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-- NEW SUBSCRIPTION - Basic Package for Small Companies and Workgroups
-- FEATURED SOLUTION - Alternative Structure Browser for Large Assemblies
-- GERMAN BLOGS - Immer gut informiert mit unserem Aras PLM-Blog
-- TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions
-- DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

Get the details on our new subscription package option, check out the Structure Browser for Large Assemblies like vehicles and equipment, and join us for training, education and conferences throughout the fall that will help you take your company's global PLM strategy to the next level.

NEW SUBSCRIPTION - Basic Package for Small Companies and Workgroups
You asked... and we heard you. This could be what you've been wanting for your company.

We've introduced a new Aras subscription specifically designed for smaller companies and workgroups with only a few users. It's called "Basic" and it gives you exactly what you need to run Aras with confidence and achieve success.

Now, you can get many of the same subscriber-only benefits that global enterprises receive at a price that's affordable enough for companies of all sizes.

Benefits Include

  • Access to subscriber-only Service Packs and Security Updates
  • Support and assistance from your local Aras partner
  • Ability to get commercial solutions such as pre-packaged CAD integration connectors
  • Access to subscriber-only Tools & Utilities
  • Software IP indemnification and more
The Basic subscription is ONLY available through Aras Partners, so contact your local Aras Partnerto get details and become an Aras subscriber today.

Subscription Package Details, Comparison Matrix and more

FEATURED SOLUTION - Alternative Structure Browser for Large Assemblies
This month's featured solution is an excellent add-on for companies with large, complex product structures like aircraft, automobiles, ships and other complicated electro-mechanical equipment.

The Alternative Structure Browser for large assemblies enables you to zoom in/out on deep structures, as well as, drag & drop the structure nodes so you can orient the data best for viewing.

That's just the beginning... now, the fun starts... you can click on a node (i.e. Part, Drawing, CAD model or other item) and see the description along with all the associated properties.

Then, you can drill down to the actual Part Master or the Document or whatever it is that you're viewing. As Yoann Maingon from Minerva France, the developer of the solution says, "This is really cool when you need to watch a drawing which is 4 or 5 level down in the BOM of a product."

For what it's worth, my write-up does not do this solution justice at all... this is the type of functionality that companies using Teamcenter and Windchill would kill for (and can't get)... you can see for yourself... there's a pretty amazing Video Demo.

User security is enforced so people can only see & access the data and files for which they have permissions. So, you can have fancy features while keeping critical information secure.

The solution uses the Cytoscape web graph library which is a powerful open source platform for visualizing complex networks and integrating any type of attribute data.

There are more features on the way like saving layout change, new layout options, changing Item colors based on the Item's state, different Item shapes based on ItemType and more. Yoann states, "Many cool things allowed by the flexibility of both Aras Innovator and this graph library."

Please join me in thanking Yoann Maingon at Minerva France for creating this solution, and to get the solution you should contact Minerva directly.

Watch the Video, learn more and get the Alternative Structure Browser solution.

GERMAN BLOGS - Immer gut informiert mit unserem Aras PLM-Blog
Kennen Sie bereits unseren deutschsprachigen Aras Open Source PLM-Blog? Seit Juli 2010 berichten wir hier aktuell über alle Neuheiten zu Aras Innovator, stellen interessante Veranstaltungen vor und präsentieren innovative Partnerlösungen sowie neue Kundenprojekte. Nützliche Links für Downloads, Whitepaper und lesenswerte Presseartikel runden unser Angebot für Sie ab. Schauen Sie doch auch einmal vorbei:

Aras PLM Blog
Datasquare's Der PLM-Blog

CM:TRENDS 2011 - Orlando, FL - September 19 - 21, 2011

Join us for the annual CMPIC global conference, CM:TRENDS. CMPIC embraces all aspects of Configuration Management best practices including CM process, automation, industry standards and professional organizations. Presentations cover the different facets of CM from government to commercial best practices, as well as, current and future trends in CM automation with presentations from BAE Systems, Medtronic, Northrop Grumman and others industry experts including Aras.

CM:TRENDS 2011 - - Agenda &Registration

CMII Europe 2011 - Stuttgart, Germany - September 27 - 28, 2011

Come see us at the 10th anniversary of this annual conference, and this year's theme is "Configuration Management meets PLM and ALM". Attendees will learn how to achieve cost avoidance through reduced rework with enterprise configuration and change management. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss topics and network, as well as, hear presentations on best practices from leading global organizations including Airbus, Bosch, Delphi, Crossrail, Eurocopter, Marenco Swiss Helicopter, NedTrain, Siemens, Software Engineering Institute Europe and others.

CMII Europe 2011 - - Agenda & Registration

CMII International Conference 2011 - Las Vegas, NV - October 3 - 4, 2011

Visit us at the Institute of Configuration Management's international conference which will provide companies from around the world with expert information and case study examples on how to implement the CMII best practices for configuration & change management.

CMII International Conference 2011 - - 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 for IT & SW Development - Andover MA - Aug 1 - 4
CM Foundations - Orlando FL - Aug 2 - 3
CM Structures - Orlando FL - Aug 4 - 5
CM Dynamics - Orlando FL - Aug 8 - 9
CM Implementation - Orlando FL - Aug 10 - 11
SCM: Strategies, Techniques and Tools - Orlando FL - Aug 22 - 25
ANSI/EIA-649 NEW Rev. B Course - Orlando FL - Sept 21 - 23
CM Assessor Certification - Orlando FL - Sept 21 - 23

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 - September 26 - 30
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - October 24 - 28

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 training sessions are FREE for Aras Unlimited subscribers.

Also, a series of new online training tutorials by Aras partner TAG Consulting are available at

United States

Aug 8 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA

Aug 29 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA

Sept 12 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA

Sept 26 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA


Aug 5 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo

Aug 9 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo

Aug 11 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo

Aug 11 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Osaka

Aug 12 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo

Aug 22 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo

Aug 24 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo

Sept 9 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo

Sept 13 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo

Sept 15 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo

Sept 15 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Osaka

Sept 16 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo

Sept 19 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo

Sept 21 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo


Aug 24 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Seoul

China & Taiwan

Aug 4 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Wuhan

Aug 10 - Aras PLM Solutions - KunShan

Aug 11 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei

Sept 1 - Aras Innovator Administration - Wuhan

Sept 1 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei

Sept 8 - Aras Innovator Administration - KunShan

Sept 22 - Aras Innovator Administration - Hong Kong

Sept 22 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei

Sept 29 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Hong Kong

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
Aristocrat Technologies
BAE Systems
Beijing Kinglong Power
Berger Technikum
Carestream Health
Chongqing Yongfeng Valve
Clearpath Robotics
Eisenwerk Brühl GmbH
Elecsys Corporation
Embedded Wireless Labs
Empower RF Systems
Fuji Xerox
Globematics Technologies
Grupa Powen-Wafapomp SA
HoneyBee Robotics
IBM India
Infosys Technologies
L-3 Communications
Mayo Clinic
National Semiconductor
Nihon Information
Omron Software
Politecnico di Torino
Tata Consultancy Services
Tata Technologies
Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Tecnologica srl
Tornado Medical Systems
T-Systems International GmbH
Vihaan Networks
Xiril AG
Zollner Elektronik AG