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.Read More
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.Read More
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 …
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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 ...Read More
Solution Provides Companies that Run Autodesk Inventor and Vault with Packaged Functionality Out-of-the-Box for Corporate-wide PLM Business Processes - Andover, MASS. and Munich, Germany – November 19, 2012 – Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced the launch of a new solution designed specifically for companies that run Autodesk® Vault with Inventor and AutoCAD. Aras VPLM™ for Autodesk Vault provides packaged functionality out-of-the-box for corporate-wide PLM business processes, enabling global companies that run Autodesk software to improve product quality, accelerate time to market and achieve greater profitability.Read More
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 a9Read More