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FEATURED ARTICLE: Why Aras is Recognized as a new Member of the PLM Elite

ACE 2017 Europe: Registration Open

NEWS: Silver Lake & GE Make Investment in Aras

FEATURED POST: Promise of the Digital Thread

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs & more

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions


Featured Article: "On Par with the Leaders" - Why Aras is Recognized as a New Member of the PLM Elite

Last month, did a feature article on Aras which explains how and why Aras has become one of the top PLM companies worldwide. The lead-in premise is our achievement of a significant milestone in the PLM industry:

“In the PLM business, being named to the "PLM Mind Share Leaders" list by analyst firm CIMdata, is a big step.

“This exclusive group contains the major players in this fairly static world. So far, only Dassault Systèmes, Siemens PLM, Autodesk, SAP, PTC, IBM and Oracle have passed through the eye of the needle. [Until now]

“No doubt, recent wins including General Motors (50,000 seats) and global automotive supplier Schaeffler Group (20,000 seats) were important reasons for Aras’ promotion — in the latter case, Aras notably won over PTC’s Windchill. However, their open source business model, marketing strategy and architecture technology were also decisive reasons.”

The article goes on to discuss the benefits of our breakthrough platform technology– more scalable, flexible and upgradable - and mission-critical nature for Digital Twin configuration and related Digital Thread.

Overall, Verdi Ogewell at did a pretty good job summing up why global companies are choosing Aras over the legacy PDM systems mainstays in the market.


Check it out and share with others that might be interested to know about Aras and why we’re the fastest growing PLM worldwide. 

Read the full article at:



ACE 2017 EUROPE: Registration Open        

ACE Europe will be in Munich Germany this year on 21-22 November.

Whether you are starting a new PLM initiative or replacing an old system, thinking about moving from PDM to PLM, or growing your existing Aras PLM implementation ACE 2017 Europe is the place for you.

Join us at ACE Europe to get the information you need to take your PLM strategy to the next level.

As always, we’ll have lots of opportunities for you to explore, collaborate and innovate.

Conference Details

Date: 21-22 November 2017

Location: Munich, Germany

Details & Registration:


NEWS: Silver Lake & GE Make Investment in Aras

 Earlier this month we had some great news with the announcement of a $40 million investment from Silver Lake and General Electric (GE).

While everyone knows GE, those that have been in PLM for a while will recognize Silver Lake as well.

They are the largest technology-focused private equity firm in the world, and were lead investors in UGS Solutions back in 2004. They know PLM! And they only invest in market leading disruptors. In this case us/Aras :-)

GE Ventures’ managing director of advanced manufacturing & enterprise, Steve Taub, explained their participation by saying, “To power the next wave of global industrial productivity, GE is investing in critical foundational capabilities for the Industrial Internet. Aras’ PLM platform delivers Digital Twin product configuration and Digital Thread traceability across the lifecycle which are critical to analyzing and interpreting data from products and the factory. As a customer, we have already seen the benefits of their PLM platform in action.”

With this minority investment we will continue to drive growth worldwide, expand operations - including our world-class service and support - and further extend our technology leadership.

Read more at:


FEATURED POST: Promise of the Digital Thread

Last month, we continued our series of posts with a focus on the Digital Thread to get more inputs from everyone. As you know, we feel that Digital Twin / Digital Thread initiatives really need a PLM platform approach like ours to be successful.

Here are some excerpts from my Digital Thread post. Give it a read and I’d love to hear your opinions on the topic.

Promise of the Digital Thread

What happens after a rocket unintentionally explodes or a plane crashes or some other catastrophic event occurs?

Tracing critical information back from the actual unit that failed to its specific design, manufacturing and supplier data can take weeks or months and often times even longer.

The ability (or inability) to trace back through the lifecycle - and time required - can cause tens of millions in losses… or worse; customer safety issues, operational shutdowns, brand damage, regulatory actions, liability and other business damaging results.

What Benefits does a Digital Thread provide?

Traceability in critical situations is clearly a key benefit. Others listed in papers which include the topic such as the USAF’s Global Horizons - Global Science and Technology Vision and the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Vision 2030: Factory of the Future:

  • Reduce development cycle time
  • Quantify risk at critical decision points and avoid late defect discovery
  • Optimize manufacturability, inspectability, and sustainability
  • Allow product characteristics and performance to be better understood and improved throughout the life cycle
  • Traceability across the life cycle
  • Full Visibility + Automated Recourse

That last bullet point is important. It hints at the fact that the Digital Thread will be essential to enable the Smart in ‘smart factories’ and ‘smart connected products.’

What they’re saying is that for artificial intelligence / cognitive computing to be useful - and more importantly - to avoid misinterpretations that can lead to disastrous mistakes, you need “meaningful” connections between data in different systems.

Critical Aspects of the Digital Thread

Really seems the Digital Thread is the Relationship connections between all of a product’s digital assets - and their revisions - over the course of the product’s lifecycle including - but not limited to - versions of BOMs, parts, software, electronics, CAD models, documents, requirements, process plans, service manuals, etc.

To truly be effective the Digital Thread needs “meaningful” relationships that include additional descriptive / semantic information which conveys:

  • Context – What does it mean if a Part is connected to another Part? Are they part of a BOM? Or are they FFF Alternates? What does the connection mean?
  • Dependency - Especially when both data items are changing over time (e.g. Fixed vs Float)

These points along with other scenario-specific descriptive information are critical to enable a true Digital Thread from my perspective, and that begs the question of “What it is Not”:

  • Not just ‘Engineering to Manufacturing’ but all the way through the Lifecycle from Concept to actual Use and ultimately retirement.
  • Not just ‘Mechanical CAD to CAM’ but across all disciplines including software, electronics, wire harness, hardware, requirements, etc, etc, etc.
  • Not just ‘inside the 4 walls’ but out to Suppliers and into the Field
  • Not just a bunch of (meaningless) ‘point-to-point web links’ between data in disparate systems but meaningful relationships

Read the rest / full post at:


RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc. 

Boston Globe: 9/6/2017
Aras Gets Funding from GE Venture Arm

 Boston Business Journal: 9/6/2017
GE Ventures adds to $40M Round for Andover Industrial Software Company

 Xconomy: 9/6/2017
Aras Downloads $40M to Help GE, Microsoft & Others Design Products


Fortune: 9/6/2017
Aras raised $40M in Funding 9/7/2017 PLM is Hot Again: Aras Announces $40 Million Investment
PLM is Hot Again: Aras Announces $40 Million Investment


“On Par with the cPDm Leaders” – Why Aras is Recognized as a New Member of the PLM Elite


Beyond PLM: 9/7/2017
Private Equity Firms are Making a Bet on PLM Growth


Aras: 9/19/2017
Cargotec Selects Aras for Enterprise PLM


BostInno: 9/15/2017
Aras Named a 50 on Fire Finalist by BostInno!



Twin Cities, MN - October 11, 2017 
​The chapters of the INCOSE Great Lakes Region invite you to participate in the 11th Annual INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference (GLRC11). GLRC11 will feature important topics from critical sectors such as aerospace, agriculture, automotive, biomedical & healthcare, defense, education, energy, government, information, infrastructure, safety & security, space, and transportation. Register Now 


Aras PLM Event Engineering@Scale Tech DayEngineering@Scale Tech Day 
Detroit, MI - October 12, 2017 
Learn how new solutions and technologies are helping to lead the innovation agenda while addressing the complexity challenge in the automotive industry. This event will focus on engineering systems and software development. We will feature sessions around industry best practices and the core processes of requirements management, architecture design, collaboration, change and configuration management, test and quality management, product line engineering and variant management. Improve your skills, network and collaborate with automotive industry experts. Register Now 

Aras PLM Event Product Innovation Congress 2017Product Innovation Congress 2017 
Texas - October 16, 2017 
PI Congress brings together the manufacturing industry to explore the process, people and technological challenges faced when building a profitable data-led business strategy. Register Now 


Aras PLM Event CIMdata PLM Roadmap 2017 for the Aerospace & Defense CommunityCIMdata PLM Roadmap 2017 for the Aerospace & Defense Community 
Plymouth, MI - October 17, 2017 
PLM Road Map 2017, in collaboration with PDT Europe, is the must-attend event for PLM practitioners globally—providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the PLM industry germinate and take root. Register Now 


Aras PLM Event PDT Europe 2017PDT Europe 2017 
Paris, France - October 18, 2017 
Eurostep and CIMdata are pleased to announce the co-location of PDT Europe 2017 and PLM Road Map 2017. The two events will be held in conjunction with each other at the same venue in Gothenburg. Participants can choose to attend one of the events or both with a discount. PLM Road Map takes place on October 17, while PDT Europe is October 18-19. Register Now 

Aras PLM Event GE Minds + MachinesGE Minds + Machines 
San Francisco, CA - October 26, 2017 
Minds + Machines is GE’s premier Industrial Internet event dedicated to software, innovation, and the most powerful digital industrial outcomes. 



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.




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   Venue and Location


CM Standards & Practices Update
*CM job experience or previous certification is a prerequisite for this course.

Oct. 3-5, 2017

Lexington Park


22289 Exploration Dr
Suite 101
Lexington Park, MD 20653
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CM Assessor

Oct. 11-13, 2017



1025 W. NASA Blvd
Melbourne, FL 32919
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CM Foundations

Oct. 17-18, 2017



CMPIC Certification in 2 consecutive weeks!
Fairfield Inn & Suites
8214 Universal Blvd Orlando, FL 32819
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CM Identification

Oct. 19-20, 2017


Change Management

Oct. 23-24, 2017


CM Implementation

Oct. 25-26, 2017


CIMdata PLM Certificate Program

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Andover, MA (Boston area)

October 02, 2017 to October 06, 2017


ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

Aras 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.




October 11, 2017 


Aras PLM Essentials 11

November 1, 2017 


Aras PLM Essentials 11

December 6, 2017


Aras PLM Essentials 11

October 16, 2017 


Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

November 6, 2017


Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

December 11, 2017 


Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11

December 11, 2017 


Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)

October 23, 2017 


Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

November 13, 2017 


Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

December 18, 2017 


Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 11

October 13, 2017 


Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)

Course Descriptions, Calendar, and Registration