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Aras bolsters its low-code platform with enhanced supplier collaboration

18 July 2019

Aras, a platform provider for digital industrial applications, announced the availability of Aras Innovator 12.

The release features significant usability updates to the Aras web interface enabling greater efficiency for users across the extended enterprise. Platform enhancements also include even more powerful low-code capabilities for application modelling, graph visualisation and supply chain security.

Interface redesign

Organisations are facing a turning point where skilled workers are retiring, and a new generation is expecting software that works more efficiently with a simpler user experience. According to IDC, the two most important factors in workplace transformation are higher employee engagement and increased employee productivity which both require better software usability.

Aras Innovator 12 introduces an entirely new client experience to help people get their work done faster. The simplified interface makes Aras even easier to learn and use while a navigation redesign helps users find the information they need in fewer steps. Additional productivity improvements span all aspects of the suite.

Powerful new low-code application modelling capabilities

In Version 12, Aras continues to extend the platform’s modelling engine by adding new low-code capabilities called the Content Modelling Framework and Technical Documents Framework. These enable the creation of sophisticated data models composed of content at the paragraph, section and field level. The related items are collectively treated as a single entity for the creation and management of documents with impact analysis of changes.

Enhanced supply chain security

Version 12 further enhances secure web access to include new permission capabilities for need-to-know scenarios and geopolitical boundary related access restrictions. In addition, connected instance sync has been added to the platform for inside and outside the firewall deployments with supplier data from projects, programs or workspaces. The capabilities cover a wide range of supplier collaboration use cases while enabling companies to dynamically set-up and reconfigure highly specific supply chain access.

Digital Thread visualisation

Version 12 also adds graph view capabilities for users to visualise and navigate data structures throughout all applications on the platform – subject to user permissions – using a node-edge graph. Users can quickly see multiple views of data relationships in the Digital Thread for visual analysis of information across the lifecycle.

“Our digital transformation in engineering is intended to redefine usability for greater user productivity,” said Dirk Spindler, Senior Vice President R&D Processes, Methods & Tools at Schaeffler. “We contributed design ideas, inputs and use cases to the new user experience in Aras and are excited for this latest release.”

“Aras Innovator 12 is all about making complicated things easier – supplier access, application modelling, Digital Thread traceability, business-critical application usability – so we can all be more productive,” said John Sperling, Senior Vice President of Product Management at Aras. “Whether you’re trying to hire and retain tech-savvy workers or changing suppliers as trade policies fluctuate, Aras has unique features to support your global operations.”


Aras Innovator 12 is available immediately and an open distribution download is available at Downloads and Support.

Aras subscribers are guaranteed compatibility and receive upgrades with upgrade services on all applications including customisations. For more information, visit the Subscriber Portal.

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