Aras, which has staked its claim around open
source Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), has introduced a new release of
its platform tuned for global PLM deployment.
Aras Innovator release features an array of enhancements designed to optimize
the PLM platform for enterprise-wide PLM deployments that take advantage of
geographically distributed data centers, private clouds or hybrid environments
that combine both on-premise and cloud computing infrastructure. It is available
for download from the
area of enterprise manageability, the platform now supports data server
virtualization, allowing companies to consolidate physical server
infrastructure and distribute computing horsepower to resources spread around
the globe. In addition, enhanced caching techniques help minimize traffic over
the WAN, ensuring faster performance for worldwide PLM deployments,
particularly on high latency networks and in low-bandwidth conditions such as
those that likely exist in emerging economies, according to Aras officials.
foster international business process collaboration, the new release allows
workflows to operate in multiple languages concurrently, delivering workflow
activities and instructions in the native language of each participant. There
is also new multi-level system notification functionality so system
administrators can tailor notices to users by specific names, groups or roles —
another capability designed to minimize PLM administration headaches.
Security is another area
of focus for the new Aras Innovator release, including advanced database
protection, enhanced track and audit functionality, and additional system
To address the pain of
system upgrades, Aras is upgraded "in place" without recoding or data migration
— a significant departure from traditional PLM system upgrades which require
reimplementation and data migration. With the new release, Aras will now
perform both minor and major upgrades as part of the Aras Unlimited
subscription package at no additional cost.
Aras' model-based SOA
(Service Oriented Architecture) technology is the key to quickly and easily
upgrading highly customized business applications, according to Peter Schroer,
Aras' president. "The problem has always been that CIOs must trade off their
business' need to automate competitive processes versus the IT reality that
once a complex system is customized, it is very difficult and expensive to
implement upgrades from the software," he says. "Aras' Subscription makes the
business case easy — all upgrades are included in the fixed price annual
subscription regardless of customization."
Aras Innovator supports
the latest Microsoft software platform, including Windows 7 and Windows Server
2008 R2 with Hyper-V.