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LATEST RELEASE: Aras Innovator 10 is Here

CIMDATA REPORT: Aras Redefines Customization & Upgrades

FEATURED SOLUTION: Multi-CAD Gateway from Elysium

ACE 2014: Speakers & Award Nominations

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

DOWNLOADS: Recent Installs

Accelerate your PLM strategy in 2014 with Aras. Find out about our new release, new partner solutions and register now for ACE 2014 in Chicago...

LATEST RELEASE: Aras Innovator 10 is Here

We started the year with a bang by posting our latest open release, Aras Innovator 10. This is the release that includes the new HTML5 interface providing Firefox browser support - the item on our Roadmap that you voted for the most (ever :-)

Aras Innovator 10 is designed to make PLM more accessible to everyone in your company with a simplified user experience and a clean, modern look & feel. We're also providing a new level of PLM platform scalability for enterprises with global supply chains.

Aras Innovator 10 Highlights:

  • Scalable - Scales from 100 users to over 100,000 users on Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition
  • Lean - Refactored for greater efficiency and performance on standard hardware configurations
  • Usable - New roles-based HTML5 interface has an Office 13-style design to simplify usability for non-CAD users

Aras Innovator 10 is ideal for businesses that need to re-platform their PLM environment to support requirements for large user counts and rapidly growing data sets.

The technology enhancements in this release further simplify cloud deployment and make building new applications, including mobile application development, on the Aras platform faster and easier.

We want to thank everyone that contributed to this release including ECCO, GE, MAN, and many others - you know who you are - for your inputs. Aras Innovator 10 is a significant step forward and provides a solid foundation for the entire PLM community to make future advancements.

Download Aras Innovator 10 here:

CIMDATA REPORT: Aras Redefines Customization & Upgrades

Leading Analyst Firm Explains Key Reasons Why Aras Should be Considered for New and Replacement PLM Initiatives

In a new commentary report, PLM industry analyst firm CIMdata calls Aras Innovator "a true innovation". The report explains why the Aras platform technology makes customizing the out-of-the-box PLM solution suite easier, and describes how even heavily customized Aras implementations are upgraded for free with the Aras subscription.

CIMdata's initial motivation for the report was to find out how Aras's subscription promise of no-cost version-to-version upgrades regardless of customization was working in real life. With more 300 completed upgrades to date, the analyst firm discovered that not only is the Aras model sustainable, it is in fact a game-changing innovation.

CIMdata's Key Takeaways:

  • Aras Innovator is redefining customization in the PLM market; the days of worrying about the potential impact on upgradeability are disappearing
  • Aras Innovator's ability to deploy quickly with real-time customization of predefined best practice solutions is a key market differentiator; it is engineered to be highly customized
  • Aras Innovator's architecture has been designed to protect investment and ensure future adaptability; it is engineered to be sustainable

Get the CIMDATA REPORT: Aras Redefines Customization & Upgrades

FEATURED SOLUTION: Multi-CAD Gateway from Elysium

The MultiCAD Gateway demonstrates once again that Aras is the best PLM solution for complex multi-CAD environments.

MultiCAD Gateway for Aras Innovator automates the conversion of CAD data to other native CAD formats, including NX, Creo, SolidWorks and others, providing embedded functionality for CAD model interchange, translation, validation, geometry comparison, data optimization and more.

Developed by Aras Partner, Elysium, the MultiCAD Gateway is designed for sophisticated product development environments that use different 3D CAD systems and need to collaborate on the same part or assembly without remodeling. This need is often found in globally distributed enterprises, among supply chain partners designing complex products using multiple high-end 3D CAD systems, and in outsourced engineering organizations that have design authority.

MultiCAD Gateway for Aras Innovator includes:

  • Automated, High Quality CAD File Conversion
  • Incremental Translation of Updated or Modified Information within a Model
  • Comparison & Validation of Geometry & Assembly Structure
  • Bi-Directional Property Mapping for 3D Data
  • Auto-Generated 3D Preview
  • Compatibility with Aras CAD Connectors for saving and loading models

ACE 2014: Speakers & Award Nominations

Share your PLM story at ACE and nominate your favorite Aras Solutions or Community Members for the 2014 Collaborate & Contribute Awards

ACE is the place where Aras users from around the world come together to meet, share stories and best practices, network, and collaborate on new approaches and solutions.

As a member of the Aras Community, it is the ideal time to tell your story, share what you've learned during your PLM journey, and show your community support.

Your presentation can be as simple as sharing your selection process, talking about how you implemented Aras, participating in a roundtable session, showing a solution, discussing the automation of a single process, or telling your global PLM story.

Visit the ACE site to see past presentations & let us know how you want to participate in ACE 2014

Now is the time to nominate your fellow Community Members for the 2014 Collaborate & Contribute Awards.

Awards are based on the significance, popularity and impact of the contribution to the community. Nominations can be made for any open contribution that improves or enhances the Aras corporate community. You can even nominate yourself or a solution you developed.

Learn more about the Collaborate & Contribute Awards and submit your nominations.

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

DESKTOP ENGINEERING: Yesterday's PLM Isn't Enough. It's About Tomorrow.
PLM is a long-term investment. So when you make a decision today, you need to ensure that it can grow to handle your company's needs tomorrow and into the future. And that it will do so in a predictable manner with...

TEC: Aras and xLM Solutions to Prey on ENOVIA SmarTeam PLM Customers
Companies managing CATIA V5, SolidWorks, and other computer aided design (CAD) systems with aged SmarTeam PLM systems, are realizing that it makes good sense to move over to the Aras PLM software suite...

PLM CONNECTIONS: PLM in the Automotive Industry
With PLM becoming increasingly strategic throughout the enterprise, OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and other automotive manufacturers are realizing that CAD file management is not enough. They want and need product...

TEN LINKS: Aras EPLM Receives Global Product Leadership Award in PLM
Aras Enterprise PLM has received the prestigious Global Product Leadership Award in PLM from Frost & Sullivan. Aras Enterprise PLM (EPLM) extends SolidWorks Enterprise PDM (EPDM) providing full-featured...

SOLIDWORKS COMMUNITY: Latest Release of Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM Enables Best-in-Class Multi-CAD Management Performance
The new release features a series of CAD-focused enhancements enabling best-in-class multi-CAD performance for companies running SolidWorks that also need to manage designs in CATIA V5, NX, Creo and other MCAD and ECAD applications. Additional highlights include...

THE TIMES: Engineering for the Future
You can't engineer the future with yesterday's PLM, says Peter Schroer, chief executive and founder of Aras. My founding vision for Aras came from the fact that every company has unique and complex data and process...

FROM THE BLOG: Strategies for BOM Management
The Bill of Materials (BOMs) is vital to the functioning of most companies, but time and again I find that businesses often overlook the management of BOMs. Properly managing BOMs is as important as the...

Aras EPLM is built as an extension of SolidWorks ® Enterprise PDM. It expands your SolidWorks CAD BOM into a true Item-based EBOM that's ready for release to manufacturing. And with the familiar look and feel, it's...

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: Collaborate & Contribute Awards
The Collaborate & Contribute Awards recognize individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions to the Aras Community. Nominations can be made for any open contribution that improves or enhances the Aras...

TRENDS IN INNOVATION: Why You Need to Drink Your Own Champagne
Our CEO sent around this article last week: Use your own product or die . The author calls it drinking your own Kool-Aid; at Aras we say drinking our own champagne. According to the article, if you don't use your own...

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

Product Innovation Congress 2014 - Berlin, Germany - February 25, 2014
Product Innovation is a showcase for all things Product Lifecycle Management. Independent and technology agnostic, the event offers numerous case studies from multiple industries.

Manufacturing Innovation Summit 2014 - Stuttgart, Germany - February 26, 2014
The Manufacturing Innovation Summit 2014 focuses on the high-tech, automobile and manufacturing industries and explores the latest innovations in "Industry 4.0". Presentations, best practices and discussions include...

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

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 - Feb. 25 - 26, 2014, St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Structures - Feb. 27 - 28, 2014, St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Dynamics - Mar. 3 - 4, 2014, St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Implementation - Mar. 5 - 6, 2014, St. Augustine, FL
  • CM Assessor - Mar. 24 - 26, 2014, St. Augustine, FL
  • 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

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
Andover3/3/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover3/10/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover3/31/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover4/21/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover5/5/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover5/12/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Andover6/2/2014Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions5
Andover6/9/2014Aras Innovator Developing Solutions4
Tokyo2/19/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo2/21/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/7/2014PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/11/2014Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo3/13/2014Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/14/2014Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo3/18/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo3/20/2014Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Seoul2/26/2014Aras PLM Basics (Korean)1
Seoul2/27/2014Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Korean)2
ShangHai2/20/2014Configuring Solutions (Chinese)2
ShangHai3/13/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen2/27/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Shenzen3/27/2014Developing Solutions (Chinese)2
Taipei2/20/2014Developing Solutions (Taiwan)2
Taipei3/20/2014Configuring Solutions (Taiwan)2
Wuhan3/6/2014Aras Solutions and Administrator Training (Chinese)2

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
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  • Agrofuturo
  • Aix Marseille University
  • AJ Aviation
  • Ankrom Engineering
  • AutoKabel
  • Aved Electronics
  • BAE Systems
  • BCM
  • Bombardier
  • Burkhardt GmbH
  • CADsys
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  • Cofely
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  • DAMM
  • Design West Technologies
  • ECS
  • Erik Buell Racing
  • Esterline
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  • GlobalSim
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  • Honda
  • IBM
  • IDEC
  • J.H. Wright & Associates
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  • Kroger
  • Looxcie
  • MasterCraft Boats
  • MEMSense
  • Micon
  • Microsoft
  • Milbank Mfg.
  • Millennium Space Systems
  • MiTek
  • Mitsubishi
  • Motorola
  • MPI
  • NeuroLogica
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Nuvera Fuel Cells
  • OITC
  • OSN
  • Pilot Systems International
  • Prefix Systems
  • RSI
  • S.L.P. Ltd.
  • Saint Jean Industries
  • Schafer Design
  • Sichuan University
  • Smiths Group
  • Tech Mahindra
  • UTC - Sikorsky
  • VTEQ
  • Water-Start
  • Wayfair
  • Werlatone
  • Westinghouse
  • X-Microwave
  • 上海翼捷工业安全设备股份有限公司
  • 深圳鹏锐信息技术有限公司
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