Highlighted Demo - Better Understand your PLM Data with Graph Navigation

Highlighted Demo - Better Understand your PLM Data with Graph Navigation

Graph Navigation is a platform service introduced in Aras Innovator 11.0 SP15 that allows users to quickly visualize and navigate data structures via a node-edge graph. Since Graph Navigation is a service of the Aras Innovator platform and not a feature of a specific application, users can explore data across all applications. Graph views also obey the permissions and access controls defined for your item data.

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vdR Group Speaking at Aras Community Event (ACE)

vdR Group Speaking at Aras Community Event (ACE)

vdR will demonstrate how Aras’ new “options and variants” capabilities can be used to accelerate pre-award bill-of-material development, establish place-holder parts and/or assemblies, activate workflow routings based on customer and product types, and produce quotes leveraging Aras’ technical documentation module.

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Aras, vdR’s PLM Technology Partner, Joins the PLM Elite

Aras, vdR’s PLM Technology Partner, Joins the PLM Elite

In the PLM business, CIMdata’s “PLM Mind Share Leaders” list is a trusted resource for understanding which companies are making the largest impact on the PLM industry. Companies that get on this coveted list join the likes of Dassault Systèmes, Siemens PLM, Autodesk, SAP, PTC, IBM and Oracle.  The last few years have seen little change in the lineup and many industry commentators have suspected the “music had stopped” and the chairs were full.

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Aras Innovator as an Application Development Platform

Aras Innovator as an Application Development Platform

Let’s cut to the chase.  Why have the likes of Airbus, GM, Microsoft and others leveraged Aras Innovator to displace traditional PLM solutions?  Simply stated, they have discovered that Aras Innovator is more than just PLM.  It’s an application development platform that also does PLM.  They have embraced a fundamental shift that is being heralded and delivered-on by Aras. 

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Applying the Agile Project Management Methodology

Applying the Agile Project Management Methodology

PPLM:  Ben, you recently participated in a significant Aras PLM implementation effort that spanned most of this past year.  The Agile project management technique was used.  Give us a net-net of what it meant to use this approach. Ben:  Yes, it was a significant effort.  In fact, I can’t imagine not having used the Agile approach.  For this project, the so-called “water fall” approach would have been a disaster.

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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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Liberate Revit Data through “Intelligent Parts” to Drive Company-Wide Efficiency

Liberate Revit Data through “Intelligent Parts” to Drive Company-Wide Efficiency

You missed the webinar and that's OK.  Watch the recording.  The rigid and siloed structure of Autodesk’s Revit data has been a long-time source of frustration for companies in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) space. Revit projects and family data rarely “play nice” with enterprise-wide solutions such as ERP, product lifecycle management (PLM), or even simple document management. While many AEC companies have invested heavily in enterprise solutions, it has proved difficult to seamlessly harmonize with the Revit environment. 

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You Can’t Scale the Business without PLM

You Can’t Scale the Business without PLM

Structuring Data for Reuse and Establishing Repeatable Processes - Look at the diagram below, a generic data structure that highlights that part and product data are comprised of numerous components.  What’s not shown are the ongoing changes that occur.  Parts change along with associated documentation, specifications, calculations, and so on.  Hence, there are revisions and rolled up versions.  In reality, this should be a three-dimensional image that reflects changes over time.

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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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