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-- Feature Article - Open PLM: The Future of Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management
-- REGISTRATION OPEN - ACE 2012 Japan + China + Germany + Northern Europe
-- RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More
-- UPCOMING EVENTS - DFMEA Webcast, CMPIC, CIMdata, CMII World 2012, PLM Innovation 2012
-- TRAINING - Upcoming Sessions
-- DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs

Join us in September & October in a city near you for one of the upcoming ACE 2012 conference events in Japan, China, Germany and Denmark. They're free and Registration is now open.

Feature Article - Open PLM: The Future of Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management

Earlier this month Peter Schroer, Aras president & founder, wrote an editorial for the Connect Press CAD Communities titled "Open PLM: The Future of Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management".

He does a good job explaining why global companies need openness in their PLM backbone, why it's critical to corporate competitiveness and his perspective on what that means.

I figured that everyone may not have seen it so have included an excerpt from the Windchill Connections site (logon needed).

Open PLM: The Future of Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management

"What is 'open PLM'? That depends on who you talk to. If you talk to traditional PLM vendors, you'll hear a lot about openness in terms of open data formats and data integration. It sounds good, but when you get up close what you see is a one-way street where it's easy to get your data into their systems, but good luck trying to get it back out. As PLM blogger Allan Behrens recently explained, it's a "perception of openness" which is not what I think companies such as BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen had in mind when they established the Codex of PLM Openness.

In the Codex of PLM Openness "'PLM Openness' refers to the openness of IT-solutions for Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) in terms of efficient communication (interoperability), integrability (infrastructure) and functional expandability, as well as interfaces, standards for data formats, and transparency of the architecture." The directive goes on to say "companies want to ensure that they are able to use their data once it was generated continuously throughout the entire product lifecycle."

This is consistent with what we hear from users on a daily basis. Allan described the user point of view well when he wrote, "It's about the unfettered right to own, retain, archive, disseminate and transport information; at their discretion and without (undue) overhead. To a user, standards are viewed as the responsibility of an open, subscribed community and should be freely available to all; free to use and free to develop with or on."

Simply put, PLM users don't want to be locked in - technologically or financially. As a provider of enterprise open source PLM solutions and a member of Codex of PLM Openness, I couldn't agree more.

Why Open Suddenly Matters

These days, everything moves faster and costs more than it did just a few years ago. To remain competitive, companies must minimize barriers and make the most of every dollar they invest in their business.

Closed systems that lock down data, bog down collaboration, inhibit innovation and artificially increase the cost of doing business simply won't fly. An open format for 3D CAD viewables or interoperability between two products from the same vendor is not enough.

The reality is that your PLM platform represents the backbone of your global product development and operational environment. Getting boxed in by a proprietary system represents too much risk. You've got to have the ability to do whatever your business requires whenever you need it.

Open PLM Aras Style

At Aras, we believe that your data always belongs to you. We believe that your company should always be able to access, use, customize, integrate, export and move the data you generate. We also believe that your company owns your processes, data models, business rules and system definition.

It may sound crazy, but those beliefs are not widely held in the PLM industry. That's why customers are finally flexing their combined muscle and taking a stand with initiatives like the Codex of PLM Openness.

From our perspective here at Aras, we feel that enabling the kind of true openness that global enterprises need requires an open architecture. So, we've addressed the tenants of the Codex of PLM Openness and gone a lot further to include:

  • Open Data Model - Enabling your company to optimize and extend our PLM solutions for your processes and data. And everything you do is yours.
  • Open System Interfaces - Encouraging integrations in real-world multi-system environments to bring together systems and data across the enterprise without restriction.
  • Open Web Standards - Assuring that you have common, independent standards for compatibility and interoperability now and in the future.
  • Open Data Access - Allowing you to get at, use and repurpose your data as needed, as well as easily migrate data in and out whenever you choose.
  • Open Source Solutions - Providing you with the source to the enterprise PLM applications that run your business so that you have total control forever.
  • Open Business Model - Making everything optional so that it's your choice if and when you buy anything. You're always in the driver's seat.

The intent is to provide a PLM environment where you are never locked in..."

Read the full article "Open PLM: The Future of Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management"

REGISTRATION OPEN - ACE 2012 Japan + China + Germany + Northern

The ACE 2012 conference series is doing an around the world tour for the rest of the year. We're headed to Japan and China in September, and then to Germany and Denmark in October.

If you are near any of these locations, we invite you to join us. And if you have PLM colleagues at another division or at a supplier or customer, let them know about ACE. They'll thank you for it.

It's a great way to get the latest on PLM strategy, learn about Aras, and hear from other global companies that use Aras as their PLM platform.

ACE 2012 Japan

今年も日本におけるACE 2012 ジャパンが開催されます

今年は"BE DIFFERENT"をテーマに、Arasが行っている様々なPLMの革新的な取り組みの最新情報を発表する予定です。


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お申込み:事前登録制 - ACE 2012 Japan Registration

ACE 2012 China

依据过去活动惯例, ACE China 活动都是在 9 月份举办,今年也特别挑选在中秋节的前一週时间举办,象徵着月圆人团圆的意义,将于 9月20-21日 期间举办"开源PLM成就企业价值"大中华区的 ACE 社群交流系列活动,期望能透过交流机会激励出国内企业的创新经营模式与现代化管理,并一同分享全球企业协同管理的成功经验。



使用者大会 - 报名表 - ACE 2012 China Registration

ACE 2012 Germany

Erfahren Sie auf der Anwenderkonferenz ACE Germany 2012, wie produzierende Unternehmen aus ganz unterschiedlichen Branchen mit Aras Innovator entscheidende Wettbewerbsvorteile erzielen.

Nutzen Sie die Gelegenheit und informieren Sie sich über Themen wie PLM in der Cloud, Social Networks im PLM-Kontext, anwendungsspezifische Clients sowie über erfolgreiche Kundenprojekte.

16. und 17. Oktober 2012

Bad Soden, Deutschland

REGISTRIERUNG - ACE 2012 Germany Registration

ACE 2012 Northern Europe

Join us in Copenhagen, Denmark and hear from Aras President & Founder, Peter Schroer live and in person. Learn about business process transformation and best practices in Automotive and Aerospace industries from Erwin van Zomeren of Exere. Hear from global companies that use Aras, learn about Aras implementations and discover why Aras is the fastest growing PLM suite in the world.

Dates: October 23-24, 2012

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

RECENT NEWS - Articles, Blogs, Videos and More

ACE VIDEO - If You Haven't Seen Aras Lately, You Haven't Seen Aras Make CAD integration easier? Got a common platform for that. Enable Aras Innovator in FireFox? Check that box with the browser neutral client. New Requirements Management Solution, Office Integration, Conversion Server. Yup. And let's not forget Aras EPLM for SolidWorks EPDM users. Learn about all that and more in less than 2 minutes!

ACE VIDEO - How Ceradyne Makes Better Business Decisions with Aras With more than 20 locations worldwide developing products for highly regulated industries such as defense, nuclear and medical devices, Ceradyne faces many IT and product development challenges. To address these challenges and meet intense, rapidly changing compliance requirements, the company chose Aras as its global PLM platform.

ACE VIDEO - How Lear Keeps PLM On Track With thousands of users around the world, how does Lear ensure the continued expansion and success of its PLM initiatives? By staying true to 3 grounding principles.

ACE VIDEO - MiTek Corporation: ISO 9000 Compliance & Quality with Aras What if you never had to worry about passing and ISO 9000 audit again? Check out the video to find out how they [MiTek] did it and you just might find yourself resting easy too.

VIDEO - Different Is... Aras! Watch the video and find out from the people involved with Aras everyday just what makes us different.

Virtual Dutchman - Our Brain Blocks PLM Acceptance As implementing PLM for me primary is a business change instead of a combination of IT-tools to implement, it might be clear that understanding the inhibitors for PLM change are important to me.

Aras Blog - When it comes to PLM Implementation, Can you Trust Your Brain? The sunk cost effect has reached epidemic proportions in PLM; something we at Aras refer to as "too big to fail" syndrome. Legacy providers are famous for over promising and under delivering...

Minerva Blog - Questions I Should Have, but Never Received from Prospects... These questions are usually impacting the long term cost and management of PLM but we see nowadays that the impact on initial implementation using Lean implementation methodology is...

Aras German Blog - berichtet über Cadence OrCAD-Integration Die Fachzeitschrift Konstruktionspraxis berichtet in ihrer Online-Ausgabe über die Integration von Cadence OrCAD mit Aras Innovator.

UPCOMING EVENTS - DFMEA Webcast, CMPIC, CIMdata, CMII World 2012, PLM Innovation 2012

PLM Innovation North America - Atlanta, GA USA - Oct 25 - 26, 2012

The PLM Innovation North America 2012 is North America's only independent and technology agnostic PLM event. The combination of a world class speaker roster, cross-industry case studies, targeted Think-Tanks and pre-qualified networking opportunities make this North America's must attend PLM gathering.

Book your delegate passes now and get the special Aras 35% discount for $895 (discounted from $1395).

PLM Innovation North America 2012 - - Agenda & Discount Registration

WEBCAST: DFMEA - Flexibility & Reporting in Aras - Aug 28, 2012 at 10am ET / 4pm CET

Aras Gold Certified Partner Minerva will review the different features of the Design Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (DFMEA) to show the flexible capabilities and reporting features provided by Aras Innovator.

DFMEA - Flexibility & Reporting in Aras - - Webcast Registration

CMII World 2012 - Las Vegas, NV - Oct 8 - 9, 2012

The Institute of Configuration Management's international conference provides companies from around the world, expert information and case study examples on how to implement the CMII best practices for configuration & change management.

CMII World 2012 - - 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 Foundations - Andover MA - Aug 27 - 28
  • CM Structures - Andover MA - Aug 29 - 30
  • CM Dynamics - Andover MA - Sept 17 - 18
  • CM Implementation - Andover MA - Sept 19 - 20
  • CM Foundations - Ottawa ON - Sept 10 - 11
  • CM Structures - Ottawa ON - Sept 12 - 13
  • CM Dynamics - Ottawa ON - Oct 1 - 2
  • CM Implementation - Ottawa ON - Oct 3 - 4
  • CM Foundations - Bellevue WA - Sept 24 - 25
  • CM Structures - Bellevue WA - Sept 26 - 27
  • CM Dynamics - Bellevue WA - Oct 22 - 23
  • CM Implementation - Bellevue WA - Oct 24 - 25
  • CM Foundations - Minneapolis MN - Oct 9 - 10
  • CM Structures - Minneapolis MN - Oct 11 - 12
  • CM Dynamics - Minneapolis MN - Oct 29 - 30
  • CM Implementation - Minneapolis MN - Oct 31 - Nov 1
  • SCM: Strategies, Techniques & Tools - San Diego CA - Oct 22 - Oct 25

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
  • Dallas / Fort Worth, TX - Sept 17 - 21
  • Stuttgart, Germany - Oct 15 - 19
  • Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Nov 12 - 16
  • Cypress, CA - Dec 3 - 7

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

  • Sept 10 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA
  • Sept 24 - Aras Developing Solutions (4 days) - Boston, MA
  • Oct 15 - Aras Configuring Solutions (5 days) - Boston, MA


  • Sept 4 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Osaka
  • Sept 6 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Osaka
  • Sept 7 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Tokyo
  • Sept 11 - Aras Install and PLM Basics - Osaka
  • Sept 18 - Aras Innovator Administration 1 - Tokyo
  • Sept 20 - Aras Innovator Workflow - Tokyo
  • Sept 21 - Aras Innovator Administration 2 - Tokyo
  • Sept 26 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 1 - Tokyo
  • Sept 28 - Aras Innovator Developer & API 2 - Tokyo

China & Taiwan

  • Aug 22 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Shanghai
  • Aug 23 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei
  • Aug 28 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Shenzen
  • Aug 30 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei
  • Aug 30 - Aras Innovator Administration - Taipei
  • Sept 20 - Aras Innovator Developer & API - Taipei

Course Descriptions, Calendars, and Registration

DOWNLOADS - Recent Installs
  • AgustaWestland
  • ArimaLasers
  • Atos
  • Boeing
  • Bombardier
  • Bradshaw Medical
  • Canfield Scientific
  • Departamento Ingeniería del Diseño
  • Duron Energy
  • Dynarex
  • Exelis
  • Foxconn
  • Fujitec
  • GE
  • Gentex
  • HCL
  • Hitachi
  • Honda
  • Honeywell
  • iGate Patni
  • Infosys
  • JOY Global
  • Konica Minolta
  • Linkam Scientific
  • M2M
  • Mahindra Satyam
  • MAN
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Murata / 村田製作所
  • Network Sound
  • Nidec Motor Corporation
  • Nihon Unisys
  • NobleTek
  • NTTデータ東海
  • Nuclear Engineering Services
  • OceanWorks International
  • PACE Aerospace
  • Panacis Medical
  • Phönix
  • Rand McNally
  • Rolls-Royce
  • Rubrica Ingenieria
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • Sanmina-SCI
  • Selle Royal SpA
  • Shenzhen Nianshengxing
  • Siemens
  • Takata Industries
  • Teknosud s.r.l.
  • Textron
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • TSMC
  • T-Systems
  • Weiss McNair
  • Xerox
  • Young & Franklin
  • Zygo Corporation
  • アイコクアルファ株式会社
  • アッシュウェイブ(株)
  • テービーテック株式会社
  • 인하대학교
  • 富士ホールディングス(株)
  • 日本hp
  • 株式会社 横河ブリッジ
  • 株式会社アルゴグラフィックス
  • 株式会社エスワイシステム
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  • 株式会社菱友システムズ
  • 武汉博威
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  • 烟台星辉
  • 菱友システムズ
  • 西安电子科技大学
  • 青岛崂山应用技术研究所