This is a strong trend at Minerva. We invest more and more time developing solutions adapted to specific industries or specific business processes. This comes from multiple reasons. The first is the fact that Aras focuses on its core solution and on the framework more than industry specific solutions which is a work left to partners and integrator. Then the Aras Innovator framework provides a sustainable environment for us to develop cost effective solutions and it is clearly helped by the subscription concept handling the Upgrades by Aras.
The Aras upgrade process makes our solutions cheaper to maintain
If you have already make an upgrade of Aras for your enterprise production instance within your subscription, you understand how much time and money you are saving at each upgrade. Included in the subscription, Aras takes most of the upgrade activities. This is something we had to take into account when starting to develop solutions. Every day in our projects (customers or products) we ask ourselves how sustainable our work will be. So developing these solutions takes into account the fact that these solutions will support the upgrades and we ensure through the subscriptions that these solutions will work after each new release of Aras Innovator
From Industries solutions to Business processes
The solutions at Minerva started mainly with the EHT template followed pretty quickly with the Medical template. One of the main reason of starting with these two industries is that we, at Minerva, have a strong experience in these industry. It was at a time we were delivering other PLM softwares. It made then sense to take the best things we’ve seen in the past, learn about the industries we used to talk to, in order to invest in developing solutions for these industry, based on Aras Innovator. We sometimes see that some elements of these solutions are not industry specific. We also realized that some business processes were not easily covered by other PLM solutions. We then, following customer’s request, focus on much smaller scopes to provide targeted solutions to cover specific business processes.
Gathering workgroups for new solutions
So far, we developed our products in a quite lean way, with a Minimum Viable product which we were able to sell and improve based on our customer’s experience and feedback. Now we can see that for existing customers we have similar requests. In order for us to reduce the cost for everyone and make sure to lower the cost of maintenance we took the initiative to create workgroups for specific topics. The first one has been for advanced external access features. It’s a different way of working which is more suited for existing customers. They know how Aras is to be implemented and how flexible the solution is. It then makes sense to have a different approach then for new customers.
If you are an existing customer and are interested in joining our workgroups let us know. You can submit topics and If we find a significant number of similar request, we may start to gather companies to work on it.