Aras EPLM - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Aras EPLM?

Aras EPLM is a full-featured, business-ready product lifecycle management (PLM) software solution built on top of SolidWorks® Enterprise PDM. Aras EPLM extends EPDM and related engineering business processes throughout the company and supply chain, driving cross-functional collaboration enterprise-wide.

Why would my company need a PLM solution anyway?

If you don't know... then you probably don't need it. But, if your business is considering implementing a PLM system like Teamcenter® or Agile® and your company is committed to SolidWorks, then you might want to take a serious look at Aras Enterprise PLM. There's even a Return On Investment (ROI) calculator for SolidWorks EPDM which can provide the initial justification for data management to sr. management and prove how much PDM & PLM can save your business. And if you're a 'PLM-newbie' and want to learn more about PLM and how it can benefit your company, you can check out our informational site on PLM. It's got a lot of info on PLM and links to other sites to help you get educated.

What additional benefits / functionality does Aras EPLM add onto SolidWorks Enterprise PDM?

Aras EPLM enables you to include users company-wide in business processes and it provides out-of-the box functionality highly sought-after by SolidWorks Enterprise PDM users, including an Item-based Engineering Bill of Materials (BOM) ready for release to manufacturing, change management on an enterprise level, configuration management, AVL / AML, integrated project management for stage-gate processes, quality compliance and a lot more.

Why build Aras EPLM on top of SolidWorks Enterprise PDM?

SolidWorks Enterprise PDM does an outstanding job managing SolidWorks designs, but today's global businesses need more. You need processes that extend beyond engineering throughout the company. By building Aras EPLM right on top of EPDM, you get the added functionality your business needs at the enterprise level, without disrupting your SolidWorks designers or sacrificing your investment in Enterprise PDM.

Do we have to stop using SolidWorks Enterprise PDM when we start using Aras EPLM?

Absolutely NOT! The whole idea behind Aras EPLM is that you keep what works — SolidWorks EPDM — and extend it to achieve PLM success across your business. Your SolidWorks designers stay happy, you leverage your investment in EPDM and things get a lot better in the rest of the company.

We use SolidWorks 3D CAD, but don't have SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. Can we still use Aras EPLM?

Of course. Now just to be clear, Aras EPLM does require SolidWorks Enterprise PDM because it's built on top of it, so your company can get them together.

Will we have to change how we manage our CAD design process?

With Aras EPLM, it's business as usual for CAD file management in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

Does Aras EPLM have multi-CAD capabilities?

Absolutely. You get all the multi-CAD capabilities in SolidWorks Enterprise PDM including AutoCAD, Inventor, Solid Edge, Pro/E and of course SolidWorks. And if you use other CAD applications like CATIA, NX or EDA / ECAD applications like the Cadence and Mentor Graphics products, they're available as well.

Is Aras EPLM scalable?

Aras EPLM scales seamlessly as needed from a small workgroup implementation for you and your colleagues to a global multi-site deployment for thousands of users.

Is Aras EPLM secure?

You can turn on as much security as you need to satisfy even the most demanding regulatory environments. It's a hierarchical security model with roles and groups so you can achieve as granular a level of need-to-know security as required without making life difficult for everyone.

How much customization is required to use Aras EPLM?

There are two answers to this question: "None at all" and / or "As much as you'd like". Aras EPLM includes tons of functionality that is ready to use right out of the box. And because it has a familiar look & feel and runs in a standard Web browser, users throughout the company will be up and running in no time. When it comes to customization, Aras EPLM uses the same model-based SOA framework as Aras Innovator, enabling you to make real-time changes to business rules, forms, workflows, lifecycles and the data model without complex programming. So, you get the best of both worlds.

What kind of infrastructure do I need in order to run Aras EPLM?

You probably already have everything you need. Aras EPLM runs on the Microsoft platform, so all you need is a standard Wintel server with SQL, IIS and .NET, and end users access with an Internet Explorer browser to log in and get busy.

Is Aras EPLM available as open source like the Aras Innovator solutions?

Aras EPLM is a commercial offering (which means you buy it). We took our best open source solutions, included new out-of-the-box functionality that connects directly to EPDM, and packaged it all up to create a totally new offering that's optimized for companies that run SolidWorks.

What is a Subscription and why would I need one?

Aras Enterprise PLM is a commercial offering that is purchased by buying a subscription from a reseller to get access to the solution with a series of ongoing benefits as well. With a subscription your company gets the EPLM solution along with access to new releases, service packs, live support, administrative utilities, documentation and much more. There are no up-front license fees so it's a really simple and affordable way to buy software.

How is a Subscription priced?

Aras EPLM subscriptions are based on floating users (i.e. concurrent users) just like SolidWorks Enterprise PDM.

How is Aras EPLM different than Aras Innovator?

Aras EPLM is a commercial offering that provides pre-configured, out of the box functionality incorporated with SolidWorks Enterprise PDM. While Aras Innovator offers the same PLM features, it is not pre-configured for the SolidWorks environment with data and process integration to Enterprise PDM.

How do I get Aras EPLM?

Aras EPLM is available exclusively through select resellers. For more information please contact us.