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Aras Community Newsletter -- August 2009 -- Share with friends & colleagues Subscribe to the Aras Newsletter

in this issue
-- FEATURED SOLUTION - Integration Connector Between IBM Telelogic DOORS and Aras
-- SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Service Pack 4 Now Available
-- COMMUNITY QUOTES - The Latest Buzz on Aras
-- EVENTS - Aras Community Events in China, CM:TRENDS 09 and CIMdata PLM Certificate Program
-- UPCOMING - Training Sessions
-- Recent Downloads

If you're wrapping up your summer and making plans for the fall, check out the events and training that are going on in Sept and Oct.

There's also a new Service Pack for active subscribers, and some really useful new solutions that your company can take advantage of -- have highlighted one below, but there are lots more that you can get to enhance your Aras solution and strengthen your business. Just check out the Projects area on the Aras site.

FEATURED SOLUTION - Integration Connector Between IBM Telelogic DOORS and Aras
This month's featured solution is for those companies that perform formal Requirements Management. If your company is already using the IBM Telelogic DOORS system and is implementing (or going to implement) Aras Innovator for enterprise PLM, then you'll want to find out more about this integration connector.

The solution is offered by corporate community member and Aras partner, usb GmbH, and is called XOpenDoor. It provides the ability to associate each individual requirement with the specific item in the product structure. This enables traceability, change control, and drill-down to the part-level. Some of the key features and benefits include:

  • Linkage of the requirement structure to the product structure for requirements traceability to parts, assemblies, and systems
  • Version control on requirements to protect against uncontrolled changes
  • Requirement structures integrated with change request workflow
  • Review of PLM change documents directly in DOORS
  • Requirements tracking within the Aras PLM solution
  • Web services data exchange can also be tied in with other legacy enterprise systems
  • There is additional information on the XOpenDoor solution on usb's page on the Aras web site, and you should contact usb directly if you'd like to ask questions directly.
Learn More about the Integration Connector for IBM Telelogic DOORS and Aras

SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Service Pack 4 Now Available
The latest Service Pack for Version 9.1 is now available - SP4

SP4 details are available on the Documentation page.

If your company has an active Aras Unlimited subscription package, then Service Pack upgrades are performed as part of your standard subscription package by Aras (and in conjunction with your Aras certified partner, if you have one).

Yes, you read that right... SP upgrades are done without additional consulting costs, it's part of the subscription.

To get your Service Pack updates, logon to the Aras support portal, contact Aras support, or contact your local certified Aras partner.

And if you don't know what Service Packs are, here's the summarized version: Service packs are subscriber-only releases that include Security Updates, Bug Fixes, New Features, Capabilities, and other important value added software not openly available.

If you don't have an Aras Unlimited subscription and want the security updates and other items, then get in touch. We'll be glad to help you.

Learn about the Aras Unlimited Subscription and all the benefits

COMMUNITY QUOTES - The Latest Buzz on Aras
Here are some more quotes from around the web and on our comment listing area (our version of Facebook's 'Quote Wall').

View more quotes and make your opinion known as well...

"Open Source can provide two major advantages for PLM implementation compared to what we have today in PLM - a low entry cost and significant flexibility."

Oleg Shilovitsky, CTO of SmarTeam
Dassault Systemes
Daily PLM Think Tank Blog

"Our research indicates that manufacturers are placing an increasing importance on application flexibility. Companies want a PLM solution like Aras that can be modified easily so that deployment is fast and results are achieved quickly."

Peter Bilello, Sr. PLM Analyst

"I have implemented Aras Innovator with great success, I found this system to be extremely flexible and easy to configure. The main reason I had chosen Aras was for a engineering database to gain control over our designs and to link all technical documents and information back to the parts. So far I have not been able to find anything that Innovator can not do."

Ron Dignard, Systems Integration Specialist
Allen Vanguard

"We have look/study this platform for the last 6 months and currently rolling it out for our first customer. So far so good,... it's a flexible platform w/ lots of functionalities."

Quang Le, VP Business Development
Harmony Technologies Software JSC, Vietnam

"Using Aras we realize considerable savings in labor and overhead because production personnel can access process plans at a workstation."

Tom Posusney, Senior Manufacturing Engineer

Read More Community Quotes, Submit Yours

EVENTS - Aras Community Events in China, CM:TRENDS 09 and CIMdata PLM Certificate Program
Aras Community Event - China & Taiwan - Shanghai, Taipei, and Wuhan - September 1 - 4, 2009

Join us for another series of Aras Community Events in a number of cities throughout China. Meet with other business & IT professionals interested in Aras and learn about a wide range of topics related to the advanced Aras Innovator enterprise open source PLM solutions.

  • Learn best practices from industry leading companies
  • Hear about open-source PLM first hand from Aras
  • Plan collaborative development initiatives
  • Network with other Innovators
ACN China & Taiwan - Agenda & Registration

5th China Nanjing International Software Product Expo - Nanjing, China - September 3 - 5, 2009

If you are planning on going to the China Nanjing International Software Product Expo and want to learn more about Aras, visit the GIV Solutions booth. You can ask questions and find out about the next- generation PLM capabilities and Aras open source format in person.

The event provides Chinese companies with an opportunity to meet software providers from around the world, and is the largest software exhibition in southern China. It is sponsored by Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, General Administration of Press and Publication of the P.R. China, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Jiangsu Provincial People's Government.

China Nanjing International Software Product Expo - Agenda & Registration

CM:TRENDS 09 - Las Vegas, NV - September 21 - 23, 2009

Join us in a few weeks out in Las Vegas at CM:TRENDS. This is a conference that embraces all aspects of Configuration Management best practices including CM process, automation, industry standards and professional organizations. Presentations cover CM from government to commercial best practices, as well as, current and future trends in CM automation with presentations from Delphi, Microsoft, Whirlpool, US Postal Service, and others industry experts including Aras.

CM:TRENDS 09 -- Agenda & Registration

Email me if you're going to CM:TRENDS and we can connect up there.

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Andover, MA - September 28 - October 2, 2009

Attend CIMdata's internationally recognized PLM Certificate Program 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.

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - - Agenda & Registration

Come learn more about enterprise PLM best practices and get the most in-depth PLM education in the field from CIMdata.

UPCOMING - Training 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.

Remember, regularly scheduled training sessions are FREE for Aras Unlimited subscribers. Upcoming Training Sessions

Sept 14 - Aras Innovator Administration - Boston, MA

Sept 16 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Boston, MA

Sept 17 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Boston, MA

Sept 21 - Aras Innovator Administration - Munich, Germany

Sept 23 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Munich, Germany

Sept 24 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Munich, Germany

Sept 17 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei, Taiwan

Sept 24 - Aras Innovator Developer - KunShan, China

Sept 11 - Aras PLM Basics - Tokyo, Japan

Sept 14 - Aras Innovator Administration - Tokyo, Japan

Sept 16 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo, Japan

Oct 12 - Aras Innovator Administration - Boston, MA

Oct 14 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Boston, MA

Oct 15 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Boston, MA

Oct 26 - Aras Innovator Administration - Munich, Germany

Oct 28 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Munich, Germany

Oct 29 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Munich, Germany

Oct 2 - Aras PLM Basics - Tokyo, Japan

Oct 5 - Aras Innovator Administration - Tokyo, Japan

Oct 7 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo, Japan

Oct 8 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Tokyo, Japan

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