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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