How much is Aras investing in engineering support? Well, actually quite a bit. And that’s unusual today. If you look closely at the different PLM solution providers today, you see a lot of investment in areas outside of engineering.

Depending on which provider we are talking about, the investment in engineering might be minimal. What’s interesting about Aras is they have two main investment areas in the engineering side of things. One is with simulation process and data management. Aras acquired Comet Solutions, which is well known for automation capabilities with running simulation templates.

These are compelling capabilities. You can connect to several different tools for simulations and analyses. Now, what’s interesting about that is typical solution providers continue to offer that as an independent solution, and they will continue to do so. However, their vision is to break that down into web services and incorporate it into the core innovator PLM set.
So, you will be able to mix and match different simulation process data management capabilities with PLM capabilities. That’s one area.

A different and separate area is system engineering. Aras is developing a tool to not only manage data such as requirements, but also manage a full RFLP representation of a system. That includes requirements, functions, logical architectures, and physical architectures. This is, in part, because of the draw around more electronics and software around smart connected products. That’s the driving factor, but Aras is coming out with a new solution later this year.

Those are two distinct areas where they’re investing heavily to offer engineering capabilities, which nowadays, is a little bit unusual.