Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

New Podcast Available: Product Value Chain Management: How Oracle is Taking the Lead on Next Gen Enterprise PLM

A new podcast on how Oracle is taking the lead in Enterprise PLM with our Product Value Chain solution is now available. In case you're not yet familiar with the concept of Product Value Chain, its an integrated business model powered by Oracle that offers executives the ability to collectively leverage enterprise Agile PLM, Product Data Hub, Enterprise Data Quality and AutoVue Enterprise Visualization and other industry-leading Oracle applications for incremental value. In this quick, 10 minute podcast, you'll hear John Kelley, VP PLM Product Strategy, and Terri Hiskey, Director, PLM Product Marketing, discuss Oracle's vision for next generation enterprise PLM: the Product Value Chain.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OracleAppcast/~3/jxAED7ugMEc/11525926_Enterprise_PLM_040612.mp3

Friday Apr 06, 2012

Agile PLM on Developing Agile PLM: Software Lifecycle Management

Change is constant.  That saying couldn’t be truer when applied to software development.   And with all that change comes extensive product complexity.  How do you manage it all?  As software developers ourselves, we can certainly empathize with the challenge.

On April 3, 2012 Stephen Van Lare, VP of PLM Product Development, hosted a webcast to share how Oracle uses Agile to develop Agile – a PLM solution for managing a PLM solution!   Stephen passionately shared his unique insight based on 10 years of using Agile PLM to manage the development process, as well as customer use cases.  He shared our time-proven view of the software’s relationship to the product record, while pointing out that PLM is not source control.  He began with the challenges of software development, which boiled down to the deduction that “despite many great tools in the software development industry, it takes a lot more than good source control, more than good bug tracking, to get to an on-time, on-budget and quality release in your marketplace.   It requires defining the right things you want to do, managing the scope, managing your schedule, and, most importantly, managing the change to all those things over the lifecycle of the process. And this is the definition of PLM.”  

Stephen then defined the relationship of PLM to the software development process by detailing the two main use cases –  Product Lifecycle and Mechatronics – which can be used simultaneously and in fact are already used in most industries today.  The Product Lifecycle use case is used to manage artifacts and change throughout product development, while the Mechatronics use case involves the software, hardware and electrical design in the BOM.  In essence, PLM is just as relevant to software as the rest of the BOM when trying to maximize profits during any phase of the lifecycle.

Please take the opportunity to watch Stephen Van Lare as he details how and why based on his own experience developing Agile with Agile, as well as a lively Q&A session, in the Software PLM Webcast Replay.

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

The Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Call for Papers Closes April 9

It is On! Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Call for Papers is closes April 9.   This year's OpenWorld event is September 30  - October 4, Moscone Center, San Francisco.

Oracle OpenWorld is among the world’s largest industry events for good reason. It offers a vast array of learning and networking opportunities in one of the planet’s great cities.  And one of the key reasons for its popularity is the prominence of presentations by customers.

If you would like to deliver a presentation based on your experience, now is the time to submit your abstract for review by the selection panel. The competition is strong: roughly 18% of entries are accepted each year from more than 3,000 submissions. Review panels are made up of experts both internal and external to Oracle. Successful submissions often (but not exclusively) focus on customer successes, how-tos, or best practices.

http://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-papers/information/index.html

What is in it for you? Recognition, for one thing. Accepted sessions are publicized in the content catalog, which goes live in mid-June, and sessions given by external speakers often prove the most popular. Plus, accepted speakers get a complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld with access to all sessions and networking events- that could save you up to $2,595!

Be sure designate your session for inclusion in the correct track by selecting  “APPLICATIONS: Product Lifecycle Management from the Primary Track drop down menu.

Looking forward to seeing you at this year's OpenWorld!

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

The Latest from Agile PLM Customers

We’ve heard from several Agile PLM customers in the news lately, so in case you've missed these, here are a handpicked few to know:

Herbalife was the focus of the “Best Practices in Innovation” feature in the February 2012 edition of the Consumer Goods Technology publication.   Herbalife is a consumer goods companies offering products for weight management, targeted nutrition, energy and fitness, and skin and hair care.  The company achieved record sales in 2010, and continues to face growing product complexity as they delve into new markets and improve their offerings.  Gary Swanson, Vice President of Corporate Quality, says, “PLM allows the company to operate unimpeded, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on product development and other activities.”  They use the Agile PLM solution, particularly the Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics application, to improve decision support across the enterprise while tracking product changes with built-in capabilities, like audit train and sign-off history, which are requirements in a compliance and regulated industry.  The CGT article can be found here.

Oracle is partnering with Kroger and Kalypso to help companies understand the changes and stay ahead of the curve on Are You Ready for New Food Safety Regulatory Requirements?”, a live webcast March 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.  Fred Brown, a partner at Kalypso and an expert in regulatory compliance and quality issues facing private label retail and food manufacturers, will address how organizations can leverage product lifecycle management (PLM) to meet regulatory requirements.  Bob Hosfeld, senior manager at Kroger Corporate Food Technology and Wes Frierson, director of PLM product strategy at Oracle, will join Brown as they discuss new regulations that challenge manufacturer compliance screening.  Additionally, the webcast will highlight how PLM systems can respond to new regulatory requirements from the FDA, customers or consumer groups.  To learn more and register, click here.

Oracle is also partnering with GoEngineer and M/A COM Technology Solutions in a live webcast on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PDT entitled, Implement World-Class PLM Quickly and Effectively…Really! Greg Katai, Sr. PLM Consultant at GoEngineer, will share the benefits of Agile PLM and how you can quickly and cost-effectively implement the solution for your business.  Phil Stathas, Director of Information Technology with M/A COM Technology Solutions, will share their insight as a customer achieving significant value from the solution.  To learn more and register, click here.

Atrium Medical Corporation shared their Agile PLM case study on our oracle.com customer showcase, entitled  how Atrium Medical Corporation Reduces Engineering Change Order Cycle by 48% First Year after Deploying Product Lifecycle Management Solution.  Atrium Medical Corporation is a leader in medical device technologies for interventional cardiology and radiology, chest trauma care and thoracic drainage, vascular surgery, and general surgery. The company, which was recently acquired by Getinge Group, produces more than 2.7 million sterile medical products annually and distributes them in more than 60 countries.  

Atrium adheres to ISO 13485 quality standards, which define a comprehensive management system for medical device design and manufacturing. It is also committed to advancing discovery and driving product development and manufacturing innovation. To continue to meet these objectives as it grew rapidly, Atrium looked to accelerate and further standardize engineering change order (ECO) processes for its medical devices, as well as create a closed-loop corrective and preventive quality-event process to enable root cause analysis and drive improvement, moving forward.

Atrium worked with Oracle Insight, which assessed the company’s product lifecycle management (PLM) processes and helped it define an effective IT platform strategy to optimize product collaboration and quality management. The medical device manufacturer deployed Oracle’s Agile PLM solutions, including Agile Product Collaboration and Agile Product Quality Management, in 2010―standardizing processes, improving collaboration and communication, and accelerating ECOs and time to market. In the first year of deployment, Atrium reduced ECO cycle time by 48%, even as the number of change orders increased nearly 15%.

We’re honored to have such successful customers willing to share their experiences with us all.  If you’re a customer interested in sharing your story too, please let us know!

Wednesday Feb 15, 2012

Observations from the Oracle Agile PLM Summit 2012: Agility Reset and Reloaded!

Coming out of Oracle OpenWorld last fall, one theme that kept coming up in conversations with our customers was that they missed the intimacy and community building that used to take place at Agility, Agile Software’s pre-acquisition customer conference. So encouraged by this feedback, along with the support and enthusiasm of our partners and invaluable help from our extended Oracle colleagues, we mobilized quickly and were able to put together a day and a half of keynotes, breakouts, industry focus groups and networking events that I think greatly exceeded everyone’s expectations. When we first started planning, we were hopeful for a moderate turnout; we were overwhelmed when we quickly maxed out our first venue for this event and had to find a bigger venue to accommodate all our attendees! A big thank you especially to our fantastic customers from both near and far who came and participated in the Summit, with a mere six weeks of advance notice. The energy and enthusiasm that you brought to the conference was palpable. We couldn’t have done this without you!

PLM Summit Day One: General Session Keynotes & Networking Reception

John Kelley of Oracle keynote presentation at the PLM Summit 2012With over 300 people in attendance, we kicked off our first day with an afternoon of keynote presentations. Oracle’s John Kelley, VP of PLM Strategy, reinvigorated the spirit of Agility and set the visionary tone for the conference with his overview of Oracle Agile PLM product strategy and roadmap. One key question that John posed during his keynote was to think about where your organization stands on its product lifecycle management capability index, or maturity curve. The maturity curve illustrates how PLM has evolved over the years, driven by increasingly complex product needs, from product data management to product collaboration and has now broadened under the Product Value Chain model to include analytics, customer needs management, PIM and product data quality. Mobile applications for Agile PLM are gaining more and more momentum within our customer base, so partners Mahindra Satyam and PLMFlex by Xavor shared with our audience the cool and cutting edge mobile technologies that they offer. Check out Xavor’s PLMFlex video from the conference.

Introduced by their implementation partner Oracle Consulting Services, Dell’s Jennifer Chapman, Director of Global Product Data was the Summit’s first customer keynote of the day. Agile and Dell have a long history, and it was interesting to hear an update on how Dell has dramatically expanded and improved upon its use of Agile PLM. Dell has a staggering 11,000+ users worldwide using Agile, with a mix spanning a range of functional roles, from engineering to operations to procurement to external partners. Due to the Agile implementation, Dell is posting some impressive metrics, especially with improved cost and new product introduction process cycle time.

Following Dell’s presentation was Mark Davis from Deloitte, who set the stage for both ONSemiconductor and St. Jude Medical with his discussion of business challenges in the semiconductor and medical device industries. 

Yann Dupre, Sr. Principal Program Manager from ONSemi gave an overview on how his company is using Agile Product Portfolio Management (PPM) to support new product development. ONSemi has been growing by leaps and bounds through acquisition, having acquired eight companies since 2007, but was concerned that their NPD process was resulting in too many projects that yielded little to no revenue, and set a goal to improve the return on their R&D investment in a measurable way. After a fairly aggressive timeline, they have successfully deployed global NPD and part release procedures, and have a common cost model with over 95% adoption. Jenna Dudevoir and Kasey Durbin of Kalypso at the PLM Summit 2012. Shared via Twitter @KalypsoLP

The final customer presenter of the day was Mark Rutkiewicz, Quality Director of St. Jude Medical (formerly known as AGA Medical), who presented on medical device quality management. Mark is a longtime Agile user who implemented Agile at AGA Medical and has posted some impressive metrics including a 100% adoption rate among engineers, 20-40% reduction in effort and time for Agile-supported processes, as well as high praise from the FDA. 

The afternoon wrapped up with a customer panel made up of our three customer keynoters, and hosted by Horst Groesser of Kalypso. The panel was an opportunity for Horst to summarize the presentations of the day and to allow our audience to ask questions directly to our speakers. Despite the long day, our audience kept the panelists busy for over 30 minutes with questions. Discussions continued on through our Networking Reception, which was sponsored by our partners Deloitte, Kalypso, Mahindra Satyam and PLMFlex by Xavor, and featured several demo stations.

PLM Summit Day Two: Breakouts, Networking Lunch & Industry Focus Groups

Day two of the PLM Summit opened with three breakout tracks, each consisting of four back-to-back sessions. One track focused on product insights and best practices, the second on product demos and deep dives and the third on administration and integrations. Again all the rooms were packed, which made for some very lively discussions. We even had several partners involved in day two sessions, including CPG Solutions, GoEngineer, Kalypso and Deloitte. Attendees suggested afterwards to extend the sessions for more content and wanted longer breaks for networking, so we will definitely take that under advisement when planning next year’s event.

After the success of last year’s Birds of a Feather lunch at OpenWorld, we decided to hold the same type of lunch at our Summit. In addition to the partners already mentioned, we were pleased to have Accenture, Domain, Hitachi Consulting, J-Squared, ZeroWaitState and IBM hosting table topics. The topics included integrations, quality management, managing engineering data, mobile solutions and much more. This is an opportunity for our partners to create and facilitate discussions among our customers on common topics, and was very well attended.

The afternoon concluded with meetings of our industry focus groups. Not surprisingly, the most popular group was focused on high technology and semiconductor, with the life sciences group and the product value chain group not far behind. There were several deep discussions, new ideas, and insightful questions. It was inspiring! And based on the feedback we’ve received, our attendees left feeling similarly. The Agile PLM teams have always had a history of putting customers first, and these focus groups are invaluable to us as they allow us to collaborate directly with our customers as we strive to deliver the industry’s best PLM solutions.

If you’re interested in reading another perspective on the PLM Summit, check out this blog by Steven Porter of our partner ZeroWaitState.

PLM Summit: What’s Next?

Based on the initial comments from attendees and partners, we will definitely plan on doing the Summit on an annual basis moving forward. We are currently collecting all the presentations from the Summit, and will be posting them to a secure site, so if you attended the Summit, you will get an email within the next few days on how to access the site.

We are preparing a survey for our attendees to see what we can improve on for next time, but if you have any other comments or suggestions, especially as it pertains to the location, length and/or content of the conference, please feel free to email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Again, a big thanks to all the Oracle staff that hustled to get the content together for the Summit, to the partners for supporting the Summit and especially to all our customers and prospects who attended. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

Friday Jan 27, 2012

Video: 20 Customer Results in 90 Seconds

Watch our latest Oracle Agile PLM video on YouTube to catch 20 customer results in just under 90 seconds.  All these case studies and more can be found on our PLM Customer Showcase page of Oracle.com.  Enjoy!

Thursday Jan 12, 2012

Oracle Agile PLM Summit 2012, Feb 7-8 in Santa Clara, CA

We've heard you...

Our PLM community has been asking for an opportunity to get together, so here it is!  On February 7-8 in Santa Clara, California, we have created the complimentary Oracle Agile PLM Summit 2012 for all of our customers, prospects, and sponsoring partners to come together and learn, share ideas, and network.  We are delighted to have Day 1 Keynote Speakers from our customers Dell and ON Semiconductor.

The two-day event is rich with content for all companies looking to bring innovative products to market quickly and efficiently.  As margins shrink, cycles compress, and customer desires become more complex, gaining that competitive edge becomes more and more elusive.  At the Oracle PLM Summit, business leaders will come together to learn strategies to compete in today's environment from Oracle Agile PLM experts and industry peers through case studies, industry special interest group discussions, and best practice sessions.  Here is a detailed look at our current agenda:

Agenda
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Check-in & Networking
GENERAL SESSIONS
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Welcome & Opening Keynote: - John Kelley, VP Product Management, Oracle Oracle PLM Strategy & Roadmap: Optimizing Your Product Value Chain For Profitability
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Customer Spotlight: Enterprise Quality Management
Speaker TBD

Expand Your Quality Management Systems Across The Enterprise
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Customer Spotlight: Product Portfolio Management
with ON Semiconductor
Enable Enterprise-Level Phase-Gate Programs and Resource Optiimization Across Your Portfolio
3:35 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Customer Spotlight: Outsourced Design and Supplier Collaboration
with Dell
Mimiize Risk and Maximize Profitability While Protecting Your Intellectual Property
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Customer Panel and Q&A
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception & Partner Showcase
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-in & Networking
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Solutions & Use Cases Product Insight & Best Practices Integration and Product Value Chain Optimization
8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Managing Software Development and Embedded Software Design with Agile AutoVue Best Practices: Gain Greater Visibility of Product, Asset and Engineering Information Expand The Value of Your Agile Investment with Innovative Process Extension Ideas
9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Learn More About How Agile Engineering Collaboration Enables Common And Integrated Design Information Management Across All MCAD, ECAD, & Software Components Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics Overview & Demo: Gain Increased Visibility Into New Product Development Pipeline, Product Risks, and Quality
Trends for the Most Informed Product investment Decisions
Maximize the Benefits of an Integrated Architecture: Learn More About Application Integration Architecture (AIA)
10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Explore How Customer Needs Management Provides a Collaborative Environment Designed to Capture the Voice of Your Customer Maximize Product Pipeline Throughput While Compressing Cycle Times, Controlling Target Margins, and Ensuring Regulatory Compliance With Product Portfolio Management (PPM) Link and Optimize Your Product and Supply Processes to Enable Full Product Value Chain Management
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Ensuring Implementation and Upgrade Success Streamline Product Quality Management Processes and Replace Homegrown Applications For Analysis and Resolution of Product Quality Issues Ensure The Integrity and Accuracy of Your Product Data Across The Enterprise
12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Networking Lunch: Featuring Topic Expert Hosted Tables
INDUSTRY FOCUS GROUPS
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Life Sciences - Bring Products To Market Faster In a Highly Regulated Industry While Ensuring Compliance and Reducing Risk Semiconductor - Opitmize Product Development Processes to Enable Innovation, Improve Profitability, and Compress Cycle Times High Tech & Industrial Descrete Manufacturing - Effectively Plan and Execute Complex Product Programs, Rapidly Identify And Solve Critcal Quality Issues, and Deliver Innovative Products That Satisfy Unique Customer Requirements

Speakers and sessions are subject to change.

This event is free for customers and prospects, but space is limited.

Learn more or register today by calling 1-800-820-5592 ext.10057.

Monday Jan 09, 2012

Quantum Corporation Accelerates Time to Market and Reduces Costs with Product Lifecycle Management Applications

This article is a reprint of the Quantum Corporation case study on the Oracle Customer Showcase. [Link]

Quantum Corporation is a proven global expert in data protection and big data management that provides a unique combination of intelligent storage solutions and unmatched value for traditional, virtual, and cloud environments. These solutions include DXi®-Series disk-based deduplication and replication systems for fast backup and restore, Scalar® tape automation products for disaster recovery and long-term data retention, StorNext® data management software and appliances for high-performance file sharing and archiving, and vmPRO™ solutions for protecting virtual machine data.

To accelerate product innovation and time to market for new storage products and upgrades, Quantum wished to upgrade its lifecycle management applications for streamlined engineering, production, and compliance processes, as well as enhanced collaboration with employees and partners. Quantum also looked to reduce development and production costs, improve information accessibility, and streamline compliance reporting.

After reviewing various vendors, Quantum implemented Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management applications and granted access to approximately 1,500 users. With the implementation, Quantum reduced engineering and production change time from weeks to days or hours. The company also reduced costs by minimizing order cancellations or inventory issues as well as enhancing employee and partner collaboration for engineering and manufacturing processes. Finally, Quantum used Agile Product Governance and Compliance to respond to customer and governmental reporting requirements and to maintain an information library.

Challenges

  • Accelerate product innovation and time to market for new storage products and upgrades, such as deduplication and replication systems, and optimize patent value in the competitive data storage market
  • Reduce development and production costs to meet market requirements and handle increasing global data volumes, as well as capture a competitive edge
  • Increase scalability in product lifecycle management capabilities and enhance engineering collaboration with partners and employees
  • Streamline and accelerate compliance reporting required by customers and regulatory organizations, such as U.S. customs and trade regulations
  • Improve information accessibility for employees, administrators, and partners

 Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management applications to approximately 1,500 users to streamline engineering, production, and compliance processes, enhance collaboration, and accelerate product time to market. The applications include Agile Product Collaboration, Agile Product Quality Management, and Agile Product Governance & Compliance.
  • Accelerated engineering and production changes—with changes that used to take weeks, now taking only days or hours
  • Reduced costs with improved employee and partner collaboration for engineering and manufacturing processes
  • Decreased order cancellation and inventory issue costs as data can be shared quickly with production facilities
  • Implemented Oracle’s Agile Product Governance and Compliance to enable the company to respond to customer and governmental reporting requirements regarding product content and to maintain a library of this information
  • Integrated the company’s Agile and Oracle E-Business Suite applications to eliminate time-consuming, manual data reentry and reduce the errors and costs associated with rekeying data

A word from Quantum Corporation

“Oracle Agile product lifecycle management applications enable us to collaborate and communicate globally with employees and partners. With the implementation, we acquired enhanced information-sharing capabilities to accelerate time to market, improve reporting capabilities, and reduce costs.” – Daniel Hartley, Product Lifecycle Management Applications Manager, Quantum Corporation

Thursday Jan 05, 2012

Announcing New Version of Agile Customer Needs Management Now Available

 

Agile Customer Needs Management 1.2 on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

We’re pleased to announce the general availability of the newest release from our best-in-breed PLM suite of applications: Agile Customer Needs Management (CNM) 1.2.  It is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud for download. 

As companies strive to execute well on customer focused and / or innovation-fueled strategies, they often turn to professional technology solutions to help them capture, vet, and calibrate product ideas, features and requirements. Agile Customer Needs Management (CNM) is focused on the initial phases of the product innovation process. The solution provides a collaborative environment designed to:

  1. Aggregate ideas from multiple sources
  2. Invite a team of experts to enrich and vet selected ideas to determine the best investments
  3. Draft and approve product requirements
  4. Promote requirements to the product record

With Agile CNM, product owners and product managers can optimally deliver the right products to their targeted markets and achieve customer desires.  The new release focuses on integration, user experience, and performance providing:

  • Web services to integrate CNM with external systems such as CRM or Call Center applications to collect the incoming funnel of ideas
  • One click promotion of Requirements to Agile’s Product Record
  • Add references to Problem Reports from Product Quality Management and Price Details from Product Cost Management
  • The extension of type ahead and search for Customer and Product Line fields
  • Notifications for send for review, add team member and add comment
  • Improved performance, scalability and clustering support
  • Internationalization and localization support for Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Japanese, French, German, Russian

    CNM Screenshot1

    Screenshot 1: Capture ideas, invite experts to enrich and draft, vet, approve requirements and/or features.

    Screenshot 2: Tight connection across ideas, requirements and product record improves traceability and increases the probability of marketplace success.

    Screenshot 3: CNM 1.2 enables reference links to Problem Reports and Prices

This release also maintains support for the latest available WebLogic application server and new Web Browser versions. Agile CNM is built on Fusion Middleware and supports out of the box integration with Agile 9 PLM, Oracle’s Universal Content Management and AutoVue.

Media Pack

The Agile Customer Needs Management 1.2 Media Packs are now available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud for download.  Here is a list of the media packs by platform:

B65764-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)

B65732-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Linux x86

B65734-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Linux x86-64

B65736-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Microsoft Windows x64

Note: CNM 1.2 no longer supports the Windows 32-bit platform.

Documentation

The documentation library for CNM 1.2 (Part Number E23502_01) is available on the OTNContinue to check the OTN Sample Code Index for the CNM 1.2 web service sample files

Supported PLM Versions

Agile PLM 9.2.2.4 and above.

Learn more about Agile Customer Needs Management.

Thursday Dec 15, 2011

AutoVue 20.1.1 for Agile now Available

Originally published by Angus Graham on Dec 13, 2011. Link

Oracle’s AutoVue 20.1.1 for Agile PLM is now available on Oracle’s Software Delivery Cloud. This latest release allows Agile PLM customers to take advantage of new AutoVue 20.1.1 features in the following Agile PLM environments (9.3.1.x; 9.3.0.x; 9.2.2.4+).

AutoVue 20.1.1 has several improvements, but I'd like to highlight 3 areas that will be important for Agile customers.

New Format Support: AutoVue 20.1.1 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:

  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2012
  • Inventor 2012
  • Unigraphics NX7 and NX7.5
  • Adobe Acrobat 10

PDF Improvements:

PDF is one of the most popular formats being used by Agile customers today. It is used as an archival format, as well as a publishing standard for design information, manufacturing instructions, customer requirements, and safety and regulatory information.

AutoVue 20.1.1 has improved the viewing of PDF files with better navigation and zooming behaviour by providing more intuitive zoom levels while searching, switching pages, or moving between markups in a PDF file. 

Converting CAD designs to PDF is a common practice for many Agile customers. AutoVue 20.1.1 provides greater flexibility with PDF measurements by introducing snapping measurements. If a CAD design has been converted to a vector-based PDF, AutoVue 20.1.1 can take accurate measurements from the PDF, by snapping to points and shapes in the design. This unlocks the valuable data contained in the file and provides more information to people on the shop floor.

AutoVue 20.1.1 adds the ability to select, copy, and paste text from PDF files, improving the efficiency with which feedback can be delivered. During reviews, requirements and regulations can now be copied and pasted directly into markups, providing further explanation behind the decisions being made.

Improved Troubleshooting and Stability:

AutoVue 20.1.1 includes improvements to the stability, reliability, and server uptime for users by facilitating the identification, logging, and quarantine of problematic files on a server. For example, if the server crashes, the administrator is provided with a list of all files that were open on the server at the time of the crash. Doing this greatly reduces the amount of time admins need to spend tracking down these files and once found, they can restrict file access so that no further crashes will be caused.

For further details, check out the What’s New in AutoVue 20.1.1 datasheet.

Wednesday Oct 12, 2011

Agile PLM Reflections from OpenWorld, Mobile Apps, Expanding Ecosystem

I am recently home from Oracle OpenWorld 2011 in San Francisco, as well as as chaperoning a 5th Grade church retreat in East Texas.  It was wonderful to be back in my house and bed Sunday night after a full 7 days away.  I have to say the food was better in San Francisco than at Pine Cove (the kids rated it a 5, I gave it a 2).  Both events were equally rewarding, in completely different ways. The Pine Cove stories (running around with my son and 5 other boys in the dark playing a silly game for example) will have to wait for another day; here lets focus on OpenWorld.

Customers

I think this was the best OpenWorld for PLM since 2007, when we ran a little Agility within OpenWorld. This year we were lucky to hear in almost 30 sessions and in countless conversations how PLM is being used in new and innovative ways. Our customers are simply amazing - the amount of value they derive from our software is humbling.  We know we have a great responsibility to keep nurturing that value.  Master Lock, Oracle-Sun, Dell, Stryker Endoscopy, ON Semiconductor, Eli Lilly and Company, QUALCOMM, Brocade, Herbalife, Zebra Technologies, Atrium Medical, W. L. Gore & Associates, Sensata, and St Jude Medical were able to speak about the diverse processes they have enabled through Agile PLM. 

At W. L. Gore & Associates, in addition to managing their Device Master Record and Design History File, they are also managing their Supplier Qualification Documentation in PLM.  Their FDA Auditors walk through the documentation in PLM, and are done.  Quickly.  Without huge stacks of paper.  ON Semiconductor drives management's accountability for project execution by ensuring they open Gates on Projects.  This guarantees that project owners are engaged in making good decisions for the business.  Stryker Endoscopy is bringing enterprise quality events into Agile PLM to present them to their designers - who now know exactly what quality events are happening around the product throughout their organization. Designers now can make more informed design decisions.  As an example of what we heard this year at OpenWorld, these three customers are getting enhanced value from Agile PLM by creatively leveraging our tool to target problematic business processes.

Partners

In addition to our customer success, our ongoing investment to ensure our products are Complete, Open, and Integrated has energized our partner base.  Every one of our partners that I talked to is expanding their Agile PLM capabilities and capacity, some very dramatically.  We had our partners like Sierra Atlantic, Velquest, and Kalypso present in sessions, and we had many others interacting with customers at multiple events.  In addition to the other partners mentioned, Go Engineer, Domain Systems, J-Squared, CPG Solutions, IBM, HCL America, and Accenture met with customers over a lunch event on Wednesday.  I met with many of the different partners, some old friends who have been with us for a long time, and I also met with new partners like Loftware who can integrate to Agile PLM to add change control to Label templates that are also integrated to ERP. 

Oracle's investment in our software and in the concepts of Complete, Open, and Integrated have enabled Zero Wait State to create an online store for their Agile PLM extensions and services.  This investment has also led to two partners developing mobile applications.  Mahindra Satyam recently announced availability of an iOS application with many capabilities for Agile PLM.  Another partner, Xavor, has also developed a mobile app for ECO signatures available on several smart phones.  This diversity of partners provides our customers the choice of working with our talented Oracle Consulting Services team or with a partner to start or enhance their Agile PLM implementations.

Innovation

I was fortunate to talk about two concepts that are really exciting and available today.  First is Enterprise Quality Management.  Michael Caveney has worked with the Oracle Consulting team to create an integration between Siebel, EBS, and Agile PLM to escalate product issues into PLM for action on the Product, a closed loop Stop Ship with EBS, and ongoing interaction between PLM and Siebel to communicate status and completion to the customer.  This flow has significant applicability to our Life Sciences customers because it can also handle reporting to the FDA for an adverse event. In addition, two customers presented their own EQM stories.

Second, I was able to talk about how the Agile PLM development team uses the robust document and change management capabilities of Agile PLM to manage our requirements, design, development, and test plans for our own software releases.  The same Oracle IT team who implemented our Hardware business (Sun and Pillar) on Agile PLM is rolling out this capability to additional Oracle software development teams with additional capabilities to manage software projects.  You will keep hearing more from us on this topic.

One of the things that has always set Agile PLM apart is the strong process integration with the supply chain.  Our release of Engineering Collaboration 3.0.2 this week and Customer Needs Management 1.1 earlier this year significantly enhance our Art to Part process (from Design through the Supply Chain to build) as well as investing in the other side of Product Management in aggregating  customer ideas into Features, Releases, and the projects to build out the features into real products.  Since he has already beaten me to the punch, check out Steve Porter’s blog about Engineering Collaboration. I still don’t accept alignment with the Empire – even the Ewoks are better than that (see Barney’s Ewok line on HIMYM). Our capability in Engineering Collaboration with PC to aggregate multiple sources of CAD data into a consolidated BOM picture is incredibly powerful. It gives our customers the flexibility to use the best CAD tool on the front end, while presenting one BOM to the Supply Chain.

I am as excited as ever about the opportunities with Agile, and the energy around us at OpenWorld 2011 certainly validates that excitement.  I hope you feel it as well, and I look forward to seeing you at OpenWorld 2012 (September 30 – October 4, 2012). If you want to review the content from OpenWorld, please go to the Event Catalog and search on the Product Lifecycle Management and Product Value Chain track.

Thursday Aug 04, 2011

Agile in the News: a Recap of Recent Customer Announcements

If it seems like you've seen more of Oracle's Agile PLM in the news recently, you're right.  We've had several interesting stories in the past month or so to announce, particularly around customer momentum.  Here's a recap:

Kroger generated plenty of buzz when it was announced the company selected Oracle's Agile PLM for Process solution to improve customer experience.  Chris Hjelm, Chief Information Officer, Kroger, is quoted in the Oracle Press Release saying, "We look forward to leveraging Oracle's Agile PLM for Process solution as we further streamline operations, improve the customer experience, and lead the grocery market through innovation and a commitment to excellence."

In Life Sciences industry news, Stryker released a case study about how they established an Enterprisewide Quality Management System with Agile PLM applications.  The story details how Stryker used the product quality management tools to cut change cycle time by 50% and improve first-pass yield of change by 90%.  They've also increased transparency to reduce the average number of corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) open at any time by more than 40% and accelerate resolutions.  AGA Medical (acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2010) also participated in a case study about drastically improving productivity and creating an enterprisewide integrated quality system with Agile PLM.  AGA Medical was able to reduce change order times from 26 days to just 4.5 days, an 83% time reduction, while including more information under appropriate controls.  The Agile solution also controls the item master for the company's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation, allowing Agile to manage the approved as-designed item configuration and JD Edwards to manage the as-built device, allowing significant flexibility in managing change and complexity of the product, reducing cost and time to implement changes and speeding system business process changes.

In the High Technology arena, Secure Meters Limited announced in a case study their work with Oracle Consulting to replace ten legacy engineering systems with Oracle's Agile PLM applications.  There are several impressive results, including reduced engineering change order turnaround-time by 50%, reduced defects per software build by 40%, improved potential earnings before interest and taxes per product developer by 40%, and accelerated time-to-market for utility meters by reducing product development cycle time by more than 25%.  And in a video interview, John Hitchcock of Pace (formerly 2Wire), explained to me, Oracle's PLM Product Marketing Manager, Kerrie Foy, how they saved $4 million dollars by adding the Agile Product Cost Management application to their footprint!

Check back often for more stories, and feel free to join the discussion here, on Facebook or Twitter.

Monday Jul 11, 2011

Considering Manufacturing's Link to Innovation and the Global Economy

As US President Obama Launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), we thought we’d take a moment to consider the impact of manufacturing on a nation and the global network of product designers, suppliers, producers, marketers, and customers. An interesting article called "Why Manufacturing Matters" by Suzanne Berger gives a compelling perspective on manufacturing’s link to innovation and economic advancement. From large outsourced corporations to small in-house manufacturers, innovation in how you bring a product to market is the key to success, can happen at any point in the value chain, and has ripple effects at home and worldwide. You’ll probably even recognize many of the case studies in the article as Oracle Agile PLM customers.

Have a comment? Feel free to join the discussion here, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

Friday Oct 22, 2010

Dynamic Lists and Object Lists

Agile has had object lists for a while. What are object lists? These are out-of-the-box lists (any list with a description starting with 'ALL') that points to objects in the system - Changes, Customers, Declarations, Discussions, Items, Programs,.. you get the idea! These lists are called object lists for a reason, they only yield object numbers as results or list entries. Object lists are non-customizable and they just work magically! Our customers have always asked us to provide something to help them customize the out-of-the-box object lists. For instance, look at scenario where you want to have a user list on Items where the users are Product Managers. Prior to 9.3.1 release you will have to maintain a list by manually adding and removing entries. What did we do to solve the problem? Read More..[Read More]

Tuesday Sep 28, 2010

Launching Agile PLM 9.3.1

Agile PLM 9.3.1 was released September 20 and adds significant capabilities to tailor Agile PLM web client for users, introduces new Web Services to better enable Document Publishing, enhances our Variant Management capabilities, provides several additional targeted enhancements to our existing modules, and introduces 2 new modules targeted at the Pharmaceutical industry. This release incorporates all of Agile PLM 9.3.0.2 to allow for a very smooth upgrade path. Follow the post to find links to the launch information. [Read More]
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