• OOTB is Dead

    Out-of-the-box (OOTB) is dead. If your employees are mindlessly walking around, unable to use data to get their jobs done because you have an old customized OOTB system, you have a serious problem. That’s right: PLM zombies. The root cause for ...
    • September 17, 2019
  • Packaging Customizations to Aras Applications

    This post goes over managing packages when making modifications to ItemTypes outside of your existing development package.
    • September 10, 2019
  • How Resilient Thinkers are Saving PLM

    In my previous blog, "The Talk" I discussed the all too familiar story of PLM sponsors unexpectedly facing the limitations of their newly installed PLM systems due to the outdated frameworks upon which most older PLM systems are built. My point ...
    • September 10, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: Eli Donahue, Aras Labs Lead Engineer

    Where did you grow up?Alton, NH and Gouverneur, NY What was your first or strangest job?My first job was scanning patient records into an electronic medical records system at a clinic. What do you like most about your current job?I love meeting membe...
    • September 06, 2019
  • Aras Innovator 12 UI Updates

    An Overview post of UI changes in Aras Innovator version 12
    • August 29, 2019
  • Take a Step Back

    Creating a painting involves many separate steps and skills. From preparing the canvas or board to receive the medium, to mixing the medium to achieve the correct hue, to the use of different brushes, knives, and brush strokes to achieve different ef...
    • August 27, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: Christine Longwell, Product Marketing Manager

    Where did you grow up?Washington, D.C. What was your first or strangest job?I was a bartender at a country club through college. When I interviewed for my first internship in college, the hiring manager laughed at that, and I responded, "Where e...
    • August 23, 2019
  • Achieving Sustainable Digital Transformation

    While vacationing in Maine, I learned a saying of theirs: “You can’t get there from here.” This is their way of relaying the impossibility of traveling from point A to point B in a direct path due to various ponds (you might call th...
    • August 22, 2019
  • Customizing Item Menus with CUI

    In previous blog posts, we've covered how to add custom menu items like buttons and shortcuts using the Configurable User Interface (CUI) data model introduced in 11.0 SP7. Using this same data model, it's also possible to add menu items that are specific to individual ItemTypes that you want to have special functionality.
    • August 22, 2019
  • [Infographic] Sustain Business Transformation with a Platform to Own the Lifecycle

    Digital transformation is happening all around us—but is it working? This infographic explains how a platform to own the lifecycle of your product’s data, processes, and strategies is the key to successful digital transformation. 
    • August 21, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: John Pilla, Sr. Course Developer

    Where did you grow up?Country area outside of Trenton, NJ What was your first or strangest job?Not a strange job, but an interesting and fun one. During my college years, I was studying to be a Packaging Engineer, a new and emerging field. I worked a...
    • August 16, 2019
  • MBSE 2.0 – what’s that all about?

    I just came back from the INCOSE IS2019 conference and I’m eager to report that the view I expressed in my recent blog on systems engineering was also addressed by David Long of Vitech (congratulations on becoming the latest INCOSE fellow!) in ...
    • August 15, 2019
  • PLM 2030: What the Last 10 Years of PLM Can Teach Us About the Next 10.

    Wish me a happy anniversary: I’ve been writing about the PLM industry for 10 years, with 3 different software vendors (5, counting M&A). But in that decade, I had yet to see the promise of “one platform for the entire product lifecycl...
    • August 13, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: Cailey Snowdon, Web and Creative Design Intern

    Where did you grow up?North Andover, MA What was your first or strangest job?My first job was on a farm, and I drove a tractor around in circles for children's hay rides. What do you like most about your current job?I like that I am encouraged to pur...
    • August 09, 2019
  • Life Cycle Basics

    An Overview of Life Cycles and their use in the Aras Innovator System. Includes an explanation of States, Transitions, and how to attach a Life Cycle to an Item.
    • August 07, 2019
  • Thinking of Thinking

    Last year of college.  One of the last engineering classes, machine Design 412.  The final design was debated and brainstormed by the class itself, finally deciding the test would be to transport a playing card up 5 stair steps and then sto...
    • August 06, 2019
  • Enabling HTTPS on a Development Machine

    An increasing number of the most popular websites have made the move to support HTTPS as the default protocol for their users. From a security point-of-view, this is great to hear, but it can be a bit of a nuisance for developers who are simply tryin...
    • August 02, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: Gianni Feola, Web Developer

    Where did you grow up?Andover, MA What was your first or strangest job?My strangest job was working for Blizzard Entertainment as a Game Master for World of Warcraft during it's earlier days. It was hilarious to multi task people's issues ins...
    • August 01, 2019
  • CAR MBS: Visions of the Road Ahead

    The Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS), in Traverse City, MI, continues to be one of the leading automotive leadership events in the world. This year’s event, held August 6-8, 2019, has a lineup of speakers an...
    • July 30, 2019
  • What's in a Workflow?

    An overview of workflows in the Aras PLM system explaining activities, paths, and other usage.
    • July 30, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: Ursula Vietgen, Project Coordinator

    Where did you grow up?Mellrichstadt, Germany. A small town in the north of Bavaria. What was your first or strangest job?A student job: working with an agency to check if palaces with cigarette advertising were too close to schools What do you like m...
    • July 25, 2019
  • Employee Spotlight: Mark Sampson, Assistant Controller

    Where did you grow up?Watertown, MA (just west of Boston) What was your first or strangest job?Grocery Clerk at Johnny's Foodmaster (now defunct grocery chain) What do you like most about your current job?Solving problems, creating new processes, the...
    • July 17, 2019
  • Effective SPDM Is More Crucial Than Ever

    While simulation tools have been getting more powerful over the last few decades, Simulation Process and Data Management (SPDM), which is a broader enterprise need, hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves, until relatively recently. At se...
    • July 17, 2019
  • Reverse Lookups with Query Builder

    Long time users of Aras Innovator may be familiar with configuring an empty relationship to display data using the ReverseItemsGrid.html file included with the PE application. This custom grid lets users easily see the parent items in a database that...
    • July 12, 2019
  • Hey PLM Sponsors, Have You Had The “Talk” Yet?

    If you are a PLM sponsor who’s been living in your post PLM implementation world for at least a year or two, you know where I’m headed. The “talk” is the one between you and the IT guys. In short, “how did we get stuck h...
    • July 10, 2019