Microsoft to Keynote Aras Annual User Conference, ACE 2019

Andersen Windows, Carestream Health, and General Motors set to present

ANDOVER, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — March 27, 2019Aras, the leader in open product lifecycle management (PLM) software for the enterprise, today announced that Microsoft will keynote ACE 2019, the global conference for the Aras community, taking place April 15-18 in Phoenix, AZ. In addition, Andersen Windows, Carestream Health, and General Motors are set to present.

This year’s conference is aimed at helping organizations solve their most pressing business challenges and chart a clear path toward Digital Transformation. ACE 2019 will bring together the best and brightest across industries – including automotive, aerospace and defense, and medical devices – to discuss the progress made and lessons learned from the challenges faced at the world’s leading manufacturers. During the three-day event, attendees will hear from dozens of thought leaders, Aras community members, executives, and industry experts. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in exclusive training courses and take advantage of networking opportunities with their peers.

Attendees can look forward to hearing presentations from:

  • Microsoft – Transforming the Organization: The Microsoft PLM Journey
    With increasing customer demands for new products and services, Microsoft needed to scale its processes and tools to support its growing businesses – devices and cloud. Making small changes was not an option. Microsoft required big and impactful transformations across people, processes, and tools, quickly – the equivalent of transplanting the heart of the product development engine while running a marathon. Boris Cononetz, Jr., Director, Enterprise PLM, and Erika Klein, Director, Cloud Hardware Engineering, will take a look back on what Microsoft learned and what is needed in the future to drive optimal organizational change.
  • Andersen Windows – Office Connector Use Case
    During their customer spotlight, Mike Bower, Engineering Change Services Manager, and Sherilyn Stalker, PLM Process Leader/Analyst III, will describe the benefits of fully exploiting the Aras Innovator Office Connector to ensure accuracy and trust in Andersen’s product specifications through automation.
  • Carestream Health – Project and DHF Management using Minerva Device PLM Solution
    Standardization of project documentation and Design History File deliverables are critical in a medical device environment. Eli Tuber, Engineering IT Process Manager, will explain how Carestream Health uses Aras Innovator’s document change management solution coupled with Minerva’s Medical Device PLM solution to manage commercialization and general projects effectively and much more.
  • General Motors – The Journey to Change Management on the Aras Platform
    In 2016, General Motors embarked on a project to replace the homegrown Change Management System with Aras Innovator. Since then, Aras Innovator has provided enhanced capabilities and a more robust workflow on a supported upgradeable framework.

“At Aras, we pride ourselves on having an open dialogue with the entire PLM community, and that truly shows at ACE events,” said Peter Schroer, CEO of Aras. “The presentations, sessions, and networking events are built to be fluid, engaging, and educational to the PLM community – whether attendees are Aras subscribers, open users of the Aras Innovator low-code platform, or even just starting their PLM journeys.”

Sponsors for the event include IpX, Minerva, Razorleaf Corporation, Seligent Consulting, The vdR Group, XPLM, Zionex, Axis Technologies, BigLever Software, Essig PLM, Flexur Systems, ITI, Kisters AG, Plural Technology, Praeses, Prolim, and Purdue University Department of Computer Graphics Technology.

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About Aras
Aras enables the world’s leading manufacturers of complex, connected products to transform their product lifecycle processes and gain a competitive edge. Aras’ open, flexible, scalable, and upgradable PLM platform and applications connect users in all disciplines and functions to critical product information and processes across the extended enterprise. Aras customers include Airbus, BAE Systems, GE, GM, Hitachi, Honda, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Microsoft. Visit and follow us on Twitter @aras_plm and LinkedIn.


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