Making Sense of Unstructured Data

Making Sense of Unstructured Data

Over the past several years, vdR has sought to represent the Aras Innovator solution to companies in the engineering, construction and manufacturing space.  Along the way, it is becoming clear that relevant data has settled into three categories … unstructured, legacy applications and database-oriented applications such as home-grown Access apps, PDM and even PLM.  Of course, Aras Innovator offers a breath of fresh air to the weary workers trying to corral the data and establish repeatable processes.

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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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What is CPQ and Why Should it Matter?

What is CPQ and Why Should it Matter?

CPQ helps companies configure product offerings, price them and produce quotes and proposals.  It is functionality used by sales people and can be extended to customers via a self-serve portal.  Ultimately, it is about minimizing the quoting effort and accurately conveying the specific requirements for downstream processes.  As can be seen in the acronym itself, CPQ involves multiple disciplines.  The elements of a quote include …

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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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    Aras’ Community Event (ACE) 2015 Observations

    Aras’ Community Event (ACE) 2015 Observations

    Part of Aras’ mantra is “Aras is Different”.  As a long time participant in the PLM and engineering software space, this phrase should not to be dismissed as mere marketing hype.  It’s the real deal.  I used to think that Aras was playing catch up and slugging it out in the shadows of the long time established players such as Dassault, PTC and ...

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    April 30, 2013 – The vdR Group Sponsors Aras’ ACE International Conference

    April 30, 2013 – The vdR Group Sponsors Aras’ ACE International Conference

    ACE 2013 Offers Users of Aras Advanced PLM Software Solutions Opportunity to Connect and Collaborate on PLM Best Practices.  The vdR Group, enterprise application integration (EAI) specialists, announce that they will participate as a sponsor of ACE 2013 International for a 3rd consecutive year. The annual global event for Aras enterprise open source product lifecycle management (PLM) software takes place April 30 – May 2 in Troy, Michigan, USA.

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