Open Standards & Low Code Platform Means Fast Implementation, Easy Adaption and Less Maintenance
A plethora of systems forms the backbone of the digital infrastructure in companies today, including enterprise systems such as ERP, CRM, CAx applications, and office tools. Usually, this results in fragmentation and isolated data silos.
With Minerva PLM, powered by Aras, you are able to get a backbone in place and integrate with a multitude of systems to reduce costs and maintenance time.
The modern enterprise requires a flexible integration platform to make processes across different systems more consistent, more reliable, and faster. The flexibility of the Minerva PLM platform is designed to have business-specific requirements built into the solution while still offering the ability to easily adapt and upgrade the software.
Key business benefits for IT
Integrating data between systems is essential, and it is important for companies to consider ease of integration. Harmonize your IT ecosystem with a platform that is able to interface with a variety of other enterprise systems and authoring tools.
No data silos
Break down departmental data silos
Reduce number of applications
Reduce the number of applications IT has to support
Out-of-the-box functionality combined with Low Code platform enables fast implementations, flexibility, and the ability to adapt to future requirements
Multitude of integration options with other applications
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With a single Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software you can have many disciplines integrated into one system.
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Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from R&D and Engineering. If you still have any questions, get in touch here.
Both Minerva PLM and Aras Innovator can run on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, OS X 10.14 (Mojave).
Minimum requirement CPU 2.0 GHz or higher.
Minimum requirement of memory 4 GB RAM or higher.
Windows Server 2012 or higher
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or higher
For more technical requirements, please, reach out to us here.
Aras Innovator was built from the ground up with integration in mind. It's simple to integrate a 3rd party system with Innovator since data and actions are accessible directly via the Innovator API. Usually, the more logical choice is for the integration to reside inside Innovator. This approach is even more straightforward since Innovator can leverage the flexibility of the .NET platform to communicate with any system that offers integration options. Whether it's a REST API, an XML-RPC API, a SOAP API, a direct database connection, or something else, Innovator can establish communication to synchronize or federate the data.
Some of the most common integrations are:
ERP Integration: With enterprise resource planning (ERP) integration you can synchronize your ERP and product lifecycle management (PLM) product data, structures, and workflow supporting part and BOM release and engineering change processes, ensuring accurate data is available at every step of the product development. The ERP integration allows for bi-directional exchange of documents, CAD files, BOMs, parts, classification, item status, and more.
CAD Integration: The CAD Integration allows designers and their extended supply chain to manage the design process and collaborate from one central application, independent of the CAD tools they use. It provides secure and consistent management of the creation, change, and archiving of information from popular MCAD and ECAD systems.
Office Integration: The Office Connector extends the benefits of PLM to Excel, Word, and Outlook. Users can manage documents and templates while working within the familiar, easy-to-use Microsoft environment.
With Minerva PLM, powered by Aras subscription, Minerva offers upgrade services including customizations and configurations at a fixed cost when your business needs it.
With Aras Innovator subscription, Aras guarantees and executes regular platform upgrades as part of the subscription including customizations and configurations.
The main goal is to shorten the delivery cycle of functionalities in production while improving collaboration, quality, and stability.
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Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) includes aspects of the business that manage, consume, or use product data. PLM is used to connect, organize, control, manage, track, consolidate, and centralize information that affects a product.
Just as important, PLM offers a process to streamline collaboration and communication between internal and external product stakeholders such as engineering, design, manufacturing, quality, partners, and other key disciplines.
Product lifecycle management is the foundation for the digital thread.
Product lifecycle management (PLM) software provides relevant parties of your complete supply chain with secure access to real-time data.
The most common benefits our customers experience from implementing PLM include:
- Decrease human error
- Improve R&D efficiency
- Faster lead time for product changes
- More time for innovation
- Lower costs of non-value added processes
- Improved quality
- Faster time-to-market / new product introduction
Two of the most common tools in the enterprise software system toolbox for manufacturers are Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).
ERP is a transactional system. It supports transactions on a specific version of product data, updating stock, forecasting, etc.
PLM manages the definition of a product. It is very good at baselining data, versioning data, etc.
Where PLM has its strength in product innovation, product definition, and engineering processes, ERP shows its strength in production planning and sales and invoice tracking, as well as other non-product-related areas such as accounting, human asset management, etc.
Both play an important role for the business, and when properly aligned, play complementary roles to help manufacturers achieve desired business results.
You can read more about the two systems in the white paper "ERP and PLM: How They Can Complement Each Other"
Minerva PLM, powered by Aras is an OEM version of Aras Innovator where Minerva has added solutions and functionality based upon our experience of more than 100 Aras implementations. In addition, we took the standard Aras solutions and preconfigured them so they reflect how the majority of our customers work. Our aim is to provide a PLM system that can be implemented quickly with as little implementation effort as possible while still providing you with the flexibility required to secure the system for future demands that may arise. Minerva PLM is targeted for the mid-size market (50-1000 users).
Technology depreciates. To stay current and not fall technologically behind, system upgrades should be done periodically.
How often these upgrades should be done is a rather individual decision. There are multiple factors influencing this decision like are the latest released features and capabilities relevant to our business; how well the organization has adapted to the software; how significant is the change over the current version; do you need to upgrade so close to the implementation completion; etc.
The flexibility of the Minerva PLM, powered by Aras platform is designed to have business-specific requirements built into the solution while still offering the ability to upgrade at a fixed cost when your business needs it.
With Aras Innovator subscription, Aras guarantees and executes regular platform upgrades as part of the subscription including all customizations.
Here you can find the planned roadmap and release notes for Minerva’s Solutions. The planned dates and planned functionality may change, so remember to check in regularly.