The vdR Group Sponsors and Exhibits at ACE 2017

The vdR Group Sponsors and Exhibits at ACE 2017

If you are 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 2017 is the place for you.  Who attends ACE events?  Whether you’re a business executive at a large enterprise, a manager at a mid-sized company, or the IT pro at a start-up, you’ll get valuable information and the insight necessary to achieve success with Aras

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      Can PLM Measurably Increase Revenues?

      Can PLM Measurably Increase Revenues?

      As a business owner for 30 years, I’ve developed a few guiding principles about making business decisions.  One of these principles is based on understanding the impact of a decision on the P&L, and visa-versa, identifying what proactive steps I can take to affect changes to the P&L.  A recently published white paper by Accenture parallels this idea (see next article below).  It speaks to the benefits of PLM by highlighting its effect on time to market, reuse, scrap, quality, etc.  It is informative, yet it prompted me to be more definitive.  Can we map the contributions of PLM to the P&L … and what would that look like?  So, I decided to take a stab at this.

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      The Business of Engineering and CPQ

      The Business of Engineering and CPQ

      The spirit of the Business of Engineering is to focus on broader strategic issues.  The steadily increasing complexity of product development fuels the need for coping with products developed across multiple disciplines while driving profitable outcomes.  So when we received the question, “why not run CPQ as a standalone application?” it seemed like an ideal time to integrate CPQ considerations into the Business of Engineering theme.

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      Field Report: Aras Community Event (ACE) 2016

      Field Report: Aras Community Event (ACE) 2016

      Aras just concluded their annual Aras Community Event (ACE) in Detroit, Michigan.  The two and a half-day event in Motor City was packed with a combination of compelling customer stories, thought leadership, updates/roadmap for the Aras Innovator PLM solution, and practical and relevant implementation insights.  The uptick over last year’s attendance coupled with the addition of 32 new partners from around the globe, reinforces Aras as a disruptive player in the traditional PLM landscape.

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      Tech Tips - Extend Aras Innovator to CAD Workgroups

      Tech Tips - Extend Aras Innovator to CAD Workgroups

      As much as we like to talk about all the wonderful things you can do with Aras Innovator as a PLM solution, it can easily be used as a product data management (PDM) platform to manage CAD data.

      Recognizing this need, Aras developed best-in-class PDM functionality inside Aras Innovator.  You can effectively manage all your CAD data and share this across the business.

      To support this, Aras offers an open, CAD-neutral environment for developing packaged and custom integrations.  It is used by various CAD Connector partners as the basis of their Connector products and can be used by customers or partners to develop custom PDM solutions.

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      Kicking Off 2016 Has Been an Economic Cage-Rattler

      Kicking Off 2016 Has Been an Economic Cage-Rattler

      January 2016 has gotten off to a rough start for the global markets.  Manufacturers already face the pressures of competition, innovation, compliance, liability, distributed supply chains and more.  But, this year’s start has thrown in uncertainty with a dash of volatility.  No doubt this has prompted internal discussions for many businesses about what all this may mean for the coming year and how best to respond.

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      A Review of My Aras Innovator Training Experience

      A Review of My Aras Innovator Training Experience

      by Martin van der Roest - January 18, 2016 - We have been an Aras PLM Software Partner for several years.  During the last year we have taken a more active role in business development and sales activities.  This is one of the key areas that I have been involved in.  I am very familiar with PLM solutions and relational data base management systems (RDBS).  RDBS’ have been basis for much of our work since the company got underway 30 years ago.  And over those years we have been involved with Autodesk’s Work Center, Motiva, SmarTeam, MatrixOne, Autodesk Vault, and through integrations touched numerous other PLM and even ERP type of solutions. 

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      Proposal Management Module

      Proposal Management Module

      A “Quote-to-Cash” Extension for Engineer/Build-to-Order Organizations

      You may have heard about this expression “Quote to Cash.”  Admittedly, it can sound a bit flippant.  If only it were that easy.  But, what if you could create significant efficiencies in the proposal process and drive cash in a shorter period of time?

      Well, that’s the idea behind one of our newest lab projects… the Proposal Management Module.  The goal is to help sales capture requirements, repurpose those into a proposal, pass the information on directly to planning and engineering, and do this without loss of “data fidelity”.  If this process can be accelerated, then it stands to reason that the potential for delivery and invoicing are shortened as well.

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      Interview with Hiep Tran – Director, Solution Architecture at The van der Roest Group

      Interview with Hiep Tran – Director, Solution Architecture at The van der Roest Group

      Hiep heads up solution architecture at The van der Roest Group. He has been with the group for 25 years and is involved in many of the technical activities surrounding the Group’s products and services.  Martin:  So Hiep, tell us a little about yourself.  What do you do and what are your responsibilities?  Hiep: Simply put, I build products and solutions for the Group.  My responsibilities involve requirement gathering, determine the best technology to meet the needs, designing solutions, and helping… 

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      Interview with Jim Dodds - Director of Professional Services at The vdR Group

      Interview with Jim Dodds - Director of Professional Services at The vdR Group

      Prior to joining vdR, I worked as a consultant in the computer aided facility management (CAFM), computer maintenance management (CMM), and customer relationship management (CRM) industries.    I was responsible for managing a wide range of tasks from pre-sales, requirements analysis, implementations, training and into support.  Additionally I worked in architecture for a number of years as a CAD drafter focusing on both residential and commercial designs.

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