and attain environmental, regulatory, safety, medical, and other forms of compliance.


Enables the creation of a single, multi-discipline requirements hierarchy, critical for designing complex products which combine hardware and software.

Technical Publications

Enables cross-discipline authoring, visualization, sharing and publishing of topics-based, modular documentation within a secure, managed environment.