Competitive Analysis of ARAS, Autodesk, and Ansys

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Competitive Analysis of ARAS, Autodesk, and Ansys

Key Takeaways

  • The Aras PLM is an en-suite platform for an entire product ecosystem. The low-code platform provides flexibility for users to rapidly build/customize enterprise applications that span the entire product lifecycle.
  • Autodesk's PLM solution is called Vault PLM. It is a combination of Autodesk's Vault Professional and Fusion 360 Manage for enterprise-wide collaboration and product lifecycle management. Its capabilities include product data management, bill of materials management, change management, and quality management, among others.
  • Ansys offers a comprehensive portfolio of software products that are required in designing processes and products. It offers PLM solutions under the Connect product collection, which is used to create "an end-to-end digital thread for the entire product development process."

Introduction

We have completed the competitive analysis of ARAS, Autodesk, and Ansys, including a description of their PLM system offerings and capabilities, target market, competitive advantage, use cases, and brief summaries/links to case studies provided by each competitor. This information can be accessed from Column H-J of the attached spreadsheet. More information on the summary of our findings and research strategy have been provided below.

Summary of the Findings

  • The Aras PLM is an en-suite platform for an entire product ecosystem. The low-code platform provides flexibility for users to rapidly build/customize enterprise applications that span the entire product lifecycle. The applications and services offered by Aras through the PLM system include requirements engineering, systems architecture, product engineering, program management, component engineering, simulation management, manufacturing process planning, and technical documentation, among others.
  • Aras offers the most open enterprise platform on the market and integrates seamlessly with customers' IT ecosystem — enabling collaboration among diverse and/or distributed teams across the product lifecycle. This is one of its competitive edges.
  • Autodesk's PLM solution is called Vault PLM. It is a combination of Autodesk's Vault Professional and Fusion 360 Manage for enterprise-wide collaboration and product lifecycle management. Its capabilities include product data management, bill of materials management, change management, and quality management, among others.
  • As part of its broader portfolio of offerings, Autodesk targets the following markets: architecture, engineering & construction; product design & manufacturing; and media & entertainment.
  • Ansys offers a comprehensive portfolio of software products that are required in designing processes and products. It offers PLM solutions under the Connect product collection, which is used to create "an end-to-end digital thread for the entire product development process."
  • The Connect products include Ansys Cloud for cloud-based high-performance computing; Ansys optiSland for product simulation and optimization; Ansys Minerva for managing simulation process and product data; Ansys ModelCenter for creating and automating multi-tool workflows, optimizing product design, and enabling system models; and GRANTA MI Enterprise for managing materials information and product documentation.

Research Strategy

For this research, we primarily leveraged information obtained from the company websites, annual reports, LinkedIn, and other third-party sources to complete the competitive analysis of all competitors, including a description of their PLM system offerings and capabilities, target market, competitive advantage, use cases, and brief summaries/links to case studies provided by each competitor.

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