If you do not actively follow the PLM market, you may not have heard of ARAS Innovator. Innovator is a web-based package that offers a suite of solutions for Product Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Quality Management, and Global Supplier Management. Although there are a number of vendors active today in these spaces, ARAS Innovator’s business model and architecture make it somewhat unique. ARAS offers a base platform (Innovator), as well as a series of prebuilt industry solutions like Program Management, Quality Planning, or Product Engineering (these are called Innovator Solutions).
ARAS’s business model is the first thing that most people notice about them because anyone is free to download and use ARAS Innovator. The fee structure for most PLM software involves an upfront licensing and recurring/annual maintenance or subscription costs. ARAS provides the Innovator software without licenses (and therefore without license fees), but does offer a subscription service. While the subscription is optional, it does provide a number of benefits including support, software certification, utilities, training, updates, and upgrades. ARAS provides Innovator using a licensing model called Enterprise Open Source. As “Open Source” intones, Innovator and the pre-packaged Innovator Solutions can be used at no cost and the source code of the pre-built Solutions is available and freely modifiable. For those companies on subscription, a Community Source model (a variant of Open Source) makes the source code of the core Innovator infrastructure available and freely modifiable.
ARAS combines prebuilt solutions using Internet standards on a Microsoft platform with an Open Source model to provide a truly unique package in the PLM market. For more information on ARAS Innovator, please contact us.