This morning I was on the phone with one of our Aras Open Users — a great automotive company doing some really cool stuff with Aras.

The tech quy was telling me all about their implementation and things that they have accomplished, including a custom app for production.  He filled me in on how one of their developers built it in just a few days.  Of course after it was released the production floor team asked for a tweak here, a tweak there, etc. – all easy to accomplish with Aras as the underlying platform.

After the third look-and-feel change request – which conflicted with a previous request – the developer decided it would be easier for everyone if he just made a configurable custom client.  The logic behind the custom client was that each user could make the app look and feel as it should for their work and preferences.  A couple of days later he delivered the first iteration to the production floor team and they absolutely loved it.  It solved the back-and-forth enhancements requests too as everyone could now work in the best fashion based on their role and responsibilities.

After I got off the phone with this open user I was sharing how cool this app was with one of my colleagues and remembered a presentation from a while back about special purpose, role based clients for PLM.  It was one of those little things that happens in the day that reminds me just how cool Aras is for developers and end-users alike, and I wanted to share it with all of you.

So here's a refresher. Take a look at the presentation below and perhaps you'll be inspired to knock out a special purpose client too.

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