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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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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      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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      Wrangling Engineering Change Orders

      Wrangling Engineering Change Orders

      Earlier this month, Desktop Engineering published an article by Brian Albright that provides a refreshing perspective on a familiar topic – engineering change.  Albright suggests that many of the strategies and techniques used to manage engineering change (EC) are quickly becoming obsolete due to increasing product complexity and market demands.  While this concept is not new, the article looks at the root causes of this issue and explores actionable solutions.  The urgency of the problem is highlighted by thoughts and comments from industry experts and day-to-day EC practitioners.  These perspectives represent a range of organizations, including Arena, M-Files, Omnify, Oracle, Synergis and others.  It quickly becomes clear that a new approach to information management – whether it be PDM, ECM, or PLM – is key to modernizing EC.  However, Albright is careful to avoid picking sides.  Despite this impartial analysis, PLM seems to break away from the pack.

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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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      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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      April 18, 2012 – The vdR Group Announce their Partnership with Alcove9, Developers of Advanced Search Technologies

      April 18, 2012 – The vdR Group Announce their Partnership with Alcove9, Developers of Advanced Search Technologies

      Technology Specialists Provide Interoperability and Integration Solutions - The vdR Group, business system integration specialists, and Alcove9, developers of open source advanced search technologies such as the a9 Hub, announce their partnership. The partnership improves the productivity of clients’ critical business systems by combining the power of custom interoperability with advanced search capabilities.  The vdR Group recently announced the launch of their new service offering, Optimize, providing custom enterprise application integration (EAI) services for open source solutions. Optimize services were deployed on a project for Alcove9 to develop connectivity and a user-interface enhancement between the a9 Hub and Aras Innovator. The result is a9 

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