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NEW RELEASE - Requirements Management Embedded in PLM for Systems Engineering

SAVE THE DATE - ACE 2013 International: April 30 - May 2

SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Service Pack 6 Now Available

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

UPCOMING EVENTS - Requirements Management, SolidWorks World, Office Connector & More

TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

Happy new year to everyone. We've got some exciting news on our latest release of the Requirements Management solution... along with SP6, lots of upcoming webcasts, training and conferences... and breaking news on ACE 2013 International.

NEW RELEASE - Requirements Management Embedded in PLM for Systems Engineering

At the end of the year we had some BIG news. We released our latest major update to the Requirements Management solution which is embedded in PLM (as opposed to a separate RM system like most others).

With this release we've combined advanced requirements management functionality inside our enterprise PLM to provide powerful capabilities for complex systems engineering and systems of systems planning, development and realization.

Whether you're brand new to Requirements Management or you've been using DOORS, SLATE, MKS Integrity or any of other popular requirements management authoring products for years, you've probably realized that you just can't develop the systems of tomorrow with yesterday's stand-alone tools. Well, we know that as well, and that's why we've gone ahead and build Requirements Management inside PLM.

You can register to see a live webcast Demo of Aras Requirements Management Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:00am Eastern time zone USA

What we've done is enable the creation of a single, multi-discipline requirements hierarchy that can be organized into multiple requirements documents addressing individual disciplines including mechanical, electrical, software, firmware and others.

This is a big deal because requirements are typically spread throughout a variety of different documents, systems & spreadsheets and maintained separately by various functional groups... and the requirements are usually buried in those documents and not directly connected to the actual system or product being developed making it frustratingly hard (even impossible) to verify that requirements have been satisfied.

Requirements in Aras are linked to specifications, parts, Bills of Material, test plans and other PLM items at different phases of the lifecycle becoming part of the overall configuration. Change management workflow assures requirements stay in sync as the system or product evolves over the life cycle.

This capability is critical for designing complex products and systems where a single requirement is often addressed by a combination of hardware, software and electronics.

Solution Highlights Include:

  • Enhanced Requirements Capture - Make anything a requirement including Files, Emails, Scanned Images, URL links, Pictures, Videos (even from YouTube), as well as existing PLM items, such as Parts, Materials, Drawings and Models
  • Trace Matrix Verification - Provides traceability of requirements to verify that systems, subsystems and interfaces satisfy all of requirements, from high-level conceptual down to the detailed component-level
  • Comprehensive Impact Analysis - Requirements are included in the impact analysis on proposed changes and can become affected items on ECRs & ECOs
  • Closed Loop Validation - Full support for validation plans, procedures and all related documentation with reporting, sign-offs and workflow
  • Extended Enterprise Collaboration - Gather requirements from across the extended enterprise and involve customers, subcontractors and outsourced manufacturers with need-to-know security, visibility and access
  • Federated Integration - Connects securely to existing enterprise systems and authoring tools throughout the company using Web services

There's a lot more included that you'll want to find out about... and if you're interested in doing a pilot of this subscriber solution, get in touch and we can help out.

To learn more, Get the Aras Requirements Management Product Brief

SAVE THE DATE - ACE 2013 International: April 30 - May 2

We are pleased to announce that ACE 2013 International will take place April 30th - May 2nd. We will once again welcome you to the Troy Marriott in Troy, Michigan, just outside Detroit. But don't think that just because we're in the same location, we're bringing you the same ACE Conference. We've got a new look, new format and lots more surprises. Mark your calendars & stay tuned for more info.

SUBSCRIBER NOTICE - Service Pack 6 Now Available

The latest Service Pack for Version 9.3 is now available - SP6

SP6 includes items important to enterprise users:

  • Added new Check-in Manager capabilities for multi-threaded, asynchronous, structured file upload with conflict detection support for even faster large file check-ins
  • Introduced new logic for expanded support of reverse proxies
  • New mechanism for passing info from onBefore to onAfter event handler in server-side Methods
  • Improved performance of "Save" operation

SP6 details are available on the Documentation page.

SP6 is available to businesses with an active Aras subscription package, and companies on subscription receive free upgrades no matter how much customization you've done to your system.

Subscribers can schedule a free upgrade to SP6 by contacting Aras support or your Aras certified partner.

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

Year in Review - A Look Back at 2012
2012 was another year of tremendous growth for Aras and the Aras Community, and the sixth straight year of double digit customer growth.

Design News - PLM's Antidote to Med Device Makers' Compliance Woes
"Everyone thinks they have compliance issues, but if you walk into a medical device company, the problem is exacerbated," Peter Schroer, president and CEO at PLM provider Aras Corp., told me.

The Times - One Size Doesn't Have to Fit All
What Mr Redfern is looking to achieve is "orderliness" in the creation of new products, and PLM will record product and process details for later re-use: it's a business process driver as much as a product-driven need.

Nucleus Research - Aras Announces VPLM for Autodesk Vault: The Bottom Line
Aras developed Aras VPLM in order to provide functionality for "corporate-wide PLM business processes". The new solution brings strong PLM functionality at a more affordable cost than larger solutions, which can increase the return on investment (ROI) and maximize the business value for its customers.

User Video - Transonic Transforms to Improve Quality and Compliance
By automating more of their processes and taking back ownership of their data, Transonic reduced their ECO time from 3 months to just 3 weeks. The company's migration from Agile PLM to Aras has also increased enterprise wide visibility, specifically for change management.

New Program - The Aras Academic Program
The Aras Academic Program is designed to support PLM research and innovation in academia. Academic Subscribers have access to the subscriber portal on, service packs, bug fixes and more - free of charge.

German Blog - PLM-Jahrbuch 2013 erschienen: der Leitfaden zum PLM-Markt
Das neu veröffentlichte PLM-Jahrbuch 2013 gibt einen umfassenden Überblick zu Software-Lösungen und Dienstleistern. Das entsprechende Whitepaper von PAC können Sie direkt von der Aras Homepage laden: "Open Source PLM von Aras fördert globale PLM-Initiativen".

On-Demand Demo - Aras VPLM for Autodesk Vault
Learn how Aras VPLM can extend your Autodesk Vault implementation to drive PLM processes throughout your company and supply chain, for collaboration across organizations including product development, operations, quality, purchasing, sales and marketing and other groups worldwide.

User Success Story - Mega Brands
MEGA Brands has implemented a full, 5-gate Project Management process which helps them stay on target for release dates, as well as increase enterprise-wide visibility. Everyone in every department attached to NPDI is kept current, in real time.

Aras Blog - Reality Check: PLM and the Cloud
The Cloud. It's a hot topic these days and it's something a lot of people are well, kinda cloudy about. Watch as Rob McAveney, Aras Director of Product Management, offers a little dose of reality about PLM and the cloud.


WEBCAST: Aras Requirements Management - 11:00am eastern time - January 9, 2013

If you use DOORS, SLATE or MKS Integrity, join us to learn how Aras Requirements Management can help you take your requirements management to the next level. Aras Requirements Management is a next generation requirements management solution embedded in enterprise PLM for systems engineering.

Aras Requirements Management Webcast - Free Registration

PARTNER WEBCAST: Why Aras is The Best PLM Solution - FISHER / UNITECH - 10:00am eastern time - January 10 & 31, 2013

With Aras you can dramatically speed up design-to-release processes, improve quality and cut overall development costs.

Why Aras is The Best PLM Solution Webcast - Information & Registration

SolidWorks World 2013 - Orlando, Florida - January 20-23, 2013

SolidWorks World 2013 is the biggest SolidWorks event of the year. Find out about the latest in 3D design technologies and hear about new solutions for companies that run SolidWorks. Network with SolidWorks employees, other users, solution partners and resellers, and learn how your company can work faster and more efficiently with Aras EPLM for SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

SolidWorks World 2013 - Information & Registration

600Minutes Innovation & Product Development - Middlefart, Denmark - January 30, 2013

Join us for a day of Product Development and Innovation news and networking. Speakers include executives from Minerva, SKF, Novo Nordisk and Kone.

600Minutes Innovation & Product Development - Agenda & Registration

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 - San Diego CA - Jan 14 - 15
  • CM Implementation - San Diego CA - Jan 16 - 17
  • CM Foundations - Washington DC - Feb 25 - 26
  • CM Structures - Washington DC - Feb 27 - 28
  • CM Dynamics - Washington DC - Mar 25 - 26
  • CM Implementation - Washington DC - Mar 27 - 28
  • CM Foundations - Ottawa ON - Mar 18 - 19
  • CM Structures - Ottawa ON - Mar 20 - 21
  • CM Dynamics - Ottawa ON - Apr 15 - 16
  • CM Implementation - Ottawa ON - Apr 17 - 18
  • CM Standards & Practices Update - Stafford, VA - April 15 - 17
  • CM Foundations - Myrtle Beach, SC - April 23 - 24

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
  • Newport Beach, California - February 25 - March 1
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - April 22 - 26
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan - May 13- 17
  • Oslo, Norway - June 10 - 14

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.

United States

  • Jan 7 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Jan 28 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Feb 11 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Feb 25 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Mar 11 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Mar 18 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA


  • Jan 11 - PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Jan 16 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Osaka
  • Jan 18 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Osaka
  • Jan 25 - PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Feb 5 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Feb 7 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Feb 8 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Feb 8 - PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Feb 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Tokyo
  • Feb 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Tokyo
  • Feb 19 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Osaka
  • Feb 21 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Osaka
  • Feb 22- Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Osaka
  • Mar 1 - PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Mar 5 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Mar 7 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Mar 8 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Mar 8 - PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Mar 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Osaka
  • Mar 13 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 1 - Tokyo
  • Mar 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Osaka
  • Mar 15 - Aras Innovator Developer and API 2 - Tokyo

China & Taiwan

  • Jan 10 - Aras Solutions and Administrator Training - Wuhan
  • Jan 24 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Wuhan
  • Jan 31 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei
  • Feb 21 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Taipei
  • Feb 21 - Aras Solutions and Administrator Training - Wuhan
  • Mar 7 - Aras Solutions and Administrator Training - Wuhan
  • Mar 14 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei
  • Mar 28 - Aras Innovator Developer and API - Taipei

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • Accenture
  • Amscan
  • Aquasoft
  • ARC
  • ATG
  • Aurolab
  • Beltom
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Braedius Scientific
  • BrightLeaf Technologies
  • CAE
  • CapGemini
  • CNH Reman
  • Cofely
  • CSC
  • DAS Aero International
  • Design Net Sensor Systems
  • Distech Controls
  • ECCO
  • EGS
  • Ellard
  • Elmetro
  • FlavourCreations
  • Flotech Performance Systems
  • Forum Energy Technologies
  • Foxlink
  • Frank GmbH
  • Fusion Transactive
  • GE
  • Gentex
  • Global Water Solutions
  • Honda
  • Innotec
  • JTT
  • Karl Berrang GmbH
  • Keirex Technology
  • Kerr Industries
  • Kincrome
  • KTH - Royal Institute of Technology
  • L-3
  • Lear Corporation
  • LHF
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Luvata Franklin
  • Magna International
  • Malvern Instruments
  • MasterCraft
  • MPI
  • National Tsing Hua University
  • Novatronix
  • NSK
  • NTT
  • Phoenix Products
  • Quanser
  • Bosch
  • Ronaldo
  • S.T.A. Informatica
  • SACS
  • SAIC
  • Shinfonia Technology
  • Siemens
  • Silicon Microstructures
  • SL Power Electronics
  • StarLine
  • Tamron
  • Tata Technologies
  • Taurus
  • Technical University of Sofia
  • TeliaSonera
  • Tercel
  • Tohatsu
  • TPK Solutions
  • TriQuint Semiconductors
  • UFT
  • Valtronic
  • Westinghouse
  • コムネクスト株式会社
  • セイコーエプソン株式会社
  • 新明和ソフトテクノロジ株式会社
  • 日立システムズ