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Aras Announces Audi, BMW, L3, Microsoft, and Schaeffler to Headline ACE 2018 Global Conference on Digital Transformation

Former director of U.S. Patent Office to discuss innovation in the digital era

ANDOVER, Mass. – February 26, 2018 –Aras® the leader in open, enterprise product lifecycle management (PLM) software, today announced that speakers from Audi, BMW, L3, Microsoft, and Schaeffler will headline ACE 2018, the global conference for the Aras community, scheduled for March 20-22 in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, David J. Kappos, former director of the U.S. Patent Office, will discuss innovation in the digital era.

Aras’ three-day event addresses the challenges manufactures face in developing smart, connect products. The conference is expected to draw more than 450 attendees representing product development, manufacturing, and IT from automotive, aerospace and defense, industrial, and other manufacturing industries. The ACE agenda includes more than 60 sessions across four conference tracks as well as hands-on training to help practitioners jumpstart digital transformation with the Aras PLM Platform. Full agenda details and registration are available at

ACE 2018 will also showcase the latest open release, version 11 SP12, of the Aras PLM Platform which features configurator services for variants & options. Companies may download this software at no charge by visiting

“Aras’ success has always been predicated on our open dialogue with the PLM community,” said Rob McAveney, Chief Architect, Aras. “All community members, whether they are Aras subscribers or not, can have input into our company direction and product roadmap. This is a central reason why people attend ACE – for unfiltered, frank discussion about the problems our industry needs to solve. From what we’ve done to what we’ve missed, ACE is always the start of our next set of conversations.” Premium conference sponsors include Axis Technologies, BigLever Software, Design Automation Associates, IpX – Institute for Process Excellence, Minerva, No Magic, Razorleaf Corporation, The vdR Group, and Zionex. Standard conference sponsors include Accenture, EBD Advisors, Essig PLM, Infosys Limited, ITI, Kisters, Plural Technology, Prolim PLM, XPLM Solutions, and Zuken.

About Aras
Aras enables the world’s leading manufacturers of complex, connected products to transform their product lifecycle processes and gain a competitive edge. Aras’ open, flexible, scalable, and upgradable PLM platform and applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product information and processes across the extended enterprise. Aras customers include BMW, Airbus, BAE Systems, GE, GM, Hitachi, Honda, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Microsoft. Visit and follow us on Twitter @aras_plm and LinkedIn.

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