Aras®, the leading enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solution provider, today announced its PLM cloud strategy. The Aras strategy is designed to, first, lead the market in delivering enterprise PLM technology for the cloud, and second, provide global companies with the ability to securely leverage cloud-based data, services and analytics in the PLM workflow to enable new, more effective ways for global companies to conduct business.
Making Enterprise PLM Cloud-Ready
The initial phase of the Aras strategy is based on the company’s cloud-ready platform technology and open-source business model, which together, are ideal for large scale deployments in the private cloud environments of multinational corporations and global systems integrators.
Aras is a true cloud architecture that runs on the latest virtualization technologies and partitions well for distributed deployments where compute resources are automatically provisioned for elastic scalability. Partitioning also enables a wide variety of deployment scenarios including highly secure hybrid deployments where replicated file vaults remain on-premise behind the firewall while application servers operate in the cloud. The model-based SOA framework makes Aras capable of running in a multi-tenant scenario as well where a single system has different customizations and vaults for each organization and where upgrades can be conducted during continued operation without impacting system modifications. Web services federation enables secure connections to other systems whether located on-site or in the cloud.
From a financial perspective the Aras enterprise open source business model provides a predictable fixed cost structure regardless of the number of people that use the system at scale. Thousands of users from across the extended supply chain can have secure, full-functional access to a cloud-based deployment of Aras because the PLM license fees have been eliminated. This fundamentally transforms the economics of operating PLM in a large-scale private cloud environment.
“The first phase of our PLM cloud strategy is very simple: Provide an enterprise PLM software suite that is cloud-ready from both a technical and business standpoint. We’re doing this already today,” said Peter Schroer, President of Aras. “Now, imagine a world where the PLM workflow is seamlessly and securely connected to cloud-based data sets and processes enabling global companies to leverage master information sources, utilize expert resources and perform complex analytics from within their corporate PLM environment. This is where we’re headed.”
Cloud Connected PLM
As data sets “of record” continue to expand in the cloud, such as online parts / component databases and other third-party sources, the ability for end users to securely access and bring information to the point of use in the right context during the PLM workflow represents a powerful new approach to achieve greater agility and productivity. Additionally, services and analytics available through cloud APIs such as specification analysis, compliance validation and BPO product engineering services will further drive process innovation.
Aras enables this type of information and process integration to cloud-based resources directly in the corporate PLM environment. With Aras global companies have the ability to securely run a “cloud connected” enterprise PLM solution with complete control over the data model, business rules and workflows giving them the power to achieve transformational results in ways never before possible.
Aras (aras.com) is the leading provider of enterprise open source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions. Freedom from licensing eliminates up-front expenses and per user costs while superior technology makes Aras the most advanced enterprise PLM solution suite available. Customers include Motorola, Rolls-Royce, Freudenberg, Lockheed Martin, Ingersoll Rand, Klöckner Desma, Hi-P and ACCO Brands. Aras is privately held with global headquarters in Andover, Mass.
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