5 most read articles in july 2013

Posted on July 31, 2013

Here are the most read articles from our blog this past month. They were not necessarily written during this month. This indicates sometimes the articles with value that is still up to date.

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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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Element14 API usage with Aras Innovator – Manufacturer Parts up to date in your PLM

Posted on July 19, 2013

This is again a demonstration that PLM can have a very wide coverage of features in a company. In this case it was following an Aras project we’ve implemented for a customer where they needed for their logistic support activities to be able to select within a BOM-as-maintained, a part to replace, navigate to the approved manufacturer list and add the manufacturer part to an order by right-clicking on it and selecting “add to order”. You can view this process on this link. The issue is that you needed to update the manufacturer part’s data. What if you could get these data live from your supplier? Some distributors like element14 are providing Rest APIs to browse their catalog. So we used it and worked with federated items in Aras to easily query they catalog and get the pricing information and also datasheets or other related documentations. Here is the video presenting this integration:


 

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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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Getting people trained and interested in the solution

Posted on July 8, 2013

This is a recurrent discussion we have at Minerva when we talk about actual and past projects. We discuss the good experience we are having on actual projects and the ones we’ve had on past projects. Even if sometimes, some situations have been difficult and exhausting for us. We take all these as experiences and bring these info in our lessons’ learned list. With Aras Innovator we have the chance to be able to offer services for a very wide range of enterprise. We have subscribers from 5 users to 1,000. And the resources available can be very different from one customer to another. We realize that even in larger groups, a lack of general/technical interest on the solution can be a risk for the quality of the relationship during the project. The PLM is not another software of your environment, it’s a company-wide IT solution that needs to be understood at least for the following reasons:

to evaluate the solution

This is the key factor for us working with Aras Innovator. Aras is free to download, then save yourself long presentations, download the solution and install it. You’re not so into IT and you don’t know how to install it or don’t have the machine to do so? we’ll provide you with a trial access for free. The goal, is to understand the concepts of Aras. But then, when you go further into discovering Aras Innovator, you need to learn about the architecture and how deployments are made. This is key for you to trust or not the solution. Have you started a  requirement list with items like “the page should not take more than 8 sec to open”? If so, it means that you haven’t tried the solution.

to take decisions

Then, based on the experiences we’ve had on implementation and evolution, we realize that when the person we’re talking to is able to understand the business but also the technical concepts of Aras Innovator, he is more able to make alternative suggestions. He knows the user better then we do, he manages his budget, there are alternatives for which we would not have all the input to suggest these. If you want to be confident about your decisions, get trained or learn by yourself the solution.

to evaluate your supplier

The relationship with our customer is key. The best projects are not necessarily the biggest budgets. It’s mainly when there is a good quality in the relationship and good level of trust. And this level of trust is due to the fact that our customers know the solution and know how we are performing on the solution. We can clearly identify that when the company has no interest in understanding the solution, the relationship is not so good. And we have a clear split between fixed price project and time & material based projects. And honestly I think time & material projects are saving 15% to 20% of the project cost when they understand the solution. The price of the risk !

to extend the solution

If you know a little bit the business model of Aras, it’s a subscription based business model which basically means that the more solutions you build for your users, the most cost-effective your solution is. But how can you see where new solutions can be built in your organisation if you don’t know how the solution works. You need also to look at what other companies have been implementing, use the community to get more insights and more ideas.

A good document to start from:

Here is an interesting presentation I recently found. And I think it is a quite interesting view of elements companies’ IT people should know about Aras when they are involved in evaluating or implementing the solution


 

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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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5 most read articles for the first semester 2013

Posted on July 4, 2013

I use to have the tradition with Prodeos to publish every month the top 5 most read articles of the blog. The articles were not necessarily written in the month which was showing sometimes that some articles were staying many month in this top 5. A good example has been the tutorial to install Aras Innovator PLM Solution.

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AML studio 2.0 is available !

Posted on July 3, 2013

This one of the best productive tool we use in all our development/reporting work with Aras. AML studio has been developed by Eric Domke after he attend the initial training at Aras with Bob Ellis where he realized there was a potential great improvement to work on regarding the Nash interface (the Nash is the out-of-the box AML query interface for Aras Innovator.) Then he started with a first version which was already very nice.

AML studio

AML studio

When we started using it, Anthony Ponceot from Minerva brought a slight improvement in order to save queries. Every time you had to save queries we had to copy & paste each query in an external file, so Anthony wanted to keep this in the application.

Now the version 2 is completely different on the interface side. It gives you pretty much the same “query saving” features through tabs. Here is what the interface looks like.

aml studio 2

aml studio 2

What I think is the best improvement with this new version it’s the fact that it is really replacing the Nash, you don’t need to have a separate application. Nash was good because from any computer you could run the nash interface. AMLStudio 1.2, you had to have it downloaded on your machine in order to run it. Now this AMLStudio v2 can be installed as part of Aras Innovator to be run from any client. It’s been a while since my last video so here I’m back :

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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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3 different approaches for Aras Innovator

Posted on July 1, 2013

Companies have different approaches to Aras Innovator. Most of these companies have found Aras through searches for PLM solution, or even sometimes looking for Open Source PLM, usually for economic reasons. Aras Innovator offers different approaches depennding one your level of understanding of it. I’ll try to give a quick explanation of these three approaches and why they are interesting.

PLM Solution

This is the out of the box solution you are installing when you download Aras Innovator. When you hear about “Aras PLM” that’s it. It gathers the technology behind Aras Innovator and the whole predefined PLM datamodel with parts, CMII change management objects, projects, quality management objects. It’s a quite complete solution based on industry’s best practices. You download the solution, and you have it ! You want to make sure your data is safe at every upgrade, get a subscription. If you feel confident that you don’t need the subscription, then don’t take it and try/use Aras PLM for free.

Partners industry focus solutions

But sometimes, the Aras PLM solution is not quite adapted to your industry. We’ve seen that at Minerva, when we wanted to have some customers in the Electronic & High tech industry to try Aras, we quite quickly realized that their way of managing parts lifecycle was a bit different. And existing tool were pretty competitive regarding the speed to create and manage changes in their system. So we understand that the Out of the box Aras PLM is just not quite THE solution for all industry. Different partners are then packaging industry focus solutions. We at Minerva have build the Electronic & High tech, and the medical device templates. Other partners have built templates for fashion for example and other industries.

the framework !

Now we come to the part I like the most, the framework ! I even like better the expression : the Enabler ! That’s what it behind Aras PLM or other partner’s solutions. That’s what most PLM editors have tried to accomplish. A flexible system to quickly configure the solution to answer companies need. In 2009, that’s the main reason why I started to work on Aras. I could see Aras being useful in almost every department of the companies I’ve worked for in the past, and I would still call it PLM. The framework gives you the opportunity to generate forms, workflows, lifecycles,versions, and this with a very fine user/permission management.

Conclusion

This is a constant work we have as Aras partners. We try to our customer and prospects that Aras PLM comes already with very advance features for your business. But let’s see further in the future what Aras can do for you. This vision has to consider very deeply the Aras framework. That’s the one that we’ll support you the most on the long term.

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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