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NEW REPORT: Aras Innovator 10 Scalability Benchmark Testing

ACE AGENDA: GE, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Sandia National Laboratories & more

FEATURED SOLUTION: Discover Innovator 3 Advanced Search Solution

UPCOMING WEBCAST: Migrate to Modernize - ENOVIA to Aras

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Have You Seen The Aras KnowledgeBase Lately?

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS: Recent Installs

ACE 2014 is at the end of next month (April 29 - May 1) and the Chicago Fire Marshall limits the number of people we can let in the door... if you don't want to be left out in the cold, you'd better get registered and reserve your seat and we'll see you there.

NEW REPORT: Aras Innovator 10 Scalability Benchmark Testing

Independent testing validates that Aras Innovator 10 scales to over 100,000 concurrent users on SQL Server 2012 and maintains optimal performance

Recently, an automotive OEM evaluating Aras requested that Aras Innovator 10 be tested for database scalability and performance under very large loads on SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition with standard commercial server hardware. So with the help of Microsoft and HP, we had independent validation firm Logic 20/20 audit and conduct a series of tests.

Testing occurred with 500,000 named users at 25,000, 75,000 and 125,000 concurrent user loads. The database had 10 million Part Items with multi-level BOMs where each BOM structure contained between 900 and 3,600 parts across 3 to 6 levels and 300 to 600 parts on each level.

We searched around and asked the analysts and our tests are apparently the largest known in the PLM market. Published reports for the other major PLM systems max out at between 10,000 and 20,000 concurrent users... so we started with 25,000 and went up from there.

Performance conclusions included:

  • Aras Innovator 10 and SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition running on standard HP server configurations showed strong performance and excellent resource utilization across all tests.
  • During testing average CPU utilization was consistently below 25 percent and total percentage of CPU utilization never exceeded 30 percent.
  • The average response times were fast across the different concurrent user loads tested from 25,000 to 125,000.
  • As expected in an online transaction processing (OLTP) workload like Aras Innovator 10, the greatest constraint was in the I/O subsystem's ability to read and write to disk.
  • Testing results indicate that Aras Innovator 10 running on SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition scales nearly linearly with hardware upgrades and is architected for very high numbers of concurrent users.

"The performance of Aras Innovator 10 is not constrained by its architecture. The design puts the burden of work on the hardware, so it can be scaled-up and scaled-out with server hardware," states Anders Westby, Director of Cloud Services and Testing at Logic 20/20.

Needless to say, we learned a lot from the testing, and the company that had us do the tests is quite impressed. This is the type of exploration, validation and learning that our open model makes possible.

We are always eager to understand our technical capabilities better and are proud to rise to a challenge together with our customers, partners and the open PLM community worldwide.

Two papers were generated by Logic 20/20 from the testing:

Scalability Benchmark Methodology and Performance Results

Database Server Configuration Best Practices for Aras Innovator 10

ACE AGENDA: GE, MAN Diesel & Turbo, Sandia National Laboratories and more on Stage at ACE 2014

ACE 2014 is just a few weeks away and it's shaping up to be our biggest ACE yet. The latest agenda is available and includes presentations by:

  • GE Aviation
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Case New Holland Remanufacturing
  • Kinnerton Confectioneries
  • Auditdata

  • ACE 2014
  • Chicago O'Hare Marriott
  • April 29 - May 1

And because of our sponsoring partners, ACE is still FREE TO ATTEND. Hard to believe, but it's true.

If you're new to Aras - We've overhauled the Basics track to help you learn more, faster and gain a great understanding of how Aras can enable your business. This track is ideal for companies just starting out and for groups within an Aras user company who may be new to PLM.

If you've already rolled out Aras - The Technical track will show you how to amp up your Aras implementation. From upgrading to Aras Innovator 10 to optimizing Aras for program management, product engineering, CAD data management, SharePoint and more, you'll leave ACE with new knowledge and new ideas.

If you want to take Aras to the next level - Jump on the Business track and learn how to leverage Aras across your business. Find out what happens when you integrate Microsoft Office, electronic component data, ECAD, enterprise search and other capabilities across the enterprise.

In response to your feedback, we've added more Aras demo sessions and we're bringing back the popular Solutions Showcase and Round Table sessions.

Full details, agenda and justification letter are available on the ACE website.

ACE offers a unique opportunity to meet and collaborate with other companies that run Aras, partners and solution providers. Find out what the future of PLM looks like... Right Now.

ACE is FREE, but registration is required.
Reserve your space at /ACE/2014/100533.aspx

FEATURED SOLUTION: Discover Innovator 3 Advanced Search Solution

Aras Partner NorthRidge Software has released Discover Innovator 3, a powerful full-text and metadata search solution for Aras Innovator.

Discover Innovator 3 provides high performance search capabilities that enable Aras Innovator users to quickly find parts, documents and other items. A simple Google-style interface offers quick, easy and secure access to locate and update Aras content.

Discover Innovator makes advanced search available and approachable for Aras users throughout the enterprise.

Discover Innovator 3 Enhancements include:

New Content Templates - Templates have been added for standard Aras Innovator item types such as ECO, Project and CAD Documents

UI Configurability - Results presentation can be easily configured to a Google-like snippet view or a standard grid view

Usability Features - Charts are available to help visualize the distribution of results and more

Information available at

UPCOMING WEBCAST: Migrate to Modernize - ENOVIA to Aras

If your ENOVIA PDM / PLM system isn't measuring up, you've got 2 options: Rip & replace or keep what works and build on top.

In this live Webcast you'll find out how Carestream Health, a $2.5 billion company with R&D and manufacturing facilities around the world, addressed this challenge, and you'll get real-world advice for your legacy PLM migration / integration from xLM Solutions.

Carestream had a highly customized ENOVIA system that was difficult to customize and not cost-effective to upgrade.

Find out:

  • Why Carestream chose Aras as their new Product Level Information backbone
  • The advantages they've gained with Aras
  • How they've reduced changes and cycle times
  • And what they learned along the way

And learn how you get from a legacy ENOVIA environment to the Aras platform:

  • Your Migration Options - Move or Integrate
  • Standardized Methodology & Process
  • Data Migration & Mapping
  • xLM Migration Tool Benefits

Live Webcast: Wednesday April 9th - 11:00am Eastern Time
Details & Registration @

FOR SUBSCRIBERS: Have You Seen The Aras KnowledgeBase Lately?

If you use Aras Innovator and are looking for technical insights and techniques, you should know about the Aras KnowledgeBase. It's in the Subscriber Portal and has a been growing over the last several years.

And if you haven't checked out the KnowledgeBase in a while, you should take a look.

In addition to the code samples and technical info that have always been there, we've been adding lots of new tools and tips to improve your ability to customize, integrate, federate and extend Aras Innovator.

Here's a sample of what's been added recently...

If you're looking for detailed technical information, then the you need the Aras Knowledgebase

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Aras Provides New Level of Scalability on Microsoft SQL Server Database
Aras announced the results of independent testing conducted by Logic 20/20 for the scalability of Aras Innovator 10 running Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition on HP ProLiant servers with the HP ioDrive2 ...

WIRED INNOVATION BLOG: How Many Spreadsheets Does It Take to Run a Fortune 500 Company?
Having seen first-hand the inner workings of the market-leading manufacturing companies, I can tell you that you'd be surprised to learn how frequently the same program you're using to manage your kid's little league ...

IT & PRODUCTION: Aras Plant Portfolio-Erweiterung
Aras plant die Erweiterung seiner Product Lifecycle Management-Software Aras Innovator hin zur umfassenden Unternehmenssoftware. Lösungen etwa für Supply Chain- oder Qualitätsmanagement stehen dabei genauso auf...

INDUSTRY TRENDS: From Database Trends and Applications - New Benchmark for Aras Innovator 10 Running Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition
Aras, a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software, has released the results of testing conducted by Logic 20/20 regarding the scalability of Aras Innovator 10 running Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise ...

PLM IT BUSINESS: Aras EPLM bekommt Global Product Leadership Award für Product Lifecycle Management
Aras, ein Anbieter von Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software, wurde von Frost & Sullivan mit dem prestigeträchtigen Global Product Leadership Award für PLM ausgezeichnet. Die Lösung Aras Enterprise PLM (EPLM) erweitert SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) und bietet einen ...

INVENTOR CONNECTIONS: Aras Subscription Includes Upgrade Services for Global PLM Environments Regardless of Customization
A recent CIMdata commentary report titled Aras Innovator: Redefining Customization & Upgrades states, "This [no-cost version-to-version upgrades] is a rather bold guarantee given the historic challenges the industry has experienced with upgrading highly customized ...

FROM THE BLOG: Resilient PLM - Protecting Your Investment & Ensuring Adaptability
One of the key takeaways from CIMdata's recent commentary is the architecture of Aras is designed to protect your investment and ensure future adaptability. Some may call it sustainable PLM, others resilient PLM...

INDUSTRY TRENDS: The Benefits of Rapid Prototyping Just Might Surprise You
Rapid prototyping. It's fast. It's productive. And it offers some benefits you've probably never thought about, according to this recent article from Roger Martin in Harvard Business Review. While the design benefits of rapid prototyping are...

LATEST VIDEO: See A Demo of Aras Innovator 10
Aras Innovator 10 provides a new level of PLM platform scalability for enterprises with global supply chains, and introduces an HTML5 browser interface which redefines usability making PLM more accessible for business users. Watch this overview demo to...

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

AIAG Lean Product Development - Southfield, MI - March 25, 2014
The 2014 AIAG Lean Product Development Briefing and Call to Action will bring together thought leaders from across the automotive industry to discuss best practices of Lean Product Development...

WEBCAST - Migrate to Modernize: ENOVIA to Aras - Online - April 9, 2014
If your ENOVIA PDM / PLM system isn't measuring up, you've got 2 options: Rip & replace or keep what works and build on top. In this live Webcast you'll find out how Carestream Health, a $2.5 billion dollar...

PARTNER WEBCAST: Industry Innovation with Aras PLM - Online - April 17, 2014
Learn Why CIMData calls ARAS "True Innovation" for PLM Solutions. - Aras has fundamentally changed how global enterprise PLM environments get upgraded. Aras includes upgrade services in its annual...

The Congress on the Future of Engineering Software (COFES) - Scottsdale, Arizona U.S. - April 24, 2014
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 ...

ACE 2014 - Chicago, Illinois U.S. - April 29, 2014
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 the place for you. At ACE 2014 you will learn best...

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 - March 24 - 25, 2014, Falls Church, VA
  • CM Structures - March 26 - 27, 2014, Falls Church, VA
  • CM Dynamics - April 14 - 15, 2014, Falls Church, VA
  • CM Implementation - April 16 - 17, 2014, Falls Church, VA
  • CM Foundations - May 19-20, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Structures - May 21-22, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Dynamics - June 23-24, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Implementation - June 25-26, 2014, Orlando, FL
  • CM Foundations - July 14-15, 2014, Plymouth, MI
  • CM Structures - July 16-17, 2014, Plymouth, MI
  • CM Dynamics - August 4-5, 2014, Plymouth, MI
  • CM Implementation - August 6-7, 2014, Plymouth, MI

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
  • Santa Clara, CA - March 17-21
  • Boston, MA - May 19-23
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands - October 20-24
  • Ann Arbor, MI - December 1-5

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
Andover3/31/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover4/21/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Andover5/5/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover5/12/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Andover6/2/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions (English)5
Andover6/9/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions (English)4
Tokyo4/4/2014PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/8/2014Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/10/2014Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/11/2014Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo4/23/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo4/25/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/9/2014PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/13/2014Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo5/15/2014Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo5/16/2014Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
ShangHai5/22/2014Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen4/24/2014Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen6/19/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei4/17/2014Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei5/22/2014Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei6/19/2014Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Wuhan4/10/2014Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2
Wuhan5/15/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Wuhan6/5/2014Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • Acuity
  • Aisin AW
  • Aquasoft
  • Armstrong Aerospace
  • Axelent Engineering AB
  • Braedius Scientific BV
  • CAE
  • CapGemini
  • Colby College
  • Continental
  • Cooper Tire
  • CRaG Systems
  • D&K Engineering
  • Dedicated Computing
  • Deloitte
  • ECCO
  • Fincantieri - Marine Group
  • Foxconn
  • Freudenberg
  • Fujitsu
  • General Dynamics
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
  • GTPL
  • Hitachi
  • Honda
  • HVCC
  • Insitu
  • Integrated Microelectronics
  • Johnson Matthey Royston
  • Kelso Technologies
  • Keyhub
  • Kobelco
  • KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
  • Laird Technologies
  • Lear Corporation
  • Looxcie
  • Luxshare Precision
  • MAN Diesel & Turbo
  • Med IT Group
  • Microsoft
  • Motorola
  • Murata Manufacturing
  • Nakamura
  • Nissan
  • NUAA
  • PACE Aerospace
  • Physical Electronics, USA
  • Pilot Systems
  • Pisa University
  • RCS
  • Shun Hing
  • SRC
  • Syncmold
  • Tata Technologies
  • Technic Asia Pacific
  • Teknovation
  • Teleinfo
  • Titus S.r.l.
  • Tohatsu Corporation
  • T-Systems
  • UTBM
  • Xerox
  • xtendBI
  • Zuken