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NEWS: T-Systems Launches PLM Cloud Powered by Aras

ACE 2015 EUROPE: PLM Enthusiasts Rethink PLM

TECH TIP: Using the Aras JavaScript API GridContainer

RECENT NEWS: Articles, Blogs, Videos, etc.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Webcasts, Conferences, Seminars & more

ARAS TRAINING: Upcoming Sessions

The end of the year is almost here and if you haven't started planning your 2016 PLM strategy... now would be a good time. Be sure to get a quote or request more info from Aras.


We are excited to announce that we're headed back to the Motor City in 2016!

ACE 2016, our global user conference series, will kick off on March 15-17 at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.

We invite you to join us and collaborate with hundreds of others on PLM strategy, best practices and new approaches.

You'll hear from industry leading companies about their approach to complex PLM challenges and how they're working to transform their businesses. You'll talk with people just like yourself about lessons learned, and see a wide range of innovative new applications.

Sessions are always designed to encourage collaborative interaction and networking so you can find out how others are thinking about the most difficult PLM topics to get ideas that you can take back and apply at your company.

Topics will include

  • Global Product Development
  • Systems Engineering and MBSE
  • ALM-PLM Integration
  • Supply Chain Collaboration
  • EBOM > MBOM and Mfg Process Planning
  • Aras Roadmap and lots more

Event Details:

  • Date: March 15 - 17, 2016
  • Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
  • Cost: Free to attend (registration is required)
  • Details & Registration:

Register Today!

NEWS: T-Systems Launches PLM Cloud Platform Powered by Aras

T-Systems recently annouced the launch of their new PLM cloud platform powered by Aras Innovator. The T-Systems PLM Cloud Platform combines end-to-end services with full Aras Innovator functionality, customization and integration capabilities.

The T-Systems PLM Cloud is flexible, scalable and secure. It provides global companies with a complete enterprise PLM solution that includes application management services for service desk, data security, monitoring, reporting and more.

T-Systems PLM Cloud Platform includes

  • Predefined options for large enterprises, midsized companies and small businesses
  • Private cloud and hybrid deployment options
  • Full customization capabilities
  • Upgradable even when customized
  • Open integration and data federation capabilities
  • PDMWebConnector for integration to Enovia, Teamcenter, Windchill and other PDM systems
  • PDMWorkdbench integrations to CATIA and NX

Learn more and run the T-Systems PLM Cloud platform:

ACE 2015 Europe: PLM Enthusiasts Rethink PLM

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.

Our theme was Rethink PLM and we really put the focus on the "business of engineering" as opposed to the science of design. We got good feedback that this was a very different, and positive, emphasis than other PLM conferences people had attended. The agenda was jammed with people sharing their ideas and insights, new approaches and lessons learned in order to challenge conventional assumptions about product development, systems engineering, supply chain collaboration, and manufacturing. We heard from a wide range of companies that are fundamentally rethinking PLM and reshaping their strategies with Aras including Airbus, BAE Systems, ECCO, UTC Autronica and others.

I'd like to thank everyone who was able to join us and contribute to making ACE 2015 Europe a really great experience. And we want to give special thanks to our Partner sponsors including T-Systems, AESSiS, CycleOp, Focus PLM, IBM, IHS, ITI, Kisters, Minerva, PROSTEP AG, Softech and XPLM.

Get the presentation slides:

TECH TIP: Using the Aras JavaScript API GridContainer Class

Now here's one for those hands-on people. This is a cool approach that's super efficient and only requires a little scripting. I dare you to try to do this with less than 20 lines of JavaScript with <> :-)


The standard item search grid in the Aras Innovator client is a member of the JavaScript API GridContainer Class. Using a method that returns the rows selected by a user in an ItemType action may be a more efficient way to process items selected by a user. The ItemType action for this example only runs a Client Method once for all selected item in the search grid - versus a standard Item action which executes the Client Method on each selected item in the search grid.


In this example, a Client Method is created to return the selected items from the Part search grid and set the make_buy property of each selected Part to "Buy". The Client Method uses the GetSelectedItemIDs JavaScript method to return the selected item id's in a concatenated string.

  1. Create a new Client Method (in this example the Method is named ActionAccessPart).
  2. 2. The following JavaScript code will obtain the selected Part items from the search grid and edit each Part to assign the make_buy property to "Buy":

    //Main grid is object of type GridContainer Class (control)
    var g =;
    //get selected ids and convert to an array
    var myids = g.GetSelectedItemIDs(",");
    var myarray = myids.split( ",");
    //Get each item in a loop and then set property 
    for(i = 0; i < myarray.length; i++){
    	var itm = this.newItem("Part", "get");
    	itm = itm.apply();
    	itm.setProperty("make_buy", "Buy");
    	itm = itm.apply();
    //Rerun the search grid to update contents;
    alert("Parts Modified")

  3. Create a new ItemType action:

    Using the Aras JavaScript API GridContainer Class

  4. Assign the Action to the Part ItemType:

    Using the Aras JavaScript API GridContainer Class

  5. Test the results:

    Using the Aras JavaScript API GridContainer Class

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

NEW BLOG: About the Cloud for PLM
From a technology perspective, the Aras Innovator platform was built with the web in mind - no matter where or how you install. Aras has built a complete line of web services and APIs as well as connections with XML/SOAP or WSDL

SUPPY & DEMAND CHAIN: CloudOne Launches Aras Innovator PLM as a Managed Service with Secure Virtual Private Cloud
Aras and CloudOne, a provider of bringing enterprise applications to the cloud and providing a platform for Internet of Things (IoT) services and solutions, announced the availability of Aras Innovator® PLM as a Managed Service, a virtual private cloud with full managed services.

The Cloud Platform is predefined for SMBs (small-to-midsize businesses) as well as large enterprises, has full customization capabilities, open integration and data federation functions and a PDMWebConnection for integration to Enovia, Teamcenter and Windchill. PDMWorkbench integrations to CATIA and NX are also available for design data.

INVENTOR CONNECTIONS: BAE Systems Sweden Selects Aras for Common PLM Platform
BAE Systems Sweden, a subsidiary of BAE Systems Plc. and a leading manufacturer of weapons systems and military vehicles, has selected Aras Innovator as the new common PLM platform to establish a single, unified PLM backbone across the enterprise for systems development.

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
  • Cypress, CA - December 7 - 11, 2015
  • 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
Andover12/7/2015Aras Innovator Configuring Solutions 115
Andover12/14/2015Aras Innovator Developing Solutions 114
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
Osaka12/10/2015Aras Innovator Basic (Japanese)1
Osaka12/18/2015PLM Basic (Japanese)1
Tokyo12/3/2015Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo12/4/2015Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo12/9/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo12/11/2015Aras Innovator Developer and API II (Japanese)1
Tokyo12/16/2015Aras Innovator PLM Test Drive (Japanese)3
Tokyo1/7/2016PLM Basics (Japanese)1
Tokyo1/8/2016Aras Innovator Product Engineering (Japanese)1
Tokyo1/19/2016Aras Innovator Administration 1 (Japanese)2
Tokyo1/21/2016Aras Innovator Workflow (Japanese)1
Tokyo1/22/2016Aras Innovator Administration 2 (Japanese)1
Tokyo1/27/2016Aras Innovator Developer and API I (Japanese)2
Tokyo1/29/2016Aras 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
Troy3/14/2016ACE 2016 Tech Summit1
Troy3/15/2016ACE 20163
Troy3/17/2016Aras Community Partner Event1

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration