access & permissions as a key asset for PLM

Posted on January 30, 2013

I personally spend a lot of time wondering how we could provide better solutions to our customers and to the industry in general. I look at what we provide and yes there is always something I would like to enhance in the product. The issue is we, at Minerva, are mainly integrator and the best impact we can have on products like Aras […] Continue Reading…

Should we pull PLM Deployments? a new Lean deployment strategy?

Posted on January 20, 2013

I already wrote about lean strategies related to PLM solution deployment and also the article about not starting a PLM project from Engineering, and I’m apparently not done on that topic based on this new article. Lots of comments were made on me being mad when willing to start PLM out of Engineering and at the same time very […] Continue Reading…

versionning, different meaning from one activity to another

Posted on January 15, 2013

Versionning is always tricky in organisations and this is true for a lot of different environment. You can either be in sales, logistics, engineering, maintenance, HR,etc. There is also an issue with versionning. And it is strange because best practices have been discussed a lot, but it is sometimes hard for people to have a common way to think about […] Continue Reading…

New database systems for future of MDM

Posted on January 9, 2013

Happy new year to everyone. I hope the actual economy environnement will convince more people to invest time for helping the product development initiatives by solving Product Lifecycle Management related pending issues. Today’s article is about my thought on why it is always so complicated to move from a PLM solution to another, why are we changing tons of […] Continue Reading…

Tutorial : How to start an Amazon EC2 cloud server all prepared to install Aras Innovator!

Posted on December 19, 2012

Yes, still for a while, Aras Innovator should not be available on other server platform than Windows Server. Which is of course just a limitation on the server side and not on the client side as Aras is announcing that soon the browser independent UI will be released, replacing all the ActiveX component by the javascript library Dojo. The Aras Innovator install is […] Continue Reading…

Integration more than solutions for some purpose…it’s still PLM !

Posted on November 13, 2012

I recently visited a company after I received an email from their director with the title “PLM project or not?”. This was an interesting email because this person told me that he had read my blog articles for more than two years and at one point he was wondering how he could make his company become more efficient in […] Continue Reading…

different marketing strategies and namming in PLM

Posted on November 8, 2012

Seen from the Aras community, I’m must say I’m guilty! I’ve been following a little bit the twitter’s feed of the 3dexperience presentation from Dassault yesterday. Not sure what was the initial reason of this conference so I came back on the website talking about the event and doing a summary of the day. And based and this page […] Continue Reading…

CAD lifecycle management is not Product Lifecycle Management

Posted on November 6, 2012

I continue to write about the place of engineering in the scope of PLM. Once again I have never said it had to be out of the PLM scope. I just explained that as a project strategy, If the interfaces between departments were well defined, it could be good to start out of engineering for quick improvements in other […] Continue Reading…

Adding items to a purchase order directly from the BOM

Posted on November 1, 2012

This is a topic I already covered in this blog I think but a video from Aras just came online. This is about a process we’ve implemented in Aras for one of our customers. He needed to help the purchase department to make purchase orders from the BOM as maintained. This company delivers military systems which they maintain. So […] Continue Reading…

Allow individual initiatives for PLM improvement

Posted on October 31, 2012

PLM is a continuous process and the solution/framework built to support it needs to follow evolutions. This is a simple statement but it sounds already a bit contradictory with the basis of PLM which is developing a system with processes to enhance creativity and support development. Why is it contradictory? Because developing a system to enhance creativity let people think you would have a fixed […] Continue Reading…

Another Local ACE Event : ACE Copenhagen 2012

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Last week with our Minerva team, we organized the Aras Community Event for Northern Europe gathering customers, prospects and other curious around presentation and discussions about Aras Innovator and PLM implementations. This event was hosted by Microsoft facility in Copenhagen as you can see on the map below.

Peter Schroer CEO of Aras corp was here to remind every attendants […] Continue Reading…

Questions I should have, but never received from prospects… #2 : How much time does it take to change this form?

Posted on October 20, 2012

Second writing of our series of article about questions I feel like I should received more often from prospects. For the first article, I talked about the lack of questions about how PLM solutions can manage evolution  this time it brings me back to a presentation I made for a prospect in Electronic and High-tech industry. I was presenting Aras Innovator and […] Continue Reading…

MVPLMS – Minimum Viable PLM Solution ! what’s yours?

Posted on October 18, 2012

This article is the continuation of the my previous article about lean implementation methodology for PLM. It is ok to present methodolgies that are said to be best for implementing a PLM strategy. It is better to provide examples and solutions on how to start these implementations. When I was reading about lean startup the good thing was that […] Continue Reading…

Should we have a FailCon for PLM ?

Posted on September 25, 2012

This Tuesday I attended my first FailCon at Microsoft in Paris. As it says in its presentation “FailCon is a one-day conference for technology entrepreneurs, investors, developers and designers to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success”. You won’t see much videos on the web about it as it is a place where companies will share their […] Continue Reading…

Microsoft and Reporting for PLM

Posted on September 23, 2012

It doesn’t take much time for our customer to get back to us after a few days on a live system (yes it is allowed, and I would say, recommended to start on production with your PLM solution without reporting built yet). So our first answer is “yes, tell us what you’re looking for and please check with your […] Continue Reading…

Stop starting PLM from Engineering !!!

Posted on September 19, 2012

This has been a frustration for a while now for me in PLM projects implementation. Mainly during the first phase or even before selling the project. We spend a lot of time on specifying and re-specifying engineering processes regarding product management made of complex datasets while other department can have much simpler processes which would definitely benefit from a […] Continue Reading…

Pros and Cons in involving IT in PLM software selection

Posted on September 13, 2012

If you have been following me for a while you should know that I’m a big supporter of having the IT people involved in the plm solution selection process. This is not always the case and 99% of the times they are not in this process, it is for bad reasons. If I compare it to buying a car. […] Continue Reading…

Spend more time allowing people than forbidding them from doing things

Posted on August 27, 2012

In the company’s environment it is common to meet manager who are always afraid that someone will mess up their data, or who don’t trust their users enough to let them play freely with the information. If this can be understood, this also has to be taken down when you enter projects like PLM where users, permissions and context […] Continue Reading…

Document Management can’t exist by itself…

Posted on August 21, 2012

…Unless your product is documentation and in this case your document management system is your PLM. This is a very usual question which we either get from our customers or which we have to solve when we implement a PLM solution in an environment that already contains a Document Management System. Many companies compare our features with the ones […] Continue Reading…

Aras Opens the door to Universities and students !

Posted on August 16, 2012

Hey if you’re sick of receiving updates from our blog about messages you don’t have time to read because they are too long, this should be  a much shorter article. I wanted to get back to that topic because school is about to start again in a few weeks. The title sounds like Aras corp just launched a brand […] Continue Reading…

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