Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 - Your AGILITY of 2014

You’ve been asking about it and now it’s nearly here! I’m excited to give you the low-down on what’s happening with Agile PLM related activities at the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 (and also about writing my first blog article as Kerrie Jordan!)

First of all, what is it? The Value Chain Summit held February 3-5, 2014 at the newly renovated McEnery Convention Center (check out these cool videos of the revitalized venue) in San Jose, California, is the top Oracle supply chain and product value chain event of the year, and the most effective way to build your team’s knowledge, network, and excitement.  In the Product Value Chain tracks we're welcoming speakers from industry leaders including Motorola Solutions, Hologic, and NBTY (we'll be announcing more soon but wanted to give you a taste).  This year's theme is Empowering the Modern Value Chain, as we're inviting you to explore with us a variety of the latest issues in supply chain such as the cloud, social innovation, in-memory applications, big data, internet of things and new mobile use cases.

Why would you come? If you’re taking a fresh look at your product-related processes and searching for the right learning opportunity, this conference is for you. Maybe you miss seeing fellow Agile users, feel nostalgic for AGILITY, or want to challenge your dedicated Agile PLM team here at Oracle with your toughest questions. Whatever your interest in PLM, there's something for you at OVCS.  There will be many familiar faces and new ones so register now if you haven’t yet. The Early Bird Registration rate is $495, and we’ve extended the deadline to December 20. Now let’s get into the details…

Customize Your Experience at the Value Chain Summit

The Oracle Value Chain Summit brings together more than 1,000 business professionals to learn how smart companies are transforming their supply chains into information-driven value chains. This unparalleled experience will give you the tools you need to drive innovation and maximize revenue, whatever your organizational goals. Choose from more than 200 sessions covering every aspect of supply chain management: Product Value Chain, Procurement, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, and Value Chain Planning.

Our headlining Keynote Speaker is Geoffrey Moore, renowned author, speaker and business advisor to many leading companies and an inspiration to many of us in the Product Lifecycle Management discipline. More speakers will be announced on the event website in the next few days.

Product Value Chain Solution Area

The Product Value Chain Solution Area is where you’ll find the Agile PLM, Agile PLM for Process, Product Hub, and AutoVue sessions, as well as learn about our upcoming release of Oracle Innovation Management. This area features four tracks of sessions, hands-on workshops, and solution demonstrations followed by industry groups for more focused discussion. We’ll have four general sessions throughout Tuesday and Wednesday featuring inspiring industry speakers. We will be releasing Agile PLM, PIM, Process, and AutoVue customer speaker names, partners and an agenda on the event website in the next few days.

Track: Product Insights & Best Practices.  This track provides executive attendees and line of business managers with an overview of how customers leverage Agile PLM to enable critical product-related business processes to achieve value.

Track: Product Deep Dives & Demos.  This track delivers line of business and IT managers a better understanding of the benefits associated with expanding your Agile PLM footprint. Sessions delve into some of the most inspiring use cases.

Track: Administration & Integration.  This track features sessions for Agile administrators, managers and daily Agile PLM users who are preparing to upgrade or looking to extend the use of their current PLM implementation. Sessions include deeper conversations about features and successfully managing the full infrastructure.

Track: PLM for Process and Product Information Management (PIM). This track provides the opportunity to learn about Oracle’s Agile PLM for Process solution tailored for process industries, as well as PIM solutions such as Oracle Product Hub and Enterprise Data Quality for improving the integrity of data enterprise-wide.

Industry-Focused Sessions for PLM Use Cases.  During the last sessions on Wednesday, attendees meet in industry focus groups to facilitate deeper discussion of key issues in High Tech, Life Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, and Consumer Goods.

A New Era of Supply Chain Experience

This year we’re very excited to offer new networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Check out the VCS User Experience Area where you can test drive demos of the latest products on iPads. Enjoy lunch with like-minded professionals during Birds of a Feather discussion tables.   Hear about the latest advances in In-Memory Applications, and learn from 120 experienced sponsoring partners. We’re doing all we can to make this year’s event is the most valuable conference you’ll visit in 2014. Please register and I’ll see you in San Jose!

Join the Oracle Value Chain Summit Group on LinkedIn and follow Kerrie on Twitter @KerJordan and #OVCS

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Registration to Oracle Value Chain Summits USA and Europe open!

We are excited to announce that the registration to Oracle Value Chain Summits USA and Europe is open!

US: February 3-5, 2014, San Jose, CA
Europe: March 18-19, 2014 in Amsterdam, Netherlands

The events bring together thought leaders, executives, business process owners along with industry and technology experts in an intimate and interactive setting.

The Summits will feature industry keynotes, strategic presentations, hands-on sessions and customer case studies across several solution areas, including Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management.

Act now and reserve your place!
Europe: http://www.oracle.com/goto/vcsummit14
US: http://www.oracle.com/goto/ovcs

Wednesday Oct 23, 2013

Launching Agile PLM 9.3.3!

Ten months ago we announced the availability of Agile PLM 9.3.2. Today I have the great pleasure to announce availability of Agile PLM 9.3.3 and AutoVue for Agile PLM 20.2.2 - both are immediately available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. In this same timeframe our team has also published Oracle PLM Mobile 1.0, EC MCAD 3.1, and EC MCAD 3.2.

Agile PLM 9.3.3 focuses on improving management business processes, improving management of intellectual property, and overall product improvements based on customer feedback. In this short timeframe, we have made very significant progress on all three fronts. The Agile PLM 9.3.3 What’s New Whitepaper discusses all of the new capabilities.

Looking forward, we will continue to deliver new releases with laser focus on solving real business problems and making users more productive. With our release of Innovation Management, you will be seeing dramatic new capability to help manage the innovation funnel and the processes to determine what product projects to fund. You will also see us continue this accelerated cadence in releasing new features for Agile PLM.

All Agile PLM 9.3.3 Documentation is now available, including an initial version of the Capacity Planning Guide (CPG). As usual, we will be updating the CPG in a few months when we complete our performance and breakpoint testing.

Like with other recent Agile PLM versions, the Product Management team has recorded Transfer of Information (TOI) sessions to educate you about the new features. The TOI sessions can be accessed in My Oracle Support on note 1589164.1.

As with all other releases, we have also published new versions (1.7.5) of Averify (Patch ID 17583605) and AUT (Patch ID 17583592) in My Oracle Support.

Again this year I look forward to seeing many of you at the Oracle Value Chain Summit (February 3-5, San Jose, CA), to talk more about this new release and all of the fascinating ways our customers and partners are driving business value with Agile PLM.

Monday Sep 30, 2013

Is product innovation working for you?

First results of the "Oracle Innovation Management Survey: Are you getting the maximum Return on Innovation?" show 80% of companies see Innovation as a Top 3 priority. 82% report needing to improve their innovation investment decision making, and 91% have too many innovation projects for the available resources. Harvard Business Review aligns with these result, and says Innovation Isn’t Just About New Products...

Tell us what you think! Participate in the ORACLE INNOVATION MANAGEMENT survey and receive a complimentary research report. All you need to do is to invest 10 minutes. As a reward, you will gain insight into:

  • Top challenges impacting return on innovation
  • How companies are looking to improve their innovation management processes
  • How your company’s experiences benchmark with those of other leading organizations

Participate in the online survey (for german version go here, and for french version go here).

survey

Monday Sep 16, 2013

Oracle's Unique Device Identifier Solution: A 3-Step Approach to FDA Compliance

By Todd Hein, Senior Director of Life Sciences, Oracle

In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act was signed to improve patient safety by improving the flow of information on medical devices. This legislation is anticipated to be enforced within the next 12-18 months and, at minimum, requires Class II and Class III medical devices distributed in the U.S. to carry a Unique Device Identification (UDI), a unique numeric or alphanumeric code with an identifier specific to each device or model as well as an identifier with current production information.

The FDA's vision for the UDI system is to provide global visibility and support the following improvements in the medical device processes:

  • Allow more accurate reporting, reviewing and analyzing of adverse event reports so that problem devices can be identified and corrected more quickly.
  • Reduce medical errors by enabling health care professionals and others to more rapidly and precisely identify a device and obtain important information concerning the characteristics of the device.
  • Provide a standardized identifier that will allow manufacturers, distributors and healthcare facilities to more effectively manage medical device recalls.
  • Provide a foundation for a global, secure distribution chain, helping to address counterfeiting and diversion and prepare for medical emergencies.
  • Lead to the development of a medical device identification system that is recognized around the world.

In order to help medical device companies to streamline the process and achieve UDI compliance in the short timeline available, Oracle has announced the 3-Step UDI Solution that combines enhanced business processes with data capture to achieve UDI compliance at a low total cost of ownership. Keeping with the theme of simplicity, the comprehensive Oracle solution achieves UDI compliance in three simple steps:

  1. Source, cleanse and validate legacy UDI attributes for each shippable SKU
  2. Process and manage UDI, Global Trade Information Number (GTIN) and SKU hierarchies
  3. Extract and submit accurate data to the Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID) and Global Data Synchronization Networks (GDSNs)

To develop the 3-Step UDI solution, Oracle worked closely with the FDA to gain a better understanding of the requirements, and also worked directly with the several leading medical device companies to ensure specific business challenges were addressed. Through a partnership with Inspirage, an Oracle Platinum Partner; the resulting solution provides a "Rapid Start" template approach to ensure that the aggressive FDA deadlines can be met.

The value of deploying this solution is not just limited to meeting FDA compliance mandates. With the underlying technology in the Oracle UDI solution, medical device companies have a strong foundation to expand parallel business processes across the enterprise for compounding business benefit.

The 3-Step UDI Solution demonstrates Oracle's commitment to addressing the unique requirements of the medical device industry. Combining industry knowledge with a comprehensive product line and partner expertise, Oracle is well-positioned to create valuable solutions to assist all medical device companies.

To learn more about the Oracle 3-Step UDI Solution, click here.

 

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Focus on Product Value Chain Schedule Published

The buzz around Oracle OpenWorld is heating up!  Before heading to San Francisco, take a moment to read the Focus On Product Value Chain document, a list of PLM-related sessions, demos, activities and more at #oow13 available via the OpenWorld website.

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Can't decide which events look right for you?  Here's my TOP 3 list of must-attend activities:

  1. Networking with PLM Partners Brunch Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at B Restaurant: Agile PLM users and interested customers have the opportunity to meet with PLM partners and other Agile PLM users to discuss a PLM topic of their choosing, over delicious breakfast at the nearby B Restaurant.  This has been an OpenWorld favorite for our PLM customers the past two years, and shouldn’t be missed.  Registration is required, so please email terri.hiskey@oracle.com for more information.
  2. SCM and PLM General Sessions Monday at 10:45 a.m. for SCM and 12:15 p.m. for PLM:  So technically this is a list of Top 4 must attend activities, but believe me, with all the bustle of OpenWorld attending general sessions is the best way to hone your schedule and kickoff the week.  Hear the latest updates directly from the solution area management team, and even find out what’s in store for the upcoming Value Chain Summit 2014.
  3. SCM Networking Reception  Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the John Colins Restaurant: All SCM and PLM customers are welcome, so join us!  But keep in mind, drop-ins will not be admitted.  Registration is required, so please visit  http://www.oraclepartnerevent.com/2013/oow-scm-reception/email.html to make your reservation.

Have your own recommendations or interested in more info about any of the sessions?  Let us know!

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Oracle Unveils Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile

Oracle Unveils Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile
We're pleased to feature a blog entry by guest author John Kelley, vice president of product value chain strategy, Oracle

There’s no doubt that the workforce is becoming more mobile with every passing day. And while the mobile workforce offers organizations many benefits, it can pose a challenge to effectively managing complex product lifecycle processes.

To address this challenge and enhance decision making and productivity across the entire lifecycle of a product, Oracle today announced Oracle’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile.  Part of Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management, the new mobile application enables users to quickly, easily and securely access PLM data from any location on their iPad and turn it into valuable and actionable insights. Or in other words, say goodbye to approval bottlenecks!

Built on Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile, the new Oracle PLM Mobile for Agile application supports strategic and operational decision making and also enables partners to quickly and easily develop and expand applications and processes for Agile PLM customers. With access to comprehensive features and capabilities, users can securely review, respond and react to a broad range of Agile PLM Product Management Workflows. This includes default and configured:

  •  PLM change orders and change requests from a range of sources including engineering, manufacturing, packaging and document.
  •  PLM quality issue workflows including customer complaints, field requests and problem reports.
  •  PLM quality management workflows including corrective action and preventative action (CAPA) processes.
  •  PLM supplier quality workflows including Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCAR) and Non-Conformance Reports (NCR).

In addition, Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile enables users to initiate, execute and manage report quality issues and process flows by providing the mobile capabilities needed to:

  •  Input audit findings and issues on-site, with dynamic links to product quality information and status.
  •  Take advantage of cameras within mobile devices to record dynamic views of any findings as supporting evidence.
  •  Initiate related NCR, problem reports, SCAR, and corrective action requests (CAR), during the audit process.

Last but not least, the new release also supports organizations with outsourced manufacturing and process suppliers by enabling them to conduct on-site supplier audits with access to the product record as needed to manage the process, hasten finding resolution and approve certification.

The combination of all the new capabilities makes it easier than ever to securely access and manage PLM data at any time or from any location. To see how Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile can help your organization, please watch the demo video.

Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

New On-Demand Webcast: How Leading Brands Use Product Quality as a Differentiator

Last week Oracle and Kalypso jointly held a webcast showcasing some of the inspiring ways companies leverage Agile Product Lifecycle Management applications as a foundation for comprehensive Enterprise Quality Management.  If you happened to miss it, don't fret!  The webcast is now available On-Demand.   

Why should you watch this webcast? 

Product quality is a powerful differentiator: surveys consistently prove it is a top influence in consumer buying decisions. And since technology has made quality ratings so easily accessible to the market, companies are under increasing pressure to ensure the highest possible quality and to resolve issues quickly. But many companies are not fully equipped to manage this dynamic. Is your organization prepared to confidently design quality and compliance into your new products, and quickly access, analyze and resolve problems when they surface anywhere in your value chain? To prevent poor quality from affecting great products, leading brands take a comprehensive approach to managing both supplier and product quality, deploying Product Quality Management (PQM) solutions as a part of their overall Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) roadmap. Please take a moment to watch this On-Demand Product Quality Webcast with speakers Joe Erickson of Oracle and Fred Brown of Kalypso featuring an informative discussion on how Agile PLM and PLM for Process can help your company prepare for and manage your product quality and regulatory requirements.

There's even a special offer included in the webcast... watch it today to find out! 

Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Hot Off the Press: Oracle Publishes Agile PLM E-Book

We’re pleased to share with you our new Oracle e-book, all about Agile PLM!  This online publication offers a mobile-friendly, interactive learning experience to explore PLM topics, including:

• Benefits of taking a strategic, enterprise approach to managing the lifecycle of a product

• How to identify and overcome the obstacles preventing your ideas from converting into profitable products

• Quick overview video and descriptions of the solutions comprising Oracle’s Enterprise PLM solutions

• Analyst perspectives and customer stories, including 4 testimonial videos from JDSU, Medtronic, Market America, and Alcatel-Lucent.

It takes just a moment to download, so check it out today!

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Accelerates Innovation while Protecting IP with AutoVue for Agile

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a full-service semiconductor foundry with a global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company quickly grew to be the second-largest foundry in the world, providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 160 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany, and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the flexibility of having secure manufacturing centers that span three continents.

We sat down with Kishan Shah, Manager of PLM Practice at GLOBALFOUNDRIES so that he can explain how Oracle AutoVue integrated with Oracle Agile PLM supports the company’s mission of “turning sand into gold” ; enabling collaborative design-for-manufacturing and fostering innovation, all while protecting critical intellectual property.

You can watch the video interview by clicking here. A customer success story is also available on Oracle’s website

Friday Apr 12, 2013

European Focused Discussions about Product Lifecycle Management and related solutions

The PLM Café Blog is a European focused, cross industry discussion on ways to better manage product data and the entire product lifecycle from idea to end of life. It is specifically focused on business pains and solutions, and specifically geared towards the European market. 

You might want to check out the recent posts:

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Review of the 1st European Value Chain Summit in Cologne, March 19-20, 2013

We have completed our 1st European Value Chain Summit in Cologne, with great success. More than 300 attendees have seen a great program that addressed all our 7 target industries in the Enterprise PLM Summit, followed by PLM Customer Advisory Board (CAB) sessions and the Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings on CAD integration. Combined with the Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summits, we provided a very interesting program for prospects and for current customers, also highly praised by our partners. We provided excellent networking opportunities, and held deep discussions on Value Chain Transformation strategies. All direct and indirect comments we have got from customers, partners and also from Oracle colleagues are extremely positive. The alchemy we targeted with a mix of customers, partners and Oracle presentations, with hands-on workshops, with networking time during the event and dinner, worked beyond expectations. The visible presence from our North American colleagues from Product Strategy and Development was understood as a clear corporate support to our industry strategies for Enterprise PLM in Europe. Overall, with this Summit we experienced a very strong community feeling among all attendees. From March 19-20, really Cologne was the place to be!

General Event Overview and Statistics

All seats in the main conference room were taken, when Derren Nisbet, Oracle Western Europe Specialist Sales Leader, introduced the conference concept and agenda: With this first Value Chain Summit, we were bringing together the best of the best, including the Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management for the Product Value Chain, we added Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution as 3 Solution Summits under one roof to create a comprehensive conference that included more than 40 sessions across all of the value chain solution areas.

audienceWith a number of 338 confirmed total registrations, actually 302 attendees really made it to Cologne: This is a really low no-show rate, indicating that the ecosystem we operate in is stable, and that our customers show a strong commitment. We had attendees from 23 different countries (Belgium, Bosnien & Herzigovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA) – so this really was an international atmosphere we were operating in. A very nice atmosphere also could be experienced in the networking dinner in a typical "Kölsch" venue!

Around 65% of total attendees were specifically interested in the PLM summit sessions.

The Value Chain umbrella under which we placed the 3 Summits was reasonably well understood for a first time, although more is needed to support the concept. However, already now the overall perceived value is quite high. CIMdata and Cambashi, the two PLM market analysts that we invited, were highly impressed by the level of the presentations, by the number of attendees and by the expertise that customers, partners and Oracle teams demonstrated all along. In the next few days, summit participants will receive an email with the link to a follow-up portal. On this portal, they will find links to the presentations that are agreed to be available to the public, as well as photos from the event.

Strategic sessions in the Value Chain Summit

The “massive” impression from Philip Morris and Novartis presentations set the tone very early in the agenda and put everyone in a listening mode. We earned a very high vote of confidence from customers and partners on the Product Value Chain strategy we are developing for each of our target industries. In his keynote, Jon Chorley gave the audience an insight into strategies on how to accelerate Value Chain Transformation. He described the Value Chain Transformation Maturity curve: How to move from Fragmented Silo-Based Processes (Limited Collaboration based on Spreadsheets & Manual Processes) via improved Internal, transactional Processes, Data Integration (based on Standardization, Integration, Foundational) and improved Point Capabilities (Selective Demand, Supply Improvements, with some advanced capabilities & best practices) to an Integrated & Aligned Value Chain with Multi-Enterprise Orchestration. With Value Chain Transformation and a well orchestrated Product Value Chain, our customers are enabled to create winning products, drive market innovation, design for supply, and commercialize rapidly.

In his presentation “From idea to manufacturing” Patrick Deconfin, Manager IS Product Development, Philip Morris International, spoke about how PMI manages all Reference Product Specifications globally in Oracle Agile PLM. PLM is key for PMI to support new product development, with high energy and a common vision. What started with a Packaging Lifecycle project back in 2004, is now a fully-fledged PLM system, embarking PLM Analytics, managing the creation of all product specifications worldwide, with stage-gate project management, handling of finished products, Bill of Materials, Suppliers, and Quality Management. It helps cope with complexity, integrate multiple stakeholders, enable a global operating model, streamline the organization and increase speed to market.

Further in the PLM Summit track, around 200 people wanted to learn “How to eat a dinosaur”. This presentation by Antonio Mazzariello, Novartis, highlighted how to orchestrate “Information Management in Pharmaceutical Industry”. Antonio is the Project Leader of the Novartis Change Control Excellence project, which is part of their overall Product Lifecycle Management Methodology and the Novartis Product Lifecycle Excellence strategy.

In their presentation, Denis Senpere (VP Enterprise PLM, EMEA) and John Kelley (VP Strategy, Product Value Chain Solutions) discussed the Oracle Enterprise PLM Strategy for the Product Value Chain. According to CIMdata, Oracle is the #2 Worldwide Vendor for Enterprise PLM in 2011, with again the highest growth in the Top 5. Many of the Gartner Top 25 Supply Chain companies are using Oracle Enterprise PLM solutions alongside their SAP ERP installations. As John pointed out, with Oracle, companies can achieve Product Value Chain Transformation. He specifically highlighted the new Fusion Innovation Management solution and PLM Analytics, and gave an overview of the Product Value Chain Roadmap. The investment areas are clearly:

  • #1 Invest in the core PLM use cases across all PLM Product Lines
  • #2 Invest in Commercialization Use Cases
  • #3 Invest in the Fuzzy Front-End Of Innovation
  • #4 Invest in Analytics to Expose Business Value

Value Chain Research: Managing the Value Chain in turbulent times

In the early morning of day 2, Dynamic Markets presented the results of their Independent Market Research (commissioned by Oracle), a quantitative research with senior decision makers in large organizations in 9 countries across EMEA (UK, France, Germany, Russia, the Nordics, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the UAE). A total of 677 surveys were collected from companies with more than 250 employees. The report really shows shocking statistics that prove that companies are well advised to look into Oracle Value Chain solutions to overcome difficulties which were identified.

  • Two-thirds (63%) of EMEA companies have experienced disruption to their value chain due to unpredictable events in the last 12 months.
  • On average, it has taken 2.1 months to get back to ‘business as usual’ following such incidents.
  • The average cost to date has been €519,838 per incident per company; but this is as high as €20.4M in one company.
  • Only 25% have performed a risk assessment on all elements of their value chain.
  • 79% have to comply with at least 1 type of legislation / trade regulation that affects their value chain, but 30% have been non-compliant during the last 12 months.
  • Not all companies are able to gather a comprehensive set of product / service line data, and among those who can, on average it takes 3 weeks to complete this task.
  • 85% say departments / groups in their organization struggle to provide timely data and information relating to products and services - those in customer services and finance think their own departments are the worst.
  • 94% think there are barriers to internal communication and collaboration within their company and 61% blame data and / or technology problems.
  • Also, 87% think barriers exist to external communication and collaboration with customers / suppliers - and 56% blame data and / or technology problems.
  • When conducting promotional campaigns in the last 2 years, 71% have seen a negative impact on the company as a direct result.
  • Just 12% measure all the elements that they feel are important to measure.

Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summit Customer Sessions

As part of the inaugural Oracle European Value Chain Summit, a dedicated Value Chain Execution and Value Chain Planning track included presentations by several leading global companies, like IKEA, Lufthansa Technik Logistik, Oracle Sun, Uponor, Lafarge, Smith Medical, Ferring, British Gypsum, Red Dot Corporation, and Zebra Technologies. Alan Braithwaite, visiting professor at Cranfield University, explained the importance for companies to have visibility of their Supply Chain to react swiftly and agile to the changes of the modern business. Companies that make use of Supply chain systems show a higher delivery rate, higher customer satisfaction and a higher profit margin.

Enterprise PLM Innovation Award for Prof. Dr. Martin Eigner

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Eigner is a well known expert for Product Lifecycle Management and CAD/CAM. Back in 1985 he was the founder and CEO of the EIGNER + PARTNER GmbH, and CTO of EIGNER Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts (USA). In August 2003, Eigner Inc. was acquired by Agile, which later in 2007 was acquired by Oracle for 495 Mio $. In July 2001, Martin founded the consulting company ENGINEERING CONSULT, and since October 2004 was appointed the professorship for virtual product development at the University Kaiserslautern, Germany. In parallel, he is a visiting professor at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany and University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a honorary professor of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Karlsruhe University. It was a special honor for Denis Senpere, Oracle Vice President Enterprise PLM EMEA, to hand over the Oracle Enterprise PLM Innovation Award 2013 to Prof. Dr. Eigner. This was a special appreciation for the dedication, hard work, expertise and innovation that Martin Eigner has brought to the world of product development. Even today, we are working with more than 160 customers who have purchased the former Eigner software, which evolved into today’s Oracle Agile PLM for Industrial Manufacturing (Agile e6).

Industry sessions: PLM for Food and Beverage, Retail, LifeSciences, High Tech / Electronics and Industrial Manufacturing

TysonKim Glenn, Tyson Foods Director Research & Development showed in her presentation “Increase Visibility, Improve Innovation” how Tyson has overcome the difficulty of balancing Innovation vs. Quality & Compliance. Thanks to the implementation of Agile PLM for Food and Beverage (Agile for Process), they have been able to move away from 11 Giant Filing Cabinets to one trusted Online Location. They have significantly improved audit efficiency through visibility of suppliers by item and by company. Tyson has implemented Supply Chain contingency planning with the ability to easily identify components affected by supplier change, and great visibility of supplier documentation – including audits and documentation of company actions. Electronic workflows ensure that appropriate reviews occur.

Benefits for Tyson Foods are:

  • Improved Speed to Market
  • Better Supplier and Product Quality
  • One Innovation Platform for All

In the respective PLM for Food and Beverage breakout sessions we were able to welcome 50 attendees to listen to the case studies about Amadori, United Biscuits and at Raisio. It was great to hear about their specific projects and PLM journey and about the value of their implementation partners SinfoOne and CGI Finland.

With regards to Retail, there were several relevant presentations. Most prominent, Anna Edvardsson from ICA Sweden (former part of Ahold group with around 2,100 own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway and the Baltic countries) described how to lay the foundation for competitive Product Development in Retail. ICA Sweden is one of Sweden’s leading retail companies with Food, Non-food and Nearly-food products. In 2012, ICA Sweden took the first step of implementing Oracle’s PLM tool, based on a need to lay the necessary foundation for further growth within the focus area Private Label. The PLM solution was delivered on time and budget in ten months by a joint team Accenture + Oracle Consulting Services. The presentation showed why ICA found the introduction of PLM as inevitable, and what they have accomplished:

  • Uniform way of working for all ICA’s Product Development
  • PLM necessary for completed ISO-certification
  • Transparency in process gives support for decision-making and taking action throughout the development and the whole life cycle of articles
  • Better support in deciding what products to launch
  • Better support in prioritizing maintenance of current assortment
  • Better support for following-up different types of projects and the time each project phase takes
  • A common source of information for our Product Development and Private Label assortment

Sachin Patel from our Product Management highlighted how to implement multichannel commerce with PIM / PDQ and Endeca. So in the summit we covered our complete offering for the Retail industry with Multichannel Product Catalog and Private Label Retailing.

There were also great presentations for everyone interested in Life Sciences: Adding to the presentation from Novartis, Smith Medical and Ferring Pharmaceuticals presented in the all-hands keynote. These companies have started their Value Chain Transformation journey in the areas of Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution. However, they are now ready to further move up the VC Transformation maturity curve and look into Oracle Enterprise PLM. Covering their experience with Oracle PLM in the Medical Device industry,Vibeke Nyrop, GN Resound, highlighted how to achieve FDA compliance with Agile PLM. As a medical device manufacturer, GN ReSound must meet stringent product data control regulations. GN ReSound facilitates compliance with Agile PLM as the foundation for the company’s new, global, product information and documentation environment, which provides a complete overview of all products and parts.

Several presentations were given by customers from the High-Tech Electronics industry: Freescale, Cameron, and Domino Printing reported on Protection of Intellectual Property, Obsolescence Management, and CAD Integration.

In the area of Industrial Manufacturing: Doosan Skoda Power, Marel and SPX Cooling presented their PLM success stories and praised the strong backbone capabilities, deep CAD integration and world-class engineering functionality of Agile e6 for managing complex machinery businesses, often unique to a given customer, and requiring worldwide servicing. AutoVue for Agile was recognized as a unique Enterprise Visualization solution that is the natural companion for Agile PLM. More and more customers use AutoVue for supplier collaboration on documents, on packaging documents, on drawings, on 3D mechanical models, on electromechanical models, all under control of the Agile PLM backbone for traceability.

Product sessions on Innovation Management, Product Roadmaps and Strategies

PLM has been adopted by many companies in the world today. 65% of the CPG Industry has adopted PLM for at least specification management and new product development process management: But is that making them better innovators? Market leaders have a more holistic view of innovation. Fusion Innovation Management brings this holistic view from Oracle. We enforce a model in which the wall is gone between PLM and the rest of the Value Chain, and where a company has one holistic view from Idea to Retirement. Fusion Innovation Management is a solution which brings end-to-end data together and shows fit with Business & Innovation Strategy. Accountability becomes clearer for a product during its entire lifecycle, from end-to-end, and with real-time decision-making about project & product portfolios This was presented by the two “Innovation Gurus” Mick Broekhof, Kalypso, and James Ramsay, Oracle, in their presentation “Making Strategic Breakthroughs in Innovation Management”. With the NEW Oracle Fusion Innovation Management companies can capture, discuss, enrich & screen new ideas, to improve the ability to identify the best ideas & convert them into business value faster,and to ensure each new product fulfils targeted customer needs & requirements.

With Fusion Innovation Management, companies will be able to 

  • Build stronger ideas pipeline
  • Consistently satisfy customer needs
  • Better align product portfolio with corporate strategy
  • Optimize lifecycle return of your products

...REPEATEDLY!

Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics (OPLA) was a really hot topic on the summit. We started with a common presentation “Making Informed Decisions with OPLA”, followed later on the day by a hands-on PLM Analytics workshop. The hands-on workshop created a strong impression with our customers: “This stuff is really easy to use, and there are tons of content that is usable for my business out of the box! “. “I have it on my iPad! This is so cool…”.

In the respective product / industry breakout sessions, we were openly sharing the Product News and Roadmap for Agile e6 & AutoVue, for Agile 9.3 as well as for PLM for Process. Matt Johnson and Jeff Pratt presented on "Product MDM and Data Quality: How Fusion Product Hub drives value in your business and in the Cloud." Whether planning, building, selling or shipping products, a value chain can only be as good as its data. Everybody who attended this presentation now knows how Fusion Product Hub streamlines product data processes while improving governance, security and data quality, and learned about Oracle’s latest product MDM innovations – such as MDM in the Cloud. Our general attitude towards our products (confident, proud, smiling, relaxed) was also captured by our customers. It was even further extended by the CAB sessions and the SIG. Openness is paying off, for sure!

Oracle Innovation Management survey

On the summit, we were pointing our customers to our current Innovation Management Survey: Are you getting the maximum Return on Innovation? Participate in the ORACLE INNOVATION MANAGEMENT survey and receive a complimentary research report. All you need to do is to invest 10 minutes. As a reward, you will gain insight into:

  • Top challenges impacting return on innovation
  • How companies are looking to improve their innovation management processes
  • How your company’s experiences benchmark with those of other leading organizations

Participate in the online survey (for german version, go here).

survey

Partner view: Well-earned Enterprise PLM Partner Excellence Awards!

The partners also reported how pleased they were with this event.  The Gold and Silver Sponsors were delighted to receive special recognition awards delivered to them by Denis Senpere and Ulf Köster. While ICP Solution and Kalypso received the Oracle Enterprise PLM Excellence GOLD Award 2013, xPLM Solution, DataSquare, Kallik, Maier CSS, SinfoOne, Systematics and Zensar received the PLM Excellence Award for their support and cooperation. All our PLM partners understood that we care about them and want to do more with them. The PLM partner exhibition on the event was very well attended. The atmosphere was very energetic and inspiring, so that the partners also have taken the opportunity to discuss with other partners, and find areas for cooperation.

Feedbacks: A few words from our customers and partners

Here are some selected feedbacks from customers and partners:

“I want to thank you for arranging this great summit. Great presentations and a very good combination between Oracle and the customer presentation - and great opportunities for networking. I also want to thank you for inviting me to the CAB meeting bringing up- and discussing areas for system improvement. I have learned a lot that will be useful for me and have got some very good contacts to other companies for future networking. It has been the best conference since Agile was acquired by Oracle. I hope that this will not be the last one. Please bring forward my thanks to all the helpful people supporting the summit.” Vibeke Nyrop, GN Resound

“It was a fantastic event and quite great experience for me. I would recommend adding a little content for middleware applications that can help value chain innovation requirements (i.e. Enterprise – mobility)” Sayed Mohammed El-Sayed, Savola Group, Saudi Arabia

“The event met my expections. There were many good opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. By meeting a lot of Oracle people, we also got a better sense of how your organization is set up and how we can work better with you.” Anna Edvardsson, ICA Sverige AB

“This is just to thank you for inviting me to Köln. I much enjoyed the event and learnt things about Oracle that I had not previously known. Hopefully you feel I made a useful contribution. Also I will be pleased to connect Oracle with Cranfield and it would be good to have you as part of the SCRiP research club. I am following this up with Vikram and Dominic.” Professor Alan Braithwaite

exhibition“The Oracle PLM Summit was a very well organized event. The summit gave us a good understanding of Oracle products that are coming soon to the market. A pleasant surprise was the multitude of customer presentations – accounts of Oracle Product Implementations, which covered in detail, the numerous challenges faced by the industry. My suggestion would be to arrange the program agenda in such a manner that as far as possible customer presentations should not clash as it is difficult to choose between two equally good presentations.“ Ashutosh Shrivastava, Mahindra Satyam

“Regarding the Summit, we heard only positive signals from our network. What we would do better next year is to put even greater energy into bringing more clients and prospects to the Summit. Testimonials from this year’s attendees will be a good vehicle.” Mick Broekhof, Kalypso

“I have seen a strong cooperation between Customers, Partners and Oracle teams: the Customers were pleased to share their experiences with the other people, the Partners had no difficulties to meet each other and find valuable form of collaboration, the Oracle people did their best to facilitate the contacts between Customers and Partners. I also have seen a real interest from the audience in the topics covered at the event, so the sessions were often interactive with many questions and considerations from the attendees.” Giuseppe Malorgio, SinfoOne

Monday Mar 18, 2013

Release Announcement: Agile Engineering Collaboration MCAD Connectors Release 3.1 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the general availability of the Release 3.1 MCAD Connectors for Agile Product Lifecycle Management!  The final publication of Agile Engineering Collaboration MCAD 3.1 has been completed with support for Agile PLM versions 9.3.1.x.  And since December, we have completed adding Agile Engineering Collaboration 3.1 support for Agile PLM 9.3.1.x and the latest version 9.3.2.

What’s New?
This release includes the following updates and enhancements to improve your business processes and deliver results:

  • Architecture improvement: The Engineering Collaboration Services are now part of the core Agile PLM platform
  • Expanded support: We’ve added CAD Tool version support for ProE Creo 2.0, SolidWorks 2013, Solid Edge ST5 and Catia V5 R21.
  • Advanced Modeling Support: Now offer support for the following SolidEdge advanced data types:
    • Family of Parts / Assemblies
    • Alternate Assemblies
    • Divided Parts
  • Added SolidWorks functionality:
    • Configured data updates
  • Greater accuracy: Part Numbering updates for Family Data Types
  • Built-in efficiency: CAD mapping to Part SubClass from Templates
  • Faster productivity: New Save Preview capabilities
  • Better visibility: New Load “Where Used” and “Drawing” support

Supported Versions
The Agile Engineering Collaboration MCAD Connectors 3.1 Release is available for the following Agile releases: Agile 9.3.1.0, Agile 9.3.1.1 and Agile 9.3.1.2 and Agile 9.3.2 as a hotfix.

How to Access
The software packages are available for general download on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The documentation, Quick Install Guide, and Release Notes can be found on the Oracle Technology Network.

Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Views from the Value Chain: How Oracle Brought People and Supply Chains Together

Almost 2,000 business professionals attended the first annual Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco this February, a unique event that united six supply chain disciplines: Product Lifecycle Management, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, Value Chain Planning, and Procurement. But what was equal to its value in breadth, is what the conference offered in depth. So to get the details beyond my own account of PLM at the Summit, I asked my fellow value chain colleagues to share their perspectives.

Here’s what they had to say…

EAM/ALM Maintenance Summit 2013
By Stephen Slade, Sr Director Product Marketing Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Asset Lifecycle Management

The 7th Annual Maintenance Summit, held at the Value Chain Summit was a resounding success according to early polling. A kick-off presentation by David Loesch, Sr Director of Oracle’s Competitive Intelligence Unit provided a unique perspective on Emerging Trends in Asset Management. The standing-room only crowd extended into the hallway as David spoke of the new disruptive technologies entering the maintenance arena.  Attendees were overwhelmed with the overall content and number of sessions offered across the 3 major EAM/ALM pillars: E-Business Suite (EBS), PeopleSoft and JD Edwards (JDE).  Executive speakers from a variety of major maintenance organizations in several leading vertical industries presented their best-practices and case studies on their successful journeys in reliability, effectiveness and cost containment. Sample representation of speakers from ESCO, Graymont Mining, Smuckers, National Express, Oregon Health & Science Univ, Wells Dairy, Simmons Foods, Barrick Gold, Facebook and Energy Alloys are a few of the companies presenting. The second day of the Summit concluded with a free-form meet-the-experts panel where participants were able to ask specific product questions on applications use and function to the enlightenment of the audience. The week concluded with a series of Customer Advisory Boards and Product Line Focus groups to improve the product understanding and use in the market.

Manufacturing Summit 2013
By Stephen Slade, Sr Director Product Marketing Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Asset Lifecycle Management

The 5th Annual Manufacturing Summit brought together users, experts, partners, developers, analysts and strategy professionals with a unique focus on manufacturing operations. Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS, presented the leading manufacturing pillar session on Talent Development and Retention in Manufacturing that included a unique view on globalization and the impact of emerging economies. Tracks were held for Discrete and Process Manufacturing as well as the JDE suite. Speakers from a variety of leading blue-chip firms shared their challenges, vision and solution on how they evolved their operations into world-class organizations. A lean Manufacturing panel was hosted by Stephen Slade, Sr Director of Supply Chain Applications Marketing that included key seasoned participants from Emerson, Gentex and Cummins. They each described their five to ten year Lean roadmap and the progress made on that journey. Specifically, they focused on the new best practices tools and Oracle technologies that they employed to allow them to be more competitive in today’s global marketplace. One quote that summarized Cummins lean effort was the remark by Steven Harbor of Cummins “that our processes are so lean and solid that our competitors buy from us,” meaning that Cummins has achieved a world-class operating position, that it has created a true competitive advantage – but only for today.

Value Chain Execution Summit 2013
By John Murphy, Sr Director Value Chain Execution Applications Product Marketing

Capitalizing on past Logistics event successes, the VCE focused attendees came out in force to learn more about Oracle’s market-leading suite of supply chain execution applications. Through interactive sessions in Transportation Management, Warehouse Management, Distributed Order Orchestration, Fulfillment, Mobile Logistics applications, Order Management, Configurator and other focus areas, customers and prospects caught a glimpse of the future of supply chain execution applications.

Also, with a strong showing of partner representatives, the VCE portion of the summit proved valuable for those looking to augment VCE services or applications. A special thanks to the VCE pillar and track sponsors which included IBM, Loftware, CSC, Eminent Group, Zebra and others.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the OTM SIG event in Philadelphia in July.

Value Chain Planning Summit 2013
By Paul Homchick, Sr Director Value Chain Execution Applications Product Marketing

The first ever Oracle Value Chain Planning summit, which took place as part the early February Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco, was a blow-out success. Over two hundred Oracle VCP customers attended. There wasn't a meeting room large enough, so the VCP pillar sessions were presented in the Grand Ballroom. Oracle VCP partners were also out in force in San Francisco, with Inspirage as an overall event sponsor, and AVATA, Bristlecone, Trinamix, Oliver Wight, Hitachi, and Nexinfo as track sponsors. And many Oracle VCP customers told their stories. Timex talked about the benefits of Integrated Business Planning, while executives from Acroni Steel won the distance traveled award, flying in from Slovania to tell about their success with Oracle’s VCP tools.  Additionally, Pharmavite, Power Integrations, Teva Pharmaceutical, Smiths Medical, Emerson Micro Motion, Cisco, Qualcomm, Motorola Mobility, and Zebra Technologies participated in session presentations. The week wrapped up with a meeting of the Oracle VCP Customer Advisory Board where attendees learned of the new features planned for future releases of Oracle VCP, and were able to provide guidance. In addition to the formal sessions, ample time was provided to wander the demo floor, and to network with colleagues. Everyone I talked with was enthusiastic about attending next year’s event. And, though it may seem difficult, I'm certain next year will be even better.

Procurement Summit 2013
By Dan Ashton, Director, Procurement Marketing

Procurement was a hot topic at the first Oracle Value Chain Summit. The General Sessions consisted of discussions around key trends impacting procurement organizations along with overviews of Fusion Procurement, Spend Analytics and Supplier Hub. Throughout the Summit, roadmaps and Procurement product strategies were presented for E-Business Suite, Peoplesoft and Fusion. During the Procurement track sessions, Self Service Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and Contracts were covered in depth detailing customer experiences and benefits.

Land o’ Lakes shared their real life experiences in implementing Oracle Fusion Procurement. They discussed the initiatives that drove their decision to move to Fusion and benefits achieved, along with best practices and lessons learned. In addition PwC presented with their Oracle customer AutoTrader.com. Plus, Oracle partners Enrich IT and c-Three announced their merger now as an end-to-end provider of integrated SaaS Oracle procurement. During their session they reviewed their Source-to-Settle solution plus services.

Thank You!

Clearly, all of us are extremely appreciative of everyone who supported the first annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, regardless of your product focus area. We’re honored to see our community’s enthusiasm and humbled by our customers’ resounding successes and eagerness to share their stories in forums like this among their peers. Please take a moment to browse the publicly available presentations, join the virtual community on LinkedIn, follow our new Twitter handle @OracleValChain, and contact your Oracle sales representative if you have any questions or feedback about the Summit. Several attendees have already shared their thoughts (thank you!), and we plan to incorporate key improvements next year. Hope to see you all then!

Friday Feb 15, 2013

Agile PLM Summit 2013 – A Success!

The Agile PLM Summit 2013 in San Francisco last week was a grand success, and all of us on the Oracle/Agile team couldn’t be more honored, thankful, and proud of the enthusiastic participation from long-time users, new customers, and our devoted partner community. PLM was a major focus of the Summit, beginning with the thoughtful presentation by Oracle’s Rick Jewell, Sr. VP Applications Development, supported by several product experts on Monday afternoon. He explained how companies are can create winning products by building a robust platform for innovation with Agile. He referenced the success of JDSU with this video, who also actually won one of the first annual AGILITY Awards, honoring Excellence in PLM. After Rick Jewell’s presentation, we were treated to a special appearance by John Madden! If you’d like to read an intriguing perspective of how John Madden’s keynote can be related to PLM, I encourage you to read Stephen Porter’s blog article "Gridiron Hijinks at the Oracle Value Chain Summit-PLM and Madden" from Zero Wait-State. On that note, Stephen also wrote a nice summary article about the conference as well “The PLM State-Putting the Final Coat on the Value Chain Summit-Never Ending PLM.”

On Tuesday, the PLM tracks kicked off with a general session on PLM’s Strategy, Roadmap & Update featuring John Kelley, Oracle’s VP PLM Product Strategy; Devendra Singh, Oracle’s VP PLM Development; Mark Davis, Deloitte; and George Young, Kalypso’s CEO. We also had the very special honor of announcing the winners of the first AGILITY Awards, recognizing excellence in PLM before a very full day of customer and partner presentations. Those presentations that are available publicly can be accessed here and include selections from Tuesday’s agenda featuring USANA Health Sciences, Cisco, Tellabs, TRAK Microwave, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Broadcom, Epic Technologies, GoEngineer, Metaldyne, Litens Automotive, Marzetti, Mary Kay, and Elizabeth Arden.

Wednesday’s agenda was equally packed, with customer and partner presentations from Eli Lilly, John Deere, Toyota, Cisco, GE Healthcare, PL Developments, KPIT Cummins, HP, Perception Software, Synaptics, O’Reilly Media, Master Lock Company, JDSU, W.L. Gore & Associates, TRD Manufacturing, and SubZero. Sprinkled throughout were also deep product and use case demonstrations led by our Agile experts. If you were unable to attend, or just didn’t get to catch all the sessions you wanted to join, please take a moment to browse the PLM Summit presentations available online.

All in all, we’re so glad we had the opportunity to get the PLM Community together. From the #ovcsPLM tweets to the exciting news about Agile 9.3.2 and Agile PLM for Process 6.1.1, there was plenty of buzz and positive energy. We are also very thankful for our sponsoring PLM partners for making this possible: Deloitte, Kalypso, KPIT Cummins, Domain Systems, Verdant, Xavor, Mahindra Satyam, GoEngineer, Hitachi, Perception Software, USDM, and Zero Wait-State. Stay connected with us and other attendees by joining the Oracle Value Chain Summit group on LinkedIn and follow our new Twitter handle @OracleValChain. We hope to see an even bigger crowd next year!

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