About Aras Innovator

Aras Innovator is a web-based product lifecycle management software designed to help businesses across various industry verticals such as aerospace, defense, automotive, consumer packaged goods, energy, high-tech electronics, industrial manufacturing, life sciences, medical devices, shipbuilding and transportation.

Key features of Aras Innovator include requirements management, cost tracking, visual collaboration, bill of materials, document management, supplier collaboration, simulation management and technical documentation. Dynamic product navigation allows manufacturing teams to display PLM data using the 3D viewer generated through Tree Grid Query. Additionally, engineers can use the platform to trace simulation data in the digital thread...


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Windows 7, Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8, Windows 10

7 Reviews of Aras Innovator

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Overall

3.43 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

3.0

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September 2018

Anonymous

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Company Size: 201-500 employees

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2018

A Virtual Gold Mine

Using Aras, even without the added subscription services, is worth many man-years of development effort that is not needed.

Pros

The vast array of features that can be had for nothing more than the work of installing it. Aras Innovator is incredibly powerful, easy to use, and has a great support structure.

Cons

The installation process was a little burdensome.

July 2018

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Christel from The Woodbridge Group

Verified Reviewer

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

3.0

July 2018

Customizable but time consuming

It's made my job a lot easier. It keeps everything organized and it also is structured the way costing and pricing is done.

Pros

The software gave us one location to do cost, price, tooling and save data for quotes. It leaves less room for user error than Excel but it is Excel based so its user friendly. It is customizable.

Cons

The system is limited and time consuming to customize. The version we have runs off an old version of Internet Explorer. It can be very slow depending on your internet connection.

August 2018

Delaney from The Woodbridge Group

Company Size: 501-1,000 employees

Industry: Automotive

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

3.0

August 2018

ARAS Satisfaction: low

My overall experience using Aras Innovator has been poor. Something that should take minutes often takes me hours. The software is supposed to be a customized experience for companies, however everyone in the office (from all different disciplines) complain constantly about the functionality and speed of the process. The formatting of the reports are not easy to change and nobody seems to understand how to use it. The customer support is not there.

Pros

I like that the software allows our company to keep track of every quote and stores important information (such as Cost/Price details) to reference whenever it's needed.

Cons

It's not very user friendly - especially as a new user. I started working at my company over a year ago and I'm still having difficulty with figuring out a simple work around. It seems to have a lot of glitches. Our ARAS tech support also has issues working out simple kinks.

July 2017

David from ASCC

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Telecommunications

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

5.0

July 2017

This product is super great and feature rich. It follows he PMBOK framework closely!

The ability to drill down for information. The fact that it closely follows the PMOK framework. The features are awesome and there are so many.

Pros

I really like this product. It has so many feature and it follows the PMBOK framework. I really like the ease of use and the ability to drill down for more information. I was looking for a software that closely follows the PMOK framework and this was one of the best. It is a PPM and product life software that does an excellent job

Cons

It was a little tricky to install and set up. It has much to learn and can take some time to fully understand.

February 2021

Noah from Cubic Corporaton

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Industry: Defense & Space

Time Used: Less than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Customer support

1.0

Functionality

2.0

February 2021

All your data is just 100 clicks away with Aras Innovator!

Overall aside from the Altium connector feature, I have seen close to zero benefits since moving to Aras. It performs all the same basic functions, but I have to click way more often to get to anything. Updates are slow to improve and add functionality, and I don't feel better off since my company moved to Aras.

Pros

I don't think it is actually an Aras feature itself, but there are various "connectors" available that integrate different software packages with Aras. As an EE, I can open my CAD product (Altium) and directly push/pull things to/from Aras from my designer suite. Although my connector functionality has been broken for the last few months (unsure who is at fault), this is by far my favorite feature since using Aras (when it worked). Secondly, Aras has the ability to pull up PDF drawings without actually downloading them. When I just want to quickly check some drawing, this is a nice feature since I avoid hording 100s of drawings in my downloads folder.

Cons

I have had many struggles with Aras since my company migrated over a year ago to this system. Here are some key items: 1. Aras is very slow. When I sign off an ECO, typically my Chrome browser will ask me "do you want to kill the page or wait?" because it thinks the window has become non-responsive. I know better now, and go get coffee or check my emails until the page responds. 2. It seems to be difficult to make updates to Aras to improve functionality for the company. I've suggested many improvements, few of them seem to make it in, and when updates do get made there are typically issues when it is released and they have to patch their patch. It shouldn't be that hard. 3. My right index finger is getting extremely strong, from the 100s of mouse clicks I've performed since using Aras. All the data is there, but it can be very difficult to get to as you perform click after click to go through pages and tabs to your final destination. 4. I've come across features that apparently weren't implemented such as "Check For Completeness" under the actions menu-it would tell me my ECO was ready to move forward, only to sign off and it tells me fields are missing. There is also no indication of which fields are mandatory when creating parts/drawings, you find out through trial and error when trying to sign off on things. 5. BOM management is horrific in Aras. Ref designators would be truncated and we would find out from the manufacturers. Editing BOMs is very manual and error prone.

Reasons for Switching to Aras Innovator

The company forced the switch so that all units would be on the same system (which I don't have a problem with, if the switch is to a good product that helps me do my job).

January 2021

Quang from Cubic Corporation

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Industry: Electrical/Electronic Manufacturing

Time Used: More than 2 years

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Value for money

1.0

Functionality

2.0

January 2021

Better PLM tools out there than ARAS

I have no idea why my company picked ARAS, when there are so much more better PLM tools out there. My company had to create a committee to fix or add the features that ARAS lack. Why? We were forced to switch to ARAS from another product that is so much better. I definitely would not recommend ARAS to anyone. You will waste more time using it. There are better PLM tools out there, even though some may cost more.

Pros

Compared to other PLM tools out there, there is nothing I like about this software. If this is the first PLM software you use, maybe the pro is it is configurable, but then again, why do you need to custom configure it so much if it is not usable straight out of the box?

Cons

For ARAS to market itself as a PLM software, it certainly lacks even the most basic features of a PLM tool. For example, there is no Reference Designator field straight out of the box; you have to custom configure a field for it. Same with BOM notes. To release a brand new part, you have to go through ECO. Why? The part never existed in the first place; ECO is normally used to change an existing part. There are just too many clicks to go through to get the info you need. The ECO doesn't list the changes; you have to go into the part itself to see what the changes are. In summary, nothing is intuitive about ARAS. A good PLM tool is supposed to make your life easier; ARAS makes your life more complicated, and you waste so much time to get the info you need.

Reasons for Switching to Aras Innovator

Company forced us to switch because they are looking to have one PLM software across the entire company. They can do the same with Omnify or a better PLM software. I have no idea why they picked ARAS.

July 2019

Christian from GM

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Automotive

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

2.0

Functionality

2.0

July 2019

A step back in development

While advertised and sold as an improvement in a very large company, it appears to be a significant step backwards in productivity and efficiency. A sleek user interface is not worth frustrations resulting in software that is not up to the task and an implementation team that is lacking basic support from the source.

Pros

Visually it is appealing, there are features (such as copy/paste) that are useful and an improvement

Cons

As others have noted, it is exceptionally difficult to customize and tasks that previously took minutes now can take hours. The lead time to implement improvements based upon user feedback is tracked in years instead of weeks or months. Both Internet Explorer and Chrome freeze up and essentially stop while using the program, while IT flips back and forth on the recommended browser, seemingly without an understanding of the root of the problems. Boxes and data entries have to be manipulated in a specific order, otherwise errors will occur.