Hey if you’re sick of receiving updates from our blog about messages you don’t have time to read because they are too long, this should be a much shorter article. I wanted to get back to that topic because school is about to start again in a few weeks. The title sounds like Aras corp just launched a brand new program for universities. Well, I guess they did that without really noticing, when they started delivering Aras download for free on their website. That’s cleary when it became available for all and made it a very good argument for Universities to start looking at the solultion and start building some course on PLM using Aras Innovator.
Benefits for Universities
The first time I realize it was important to let universities know about Aras was when I called, a few years ago, someone from Airbus who asked me if there was any university using Aras and if not, this would be the first step to get them to use it. So as a first benefit, by using Aras Innovator, universities will get the interest of companies.
Then the software is free to download. You do not have to meet ten sales person or ask for more licenses or try to see how students could use it from there home, just send them the following link and they will be able to get it, install it on their own computer and start using exploring it. Plus, tons of code is available and openly shared in the community page.
One more thing, Aras created a free program for Universities to let them benefit from updates and service pack. And we, at Minerva, provide Aras training with special discount for universities.
Benefits for companies
As mentionned in the previous section, companies are interested to know if a software is used by universities because they know they can get new ressources already trained on that system. And that’s what recently happened with one of our major customer who came directly to the closest university to tell some educational program manager to start looking at how they could start teaching Aras and starting students projects to create new modules. This is clearly because they know they have a long term strategy with Aras and they want to make sure they’ll never run out of resources.
Benefit for Myself
It always comes back to me ! And yes of course it has a benefit for me because it brings student to talk to me about developments they made or about things they think Aras could handle, it brings me more ideas, and it let me write more articles of this kind. So once again, I encourage the existing community to amplify our messages around Aras to let universities know that there is a PLM solution waiting for them right there : Aras Innovator Download page