What are the benefits of running webinars on PLM ?

Posted on April 24, 2013

I’ll be running a new webinar this Thursday about FMEAs and this time is the first time we have more than 50 people registered to attend. I’m thankful to all the people who registered and I hope they’ll have a great time. So far, the feedback have been always pretty good. The only recurring complaint I receive is about sending out the recorded video. Now I send the link to video after each webinar, but I still can’t upload it to YouTube (codec issue). With that being said, I wanted to get back quickly on the reasons why I was doing these webinar and I’d like to make more general statements about this kind of live presentation enabling interactions.

it’s “honnest” marketing

That was pretty much my first intention when I started to run some webinar. I just wanted to show the product to a larger audience. In PLM, many times I went to meetings where people where surprised that I would show them the software. Many times I was told that usually the competition would wait 1 or 2 meeting before showing their software. And it’s true that for PLM, lots of solution are sold on answers to the business and not so much on IT technical aspects. So showing the real software to a large audience is key. And sometimes Internet Explorer may crash, sometimes, I’m not so well prepared and I’m using an instance with some developments that I’m doing so there is a pop-up telling that something is wrong. But it is real life and that’s one aspect of the webinar.

Get to see the software

Just like I just mentioned  how many PLM editors’ website will actually show the software. It’s complicated to see screenshots or even presentation of the real software. And sales people will tell you that it’s normal because it’s not a “mickey mouse” system and showing it without talking directly to one person may be risky. Here at least there is a presenter talking and explaining. I think we should see the software more often before planning to invest more time evaluating it.

Interact with the presenter

Finally this would mainly be to differentiate with YouTube videos. We have a lot of YouTube videos. They are fine and they last long, but when I see how many questions I can get during one webinar, I believe then, that there might be a lot of unanswered questions when people are watching our YouTube videos (our channel). I’ll announce the next webinar in the next few days. stay tuned.

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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ACE 2013 – Vote for the Collaborate & Contribute award

Posted on April 2, 2013


Once again the Aras Community Event announced the Nominees for the Collaborate and Contribute awards. I don’t remember seeing so many projects in the past and I would say that about 80% of the project title will have an impact on what I will be able to deliver when implementing Aras for our customers. This reflects how active is the Aras community. Not only on the partners side, because if you look at the names, most of them are Aras customers. We can see that most of our customers are training not only key users but also developers internally to customize their Aras Instance and add new features. The subscription is well suited for a continuous improvement as you can keep adding features on your supported environment, constantly upgraded with no additional cost.

Look at the following project names. You can then click the image at the bottom of this article to vote for your favorite projects. Minerva won the award in 2010 and 2012. So let’s vote for 2013 and we’ll make sure to submit new cool projects in 2014 !

  • Recursive retrieval of very large hierarchical CAD structures – JAMCO
  • HTML5 Rich Text Editor – MAN Diesel & Turbo
  • Technical data pack search, view, select and package – Esterline
  • Class-specific property tab parameters grid – Silicom
  • Expanded support for Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway – Sikorsky
  • Deep structure multi-level BOM customizability – GE
  • Custom SharePoint list retrieval & display – Sandia National Labs
  • Impact matrix hierarchy optimization – Esterline
  • Expanded access to supporting materials during workflow voting – Maxion
  • Multi-parameter Boolean advanced search – Carestream Health
  • SQL Server Reporting Services integration enhancements – ConAgra Foods
  • Enablement of custom event behavior during Copy Item – The Woodbridge Group
  • Complex CAD structure instance handling enhancements – T-Systems
  • Improved item promotion sorting in dialog – Sonnex
  • Simplified change workflow configurability – Young & Franklin
  • Custom solution upgrade enhancements – Motorola
  • Task reassignment during workflow looping – Lear Corporation
  • Fixed/Float business logic enhancement – The Woodbridge Group
  • CA SiteMinder reverse proxy and single sign on integration – GE
  • Search by foreign property improvement – GETRAG Ford Transmissions
  • Enhanced grid control configurability – Lear Corporation
  • High latency WAN performance improvements – Maxion
  • Released assembly structure retrieval improvements – F.X. Meiller
  • New SQL Server Reporting Services output options – Tomexpo
  • Configurable grid programmability optimization – AESSiS
  • IOM API COM interface compatibility update – GETRAG Ford Transmissions
  • Expanded Excel integration capabilities – Carestream Health
  • New business logic for Workflow Map with Versionable Items – Hitachi Metals
  • Inline Hebrew & English with right-to-left display – Aitech
  • Classification import / export / merge capabilities – Lear Corporation
  • Rich XML-based export to Microsoft Excel – Ubidyne
  • Programmatic filtering of search results – Yutaka
  • Enhanced multivalued list capabilities – Humax AutoInfortainment
  • IE9 File Item improvements – Tecnodinamica
  • Enhanced workflow email configurability – Weichaun
  • 1-click .NET/IE configuration script – TriQuint Semiconductors
  • Lifecycle state-based property verification enhancement – Spontech Spine
  • Material classification business rules – Diehl Gruppe Hydrometer GmbH

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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