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ACE 2014: Just 2 Weeks Away

CAST YOUR VOTE: 2014 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

NEW REPORT: Tech-Clarity - Aras PLM Vision 2014+

NEW VIDEO: Installing Aras Innovator 10

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Aras Innovator 10 SP 1 & Japanese Training Materials

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS: Recent Installs

Spring is here and that means ACE 2014 is just around the corner. Find out how you can take your PLM strategy to the next level Right Now. We'll see you there.

ACE 2014: Just 2 Weeks Away

ACE 2014 is coming fast, but it's not too late for a last minute Registration. There's going to be a great line-up of speakers and presentations including:

  • GE
  • MAN Diesel
  • Schrader Electronics
  • Sandia National Labs
  • Case New Holland Remanufacturing
  • Kinnerton Confectionery and more

Based on your feedback, this year we're doing even more breakout sessions, business case studies, demos, round tables, collaboration sessions and technical presentations. And of course we will have everyone's favorite, the Solution Showcase.

Because more people are coming to ACE this year than ever, the conference hotel is sold out of rooms. We've arranged for overflow rooms at the nearby Marriott Suites hotel which provides shuttle service to the conference hotel and the airport.

There will also be more opportunities to network, collaborate and benchmark, and we have more partners joining as well so you can learn about solutions and services that can help take your PLM strategy to the next level.

I look forward to seeing you in a couple weeks.

> ACE 2014: Details & Registration (Free to Register)

CAST YOUR VOTE: 2014 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

It's that time of year again - when you get vote for your favorite Aras Community Solutions and most valuable Community Members.

Cast your vote and help us recognize some of the most proactive members of our Community and the contributions they've made over the years. Then join us for the award ceremony at ACE 2014 in Chicago.

Vote now through April 18th

Select your choices based on:

  • - Significance
  • - Popularity
  • - Impact

> Review the nominees then vote for your favorites

2014 Collaborate & Contribute Award Nominees:

  • Honda of America - Material usage sheet
  • Aitech - Express ECO process looping option
  • Sandia National Laboratories - Smart file extension handling for file check-ins
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo - HTML5 client beta feedback and enhancements
  • Carestream Health - Electronic component engineering solution use cases and prototype definition
  • Young & Franklin - Item released view for effectivity in main grid
  • Nissan - Apache 2.0 reverse proxy support
  • Dongfeng Motor Parts - Express DCO version management
  • GE Aviation - CA SiteMinder security timeout and administration
  • Orio/Saab - Dynamic updates to technical publications
  • Elysium - 64-bit HOOPS converter integration with MultiCAD Gateway
  • The Woodbridge Group - Product costing and pricing solution
  • Minerva - New form layout for advanced search on PolyItem
  • Carnaud Metalbox Engineering - PDF conversion of complex Creo file structures
  • Sikorsky - PLM to ERP data federation test harness
  • Esterline Aerospace & Defense - Mass part configuration release process simplification
  • Spartan Motors - BOM configuration loading simplified for deep hierarchy structures
  • Lear Corporation - Impact Matrix add instance and substitute markup functionality
  • Tohatsu - Double-byte database collation performance enhancement
  • Hitachi, Ltd. / Power Systems Company - Japanese enterprise search with recommendation engine
  • GETRAG - Item versioning with single item instance from user desktop
  • Maxion Wheels - Form and grid browser rendering improvements
  • SRCTech - Classification driven Lifecycle promotion
  • Laird Technologies - Classification-based Lifecycle extension for programatic execution
  • Hitachi Metals - Relationship grid sorting across results pages
  • Pentair - Permission-based classification dialog display
  • EURO-PRO - Check-in Manager extension for preliminary CAD documents without CAD models
  • GE Aviation - New ERP integration platform foundation
  • Soplar SA - Multi-Item ECO lock and unlock during workflow
  • PCC Structurals - Internet Explorer 64-bit support

NEW REPORT: Tech-Clarity - Aras PLM Vision 2014+

Jim Brown over at Tech Clarity recently published his review of the Aras strategy and technology. Jim explains that Aras is enterprise scale PLM with advantages for companies of all sizes.

"Aras supports processes that even some of the largest vendors struggle with...From a functional perspective, Aras is up there with the big guys."

Jim covers it all, from our architecture to our functionality and business model. I think he sums it up well by saying:

"Aras has decided to break the rules. They aim to become the PLM company that defies the conundrum, allowing manufacturers to customize their software and still upgrade to future releases without major disruption."

Some rules were definitely made to be broken.

> Read the full analysis from Tech-Clarity here


Bob Ellis, everyone's favorite Training Manager, recently produced a video demo on Installing Aras Innovator 10. If you're doing a new install of Aras Innovator 10, I recommend checking it out to get some helpful tips.

You can find the installation video on the Videos & Demos page on If you haven't checked that page out in a while, take a look. There's some good stuff up there.

> Watch the Installing Aras Innovator 10 demo

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Aras Innovator 10 SP 1 & Japanese Training Materials

Aras Innovator 10 Service Pack 1 Now Available

The latest Service Pack for Version 10 is now available - SP1

SP1 details are available on the Documentation page.

Subscribers can schedule a free upgrade to SP1 by contacting Aras support or your Aras certified partner.

NEW IN THE SUBSCRIBER PORTAL: Japanese Language Training Materials

We recently uploaded Japanese language training materials for Aras Administrator, API and Workflow training.

These materials are available to all subscribers in the Subscriber Portal under Training.

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

INDUSTRY TRENDS: CIOs Cautioned To Change Their Thinking or Risk Power & Budgets
WSJ CIO Network Summit: CIOs need to start thinking more like CFOs or they will slowly forfeit their power to other C-level colleagues. CIO Insight recently reported on the second Wall Street Journal CIO Network...

CIO REVIEW: Automotive Tech Solution Providers: Aras Corporation Enterprise PLM Software Provider
Aras considers its PLM solution suite an ideal match for the automotive industry. "Electronics, software and firmware are what drive vehicles these days, and managing the configuration of a car with its...

TECH TIP: Medical Film Manufacturer Finds Clearer Picture with Aras PLM
A List item in Aras Innovator is used to present a drop down list of choices to a user on a Form. Occasionally these lists can be quite lengthy and creating them in the List editor can become tedious. The Aras Batch...

Since implementing Aras, the company has seen a reduction in engineering change cycle time, Sherburne said. In addition to that, Carestream has improved its visibility into business metrics, including the time is takes...

TENLINKS: KISTERS 3DViewStation to be Integrated with Aras PLM
Users will have industry leading speed, power and accuracy for performing sophisticated analysis and viewing of aircraft, automobiles, equipment and other complex systems directly from the Aras Innovator suite...

PLM TIPS: 5 Steps to Ensure PLM Success
How do you ensure that your PLM implementation will be a success? Here are 5 proven tactics: Use an iterative approach. Start with a well-defined problem and implement in manageable phases that comprise the...

BEYOND PLM: How to Eliminate PLM Customization Problems?
Aras has decided to break the rules [of PLM customization]. They aim to become the PLM company that defies the conundrum, allowing manufacturers to customize their software and still upgrade to future releases...

PLM IT REPORT: Neuer Aras Innovator
Aras liefert ab sofort die PLM Plattform Aras Innovator in der neuen Version 10 aus. Das aktuelle Open Release bietet eine neue Stufe der Skalierbarkeit für Unternehmen mit globalen Lieferketten...

The Aras architecture serves a very important purpose that has a tangible impact on everyone. Aras is made to be easily changed and maintained effectively over time due to something called a model-based architecture...

NEW DEMO: TRUaras Secure File Exchange
TRUaras embeds Trubiquity's advanced managed file transfer (MFT) inside the PLM workflow so that users can securely share and exchange large CAD files, technical data packages, manufacturing data, inspection and...

FROM THE BLOG: The Risk of PLM Licensing Fees
According to a recent article from CIO Insight titled, "CIOs Face New Challenges With Software Licensing," managing software licenses has only become more difficult "an onerous and vexing task." And with new trends...

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

WEBCAST - Migrate to Modernize: ENOVIA to Aras - Online - April 14, 2014
If your ENOVIA PDM / PLM system isn't measuring up, you've got 2 options: Rip & replace or keep what works and build on top. In this live Webcast you'll find out how Carestream Health, a $2.5 billion dollar...

PARTNER WEBCAST: Industry Innovation with Aras PLM - Online - April 17, 2014
Learn Why CIMData calls ARAS "True Innovation" for PLM Solutions. - Aras has fundamentally changed how global enterprise PLM environments get upgraded. Aras includes upgrade services in its annual...

The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) - Scottsdale, Arizona U.S. - April 24, 2014
COFES is a unique event with a difference: COFES focuses on intense sessions of discussion, argument, and debate, on issues that will affect your business as it invests in, and depends upon, engineering...

ACE 2014 - Chicago, Illinois U.S. - April 29, 2014
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 the place for you. At ACE 2014 you will learn best...

設計・製造ソリューション展 (DMS) - Tokyo, Japan - June 25, 2014

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 - May 19-20, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Structures - May 21-22, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Dynamics - June 23-24, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Implementation - June 25-26, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Foundations - July 14-15, 2014, Plymouth, MI
  • CM Structures - July 16-17, 2014, Plymouth, MI
  • CM Dynamics - August 4-5, 2014, Plymouth, MI
  • CM Implementation - August 6-7, 2014, Plymouth, MI

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
  • Boston, MA - May 19-23
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands - October 20-24
  • Ann Arbor, MI - December 1-5

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 Aras training sessions are FREE for companies with an active Aras subscription.

Also, there are several self-paced, online training tutorials available at the Tata Technologies engineering training site called i GET IT. Use the "TAG-10-RES" discount code for 10% off i GET IT training on Aras, as well as, all the other i GET IT training offerings.

Location Date Course Name / Language Days
Andover5/5/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover5/12/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover6/2/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover6/9/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover7/14/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover7/21/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover8/18/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover8/25/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover9/15/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover9/22/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Tokyo4/23/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/25/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/9/2014PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/13/2014Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo5/15/2014Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/16/2014Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/21/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo5/23/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
ShangHai5/22/2014Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen4/24/2014Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen6/19/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei4/17/2014Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei5/22/2014Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei6/19/2014Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Wuhan5/15/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Wuhan6/5/2014Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • Airspan
  • Aldebaran Robotics
  • ANCA Motion
  • Asia Express Food
  • BAE
  • Boeing
  • BWCS
  • Cando
  • Canmax
  • CG Designs
  • Colby College
  • Cooper Tire
  • Corrisoft
  • DELO Industrie
  • Dow Chemical
  • Embry Riddle University
  • Emerson
  • FlexLink AB
  • Freudenberg-NOK
  • Fujitsu
  • General Dynamics
  • Generplus SpA
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Hitachi
  • Imperial Tobacco Group
  • Innovative Physics Ltd
  • Inputek
  • Ipek
  • ITT Exelis
  • Jayco Enterprises
  • Johnson Matthey Royston
  • Joma Polytec GmbH
  • Keonys
  • Konicaminolta
  • KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
  • Lear
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Looxcie
  • LORD Corporation
  • Luxshare Precision
  • Microsoft
  • Mitek
  • Murata
  • Next Medical Design
  • Nexus
  • NuGizmo Solutions
  • Once Innovations
  • PACE Aerospace
  • Pentek
  • Performance Designed Products
  • Pisa University
  • Premier Plastics
  • Qualica
  • Raisecom
  • Safariland
  • Seiko
  • Sina Com
  • SRC
  • SSP Technology
  • Swissray Medical AG
  • TCOM
  • The Woodbridge Group
  • Tohatsu
  • T-Systems
  • Victronic Technology
  • VTC
  • Xerox
  • xtendBI
  • Zuken
  • コムネクスト株式会社
  • システムセグロ株式会社
  • トヨタ自動車
  • 富士ゼロックス
  • 日本hp
  • 株式会社日立ハイテクノロジー
  • 深圳鹏锐信息技术有限公司
  • 瑞智科技开发有限公司