Tuesday May 31, 2016

How It Works: Oracle Innovation Management Cloud Demo

Just published! Watch this on-demand demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud to see the best practice approach to increase your returns on product and service innovation.   Get a quick "how it works" overview, check out the ideation analytics, watch how to create proposals, view the "what if" scenario KPIs, and much more!  A great way to quickly  beef up on your Innovation Management essentials. More at www.oracle.com/InnovationManagement

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM and Innovation Management at Oracle. Follow her @KerJordan and learn more about Oracle's SCM Cloud solutions at www.oracle.com/scm

Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Essentials of Oracle PLM for Retailers

With new competitors, trends, regulations, business models, markets and technologies, rapid change defines your industry. Disconnected systems cannot support how fast your retail organization needs to anticipate, respond, and adapt to new product-and service-related challenges.

Oracle PLM gives you an integrated innovation platform with the speed, oversight, and control to deliver higher quality products to market sooner. By enabling modern PLM processes for retail, you can achieve faster growth, competitive differentiation, and profitability. 

Here's a quick overview of the Essentials of Oracle PLM for Retailers:

  • Private Label Management
    Managing the innovation and commercialization of your own product lines as a retailer is no easy task. Oracle PLM provides a single version of the truth for product information, giving you greater control over costs, quality, compliance, and efficiency.

  • Menu Management
    Stay ahead of evolving consumer preferences—such as taste, variety, local sourcing, sustainability, and nutrition information—while balancing cost and value. For quick-serve, casual, and fine dining restaurants, a single innovation hub allows you to centralize product and supplier information to efficiently develop new offerings, change menus quickly, experiment with variations, and keep consumers informed.

  • Innovation
    Tap social networks—a primordial soup of ideas—to select the best ones, capture requirements, and funnel the meaning behind all that big data directly to product development. Oracle PLM provides a seamless solution in the cloud to elegantly navigate this massive amount of data to identify and translate the right ideas into profitable products.

  • Artwork and Packaging
    Make sure your product’s packaging is superb. Visualize and collaborate on the artwork, packaging, and labels in a secure, web-based system that’s accessible from anywhere. Oracle PLM simplifies, automates, accelerates, and tracks packaging changes—so that you can reduce time to market, eliminate errors, and control risk.

  • Portfolio Optimization
    Innovate strategically by establishing a systematic approach to manage innovation investments. Optimize your product and service portfolio by balancing sustainable, iterative innovations with bolder, more experimental offerings. Standardize the proposal process and collaborate securely with team members. Model what-if scenarios, analyze each potential innovation investment, and select your optimal go-to-market portfolio.

  • Analytics
    Make more informed product decisions with role-based, actionable insight at any stage of the product lifecycle. Embedded analytics empower decision-makers with relevant information so that they can proactively take steps to improve product performance.

  • Cloud
    Choose the right deployment model that fits your business requirements. Oracle PLM Cloud uniquely offers world-class PLM backed by all the innovations, efficiencies, and cost savings of Oracle Cloud.

    Oracle is committed to providing best-in-class PLM solutions in the right deployment option for your business: PLM on Oracle Cloud, managed cloud, or on premises. Trust Oracle to help transform your product development processes to fit your business needs and ROI expectations.

    Find more details, customer case studies, reports, and brochures on the Oracle PLM for the Retail Industry website.

    Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle. Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan.

Monday Mar 14, 2016

How to Prioritize the Right IT Projects: Bi-Weekly Live Webinars

IT Organizations are under a lot of pressure to get more strategic:

  • 60% of CIOs say they want their IT organizations to focus on assisting in business innovation*

  • 90% of CEOs are promising investors more from technology** but only

  • 20% are satisfied with how quickly their IT departments respond***.

Do your current tools give you transparency with the business to align priorities and focus on higher value projects? Do you have visibility to balance IT portfolio with budgetary constraints?

Please join us for a comprehensive webcast into how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can give you better visibility into the likelihood of success or failure of a new project and transparency with the business to collaboratively choose the best, high-value projects that are achievable within IT’s budgetary and workload constraints?

See how this solution will help you gain a high value, low risk, best practice approach to very quickly improve IT performance and impact top-line revenue growth.

Please register here for our Innovation Management Webinar “IT Project Prioritization”:

- 5/13/2016@ 12 PM EST

- 5/27/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 6/10/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 6/24/2016 @ 12 PM EST 

Please click here to see all available options for the Innovation Management Webcasts


* Deloitte 2015 Global CIO Survey

** PwC 19th Annual Global CEO Survey, 2016

*** Harvard Business Review, 2014

Thursday Mar 10, 2016

Select the Best Product Innovations: Bi-Weekly Live Webinars

60-80% of resources are spent on projects that will not meet objectives* – a high cost for companies constrained by resources and budgets that are relying on innovation for growth.

Do your current tools give you visibility to improve success rates and achieve higher return?

Please join us for a comprehensive webcast into how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can give you better visibility into the likelihood of success or failure of a new product and empower you with the insight to prioritize and invest in the best ideas.

See how this solution will help you gain a high value, low risk, best practice approach to very quickly improve innovation performance and impact top-line revenue growth.

Please register here for the upcoming Innovation Management Webinars “How to Select the Best Product Innovations”

- 5/20/2016 @ 12 PM EST 

- 6/3/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 6/17/2016 @ 12 PM EST 

- 6/24/2016 @12 PM EST 


Please click here to see all available options for the Innovation Management Webcasts

Source: *Harvard Business Review, 2011

Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

How to Close the Innovation Gap

When you hear the word “innovation” it is likely that what first comes to mind is a new ground breaking technology. The reality is that there are many types of innovation and the inspiration for those innovations can come from many sources. Incremental innovation, most common, improves a current offering; process innovation improves how you produce or deliver a product; service & business model innovation improves customer interaction & experience; frugal innovation delivers more with less –targeting lower cost offerings typically to emerging markets, and the most publicized type of innovation, radical, breakthrough, disruptive innovation which significantly changes what the market and customer expects.

With so much input, filling the innovation funnel with ideas isn’t a problem for most companies– feeding the funnel with a balanced and steady stream of good ideas that are both achievable AND align with product, business and company strategies presents the greatest challenge. Lacking a collaborative, disciplined, systematic approach to selecting the best ideas that are translated into achievable, profitable offerings continues to challenge even the most notable companies.

Therein lays the greatest challenge to closing the ‘innovation gap’ – the gap that exists between what executives establish as strategy and expect versus what their organizations deliver.

In the following article published by Techzone360, Gayle Hayes, Senior Director of Product Strategy and Julia Vagdati, PLM Product Marketing Lead, discuss the strategies to close the Innovation gap, increase ROI and drive profitable growth in your organization. Click here to read the full article.

Tuesday Feb 02, 2016

Oracle MSCE 2016 Recap

Last week at the San Jose Convention center, we pulled together more than 400 PLM professionals with the Oracle MSCE conference.  The energy and passion for PLM was amazing.  The conference is always a high point in the year where Oracle and our customers can spend time together.  Conversations vary from people just starting their PLM journey to many who have been with Agile PLM for many years. 

For the Agile PLM product, we had 6 great sessions focused on different aspects of Design integration into PLM, also known as Engineering Collaboration (EC).  Three customers, Qualcomm, Specialized, and Pella, spoke about how EC integrations impacted their business.  We also had presentations from Perception on AgileEXPLORER and xPLM on new dynamic document authoring tools.  We also presented on Design File Release with Agile PLM 9.3.5 and EC MCAD 3.5, along with AutoVue for Agile PLM 21.0.0.  For EC devotees, the conversation continued into Thursday with a 3 hour workshop on EC and AutoVue. 

Cloud was another area of significant focus.  Discussion of Cloud included the hybrid cloud model with Cloud Innovation Management (IM) working with Agile PLM, as well as the pure PLM Cloud offering of IM, Product Development, Projects, and Product Hub.  All of our customers are evaluating Cloud opportunities to improve user acceptance of, and to change the financial costs of, enterprise software deployments.  This conference provided a huge opportunity to discover more about the Oracle PLM offering and roadmap to the Cloud.  As Devendra Singh presented in the Cloud Roadmap Session, Oracle is committed to release new versions of Agile PLM for the next many years as the Oracle on premise PLM solution.  Cloud IM already integrates directly to Agile PLM to offer additional use cases that solve deep Product Innovation problems. 

The conference also featured an amazing set of customer speakers in other sessions.  These additional speakers represented Beachbody for PLM for Process, Otterbox, Harris, Ichor Systems, CooperVision, Cisco, ThermoFisher Scientific, NBTY, Dell, and Lilly.  I have worked with many of these customers over the years, sometimes to solve problems, sometimes to plan how to better use PLM.  Over all this time, these customers have partnered with Agile Software and now Oracle to deliver exceptional functionality to their users that delivers significant business value.  Agile PLM and Cloud PLM deliver value by being flexible, modular, and fast.  Our customers implement key processes, build trust and success, then are able to tackle the next problem. 

Thank you to our customers.  Thank you to our partners.  We had a robust partner presence at the conference.  These partners provide amazing rapid value during the different phases of deployments and operation of PLM systems.  Hopefully everyone had a chance to talk to our partners and learn more about what they do to help you deliver value from your PLM systems. 

If you were not able to come this year, I hope you consider coming out next year.  We had workshops on Monday and Thursday.  Partners offered training on Monday.  The MSCE conference now spans 4 days.  If you look at the fees to attend other technology or process conferences, I think you will find that MSCE is extremely cheap to attend.  MSCE gives you and your PLM professionals a huge opportunity to connect and learn.  For those who did attend, please let us know how to get better.  Please fill out the surveys.  We are listening and want to do more.  Presentations from the conference are available on the MSCE 2016 Website.  For our European counterparts, London MSCE is kicking off today.

As a final plug, here is the link to our Agile PLM knowledge blog post: http://bit.ly/knowagileplm.  This post offers links to additional resources and information about TOIs.

Thanks everyone!

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

What to expect in the biggest PLM event of the year at the Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

The biggest PLM event of the year is almost here! Come January 25-28, 2016 we'll be celebrating our 4th annual Modern Supply Chain Experience (previously Value Chain Summit), in San Jose, CA with over 2,000 PLM and Supply Chain leaders, partners, experts and students.

We have so many reasons to be excited this year about the Modern Supply Chain Experience. Watch this short video on the Top 5 PLM reasons to attend the event, for the rest 100 reasons, please keep reading:

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Monday Dec 21, 2015

PLM für Life Sciences - Was kann die Pharmaindustrie von anderen Industrien lernen?

Artikel von Henry Dünnebeil, Oracle PLM für Life Sciences

Neue Gedanken, Konzepte und Lösungen für abteilungs- und firmenübergreifende Prozesse

Die aktuelle Aufgabenstellung für die Pharmaindustrie ist im Blick auf sinkende Margen offensichtlich, aber nicht wirklich neu – einerseits müssen die Entwicklungszeiten und -kosten reduziert werden, um mehr Produkte schneller und wirtschaftlicher in die Märkte zu bringen, andererseits zwingen ständig neue Regularien (z.B. IDMP Identification of Medicinal Products) zu verstärkter interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit und effektiverem Informationsaustausch. Diese Probleme hatten andere Industrien auch und sie haben reagiert – sind deren Konzepte auch für Pharma adaptierbar?

Umdenken – weg von Insellösungen, hin zur Prozessintegration

Neue Herausforderungen zwingen zum Umdenken und zur Hinterfragung der bestehenden Prozesse. Viele Pharmaunternehmen setzen heute auf kollaborative Modelle, indem die Zusammenarbeit mit Markbegleitern, Partnern und Lieferanten intensiviert wird (Joint Development, Joint Marketing, In-Licensing , Outsourcing und M&A). – Gleichzeitig sollen die internen,  abteilungsübergreifenden Prozesse effektiver und transparenter gestaltet werden. Die erfolgreiche Umsetzung scheitert jedoch oft an der fehlenden IT Systemunterstützung. Was tun, wenn man sich entscheidet, Prozesse an externe Dienstleister auszulagern oder neue Bereiche oder ganze Unternehmen mit dem dazu gehörenden Produktportfolio zu akquirieren und möglichst schnell zu integrieren?

Die herkömmlichen ERP Systeme sowie die oft dokumentenbasierten Insellösungen in den Fachabteilungen sind für solche Modelle nicht geeignet, da sie für schnelle abteilungs- oder gar firmenübergreifende Prozessänderungen zu unflexibel sind und ein kollaboratives Informations- und Changemanagement auf einheitlicher und gesicherter Datenbasis nur bedingt unterstützen.
Daher stellt sich die Frage, ob die Konzepte und Systeme des „Product Lifecycle Management – PLM“, die genau dafür ausgelegt sind und in anderen Industrien (Automotive, Aero/Defense, HighTech) für ähnliche Aufgabenstellungen seit vielen Jahren erfolgreich eingesetzt werden, auch für Pharma die Lösung sind.

PLM for Pharma Pic 1

Product Lifecycle Managment ein „Muss“ für Pharma?

Es geht darum, wie die Daten und Abläufe aus den Bereichen Safety, Product Quality, Regulatory Affairs und CMC (TechOps, PharmOps, Pack/Label) transparenter miteinander verknüpft werden können und wie ein integriertes, abteilungsübergreifendes Change Management mit einer gemeinsamen Datenbasis und Produktinformationsplattform sicher realisiert werden kann.

PLM for Pharma Pic 2

Wir sind überzeugt, dass die Pharmaindustrie die PLM Konzepte ebenfalls effektiv einsetzen kann und muss, um die gesteckten Ziele zu erreichen und die Compliance-Kosten konsequent zu reduzieren.

Dabei braucht diese Transformation keineswegs als revolutionärer Prozess verstanden und angegangen werden, sondern kann als gesunde Evolution etabliert werden. Dazu gibt es verschiedenste Einstiegspunkte, von denen aus eine PLM Strategie Schritt für Schritt realisiert werden kann, wie z.B.: Packaging/Labeling/Artworks, (Post Market-) Change Management – Regulatory Submission Management – Product Quality – Supplier Collaboration – Health Authorities Exchange – u.v.m.

Der entscheidende Punkt dabei ist, die Prozessverbesserungen in den einzelnen Bereichen nicht mit neuen, spezialisierten Informationsinseln zu lösen (die dann zeit-, kosten- und wartungsintensive Integrationsprojekte auslösen), sondern ab jetzt das Gedankengut, die Prozesse und Systeme des „Product Lifecycle Management“, einzuführen: Weg von der mehrheitlich dokumenten-basierten Datenhaltung, hin zum strukturierten , kollaborativen Informationsmanagement auf einer gemeinsamen Plattform und Datenbasis. Keine einfache Aufgabe – müssen doch vermeintlich bewährte Prozesse und Systeme oder etablierte „Königreiche“ kritisch hinterfragt werden und nicht jeder Abteilungsleiter schätzt die neue Transparenz. Auch für die IT ist PLM eine besondere Herausforderung – stellt sich doch schnell heraus, dass die bewährten ERP-Systeme oder BPM-Werkzeuge, die modernen Kollaborations-anforderungen nur bedingt erfüllen können, d.h. ein PLM System muss als verbindende und kontrollierende Plattform implementiert werden.

Der Erfolg wird schnell sichtbar

Gelingt es dann dem Management eine unternehmensweite PLM Vision zu etablieren, ist der Erfolg meist nach wenigen Monaten klar sichtbar:

  • deutlich reduzierte Durchlaufzeiten für das Änderungsmanagement = Produkte sind schneller (wieder) im Markt
  • transparente, abteilungsübergreifende Prozesse/Workflows basierend auf verlässlichen und geprüften Daten ohne Medienbrüche
  • kurze, schnelle und gesichert nachvollziehbare Kommunikationswege aller beteiligten internen und externen Parteien
  • erheblich reduzierte oder eliminierte Compliance-Risiken
  • motivierte und von vielen „Informationsbeschaffungsprozessen“ befreite Mitarbeiter
  • klar messbare Effizienzsteigerungen und Kostenreduktion
  • Compliance als „Neben-Produkt“

Dabei ist PLM kein Privileg, das sich nur große Unternehmen leisten können – im Gegenteil - gerade für kleinere/mittlere oder junge Pharma/Biotech Unternehmen bietet PLM die ideale, schnell realisierbare Plattform – insbesondere auch wenn M&A Aktivitäten anstehen und schnell eine gemeinsame Produktinformationsplattform geschaffen werden muss. Für Big Pharma kann PLM zunächst in Teilbereichen eingesetzt und dann kontinuierlich erweitert werden. Mit dem Reifegrad der PLM Implementierung können dann Zug um Zug viele Insellösungen ersetzt werden (z.B. in den Bereichen Packaging/Labelling , Regulatory Submission Tracking, Quality/CAPA Management). Der Schlüssel für den Erfolg einer PLM Implementierung liegt im abteilungsübergreifenden Verständnis der erzielbaren Synergien. Daher ist es sinnvoll für PLM Präsentationen und Diskussionen neben der IT auch Vertreter aus TechOps, Regulatory, Quality und Development einzuladen.

PLM for Pharma Pic 3

Das Oracle PLM für Life Sciences Team berät Sie gerne und stellt Ihnen die Konzepte und  Lösungen in Ihrem Haus vor. Sprechen Sie mit uns!

Für weitere Information über Oracle PLM für Life Sciences besuchen Sie bitte unsere Website oder laden Sie dieses Dokument herunter.

Monday Dec 07, 2015

Top 5 PLM reasons to attend the Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 [Video]

Join us at the annual Modern Supply Chain Experience, January 25-28, 2016 in San Jose, California.  Watch this short video on the top 5 PLM reasons to attend the most important Oracle PLM event of 2016 and register today.

Product development best practices have changed dramatically in recent years, join us at the conference, speak with our experts, ask questions and learn how you can transform your product value chain to deliver superior results.

Click here for the PLM agenda. 

Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

Oracle Innovation Management Cloud Live Demo - Friday, Dec 4

The best supply chains have a great product at the core. However, the biggest challenge for companies is selecting the right idea and converting it to a great product. Complex supply chains, alignment with corporate strategy, time and budget pressures, and fragmented processes exacerbate the problem.

Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help companies ensure each idea is evaluated from a 360 degree perspective, prior to investment, to align within a balanced portfolio of growth strategies and confirm it can be delivered within time, budget, resource constraints.

Register now for the upcoming live webcast and see how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you optimize your portfolio, drive top-line revenue growth, and innovate at lightning speed. 

Friday, December 4, 2015: 12:00 p.m. ET Register

For more details on Oracle Innovation Management Cloud please click here

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2016 Renamed Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

The Oracle Value Chain Summit 2016 got a new name for 2016 - Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016.  Now in it's 4th year, the Modern Supply Chain Experience hosts over 2,000 PLM and Supply Chain leaders, partners, students and experts.  With roots in the legendary Agility User Conference for Agile PLM customers, this event has been specifically asked for by customers, and has welcomed more Oracle PLM users than any other.

Immerse yourself in four days of PLM sessions, training, exhibits, demos, advisory boards and workshops. Get the education, ideas and know-how you need to revamp your PLM infrastructure with unmatched access to PLM customers, experts, partners, and the product management team behind Agile PLM and PLM Cloud.

The Early Bird Registration Rate has been extended to November 15, but time is running out.  Don't miss this opportunity to attend the biggest Oracle PLM event of 2016!

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle.  Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan. Learn more about Oracle PLM Cloud, Oracle Agile PLM, and Oracle Agile PLM for Process at www.oracle.com/plm

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Harmonize your enterprise processes with Oracle Product MDM Cloud [Video]

 Many companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to deliver timely, accurate and targeted product information to customers in order to deliver higher sales revenue, superior customer satisfaction and efficient omni-channel commerce.

However, fragmented and inconsistent data causes significant operational inefficiencies throughout the enterprise, delays product launches, affects trading partners’ collaboration and creates supply chain inefficiencies. Are you also struggling with similar challenges?

Oracle Product Hub Cloud can help your organization overcome product data fragmentation by providing a single repository where product and catalog data can be consolidated, standardized, enriched and shared within the enterprise and beyond.

Watch this short video to see how you can accelerate your product launches, drive superior customer experience, optimize omni-channel commerce and streamline trading partner collaboration with Oracle Product Hub Cloud, a best-in-class Product Master Data Management (MDM) system for your enterprise, delivered via Cloud for lower cost and faster deployment.

To learn more about the Oracle Product MDM Cloud solution please visit: www.oracle.com/ProductMDMCloud

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

Oracle PLM Cloud: Innovate, Develop, Commercialize [Video]

Remarkably,  a recent survey showed that 90% of companies’ products are slow to market and often over budget. 84% of business leaders reported no time to make sure they are investing in the right product ideas in the first place. The pressure is on. You need to develop and deliver successful, profitable products on time.

Watch this video to see how the new Oracle PLM Cloud solution can help you innovate, develop and commercialize profitable products fast. It’s designed to speed time to market, lower costs, and give you the insight you need to invest in the right opportunities for your business.

Click here to watch the two-minute video.

To learn more about Oracle Product Lifecycle Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/plm

Monday Oct 05, 2015

Innovation Management Cloud live webcast - Friday Oct 9th

Businesses still struggle with product innovation, too often missing the market or launching the wrong product. 76% of companies view product innovation as a key strategic business priority, but 90% of them admitted they are slow to market and often over-budget.

It’s time to make innovation your core competence and fuel your innovation pipeline with a winning portfolio of offerings. Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you better decide which ideas to select and convert into products, improving your profitability and returns.

Register now for the upcoming live webcast and see how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you optimize your portfolio, drive top-line revenue growth, and innovate at lightning speed. 

Friday, October 9, 2015: 12:00 p.m. ET Register

For more details on the upcoming Oracle Innovation Management Cloud webcast click here

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Registration Opens for "OVCS 2.0" - The Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

We are delighted to announce that registration is officially open for the next Oracle Value Chain Summit, this time with a new name and fresh look - the Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016!

The Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 takes place January 25-27 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.  PLM is front and center this year, with a huge emphasis on the revolutionary new Oracle PLM Cloud offering including Innovation Management Cloud, Product Development Cloud, and Project Management Cloud. You will also find plenty of educational and thought-provoking content on Agile PLM, Agile PLM for Process, PLM Analytics, social development, mobile apps, Internet of Things, and Product MDM Cloud.

It’s all geared to helping companies transform their Product Value Chains to innovate, develop, and commercialize profitable products.

This has been, and continues to be, the #1 must-attend Oracle PLM event of the year. Don’t miss it in 2016!

Learn more at www.modernsupplychainexperience.com

 Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle. Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan


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