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NEW VIDEO: - Teamcenter to Aras

INTERVIEW: - Peter Schroer on Product Change Management

UPCOMING WEBCAST: - Product Change Management: Know Your Options

FEATURED TECH TIP: - Office Connector Automatic Naming and Numbering Documents

RECENT NEWS: - Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: - Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

TRAINING: - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS: - Recent Installs

If you're working on your PLM strategy or expanding you PLM deployment with Aras, then there's lots of great information in this month's newsletter. Find out about migrating off of global legacy PDM/PLM environments, how to think about complex product change management and numerous other critical topics.

And there are lots of upcoming webcasts, conferences and training sessions where you can find out first hand about Aras. Get going, get results and do more than you ever thought you could.

NEW VIDEO: Teamcenter to Aras

Nidec is a PDM/PLM veteran with history ranging from the prehistoric days of 1982 to today's next generation PLM technology. In this video, Nidec shares their experience replacing Teamcenter PLM with Aras.

In less than 5 months they were able to migrate 215,000 Teamcenter item masters representing 290,000 total item revisions and 320,000 files.

And they did it with zero - yes, zero - differences.

Watch the Teamcenter to Aras in 134 Days video at


"Change management is the toughest thing inside of PLM. It's also the most important."

I recently sat down with Aras President Peter Schroer and got his thoughts on Change Management and PLM. Here's a taste of what Peter had to say. Read the entire interview here.

"Real change management goes beyond the instruction to make the change and answers the questions: Who ran the cost numbers on the change? Who validated the change? Approved it? Does the customer agree with the change? If you're regulated, how about the FDA?"

"If all you're managing is MCAD files, you might be able to get by with a PDM system. Add in electronics and the rate of change quickens. Now add software, where you have firmware changes happening daily, even hourly, and they're being cut into the units on the shop floor on the fly. You literally have continuous change."

"There are quite a few PDM / PLM companies that would like there to be one standard out of the box change process. Many of these providers offer only linear workflows. The problem is I've never seen a company with a linear workflow. It's not simple. It's probably the hardest thing to get right in PLM."

"These vendors will tell you their systems are based on 'industry best practices'. The fact is there is no such thing as the best change process. The 'best' really depends on the company, their customers, their product lines, their compliance mandates, etc."

"In the real world, a company may be running 3 different change management processes under a single umbrella. The software guys may be operating at an entirely different pace than the team working on hardware, with their own rules and different workflow. There's no packaged solution that's going to magically solve that problem. "

"Aras is the first PLM solution with a whole series of out of the box options for change management. We're also the first PLM company honest enough to tell you that there's no silver bullet and you shouldn't expect to use any of them without optimizing for your specific process requirements."

Read the entire interview here:

UPCOMING WEBCAST: Product Change Management: Know Your Options

As the pace of global product development increases, you've got to manage ever greater change complexity. Your organization is making continuous revisions and versioning to complicated electro-mechanical assemblies, product information and system configurations.

Fortunately, Aras has a series of change management options available right out of the box. From a simple ECO process that's ready-to-use to full CMII compliant PR/ECR/ECN workflows with sophisticated impact analysis.

Join us for this live webcast, where we'll layout our change management philosophy and walk you through the out of the box PLM enterprise change options from Aras.

Register for Product Change Management: Know Your Options at

FEATURED TECH TIP: Office Connector Automatic Naming and Numbering Documents

The Aras Office Connector allows users to manage Microsoft Office files including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook Email messages as Aras PLM Documents. As an administrator, you can configure the Office Connector to automatically number a new Aras Document as well as name the associated Office file vaulted in Aras Innovator.

Several examples exist in the standard installation for naming Products, Processes and Project related Documents. This tech tip will explain how to create your own ways to number and name Documents and files automatically.

We'll use an example to walk through the steps, and you can then further tailor rules that match your business requirements.

View the Tech Tip at:

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

USER VIDEO: The Road to PLM: 16 Business Processes in less than 6 Months
In less than 6 months, Dedicated Computing, a developer of high tech computing solutions, has implemented 16 business processes on the Aras platform, including Engineering Project Management, Pre-Production Order Management, CAPA, Customer Escalation...

INDUSTRY TRENDS: Try-Before-You-Buy Gains Traction in the Enterprise
In a recent post, I discussed my opinion of the traditional enterprise sales approach. At Aras, we've created our business processes to explicitly avoid the shortcomings of a sales driven culture and, in doing so, we've created a better experience...

Traditionally, PLM has been in a bounded box between CAD and ERP, but your business spans so much more than that. At Aras, we believe PLM is a platform that should span the entire product lifecycle. This expansive view of PLM provides a wide range of...

USER VIDEO: Global High Tech Electronics User Explains How They Chose Aras
When this global high tech electronics company, known for their innovation, was faced with critical business challenges they started looking for solutions that could keep up with their changing needs. Among other things, they needed a better way to track...

TECH TIP THURSDAY: Customizing Just Ask Innovator Help
Aras Innovator provides a link to a web help system that can be extended with the appropriate tools so that you can provide custom help to users of your solution...

ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: What's New & What's Ahead for Aras Innovator
Hot off the stage from ACE 2013, we invite you to join us for The Aras Innovator Update webcast. Aras's Rob McAveney walks you through all the latest Aras releases and lays out the upcoming Roadmap showing you all the ways Aras is helping you DO MORE.

IN THE NEWS: Vendors "Rightsize" PLM
Desktop Engineering - May 2013 - Increasing product complexity. The need to coordinate development processes across a globally-dispersed design team. Placing a greater emphasis on innovation and time-to-market agility. These challenges, once stumbling blocks for only the largest manufacturers, are now

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Aras ACE 2013 - Highlights
ACE 2013 was our biggest, most energetic ACE conference ever. It's always the first event in the annual ACE series of global conferences, and this year we had an outstanding...

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

PARTNER WEBCAST: Automate Engineering Change Management with ARAS - June 11, 2013

In this webinar you'll see a demonstration of ARAS's Enterprise Change Management Capabilities including best practice templates for full CMII Compliance, Simple ECO or Custom Workflow for Complex Products. You'll see how Aras provides full documentation...

ACE EVENT: ACE 2013 Korea - Seoul, Korea - June 18, 2013

이번세미나에서는 Aras 기업용 PLM소개, 솔루션소개및 Demo 시연, 그리고국내및해외사례가소개됩니다. 세미나에참석하시는분들은앞선 PLM 솔루션을경험하고, 한국과일본의구축사례를들으실수있습니다. 이를통해 PLM 전략과적용방법에대해교류하고협업할수있는기회를얻을수있습니다....

LIVE WEBCAST: Product Change Management: Know Your Options - July 11, 2013

As the pace of global product development increases, you've got to manage ever greater change complexity. Fortunately, Aras has a series of change management options available right out of the box. From a simple ECO process that's ready-to-use to full CMII...

PARTNER WEBCAST: Energize your Program and Project Management with ARAS - July 11, 2013

Aras Program and Project Management provides comprehensive functionality to reduce project costs, improve profit margins and shorten product development cycles. See a demonstration of ARAS's PPM capabilities, including program dashboard for enhanced...

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: CM TRENDS 2013 - Orlando, Florida - August 5, 2013

CM TRENDS 2013 embraces all aspects of Configuration Management best practices including CM process, automation, industry standards and professional organizations. Presentations will cover all facets of CM from government to commercial best practices...

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: 2013 Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS) - Chandler, AZ - September 9, 2013

Boeing and Northrop Grumman have once again joined together to organize the Global Product Data Interoperability Summit (GPDIS), a summit for exploring data interoperability challenges. This technical summit is conducted in an open and agnostic forum where...

ACE EVENT: ACE 2013 Japan - September 26, 2013 - Tokyo, Japan

Save the date! More information coming soon. ACE 2013 ジャパン 2013年9月26日 - 東京開催日本におけるACEジャパンの今年の日程が確定いたしました! 詳細は決まり次第改めてご案内させて頂きます。

INDUSTRY CONFERENCE: CMII Europe 2013 - Zurich, Switzerland - September 30, 2013

CMII Europe is the leading conference on enterprise-wide Configuration Management. Attendees will learn how to achieve cost avoidance through reduced rework with enterprise configuration and change management. Participants will have the opportunity to...

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 Dynamics - June 10 - 11, 2013, Houston, TX
  • CM Implementation - June 12 - 13, 2013, Houston, TX
  • CM for IT & SW Development - June 24 - 27, 2013, Washington DC Area
  • ANSI/EIA-649B - July 22 - 24, 2013, Washington DC area
  • CM Foundations - July 22 - 23, 2013, Seattle area
  • CM Structures - July 24 - 25, 2013, Seattle area
  • CM Dynamics - Aug. 19 - 20, 2013, Seattle area
  • CM Implementation - Aug. 21 - 22, 2013, Seattle area
  • ANSI/EIA-649B - Aug. 7 - 9, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Assessor - Aug. 7 - 9, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Standards & Practices Update - Aug. 7 - 9, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • ANSI/EIA-649B - September 16 - 18, 2013, San Diego, CA
  • CM Foundations - Sept. 24 - 25, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Structures - Sept. 26 - 27, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Dynamics - Sept. 30 - Oct. 1, 2013, Orlando, FL
  • CM Implementation - Oct. 2 - 3, 2013, Orlando, FL

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, Massachusetts, USA - September 16 - 20, 2013
  • Birmingham, UK - October 21 - 25, 2013
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - December 2 - 6, 2013

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
Andover6/3/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover7/8/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover8/19/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover9/9/2013Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover6/10/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover7/15/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover8/26/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover9/23/2013Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Tokyo6/11/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo7/16/2013Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo6/14/2013Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/19/2013Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo6/19/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo7/24/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo6/21/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/26/2013Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo6/13/2013Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/18/2013Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo7/12/2013PLM Basics (Japanese)1
ShangHai6/13/2013Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
ShangHai6/27/2013Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei6/20/2013Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

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