Joining PLM Experts in Nashville at Aras Community Event (ACE) 2017 in March

By Marc Young, Managing Partner, xLM Solutions

Continuing on in our road trips to important user conferences, I had the opportunity to network, hear updates and talk with customers and partners at the recent Aras Community Event 2017 in Nashville, Music City, USA. It’s refreshing to stop and spend time with friends, colleagues and customers to talk about trends in technology with experts. We appreciate the time to hear about the latest advancements and solutions coming from Aras and to meet one-on-one with users and developers. The Aras user community is particularly active and supportive, which is why so many users return to ACE each year.

Among the take-aways from ACE 2017 are the following.

Networking and Customer Stories

Networking with customers is always one of the best opportunities at technology user conferences and ACE 2017 was no exception. I enjoy visiting with our customers and partners to learn about their ongoing projects. I was especially interested in Nathan Ouellette’s from Lord Corporation presentation “Robust end-to-end document management process.” The implementation of Aras Innovator, which allows for configurable business logic to define business processes and tailor unique reporting and notification protocols, while displaying relevant data on customizable dashboards, was a significant success story. Lord Corporation, a manufacturer of noise and vibration control systems for aircraft, is one of xLM Solutions’ customers and we are involved in the deployment and implementation or Aras.

New Product Functionality

At the ACE conference, Aras announced significant new functionality now available in their Aras Innovator product relating to quality management. They shared that Aras Innovator now enables quality management professionals to react to quality events and cascade change requirements across all facets of product development. This new capability in the Quality Management Systems application connects manufacturing and service to product engineering to create a digital thread for product quality. It also adds new usability and productivity features.

Client Wins

I’m always delighted to hear about the success of partners with whom we work so closely. At the ACE 2017 event, Aras announced a number of new and strategic clients. At xLM Solutions, we are excited that Aras is a part of our portfolio and that they provide the same high-level expertise and commitment to excellence as we do.

xLM provides solutions and products that complement Aras PLM solutions. Aras provides powerful functionality out-of-the-box for corporate-wide PLM business processes to achieve true cross-functional collaboration. xLM experts support customers who are both subscribers and non-subscribers of Aras products.

Read more about our collaboration with Aras.

What were your take-aways from ACE 2017?