What is Aras Labs?

Our Mission

Aras Labs is the Advanced Research & Development organization within Aras. Our charter is to push the envelope of what enterprise software can be. We lead by example, building innovative new apps and services to help shape the future of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).

Why have an R&D team?

Aras Labs fills a unique niche between the Product Management, Pre-sales, and Development teams at Aras. Our partnerships with these teams enable us to rapidly prototype applications and services based on customer feedback. Because the team is not dedicated to a single product area, we are able to provide the Development team with prototypes spanning the entire spectrum of PLM. Development then leverages our work to build supported applications.

Our hybrid role also gives us the flexibility to interface with the broader Aras Community – Aras partners, customers, and open source users. We contribute to open source projects, provide resources, and exchange ideas with Aras users and developers.

Right, but what does Aras Labs do?

Aras Labs team members spend roughly 70-80% of their time on development activities such as:

  • Learning, researching, and recommending cutting edge technologies for future product development.
  • Architecting and developing prototypes for future applications and platform functionality.
  • Developing proof of concept (POC) projects that demonstrate the power and flexibility of the Aras Innovator platform.

The other 20-30% is spent working with the broader Aras Community. Examples of Aras Labs community engagement includes:

  • Authoring documentation and technical resources for the Aras Community on the Aras Labs blog, Aras Developer Forums, GitHub, and Twitter.
  • Managing the Aras Community Projects platform – whether by vetting community submissions, maintaining and contributing to existing projects, or creating new open-source projects.
  • Connecting with the Aras Community at events like ACE, Aras’ annual conference series held in the US, France, Germany, and Japan.

What are some of Aras Labs’ projects?

Visual Integration with MagicDraw

Systems engineers use software like MagicDraw to model assemblies and run simulations. Aras Labs collaborated with No Magic to create a visual integration between Aras Innovator and MagicDraw. The integration allows the user to import parts and system data into MagicDraw from Aras Innovator. The user can then run simulations in MagicDraw before exporting the system data and simulation results back to Aras. A custom graph helps the user visualize the changes made to the system in MagicDraw.

PLM-ALM Integration with GitLab

The PLM-ALM Integration with GitLab is an open-source Community Project published by Aras Labs. The lightweight integration demonstrates a simple ALM (application lifecycle management) use case, as well as how to create ItemTypes with data federated via a RESTful web service.

Requirements Management Prototype

Aras Labs built the Requirements Management prototype to demonstrate how to implement a new user interface for the Aras Requirements Management application. Using the new interface, users can author nested requirements via a content editing pane or a tree structure. The prototype is the basis for the next release of the Aras Requirements Management application. Visit the Aras public roadmap for information on upcoming application and platform releases.

Where can I follow Aras Labs?

Aras Labs Blog

Find Aras Innovator technical tips and tricks from the team on the Aras Labs blog.

GitHub

Aras Labs publishes all our open-source Community Projects to the Aras Labs GitHub. This is the best place to check out our code.

Twitter

The Aras Labs Twitter feed is full of open-source projects, blog posts, helpful resources, and the occasional nerdy joke.

Aras Community Forums

The team moderates and contributes to discussions in the Aras Community Forums.

How do I join Aras Labs?

Still interested in a career that combines the best of enterprise software and a growing open-source community?

Apply for the Software Engineer (Aras Labs) position on the Aras website. If you want to know more about Aras Labs or Aras Corporation, reach out to us on Twitter or check out our work on GitHub.

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