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IN THE NEWS: What Aras 'Great Fanfare' Means for PLM Industry

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Making the Case for Resilient PLM

ACE 2015 JAPAN: Rethink PLM at ACE Japan

TECH TIP: Dojo-nized Category Form

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

Things are starting to heat up here at Aras this summer. Find out what industry experts are saying about Aras and don't forget to register for ACE 2015 Japan.

IN THE NEWS: What Aras 'Great Fanfare' Means for PLM Industry

Thought I'd share some news from a recent post by Oleg Shilovitsky of Beyond PLM who wrote a blog called, What Aras 'Great Fanfare' Means for PLM Industry. In it he points to the Airbus announcement and others and notes:

"For the last 10-15 years, nobody created a significant competition to the top 3 largest PLM software outfits - Enovia, Teamcenter, Windhcill. But, here is the thing - traditional PLM software reached their limits and many organizations need to consider what to do next."

Oleg describes Aras as "pain relief" for companies that are thinking about growing their PLM development and says that "Aras has the potential to change a status quo among top tier for PLM providers."

He points to the 3 major reasons Aras is different:

  1. Right combination of functional maturity and cost for large companies
  2. Unique architecture that can scale to the level demanded by enterprises
  3. Aras commitment to free upgrade services with customizations

His analysis does a good job of identifying the advantages that companies are realizing with Aras.

Read the blog

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Making the Case for Resilient PLM

With today's products becoming more and more complex, the PLM industry is faced with new challenges.

In a recent whitepaper, Making the Case for Resilient PLM, Desktop Engineering says, "Sticking with yesterday's PLM status quo is not a recipe for success when developing tomorrow's next generation products. The best way to future-proof your R&D efforts is to choose a resilient PLM platform."

The paper goes on to identify that a resilient PLM platform can handle critical shifts like changing business models, entering new markets or acquiring companies. A PLM solution that is designed to be resilient must be scalable, flexible, adaptable, upgradeable and economical. A truly resilient PLM system should last far beyond 10 years. And Aras is noted as a resilient PLM platform that will support enterprise business processes now and into the future.

"Aras Innovator's resilient approach to PLM reduces the complexity of maintaining and evolving the PLM backbone. With Aras Innovator, PLM becomes a sustainable investment that evolves with the business and that grows with a company over time," says Desktop Engineering.

Is your current PLM system future-proof? Read the white paper to learn more.

ACE 2015 JAPAN: Rethink PLM at ACE Japan

ACE 2015 Japan is coming soon and there's still time to reserve your seat. The event will be held at the to Rappongi Academy Hills in Tokyo, Japan in September.

ACE 2015 Japan Details:
Date: September 2 - 3
Location: Rappongi Academy Hills | Tokyo, Japan
Cost: Free to Attend - No Fee (Registration Required)

The two day event will provide participants with the opportunity to learn best practices from current Aras users, hear from PLM experts and see live demonstrations.

User presentations will include:

  • Nissan
  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries

With its community-based format, ACE Japan offers the perfect environment to meet and collaborate with Aras staff, partners and users.

The theme of ACE 2015 Japan is "Rethink PLM." The agenda is packed with sessions designed to challenge attendees to rethink conventional assumptions and approaches to PLM in order to increase the pace of innovation.

Register today

TECH TIP: Dojo-nized Category Form

Goal: To create a category form with special user interface elements based on Dojo and standard Aras Innovator form definitions. I explicitly didn't want to use custom HTML and JavaScript files in the code tree.

Application: The applicationt that was created is an Agile Taskboard or SCRUM Board. An agile scrum team can manage the implementation tasks for their respective sprint and move tasks with drag-and-drop from To Do, In Process, To Verify to Done. It uses the KB Self-Documenting UserStory Package.

Solution Description:


  1. Create a new TOC category or use an existing.
  2. Create a new category form with the same name as the category
  3. Open the custom form from the category form - see SCRUM_Project Innovator JavaScript code


On the custom form I have put several DIV containers which I will programmatically give behavior through the onFormPopulated scripts in SCRUM_TaskboardUI.

The attached zip contains a pacakge and instructions

TECH TIP: Dojo-nized Category Form

Get the file from the Subscriber KnowledgeBase

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

DEVELOP 3D: Airbus Flies with Aras Innovator for its PLM Requirements
"Our success with the deployment of Test Information Management for aircraft end-to-end across the structural test pyramid in multi-site operation including our extended enterprise proved the viability of Aras for complex engineering business processes," explained Airbus VP Engineering Solutions Anders Romare.

ARAS NEWS: ESCATEC Selects Aras for Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management
ESCATEC, a leading provider of electronic and mechatronic design and manufacturing solutions, has selected the Aras Innovator suite for enterprise PLM to streamline product information management and enable concurrent engineering worldwide.

CIMDATA: Starlite Selects Aras for Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management
Starlite selected Aras for its more modern PLM architecture, particularly the flexibility and ease-of-use provided to both business and technical users within Starlite's extended enterprise.

ACE 2015 JAPAN: ACE Japan Speakers
During the two day conference, industry leaders will discuss how they transformed their business with Aras. The theme of ACE 2015 Japan is "Rethink PLM." Sessions will revolve around the conference theme and are designed to encourage interaction, learning and networking.

TENLINKS: Japan's Univance Corp to Use Aras PLM
The flexible and resilient architecture of the Aras PLM platform and associated business model provides Univance with modern PLM, a vast improvement over legacy systems the company considered in the past.

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Breton S.p.A. Expands Use of Aras Software
Breton is using Aras for document management, technical BOM management, product knowledge management and configuration management. The company's current Aras system manages 7TB of Breton data, including 150,000 parts, 250,000 CAD documents and 450,000 BOM relationships.

ENGINEERING.COM: Airbus Adopts Aras Innovator PLM Platform
Aras recently announced that the aerospace giant Airbus has picked up 30,000 seats of its Innovator platform and suite. Airbus made the decision after examining a number of PLM solutions, finding that Aras provided the most simple and agile platform for large-scale, enterprise-wide scaling.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Self Service Reporting - Virtual - August 5, 2015
Join Aras Product Manager Lopa Subramanian as she shows you a demonstration of Self-Service Reporting with Aras. Self-Service Reporting allows organizations to gain greater insight into the progress of projects and the performance of key processes.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Change Management - Virtual - August 31, 2015
Change management with Aras handles all change requests, assessments, plans and orders to a product or system. It also ensures users throughout extended supply chain have easy visibility into the engineering change status through the product lifecycle.

ACE 2015 Japan - Tokyo, Japan - September 2, 2015
Whether you're starting a new PLM initiative or rejuvenating an old one, thinking about moving from an existing legacy PDM to true enterprise PLM, or growing your existing Aras implementation, ACE 2015 Japan is the place for you.

CMII Europe - Birmingham, United Kingdom - October 7, 2015
CMII Europe is the perfect place to learn first-hand information on how to implement configuration management enterprise-wide and reach integrated process excellence.

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 - July 27 - 28, 2015 - Andover, MA
  • CM Identification - July 29 -30, 2015 - Andover, MA
  • CM Dynamics - August 24 - 25, 2015 - Andover, MA
  • CM Implementation - August 26 - 27, 2015 - Andover, MA

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 - September 21 - 15, 2015
  • Cypress, CA - December 7 - 11, 2015

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Agenda & Registration

CMII/IPE Upcoming Sessions

  • CMII Basics
  • Charleston, SC - August 3 - 6, 2015
  • Charleston, SC - August 31 - September 3, 2015

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
Andover9/14/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover9/28/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Andover10/12/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover10/19/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Andover12/7/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover12/14/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Troy8/10/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Troy8/17/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Troy8/25/2015Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Troy9/22/2015Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Troy10/20/2015Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Troy11/9/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Troy11/16/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Troy12/1/2015Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Tokyo9/4/2015PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo9/8/2015Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo9/10/2015Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo9/11/2015Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo9/16/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo9/18/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Osaka8/6/2015Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka8/21/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka9/10/2015Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka9/18/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka10/23/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka11/20/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka12/18/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration