• Architecture Matters

    We live in a time of unprecedented disruptive innovation—the destruction of those unable to compete and the emergence of smart, connected products and services. At the heart of this continuously accelerating race to innovation is the need to su...
    • 5 Sep 2018
  • RADICAL SIMPLIFICATION

    Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius—and a lot of courage—to move in the opposite direction. – Economist, E.F. Schumacher. Underneath the best products is a growing amo...
    • 30 Aug 2018
  • A Single Source of Truth for Program Management: Myth or Reality?

    When I worked at a major automotive OEM, we reviewed our IT projects on a regular basis with our global communities.  Using a project management application, we reviewed all our IT projects, beginning with the portfolio and ending with a view of...
    • 28 Aug 2018
  • Tech Tip: Utilizing Fake Properties

    Simple AML queries can be broken down into three parts: the ItemType that you want to affect, the action that you will use, and the properties that will feed into that action. However, there is no requirement that the properties you specify for your ...
    • 24 Aug 2018
  • Don't be Shark Bait.

    A bigger boat…OR…does Chief Brody need a flexible Product Innovation Platform.
    • 22 Aug 2018
  • Data—The Dirty Little Secret

    The Dirty Little Secret is that PLM systems and others are only as good as the data in them—garbage in, garbage out (GIGO).  In some cases, a poorly planned PLM system can proliferate data quality issues on the supply chain.  Many of ...
    • 15 Aug 2018
  • Connected, Automated, Shared, and Electrified Vehicles – Highlights from the CAR MBS Conference

    After two days at this year’s Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (e.g. CAR MBS), it is clear that this annual gathering continues to be one of automotive’s top leadership events!  Centering around the four t...
    • 9 Aug 2018
  • Using Query Definitions in Your Method Code

    You may have seen Query Definitions in a Tree Grid View demo, but did you know you can also use Query Definitions (QD) to define reusable queries for your Aras method code? This blog post walks through the Identity Map community project and demonstra...
    • 9 Aug 2018
  • Ease of Ownership in PLM

    If PLM is so easy, then why does it take years to deploy, cost millions of dollars, fail to meet expectations, and languishes in a highly customized frozen “PDM-like” state where it will cost millions to upgrade? Plus, users don’t l...
    • 1 Aug 2018
  • All Roads Lead to CAR MBS

    The Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars (e.g. CAR MBS), held annually in Traverse City, MI, is one of the top automotive leadership events in the world.  This year’s event, has an all-star lineup of speakers and top...
    • 24 Jul 2018
  • Display a Workflow As a Timeline Using Vis.js

    A common request I get from customers is the ability to distribute tasks with a specific process in which loops may happen, but also to have a project management view like a Gantt chart or a timeline of what's happening. This results in a debate abou...
    • 23 Jul 2018
  • THE L IN PLM?

    Do you need to get a “Life”? Many companies are struggling to get beyond PDM within Engineering to full PLM with end-to-end lifecycle management. What happened to the “L” in PLM? The “Lifecycle” in Product Lifecycl...
    • 11 Jul 2018
  • Publishing Your Project to GitHub

    This guide walks through the steps for publishing a new Aras Community Project to GitHub, from installing Git to pushing your code to GitHub. If you are looking for other information on Aras Community Projects, like best practices or how to contribut...
    • 8 Jul 2018
  • Disable Form Fields

    A common use case is to have certain fields on a form be dependent on another field. In order to avoid confusion, you may want to enable or disable these fields unless a certain value is selected. Today we'll cover how to dynamically enable and disab...
    • 2 Jul 2018
  • Still Defending Your Existing PLM? Don't Fall into the Psychological Trap.

    Today’s PLM systems need to be product innovation platforms that give an organization the ability to achieve their business and digital transformations. Unfortunately, this won’t be achieved if your system is old and can’t easily b...
    • 28 Jun 2018
  • Tech Tip: Filter a Tree Grid View with Parameters

    Tree Grid Views are a great way to visualize hierarchical data in the Aras Innovator web client, however sometimes they can contain a lot of data. To help users hone in on the most meaningful data in a Tree Grid View, we can define parameters. These ...
    • 27 Jun 2018
  • The Real Reasons You’re Defending Your Existing PLM

    I’m always amazed at how old and lethargic some PLM and ERP systems are. I recently worked with a talented group of people to replace a large 30 plus year old Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) system along with a couple of PLM integrations...
    • 20 Jun 2018
  • Download Multiple Files

    In previous releases of Aras Innovator, it was possible to download multiple files to a client machine at one time. However, with the move away from .NET Controls in 11.0 SP9, access to the client's file system became limited. In today's blog post, w...
    • 14 Jun 2018
  • My Thoughts on the PLM Road Map North America - CIMdata

    Recently, I attended the PLM Road MapTM North America Conference in Washington, DC., hosted by CIMdata. One of the key themes from the conference is the disconnect between the trend toward “Digitalization,” the use of digital technologies...
    • 6 Jun 2018
  • Maximizing Modal Dialogs in Aras

    Modal dialogs are frequently used to collect user input throughout the Aras Innovator client - in both "out of the box" and custom use cases. When using the standard modal dialog function, the size and position of the dialog is fixed. However, users ...
    • 6 Jun 2018
  • Applying a Filter to a Search Dialog

    There are times when only a handful of items make sense for a specific Item property. In these cases, you'll likely want to avoid any potential confusion and display only those items in the results of the Search Dialog. Today we'll be going over an e...
    • 1 Jun 2018
  • Tech Tip: Disable a Menu Button Using CUI

    In previous blogs posts, we've learned how to add a new button to our menus as well as add new keyboard shortcuts. Both of these lessons are great when we want to allow our users to perform new kinds of actions, but how do we prevent our users fr...
    • 25 May 2018
  • PLM Without Limits is Magic!

    The late author, Arthur C. Clarke, formulated three adages known as Clarke's Three Laws, of which the third law is the best known:  “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” As i...
    • 14 May 2018
  • Three Keys to Digital Transformation

    You don’t have to look past the smartwatch on your wrist or the navigation system in your car to realize that we are living in the age of digitization and transformative products.  It’s everywhere, and it’s fundamentally trans...
    • 3 May 2018