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Aras Announces New Search Capabilities Via Microsoft Live Search and GlobalSpec

By DE Editors

Aras announced today at SolidWorks World 2009 advanced search capabilities seamlessly embedded in the Aras Innovator suite for enterprise Product Lifecycle Management ]PLM]. The new Aras search functionality provides additional options for submitting queries in the Aras PLM environment and accesses cloud-based search services in Microsoft Live Search and GlobalSpec, an engineering part, product, and specification database on the Web.

Explaining that Aras has been experiencing 800 to 1,000 downloads every month for the past several months, company Chairman and President Peter Schroer said in a phone interview that the Aras Enterprise open-source business model appealed to both Microsoft and GlobalSpec, and helped forge those partnerships.

"Our introduction of cloud-based search capabilities brings the power of the Web to the enterprise PLM software environment so that engineering professionals can locate product information more quickly and cost effectively than previously possible," said Schroer. "In seconds a user can search millions of parts, BOMs, drawings, data sheets, specifications, suppliers, and quality information to find the right part at the lowest cost."

The new search functionality makes possible:

  • Parametric searching on GlobalSpec’s PartFinder and SpecSearch, providing access to a library of more than 24,000 OEM and distributor product catalogs spanning more than 177 million parts in 2.3 million product families
  • Full text searching on GlobalSpec’s Engineering Web vertical search engine index covering hundreds of millions of pages of product development content including engineering articles, technical research papers, material properties, product patents, standards, and more
  • Web searching using Microsoft’s Windows Live Search for instant access to the Internet
  • Enterprise searching using Windows Search 4.0, the next generation Microsoft enterprise search with support for a wide variety of languages including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and more.

"Windows Search Version 4 is new for Microsoft and is pretty powerful so it made sense to incorporate it," said Schroer, who noted Aras had signed up 20 partners in 2008. "]The] goal for 2009 is to ]sign] another 20 partners, working on a Russian language pack," he added. "Now it’s a matter of covering regions that we haven’t been able to cover before."

Aras search capabilities include the ability to save frequently used searches for additional convenience and instant reference. Complicated searches that are commonly conducted across the enterprise can be saved and shared to all users without creating custom reports to provide quick access to information such as "currently active engineering change orders" and "supplier qualification status."

"GlobalSpec is committed to providing the most comprehensive, accurate, and easy to search source of engineering, manufacturing, scientific, and technical information on the Web," said Jeffrey Killeen, chairman and CEO of GlobalSpec. "With advanced search from within the Aras PLM software solution out to the GlobalSpec online information services we are helping companies around the world reduce the cost and time it takes to bring new products to market."
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