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LATEST RELEASE: Aras Innovator 11 with New Visual

FEATURED: Aras Innovator now Azure Certified

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Collaborate and Contribute Awards

TECH TIP: Access Control Sample Package

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS: Recent Installs

Find out about the new functionality in our latest open release, how you can run Aras on Microsoft Azure, and where you can catch up with us around the world. And don't forget to join us at ACE 2015 France and ACE 2015 in Detroit.

LATEST RELEASE: Aras Innovator 11 with New Visual Collaboration

We recently posted our latest release, Aras Innovator 11, which introduces new visual collaboration capabilities. Now you can easily view content, add markups and make comments in the context of PLM items and processes. The new capabilities provide the fastest, simplest way to collaborate securely across disciplines, locations and organizations.

"Developing and manufacturing products that combine electronics, software and mechanical aspects requires a level of cross-discipline collaboration that's been difficult," said John Sperling, Vice President of Product Management at Aras. "We've changed that by making collaboration for everyone secure, visual and easy."

Aras Innovator 11 takes a different approach to visual collaboration by:

  • Adding secure discussion threads with embedded viewables and markups
  • Covering a wide range of data types including 3D, 2D, Microsoft Office and images
  • Using the PLM permission model to control comment visibility and participation

See a Live Demo -- Register for the Aras Innovator 11 Webcast

FEATURED: Aras Innovator now Azure Certified

Now companies with a Microsoft Azure account can run Aras Innovator faster and easier than ever.

Running Aras on Azure is ideal for business initiatives that must be up and running quickly, projects with short / finite durations and cost sensitive programs where security matters, such as:

  • New product projects which involve collaborating with Customers and/or Suppliers
  • Joint Ventures where two companies require a secure, standalone PLM environment
  • Programs & Projects that fall outside the scope of your corporate PLM system
  • Or simply evaluating the Aras Innovator PLM Suite

With the Azure Certified version of Aras companies can quickly and easily provide a secure, full-featured PLM solution without hardware and networking investments.

To learn more and find out how to get started, check out the Azure Marketplace

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Collaborate & Contribute Awards

It's time to recognize the individuals and companies that have made outstanding contributions to the Aras community over the past year. Send us your nominations for the Collaborate & Contribute Awards.

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

Now is the time to recognize your fellow community members and to thank them for their participation in the corporate community. To submit your nomination, email Brianne at, and tell us who you'd like to nominate, for what contribution and why.

Awards will be presented at ACE 2015 in Detroit, MI, April 21-23. Plan now to join us at ACE 2015 and register to reserve your spot.

TECH TIP: Access Control Sample Package

Here's a Tech Tip from the subscriber KnowledgeBase that includes a package which demonstrates project-based access control. The Package creates 2 new ItemTypes: Org Unit and General Item. Org Unit represents a project or any other organizational item. General Item represents Parts, Documents, etc. The package includes 2 sample Org Units (Project 1 & Project 2) and 6 sample general Items (named A through F). Project 2 provides access to items D and E to all members of the 'All Employee' Identity:

Project 1 provides access to items A, B and C to all members of the Administrators Identity:

Aras PLM Tech Tip

Project 2 provides access to items D and E to all members of the All Employee Identity:

Aras PLM Tech Tip

in as admin (a member of both Administrators and All Employees), you should have access to General Items A, B, C, D and E.

If you log in as root, you should also see F in the above search results. Feel free to change the Identities, items, etc. involved - the code should still work.

Aras PLM Tech Tip

The code to implement this logic is attached as an OnBeforeGet method on the General Item ItemType. This means we are modifying the incoming request before the server processes it (as opposed to post-processing the results of a query to remove items that don't belong). The code adds additional table joins in the form of a where clause. It will further restrict the items that can be returned by your search to only those that are attached to Org Units that also have one of your member Identities attached.

Aras subscribers can get more in the Aras KnowledgeBase (Aras KB) in the Subscriber Portal

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

ARAS NEWS: Aras Expands Global Operations to France
The expansion is in response to growing demand for the Aras Innovator suite of PLM solutions from global companies with operations in France.

CIMDATA: Big Lever Software Introduces the Industry's First Integrated Product Line Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management Solution
The integration of PLE and PLM is a significant step forward in enabling companies to reduce complexity, break down organizational and operational silos, and achieve new levels of efficiency, interoperability and alignment across all aspects of planning, designing, implementing...

FROM THE BLOG: Call for ACE 2015 Speakers: Share Your PLM Story
ACE is the place where Aras users from around the world come together to meet, share best practices, network, and collaborate on new concepts and solutions.

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Aras Releases Microsoft Azure Certified PLM Suite
This certified version provides a secure, full-featured PLM solution in minutes, with bill of materials (BOM) management, document management, revision and versioning, file vaulting and stage-gate project management.

GRAPHIC SPEAK: "What's With Them?"
Aras is the only server-based PLM system based on Microsoft .NET technology, a familiar friend to IT directors in mid-sized manufacturing firms, and it was the first server-based PLM product to introduce a cloud version.

ACE 2015: Save the Date & Register Now
We're pleased to announce ACE 2015 will be at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, April 21 - 23, 2015. Whether you're starting a new PLM initiative or replacing an existing system, thinking about moving from PDM to PLM, or growing your existing...

NEW BLOG: Spartan Motors Fuels Innovator, Productivity & Quality
Spartan Motors is a leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of custom chassis and vehicles for the emergency-rescue, recreational vehicle and specialty vehicle markets.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ACE 2014 France - Paris, France - February 3, 2016
Découvrez la solution PLM Innovatrice d'Aras et profitez du retour d'expérience des industriels qui ont déjà mis en œuvre Aras Innovator®.

Aras Innovator 11 Featuring Visual Collaboration - Virtual - February 4, 2015
With the launch of Aras Innovator 11, Aras introduces visual collaboration providing the fastest, simplest way to collaborate securely across disciplines, locations and organizations. Get an introduction to visual collaboration and see Aras Innovator 11 in action during this live demo

SOLIDWORKS World 2015 - Phoenix, AZ - February 8, 2015
SolidWorks World 2015 is the biggest SolidWorks event of the year. Find out about the latest in 3D design technologies and hear about new solutions for companies that run SolidWorks.

Product Innovation Düsseldorf 2015 - Swissôtel Düsseldorf - February 24, 2015
Pioneering a commitment to end-user led, real-world case studies, Product Innovation 2015 creates a cross industry and vendor agnostic nexus between R&D, Engineering and IT.

IPC APEX Expo - San Diego, California - February 24 - 26, 2015
IPC APEX EXPO 2015 brings together the world's leading experts and innovators from more than 50 countries to share research, knowledge and best practices. Make plans to attend and upgrade your tech-NOW-ledgy.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Multi-Lingual & Localization - Virtual - March 4, 2015
Join Aras Chief Architect, Rob McAveney, as he shows you how Aras features a unique, highly advanced approach to internationalization and localization.

COFES 2015 - Scottsdale, Arizona - April 16-19, 2015
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 technologies.

ACE 2015 - Detroit, Michigan, - April 21 - 23, 2015
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 3-4, 2015 - St. Augustine FL
  • CM Structures - February 5-6, 2015 - St. Augustine FL
  • CM Dynamics - February 9-10, 2015 - St. Augustine FL
  • CM Implementation - February 11-12, 2015 - St. Augustine FL
  • CM Implementation - February 11-12, 2015 - St. Augustine FL
  • CM Foundations - March 16-17, 2015 - Falls Church - DC Area
  • CM Structures - March 18-19, 2015 - Falls Church - DC Area
  • CM Dynamics - April 13-14, Falls Church - DC Area
  • CM Implementation - April 15-16, 2015 - Falls Church - DC Area

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
  • Amersterdam, The Netherlands - March 16-20, 2015
  • Ann Arbor, MI - May 4-8, 2015

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
Andover2/9/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover2/16/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover3/9/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover3/16/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover4/13/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover4/20/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover5/11/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover5/18/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover6/15/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover6/22/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Tokyo2/12/2015PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/13/2015Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/17/2015Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo2/19/2015Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/20/2015Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/25/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo2/27/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
KunShan2/12/2015Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
KunShan3/26/2015Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen3/19/2015Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei2/12/2015Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei3/19/2015Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Wuhan2/26/2015Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Wuhan3/19/2015Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration