Thursday Nov 06, 2014

5 Reasons Why It May Be Time To Embrace The Cloud for PLM (Plus a Nifty Infographic)

No matter what industry you’re in, competition is heating up. Everyone wants to bring The Next Big Thing to market before you, from startups that are still flying under the radar to the industry leader who intends to hold onto that #1 position.

Meanwhile, your team is scrambling to innovate, develop, and commercialize new products quickly, but they’re running into multiple roadblocks that are slowing the entire product value chain process down.

Consider this: 90% of companies admit they are slow to market and often over budget, which means you are not alone. However, that’s not... 

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Why You Should Start Getting Excited About PLM at Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015

Registration for the U.S. Oracle Value Chain Summit Jan 26-29, 2015 in San Jose, California is well underway, and we have some interesting PLM presenters to look forward to already.  If you haven't signed up yet, do so before the end of this month to save $300 off the on-site registration price.

Here are some speakers in the PLM tracks to get excited about:
(You'll see them listed in the "Product Value Chain Solution Area," just in case you were hunting for them!)

McDonald's and Coca-Cola

Together for a delicious discussion about PLM in Consumer...

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Monday Oct 20, 2014

Sorin Group: The First Company in Europe and the second company in the world to become UDI compliant

Sorin Group was the first company in Europe and the second company in the world to become UDI compliant, ensuring continuous availability of its devices to the US marketplace to improve and save lives through innovative cardiac surgery and cardiac-rhythm-management solutions.

Cesare Varzi, Vice President, Corporate IT, Sorin Group, said: “With the Oracle/Inspirage unique-device identifier solution, we were certain that we would get a global, well-tested, and collaborative-enterprise solution to accelerate transfer and standardization of legacy unique-device identifier attributes, streamline cross-functional processes, and ensure compliance.”

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Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Hologic Speeds Launch of Innovative, Life-Saving Technology

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'd like to take a moment to highlight the inspirational success that Hologic has been achieving in its commitment to providing women and their families with extraordinarily powerful care. Hologic, a global medical device company introduced the world's first 3-D Mammography system, which is able to detect early-stage cancers and reduce false-positive diagnoses compared to traditional 2-D mammogram diagnoses. This innovative technology helps patients and their caregivers make better decisions with more accurate information, delivering peace of mind to women and their families and helping to save lives.

Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management solution provided an integral application platform to help Hologic get its life-saving technology to market fast. In this video premiered during Oracle OpenWorld earlier this month, Dave Rudzinsky, SVP and CIO of Hologic, discusses how Hologic's mission is supported by an enterprise Agile PLM platform helping Hologic to launch high quality innovations quickly. Watch the video above, directly on YouTube, or the Oracle Media Network.

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

New Oracle Cloud Solutions for PLM and Innovation Management

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is in full swing this week, and there’s some exciting news for the PLM community coming out today – Oracle announced new Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud solutions, including Oracle Innovation Management Cloud and our first PLM cloud application called Oracle Product Development Cloud. These new solutions work together with Oracle Product Hub and Oracle Project Portfolio Management to provide a collaborative, connected, and disciplined approach to manage the entire value chain.

That means you get faster, more cost-effective access to an integrated innovation, development and commercialization solution than ever before, with the security, connectivity and personalization benefits of the Oracle Cloud!

Read today’s press release: New Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud Solutions Enable Organizations to Rapidly Deliver Higher-Value Products

Too often organizations have to search for product data lost among disconnected systems. Even those with formal PLM systems in place find that traditional systems start too late and end too early. The selection of new ideas gets left to Excel or dead-end niche applications, and the later manufacturing and commercialization processes neglect to follow through to ensure the right product and corresponding information makes it to the customer as intended.

The future of product development is here. Given today’s complex challenges, companies need a faster, more nimble approach to seamlessly track its next star product from its origins among thousands of ideas through to market readiness. Consumer tech-inspired interfaces, mobile apps and embedded analytics are pervasive. Technology everywhere is evolving, and that’s having resounding impacts on business. There’s an imperative on us all to re-imagine what that means for our products and the way we get them to market. The Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud solutions provide a more connected approach, enabling organizations to improve top-line and bottom-line results.

Also wondering about Agile PLM and PLM for Process applications? We’re glad you asked, because we’re just as excited about all the new enhancements and rich future plans. This week there are three sessions devoted to vision, release overview and roadmaps, among several deeper dive sessions. OpenWorld presentations will be available soon, but if you want to hear it all firsthand, register for the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit Jan 26-28, 2015 in San Jose, CA.

SEE ALSO: Watch the customer video that premiered during Oracle OpenWorld Product Value Chain general session: Hologic Speeds Launch of Innovative, Life-Saving Medical Technology with Oracle Agile PLM

It is an exciting time to be a part of the Oracle PLM community! We are committed to helping organizations optimize the entire value chain on-premise, hosted, and in the cloud. Backed by years of development and a lasting dedication to making our customers successful, we are ready to help you grow revenue and modernize your application landscape. Where do you see the future of your business?

Learn more about the Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud at  

Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

How to manage Innovation as a business

Product innovation is a top priority for many executives, yet research studies show that less than 20 percent of CEOs currently believe their investments are paying off. This is unacceptable at a time when shortened product lifecycles, visible customer sentiment, and global competition make delivering high-quality, innovative products to the market more important than ever.

Companies that have good, reliable information through innovation management make better decisions that ultimately lead to products that meet the needs of consumers and directly contribute to the top and bottom line. Companies need to manage innovation as a business. But how?

A new whitepaper by Kalypso and Oracle discusses Innovation challenges and their impact on the business, gives an insight into the results of an innovation management survey, and presents a realistic vision of Innovation Management.

If you want to know how to get started with Innovation Management, check out and find the new whitepaper in the "Tools for Evaluating" section.

Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

New Video: How Innovation Happens Today

How do you make innovation happen at your organization? If whiteboards, spreadsheets, point solutions or complicated systems are involved, you'll want to watch this new video!  See how Oracle Innovation Management can make it easier to know which ideas to pursue.  Remove guesswork and turn innovation into a structured, consistent and effective business process.  Become an innovation hero!  Watch in HD for supreme viewing experience, and learn how you can build your innovation discipline into a scaleable, repeatable, and strategic business process.

Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

The Complementary Roles of PLM and PIM

Oracle Product Value Chain Solutions (aka Enterprise PLM Solutions) are a comprehensive set of product management solutions that work together to provide Oracle customers with a broad array of capabilities to manage all aspects of product life: innovation, design, launch, and supply chain / commercialization processes beyond the capabilities and boundaries of traditional engineering-focused Product Lifecycle Management applications. They support companies with an integrated managed view across the product value chain: From Lab to Launch, From Farm to Fork, From Concept to Product to Customer, From Product Innovation to Product Design and Product Commercialization.

Product Value Chain Maturity Curve

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) represents a broad suite of software solutions to improve product-oriented business processes and data. PLM success stories prove that PLM helps companies improve time to market, increase product-related revenue, reduce product costs, reduce internal costs and improve product quality. As a maturing suite of enterprise solutions, PLM is still evolving to realize the promise it can provide across all facets of a business and all phases of the product lifecycle. The vision for PLM includes everything from gathering early requirements for a product through multiple stages of the product lifecycle from product design, through commercialization and eventual product retirement or replacement. In discrete or process industries, PLM is typically more focused on Product Definition as items with respect to the technical view of a material or part, including specifications, bills of material and manufacturing data. With Agile PLM, this is specifically related to capabilities addressing Product Collaboration, Governance and Compliance, Product Quality Management, Product Cost Management and Engineering Collaboration. PLM today is mainly addressing key requirements in the early product lifecycle, in engineering changes or in the “innovation cycle”, and primarily adds value related to product design, development, launch and engineering change process. In short, PLM is the master for Product Definition, wherever manufacturing takes place.

Product Information Management (PIM) is a product suite that has evolved in parallel to PLM. Product Information Management (PIM) can extend the value of PLM implementations by providing complementary tools and capabilities. More relevant in the area of Product Commercialization, the vision for PIM is to manage product information throughout an enterprise and supply chain to improve product-related knowledge management, information sharing and synchronization from multiple data sources. PIM success stories have shown the ability to provide multiple benefits, with particular emphasis on reducing information complexity and information management costs. Product Information in PIM is typically treated as the commercial view of a material or part, including sales and marketing information and categorization. PIM collects information from multiple manufacturing sites and multiple suppliers into its repository, but also provides integration tools to push the information back out to the other systems, serving as an active central repository with the aim to provide a holistic view on any product sold by a company (hence the name “Product Hub”). In short, PIM is the master of commercial Product Information. So PIM is quickly becoming mandatory because of its value in optimizing multichannel selling processes and relationships with customers, as you can see from the following table:


PLM Current State


Key Benefits PIM
adds to PLM

Product Lifecycle

Primarily R&D
Front end Innovation Cycle
Change process

Primarily commercial /
transactional state of

Provides a seamless
information flow from
design and
manufacturing through
the ultimate selling and
servicing of products


Primarily focused on “item” vs. “product” data
Product structures Specifications
Technical information

Repository for all product information.
Reaches out to entire enterprise and its various silos of product information and descriptions

Provides a “trusted source” of accurate product information to
the internal organization and trading partners

Data Lifecycle

Repository for all design
Historical information

Released, current information, with version management and time stamping

Provides a single location to track and audit historical product information


PLM release finished product to ERP
PLM is the master for Product Definition

Captures information from disparate sources, including in-house data stores
Recognizes the reality of today’s data “mess” across information silos

Provides the ability to package product information to its audience in the desired, relevant format to meet their exacting business requirements


Strategic Marketing

Focus on Marketing and Sales
Gathering information from other Departments, multiple sites, multiple suppliers

A singular enterprise solution that leverages existing information silos and data stores

Supply Chain

Multi-site internal collaboration
Supplier collaboration
Customer collaboration

Works with customers, exchanges / data pools, and trading partners to provide relevant product information packaged the way the customer desires

Provides ability to provide trading partners and internal customers with information in a manner they desire, continuously


Data Management
Innovation Management

Hub functions

Consistent, clean and complete commercial product information

The goals of both PLM and PIM, put simply, are to help companies make more profit from their products. PLM and PIM solutions can be easily added as they share some of the same goals, while coming from two different perspectives: the definition of the product and the commercialization of the product. Both can serve as a form of product “system of record”, but take different approaches to delivering value. Oracle Product Value Chain solutions offer rich new strategies for executives to collectively leverage Agile PLM, Product Data Hub, together with Enterprise Data Quality for Products, and other industry leading Oracle applications to achieve further incremental value, like Oracle Innovation Management. This is unique on the market today.

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Don't Just Help Your Customers Embrace Innovation - Help Employees, Too

We’re living and working in the 21st century marketplace, where innovation has become the engine of growth. Although innovation is generally perceived as a good thing, it means change which can be difficult for people to accept or act upon. That means that making innovation happen still boils down to being an effective leader of people, one who inspires a vision and lays a path to get there.

Companies have developed sophisticated marketing and sales processes to help customers embrace innovation. Think of all the personalized emails, social outreach, customer reviews, product comparison charts, and mobile apps you’ve encountered. But those companies who are getting really good at innovation aren’t just helping their customers embrace innovation, they’re helping their employees be innovative too.

Helping employees embrace being innovative has its advantages. In a March 2012 article... [Read More]

Monday Jul 07, 2014

PLM, Product Value Chain, and My Backyard Garden

It’s July and as the temperatures rise here in the US, I’m looking forward to summertime cook-outs, vacations, and sipping a cool beverage poolside. Summer is my favorite season, so every Spring I enjoy the anticipation by trying my hand at gardening. But looking in the backyard now, while all my neighbors’ gardens are flourishing, mine only shows a handful of green tomatoes, unhealthy squash, and fist-sized watermelons. This happened last year, too. After all that springtime effort and investment, this is maddening!

My Fruit & Vegetable Development Problem

My garden can be described with one word: meh. My frustration reminds me of the challenges that product development executives share with us in early meetings – unable to achieve their expected return, inconsistent product information, can’t produce the final product on time nor on budget, not sure what caused defects, no way to tell if a project is bad and needs refocusing or abandoning, and so on.

What’s Happening?

Growing delicious vegetables from seed takes more than...

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Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Dates Announced for Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015!

Join thousands of professionals at the third annual North America Oracle Value Chain Summit, hosted next year January 26 - 28, 2015.  This must-attend supply chain and product lifecycle management event of the year will be located in the San Jose Convention Center, just as the very successful 2014 event.  More details will be coming shortly.  To be the first in-the-know, sign up here to get notified by email when registration opens.

Tuesday Jun 03, 2014

Hologic Ensures Regulatory Compliance & UDI with Agile PLM for the Medical Device Industry

Hologic Logo

A new success story featuring Hologic, Inc., is now available. Hologic is known for developing innovative medical technology—like the world’s first 3-D mammogram—that can quickly diagnose women’s health issues and save lives in the process.

The success story features Hologic’s use of Oracle Agile PLM to ensure regulatory compliance in every phase of product development, including managing all product-related data, design history files, and device master records. Hologic is using Oracle Agile PLM as the foundation for Unique Device Identification (UDI). Thanks to Agile PLM, Hologic can easily interface with the FDA’s database (GUDID) to streamline compliance, without devoting additional time and resources towards a new solution.

Hologic is one of the first 2 companies granted production accounts by the FDA for GUDID submittal,
and is the first company to submit official data. This an important milestone for Oracle Agile PLM, our partner Inspirage and the Medical Device industry as a whole.

Read the full story here!

Thursday May 15, 2014

Why Choose to Deploy Agile PLM in the Cloud?

“You can just turn on your computer in the morning and get to work.”

“Simple. Adaptable. Powerful. Fast.”

“No trade-offs – you get SaaS convenience but with the security, control and flexibility you need.”

These statements expertly summed up the recent webcasts on deploying Agile PLM for Process and Agile PLM in the cloud as hosted solutions with two of Oracle’s specialized partners, Verdant Services and GoEngineer.

If you missed the webcasts, here are the replays:

Deploying Agile PLM for Process in the Cloud with Verdant Services

Deploying Agile PLM in the Cloud with GoEngineer

Which one should you watch? Simply put... 

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Product Compliance Should Not Impede Innovation

Depending on severity, product compliance issues can cause all sorts of problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and safeguards can create a strong foundation that promotes innovation rather than stifle it. The right solution for your business should foster productivity, market penetration and competitive advantage. If you’ve been putting off a systematic approach to product compliance, today’s increasingly regulated market has made now an important time to reconsider that decision, or indecision.

Why now?  No matter what industry, companies face a litany of worldwide and regional regulations that require proof of product compliance and environmental friendliness for market access. For many companies in several industries, complying with the changing Conflict Minerals Law is...

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Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

A Discussion with Oracle's Expert on Innovation Management

Gayle HayesA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with our resident expert on Innovation Management, Gayle Hayes. I picked her brain on what’s going on in the world of product and service innovation and how Oracle is helping. A new phenomenon is sweeping product development – thanks to an explosion of ideation tools and techniques such as crowd-sourcing, big data, mashups, customer immersion labs, etc, finding ideas is not the problem. With so many to choose from, the biggest questions are now “which idea?” and subsequently, “how do you translate the right idea into a profitable product?"

This is precisely the challenge the new Oracle Innovation Management is designed to address. To learn more about the idea glut and how the new solution helps organizations improve return on innovation investments, read the transcript of our discussion below or stream our podcast. You can even find us on iTunes!

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