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ARAS INNOVATOR: Latest Open Release

ACE 2016: Agenda Announced


FEATURED WEBINAR: New Approaches to ALM/PLM Cross-Discipline Product Development

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

We just made our biggest open release ever! And you're going to want to know more and get it for your company. We also have a whole series of webinars coming up with IHS, Airbus, IBM and others. Make sure you register for these to learn about the latest PLM strategies, and of course you'd better reserve your place at ACE 2016 - and we'll see you in the Motor City.


The latest release of Aras Innovator Version 11 SP5 is available for download. This is the first time we've posted a Service Pack as an open download. More than just a service pack, SP5 is available to all to evaluate and use, and of course it's still the usual service pack installation for subscribers - no database upgrade required.

SP5 details are available on the Documentation Page.

Key Features

  • Content Modeling Framework (CMF) - used to create a hierarchical data model of independent elements
  • Command Bar Modeling - used to model the sidebar and secondary (content-specific) toolbars
  • New Windowing, Sidebar and Toolbars - sidebar icons represent unique types of content that can be displayed

This release also supports open releases of two new applications: Quality Management Systems and Technical Documentation

Quality Management Systems is a new application for overall quality management in Aras Innovator. This first release includes Quality Planning (QP) and expands our support for Design FMEA, Process FMEA, Process Flow Diagrams and Inspection & Test Control Plans. QP uses the Content Modeling Framework for FMEA editing.

For more about Quality Planning Visit

Technical Documentation is a technical publications authoring environment inside PLM featuring a web-based editor that leverages PLM core functionality capable of embedding or referencing content from all different sorts of managed business items.

For more about Technical Documentation visit

ACE 2016: Agenda Announced

ACE 2016 is coming up fast and it looks like it will be our biggest ACE conference yet!

The agenda is coming together, we have a tons of corporate presentations, numerous vision and strategy sessions and lots of new product details so you can get the information you need to take your PLM strategy to the next level with Aras.

Agenda includes:

  • Presentations from Airbus, BAE Systems, MERSEN, Microsoft and many others
  • Global Product Development, Multi-site Manufacturing and Supply Chain Collaboration topics
  • Overviews of Component Engineering, Technical Documentation, Manufacturing Process Planning, Quality & more
  • MBSE and ALM-PLM for Systems Engineering
  • Aras Vision and Roadmap

Sessions are designed to encourage interaction, networking and collaboration between attendees so you can find out how others are approaching complex PLM challenges, get ideas and learn more about PLM and Aras.

For more details, registration and the agenda visit


The Collaborate & Contribute Awards recognize individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to the Aras community. We are looking for our Community Members to nominate themselves or other companies/individuals for the awards.

Awards are based on the significance, popularity and impact of the contribution to the community. Nominations can be made for any open contribution no matter how large or small.

Previous Nominations Included:

  • Developing an innovative new solution
  • Building enhancements to an existing application
  • Creating an add-on, integration or special-purpose client
  • Contributing a language pack
  • Participating in the Aras Community, such as active forum members who collaborate and assist others

To submit your nomination, email Anna Silva at, and share who you'd like to nominate, for what contribution and why.

Awards will be presented at ACE 2016 in Detroit. Reserve your spot now.

FEATURED WEBINAR: New Approaches to ALM-PLM Cross-Discipline Product Development

See Airbus, IBM and Aras show this new breakthrough in supporting MBSE on the webinar:

The pace of product development of tomorrow's next generation systems requires the integration of processes and data across many engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical and software now more than ever. A key challenge for many organizations has been the diversity of lifecycle support for products, systems, hardware and software that is avilable for ALM and PLM - support such as defining and releasing engineering deliverable, handling the different pace of change and coordinating configurations across the disciplines.

Experts from Aiburs, IBM & Aras have taken a new innovative and different approach to ALM/PLM integration to create an open reference architecture implementation using the OASIS Open Service for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC).

I would like to invite you to join us for this webinar and see what can be achieved using real world scenarios for:

  • Faster development
  • Improved cross-discipline coordination
  • Reduced distribution is current processes for engineering complex systems-centric products

Webinar Details:
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Time: 11 AM ET
Details & Registration:
RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

The reality is, there is a shadow PLM, a PLM back-ops system that is really powering development, manufacturing, quality and the supply chain. It's OK until something happens. Ask yourself, do you want to risk your company? An FDA Letter? RoHS Compliance delaying shipments? Fatal accidents with unbounded liability?

MCADCafé: CloudSAFE Offers Private and Hybrid Cloud Deployment of Aras Innovator
CloudSAFE provides flexible infrastructure deployment offerings ranging from on-premise engineered Appliances to private CloudSAFE Datacenters and hybrid cloud deployments. Managed by highly experienced CloudSAFE IT professionals, CloudSAFE PLM Cloud, powered by Aras, helps businesses to be up and running quickly with a highly scalable, flexible PLM solution.

ACE 2016: Share Your PLM Story at ACE 2016
We are kicking off our annual ACE series in Detroit, Michigan this year and we would like to give you the opportunity to share you PLM story. Presentations can be as simple as talking about your Aras selection process and implementation, migrating form a legacy system, explaining your global PLM strategy, custom Aras integrations and much more.

TECHNOLOGY EVALUATION CENTERS: Aras PLM Integrates Technical Publishing Software for More Accurate Documentation
Developed in partnership with Orio AB (formerly Saab Original Parts AB), Aras Technical Documentation allows different publications to share the same source of product information in a modular way. Document assembly is managed using templates, so this consistency ensures that publications conform to regulatory requirements, industry standards, and corporate formatting.

NEW BLOG: You Don't Need the Force to Customize PLM
One of the great things about Aras Innovator is that our Model Based Service Oriented Architecture makes customizing easy. Our architecture allows you to concentrate on creating the data and connections you need in a simple and logical manner (aka modeling). We handle the rest behind the scenes.

CIMDATA: Murata Manufacturing Using Aras to Unify Changing Product Design and Development Environments at Newly Acquired Global Locations
Murata chose Aras because the flexibility and customizability of the solution is ideal for accommodating the expanding business initiatives created through mergers and acquisitions, where the ability to easily adapt to varying product management workflows is a requirement.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

Lower your Costs by Making Preferred Component Choices - Webinar - February 3, 2016
Join Gregory Wood Director, Parts Content, IHS Technology, Doug Macdonald, Aras Product Marketing Director and Lopa Subramanian, Aras Product Manager to learn how Aras and IHS can help your organization make better/preferred component choices, get them approved faster and stay on top of compliance and EOL issues.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Component Engineering - Webinar - February 4, 2016
Join Lopa Subramanian, Aras Director of Product Management to see a detailed demo of Aras Component Engineering and learn how your organization can make better/preferred component choices, get them approved faster and stay on top of compliance and EOL issues.

New Approaches to ALM/PLM Cross-Discipline Product Development - Webinar - February 17, 2016
Experts from Airbus, IBM and Aras have taken a new and different approach to ALM/PLM integration. They have created a reference architecture implementation utilizing the OASIS Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC). This webinar will demonstrate what can be achieved today using real-world scenarios for faster development, improved cross-discipline coordination, and reduced disruption in current processes for engineering complex systems-centric products.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: ALM/PLM Integration - Webinar - February 18, 2016
Join Pawel Chadzynski, Aras Senior Director of Product Management, and see a detailed demo of what can be achieved today using real-world scenarios for faster development, improved cross-discipline coordination and reduced disruption of engineering processes.

Product Innovation Munich 2016 - Munich, Germany - March 8, 2016
PI Munich 2016 brings together the manufacturing industry to explore the process, people and technological challenges faced when building a profitable data-led business strategy

ACE 2016 - Detroit, MI - March 15, 2016
If you're starting a new PLM initiative or replacing an old one, thinking about moving from PDM to PLM, or growing your existing Aras PLM implementation, ACE is the place for you.

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 Foundations - February 2-3, 2016 - St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Identifications - February 4-5, 2016 - St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Dynamics - February 8-9, 2016 - St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Implementation - February 10-11, 2016 - St. Augustine, FL

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
  • Ann Arbor, MI - March 7-11, 2016
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - June 6 - 10, 2016

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Agenda & Registration

CMII/IPE Upcoming Sessions

  • CMII Basics
  • Denver, CO - February 8 - 11, 2016

  • CMII Comprehensive
  • San Diego, CA - December 7-10, 2015
  • Denver, CO - March 7 - 10, 2016
  • Las Vegas, NV - March 7 - 19, 2016

CMII Course Schedule - 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.

Location Date Course Name / Language Days
Andover2/8/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover2/15/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Andover3/22/2016Aras PLM Essentials 113
Andover4/11/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover4/18/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Andover5/24/2016Aras PLM Essentials 113
Andover6/6/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover6/13/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Gröbenzell4/11/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)5
Gröbenzell6/6/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)5
Osaka2/10/2016Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka2/19/2016PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka3/10/2016Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka3/18/2016PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka4/15/2016PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka5/20/2016PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka6/17/2016PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/18/2016Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/19/2016Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/24/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo2/26/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/1/2016PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/4/2016Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/10/2016Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/23/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo3/25/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/7/2016PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/8/2016Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/12/2016Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/14/2016Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/15/2016Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/20/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/22/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Troy2/23/2016Aras PLM Essentials 113
Troy3/7/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Troy3/14/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Troy4/26/2016Aras PLM Essentials 113
Troy5/9/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Troy5/16/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Troy6/21/2016Aras PLM Essentials 113

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration