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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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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The PLM Maturity Quadrant Explained

The PLM Maturity Quadrant Explained

The vdR Group has recently formulated the PLM Maturity Quadrant as illustrated in the diagram below. The quadrant is comprised of two simple parameters.  The x-axis is referred as the Data Cohesion variable and the y-axis characterizes Process Repeatability.  The top right-hand quadrant represents the ideal PLM environment.  The Data Cohesion variable considers how well data is connected.  The expression “single source of truth” is often associated with the goals of PLM.  This suggests that users seeking to access part and/or product related data can go to ONE place.  The data doesn’t have to be in a single repository, but linkages need to be in place.

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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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The History of vdR Group, Inc.

The History of vdR Group, Inc.

The vdR Group is a 27 year old software development organization headquartered in Southern California. A significant portion of vdR’s revenues are generated from the licensing of various integration technologies and solutions for the engineering and manufacturing community. Partners include ArasAutodesk, and OpenText. Moreover

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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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The vdR Group Strengthens Its Leadership Team

The vdR Group Strengthens Its Leadership Team

Louis Salgado appointed to General Manager and Vice President.  The vdR Group, specialists in enterprise application integrations (EAI) announce the appointment of Louis Salgado to General Manager and Vice President. The vdR Group is a software company focused on developing integration technologies and solutions for its partners’ products. 

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February 21, 2012 – The vdR Group Joins the Aras Partner Program

February 21, 2012 – The vdR Group Joins the Aras Partner Program

ANDOVER, Mass. and Orange, CA – February 21, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced that The vdR Group, an open source technology development and integration services company located in Orange, California, has joined the Aras Partner Program. The vdR Group applies its Optimize family of custom enterprise application integration (EAI) services to provide users of the Aras PLM suite and other open source solutions with efficient access to critical data, accelerated time to market and improved profitability.

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