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ACE 2016: Share Your PLM Story

NEW APPLICATION: Aras Technical Documentation


FOR SUBSCRIBERS: New Service Pack Available

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

Happy new year! 2015 was out of this world at Aras and there's lot's more comin' in 2016. We're the fastest growing PLM company worldwide (again :-) for a reason. Get your PLM strategy set for the future this year... with Aras.

By the way... did I mention that we're hiring?

ACE 2016: Share Your PLM Story

ACE 2016 is coming up in March and we want to open it up and invite you to share your experiences with Aras.

The conference is designed to encourage collaboration and learning from each other. There's no better way for you to network with others than to do a presentation and share your strategies, best practices and lessons learned.

  • Your presentation can be as simple as explaining your PLM justification & selection process or talking about how you're implementing Aras
  • You might discuss an innovative approach you've taken or show a solution you've created to a challenging problem
  • You can discuss the automation of a single process, or explaining your global PLM strategy

You're in good company at ACE, everyone wants to hear learn and hear your company's real life story.

Are you interested in sharing your PLM story? For more details get in touch with me directly or contact Beth Ewing at

And if you haven't registered for ACE 2016 yet, visit

NEW APPLICATION: Aras Technical Documentation

We recently announced the launch of Aras Technical Documentation, an application that provides a breakthrough in authoring, visualizing, and publishing of a wide range of product, regulatory, safety, and technical publications.

Aras Technical Documentation is a content authoring solution, that provides content management capabilities for topics-based, modular documentation within PLM. It enables users of many disciplines to author, visualize, share, and publish information all within a central, controlled, and collaborative environment.

Key Features

  • Uses embedded / referenced PLM content to populate documents - much easier to create & update
  • Document assembly managed through user-defined templates - a lot faster than the way you do it now
  • Links to engineering change orders can trigger updates in associated publications, either individually or in batch updates - always up-to-date and in sync
  • Web-based solution means not client installs - no IT hassles
  • WYSIWYG editor supports publishing in XML, HTML and PDF - don't have to be a technical style sheet guru

For more information about Aras Technical Documentation visit:

FEATURED WHITEPAPER: PLM Frustrations - Why Do Many PLM Projects Fail?

The PLM world is divided into two categories: the frustrated PLM veterans who have tried and failed to implement a successful PLM system, and the PLM novices, who are blind to the frustrations that lie ahead. This is because traditional PLM systems often do not achieve what they promised.

Many PLM veterans are familiar with the frustrations of traditional PLM projects. Despite the best efforts of skilled IT teams, dedicated consultants, and a comprehensive implementation plan, countless PLM projects fail to fulfill their promises. Today, lots of companies have multi-million dollar investments in systems that are hard to customize, unable to integrate and costly to implement and upgrade.

PLM doesn't have to be this way and Aras is changing the reputation the industry.

Find out how these challenges can stifle your business and avoid PLM frustrations.

Get this whitepaper to learn why so many PLM projects don't live up to expectations, and how a new approach can change your chances of success at

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: New Service Pack Available

The latest Service Pack for Version 11 is now available - SP5

SP5 details are available on the Documentation page.

Subscribers can schedule a free upgrade to SP5 by contacting Aras support or your Aras certified partner.

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

NEW BLOG: The OOTB Paradox
The OOTB paradox begins when a firm initiates a PLM project. Requirements are gathered and PLM vendors are engaged for POCs and ultimately a shootout. The shootout includes some kind of a wish list and a number of demos to illustrate the Legacy PLM system's ability to achieve the requirements. When the dust settles there is a winner.

ACE 2015 Europe: Looking Back at ACE 2015 Europe
We had ACE 2015 Europe in Berlin Germany this year, and PLM enthusiasts from all over Europe came together to discuss PLM strategy, figure out new approaches and collaborate on best practices. It was a great time and we had our largest crowd yet in Europe!

TENLINKS: AGCO SAS France to Use Aras Innovator
AGCO Corporation, a leading manufacturer of agricultural equipment sold in over 140 countries which include the global brands Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson, Valtra and GSI, has deployed Aras Innovator to consolidate product engineering systems and processes. Aras Innovator will integrate with, and complement, the existing AGCO corporate engineering PDM system.

MCAD CAFÉ: CloudOne Launches Aras Innovator PLM as a Managed Service with Secure Virtual Private Cloud
CloudOne eliminates the time needed for hardware provisioning and software infrastructure deployment, ensuring companies get running quickly and realize a faster return on investment. Running Aras Innovator PLM as a Managed Service by CloudOne enables enterprises to achieve new levels of scalability, performance, and partner collaboration with PLM.

CIMDATA: Triangle Package Selects Aras to Unify Mission-Critical Enterprise Processes
Triangle Package Machinery will implement advanced, next-generation PLM from Aras. Aras Visual Collaboration will enable Triangle Package product development teams to quickly and easily identify and rectify issues during the pre-production stage, avoiding scrap and manufacturing delays.

ARAS NEWS: Laird Selects Aras to Streamline Global Product Development
Laird selected Aras Innovator for the platform's flexibility to meet the distinct configuration needs of each business unit. PLM system flexibility is vital to Laird, as the company develops a broad range of mission-critical systems, components, and solutions for customers in multiple industries from over 50 facilities in 19 countries across the globe.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

Aras Innovator Demo Series: Component Engineering - Virtual - February 4, 2016
See a detailed demo of Aras Component Engineering and learn how your organization can make better/preferred component choices, get them approved faster and stay on top of compliance and EOL issues.

Aras Innovator Demo Series: ALM/PLM Integration - Virtual - February 18, 2016
See a detailed demo of what can be achieved today using real-world scenarios with ALM/PLM integration for faster development, improved cross-discipline coordination and reduced disruption of engineering processes.

Product Innovation Munich 2016 - Munich, Germany - March 8, 2016
PI Munich 2016 brings together the manufacturing industry to explore the process, people and technological challenges faced when building a profitable data-led business strategy.

ACE 2016 - Detroit, MI - March 15 - 17, 2015
Join us on March 15 - 17 for ACE 2016 at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. ACE 2016 is a great place to network with Aras users and partners, hear about next generation PLM strategies, see the latest solutions and find out what Aras has in store for the future.

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 - December 14-15 - San Diego, CA
  • CM Identifications - December 16-17 - San Diego, CA
  • CM Dynamics - January 11-12 - San Diego, CA
  • CM Implementation - January 13-14, San Diego, CA

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
  • Ann Arbor, MI - March 7-11, 2016

CIMdata PLM Certificate Program - Agenda & Registration

CMII/IPE Upcoming Sessions

  • CMII Basics
  • Denver, CO - February 8 - 11, 2016

  • CMII Comprehensive
  • San Diego, CA - December 7-10, 2015
  • Denver, CO - March 7 - 10, 2016

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
Andover1/26/2016Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Andover2/8/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover2/15/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Andover3/22/2016Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Gröbenzell1/25/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)5
Gröbenzell4/11/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)5
Gröbenzell6/6/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 11 (Germany)5
Tokyo1/8/2016Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo1/27/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo1/29/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/4/2016PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/5/2016Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/16/2016Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo2/18/2016Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/19/2016Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo2/24/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo2/26/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Troy1/11/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Troy1/18/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
Troy2/23/2016Aras PLM Essentials 11 *NEW*3
Troy3/7/2016Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Troy3/14/2016Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration