Easy to use and configure, doesn’t mean Mickey Mouse system !

Posted on September 17, 2014

Yesterday I was looking at the following video from Aras showing how different customers go in the same direction about Aras Implementations. Small increments bringing continuously business value to their users, typical Agile approach allowed by Aras Innovator. To me there are two main elements in this video. The first is about the Agile approach, the second is the reason of this blog post: Get trained.

I’ve got two types of situation where we need to push people to get training:

  • Companies where they believe we are the techies, so we are the ones to know how the system works and that’s it
  • Companies who think Aras is a very simplistic solution that can be run with almost no resource and with which we can do everything

For the first type of companies, in all our project we see the same thing. if you want your project to succeed please get trained on Aras Innovator. Even if you are not technical. Make sure for example to understand what means “in Aras Innovator, everything is an Item”.

For the second type of companies, yes Aras is simple in order to setup quick proof of concepts. But PLM is complex on its own. Even with a very simple solution you need to understand that if it has to manage complex problems the system can’t be simplistic. It’s a long journey to have a PLM with a very wide implementation scope. And you need to understand the software in order to control this process.


 

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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Aras Innovator & Resilience

Posted on September 10, 2014

I thought I’d have a lot more time to write article during the last Aras Community Event but this has once again been a very intense event with lots of discussions with other people interested in Aras Innovator. During the event you have one main presentation or sometimes there are three tracks : Basic, Technical and Business. I usually go to either Business or Technical presentations. Basic are usually more made for prospects or eve, people who have never heard of PLM. But I was interested in one basic conference where the speaker was Aras CEO, Peter Schroer: “Resilient PLM”

Here is the presentation text :

“For long life products such as aircraft, automobiles and plants you need a PLM system that can manage product changes, and control product traceability and compliance for the full lifecycle. Learn how the Aras approach to creating resilient systems can be used to manage very long life products while also preserving the IT investment you have made in customizing and integrating your PLM system. From upgrades to customizations, the Aras model ensures that you can always take advantage of the latest PLM features and newest technologies.”

I honestly wasn’t sure about the definition of Resilience when I came into this presentation. Here are the wikipedia definition:

General : “Resilience is the ability of a material to absorb energy when it is deformed elastically, and release that energy upon unloading”

Applied to IT : “Resiliency is the ability to provide and maintain an acceptable level of service in the face of faults and challenges to normal operation

I sometimes organize a webmeeting called “do more with PLM” which explains what a PLM system requires to easily customize a solution to do more than simple PLM.

Here is the presentation made by Peter Schroer explaining Resilience and how it has always been taken into account when building Aras Innovator.

 

Update on the Februray 26th of 2015:

Here is the video of Peter Schroer talking about PLM Resilience

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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