Posts Tagged ‘project’

PLM Solution Tailoring and Customization by End Users in Aras

May 29, 2012

MarcL: PLM solution should support tailoring, configuring and customizing by approved users for specific forms and workflows. Any changes to standard objects should be capable of being monitored and audit trails maintained with notification of changes to designated personnel.

Peter Schroer:

In Aras Innovator’s Model-based engine, access to modify the model (data dictionary, meta-data, etc) is controlled by the same authentication and access control rights as the end-user permissions.

The Aras Innovator PLM platform uses its own security model, to control its customization and administration.

Your company can choose which components of the “Model” (i.e. your company’s PLM solutions) to allow certain groups/departments of users to edit and maintain.

IT or app dev can maintain the entire PLM system or you can choose to delegate portions out to certain end users while keeping control over other parts of the system.

Delegation of the administration for Form Layouts, Workflow Processes, Project Templates, Lifecycle States and other business items are commonly moved out of IT to the power users that are process owners or functional managers with responsibility for process definition.

While responsibility for integrations and more complex system functions is kept under IT’s control.

This division of labor makes administration of a large deployment scope more manageable and creates local “ownership” by end users which encourages adoption and simplifies IT’s help desk duties as well.

Monitoring or oversight of changes made and audit trails is standard Aras Innovator functionality.

All changes made by end users are supportable and upgradable without impacting the customizations.

We provide training for you and your end users on how to tailor, configure and customize Aras Innovator, and you Do Not need to be a programmer or in IT to learn how to do it.

For additional information see ‘Making PLM Forms Look Exactly Like Existing Paper or Legacy Forms with Aras’ and ‘Lifecycle, Workflow and Other Types of Process Management in Aras’.

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Change Management Process Alerts and Audit Trails in Aras

May 16, 2012

MarcL: An audit-trail of change history should be maintained within the PLM solution which will provide a triggering mechanism to automatically launch activities and alerts (e.g., when a new version of a specification is approved, it is automatically sent to the appropriate individuals, groups, and roles).

Peter Schroer:

All three Aras process services (workflow, lifecycle, project) include triggering events on every Activity within process flow along with secure audit trail logging of every action taken.

Your PLM administrator can assign actions / rules to any of the triggers to initiate alerts and capture the real-world process results.

Any of the States in Lifecycles, Activities in Workflows, Tasks in Projects, etc can be assigned to either a person, or a Method (a script or program/service that executes an automatic set of actions).

Workflows once defined, are started automatically, escalate automatically, and resolve themselves into closed-loop processes automatically.

The audit-trail of what actions have occurred, who voted or took action, how they voted or what action was taken and time / date stamp on every action along with other information is visible at any time as long as the person has the proper permissions.

We provide training on how to implement, customize, integrate and optimize the use of these Aras Innovator change management functions and workflow process capabilities.

For additional information on workflow see the previous post ‘Lifecycle, Workflow and Other Types of Process Management in Aras’ and ‘Change Process Definition, SOA Workflow Service and Integration in Aras’ or check out the Posts Tagged ‘Workflow’.

Lifecycle, Workflow and Other Types of Process Management in Aras

April 23, 2012

MarcL: PLM solution Process Management Workflow functions should work in conjunction with the data Vault and Document Management functionality to provide the ability to define and implement various processes like Enterprise Engineering Change, Part Number Request, Supplier Approval, CAPA / SCAR, etc. based on business rules. Online workflows should be automated in terms of process step advancement, tracking, information distribution, and integrated with a company’s email for alerts and notifications.

Peter Schroer:

The Aras Innovator platform includes 3 primary process automation Web services:  Lifecycle, Workflow and Project.

All three services are integrated with your company’s email systems via SMTP like Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes and can send email notifications.  All three of these services are used for the distribution of information, notifications and alerts.

The 3 services differ in how work tasks are distributed to users, and how the scheduling of work is organized.

In Aras Innovator Lifecycle service is comparable to what most commercial PLM systems call “workflow”… it’s about State management,

while our/Aras Workflow service is comparable to an enterprise BPM system (business process manager) and can even be used as a stand-alone BPM system in a corporate SOA based enterprise architecture,  and…

Aras Project service is a stage-gate project scheduling and resource planning web service comparable to Oracle’s Primavera capabilities.

The out-of-the-box Aras solutions have a wide range of predefined processes using these 3 services together for things like change management, program management, etc.

All 3 of these services work with Aras document management and file vaulting capabilities, and our OOTB solutions use them as the basis for everything involving processes.

The Aras Innovator platform includes a graphical solution studio where you can customize and extend these capabilities as well as create entirely new process-based applications that use any combination of Lifecycle, Workflow and Project for your company’s needs.

These 3 process-oriented Web services are integrated hierarchically.   The architectural reason for three services is to simplify the administration of corporate PLM processes by eliminating the compromises and programming required to make a single purpose “workflow” engine fit real-world requirements.

We provide training on how to implement, customize, and optimize the use of these Aras Innovator process capabilities.


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