access & permissions as a key asset for PLM

Posted on January 30, 2013

Access and permissions in PLMI personally spend a lot of time wondering how we could provide better solutions to our customers and to the industry in general. I look at what we provide and yes there is always something I would like to enhance in the product. The issue is we, at Minerva, are mainly integrator and the best impact we can have on products like Aras Innovator, is based on the feedback and enhancement request we raise. But then we are not the editors so we are not making the decisions. So as an engineer and talking about PLM and PLM software  I’m always interested in imagining how PLM could be better.

Databases

I’m not a database specialist, so this one will be short. I already mentioned in a recent article the graph databases which may have an important impact on how the objects interact and how permissions and contextual views can be managed. But I think today, the issue does not necessarily come from this point.

Interface

The focus comes back many times to the interface. I have designed a solution called mysimplegrid where the interface is one of our nice strength and many times, company come back with some criticism about the Aras Interface. And we know the strength is not in the interface but in the flexibility of the solution to build any enterprise application. So many times I look at interfaces technology, javascript UI libraries like dhtmlx and dojo (the one used by Aras for its browser independent UI). And I tell myself that there wouldn’t be so much work to do to reach the solutions needed by small companies who may not need to much flexibility.

Access & Permissions is a key asset

But one key asset that is complicated to setup and for which a solution like Aras Innovator has been well design at initial design is the Access & Permission strategy that they’ve been implementing. There are still some issues that can be entirely leveraged by custom code inside Aras if needed. We recently use this capability at one of our customer to build very flexible workflows for which their legacy system provider is not able to match. So this is where my dreams of a very simple solutions developed in days are stopped. I realize that it takes a lot to build this access management system. And that’s why If you put a little energy in trying Aras, you’ll see that not only tomorrow but even a few years from now you’ll still be able to setup access & permissions for your users in a fast moving economy environment.

Yoann Maingon

Yoann Maingon is an Entrepreneur and a PLM enthousiast. He is our main blogger at Minerva as he has been publishing articles about General PLM concepts and Aras Innovator for more than three years.

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