Tuesday May 12, 2009

Where do I learn more about Agile PLM Service Packs 9.2.2.5 and 9.2.2.6?

Since the release of Agile PLM 9.2.2.4, there have been two service packs - 9.2.2.5 and 9.2.2.6. Prior to the Oracle acquisition of Agile, Agile would add new features in each service pack (SP). This led to some confusion about which features are available within each service pack. After Agile PLM 9.2.2.4, service packs under Oracle comply with Oracle policy to be defect only. There are no new features in 9.2.2.5 and 9.2.2.6. This policy enables our customers to apply SPs more easily without user disruption and with lower risk. [Read More]

Monday Mar 23, 2009

Best Practice Series: Maximize Gantt Chart Performance

This one's important enough to warrant it's inclusion in the 'Best Practice Series' even though it really deals with improving the performance of the Gantt Chart client. Here are some simple steps that you can take to launch your Agile PPM Gantt Chart faster. It has to do with increasing the memory available to Java Runtime Environment (JRE) when you launch the Gantt Chart. You can specify the amount of memory allocated to JRE at runtime using Java Runtime Parameters. Since the project data is in xml format, it can get pretty big and when JRE is only allocated a small amount of memory, it may take multiple passes to load the data, which slows down the launching, ongoing transactions and updating in the Gantt Chart client.[Read More]

Sunday Mar 15, 2009

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Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Agile PLM to SAP: Design to Release PIP is released

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Wednesday Feb 25, 2009

Best Practice Series: Schedule Management between PPM and MS Project

I have been asked this question often enough that it warrants a Best Practices blog entry. A lot of project managers are familiar with Microsoft Project, and want to use it to carry out project planning and scheduling. No problem there. Agile PPM has a built-in integration that allows users to schedule using Microsoft Project and publish the results back to PPM. However, some users expect that they will be able to simultaneously schedule projects using MS Project AND PPM, and this is where one needs to be cautious. Scheduling engines are inherently different because of all the details that go building them. Using two scheduling engines on the same project at the same time, can lead to schedule conflicts, because of the slightly different rules used in rescheduling, default settings for activity constraints etc. To guard against this, PPM has a 'Schedule Editor' switch that can be set for each project to indicate which scheduling engine needs to control scheduling. Note that this switch can be set at the project level, which allows project managers the flexibility to use PPM or MS Project for that particular project.[Read More]

Wednesday Jan 28, 2009

Agile PLM 9.2.2.6 (9.2.2. SP6) is released

Service Pack 6 for Agile PLM 9.2.2 is posted to Oracle Support (Metalink) as patchset 7715201. The readme is posted with the Patchset or through Oracle Technology Network (Select 9.2.2.6 at http://www.oracle.com/technology/documentation/agile.html). [Read More]

Tuesday Jan 27, 2009

Where did PLM come from?

I often get questions about what exactly is Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The best thing to do is to look at some of the concrete things (products) you interact with on a daily basis. For example, I am currently sitting on a MD-80 airplane, using a laptop, listening to a MP3 player on noise cancelling headphones drinking a soft drink, eager to land and turn on my cell phone so I can pick up golf clubs and run to a rental car. Every product (airplane, laptop, MP3 player, soft drink, cell phone, golf clubs, car) I am interacting with is comprised of lots of different parts or processes which are designed by people. From a very high level perspective, PLM is about getting the parts and processes from those designers into the hands of the people who will actually build the products with the least amount of overhead (wasted time) for these people. PLM layers additional capability on top of Product Data Management (PDM). This blog post explores some of the drivers in managing data through PDM features. [Read More]

Monday Jan 26, 2009

Dashboard Management: Pointing to an External URL

It is relatively easy to create a custom tab in the Agile PLM Dashboard that points to any external URL. Possible examples could be relevant ERP systems that provide complementary data, and websites that rate and perform analysis on parts, suppliers and manufacturers. Following are the steps to create a new tab and point it to any external URL. I have chosen a generic URL for this example, but you can replace it with any URL of your choice. [Read More]

Wednesday Jan 07, 2009

Best Practices: Enable and Configure Agile PLM Dashboard

I just thought I would write this small blog post for the benefit of the broader Agile audience. This came up recently as a query from a customer. How does one enable the Agile PLM Dashboard? What are the recommended best practices for configuring the PLM Dashboard? In 9.2.2, the dashboard really expanded from just being PPM Dashboard to being a PLM Dashboard. You can now configure any advanced search and PX within a dashboard widget. This provides customers with tremendous flexibility in displaying search results in tabular or graphical format as well as displaying PLM relevant data from other systems via Process Extensions. It is really simple to enable the PLM Dashboard. If you are on version 9.2.2 or later, your license should include the PLM Dashboard functionality, however you need to 'enable' it for the users. Starting with 9.2.2, there is a special privilege type 'Dashboard Tab View', that controls visibility of Dashboard tabs. You can create one or more privileges of this type to view a set of dashboard tabs. These privileges can in turn be part of one or more roles depending on the need.[Read More]

Friday Nov 07, 2008

Is Agile PLM certified on VMWare?

Oracle has not certified any of its products (including Agile PLM) on VMware virtualized environments. However, customers can deploy Oracle products on VMWare.[Read More]

Thursday Oct 30, 2008

Customer Needs Management (CNM) - An Introduction

Last week, AMR Research's Jeffrey Hojlo released a report about how Oracle is addressing the "front of innovation" with the Customer Needs Management (CNM) product. Customer Needs Management, as such, means different things to different customers. For many, such as large Industrial manufacturing companies operating in an Engineer, Build or Configure to Order (ETO, BTO or CTO) mode, it involves detailed understanding of a single customer's requirements so they can provide an accurate quote that beats the competitors' in understanding and meeting the customer's requirements, not to mention price. For those at the other end of the spectrum, such as Build to Stock Consumer Goods companies, customer needs are more like the needs of a huge market comprising of thousands or millions of customers. Perhaps that's why the front-end of innovation is so fuzzy. Despite the stark contrast, however, there are striking similarities among all verticals in the task of managing customer needs.[Read More]

Wednesday Oct 22, 2008

Best Practice Series: PLM Information - Organize, Formalize and Learn

Project Management in any organization and context involves managing issues, risks and action items as well as maintaining and storing non-structured information arising out of discussions and meetings. Project Management in the context of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) focuses on Product Development Processes (PDP) and basically a creative yet rigorous process. The creative aspect of PDP projects results in a lot of non-structured information being created especially in the early design stages of a product. The rigorous aspect, on the other hand, dictates that you organize non-structured information in a form that is easily accessible and can be leveraged in the future. 'Learning from failure' is just as important as learning from success. This blog post talks about some of the best practices that you can incorporate into your existing PPM deployment to effectively organize your non-structured PLM information.[Read More]

Monday Oct 20, 2008

FDA 21 CFR Part 11 Compliance: Dual Identification for Signoffs

Here's an extract from the Federal Register that lays out the final ruling of 21 CFR Part 11: "Section 11.200 provides that electronic signatures not based on biometrics must employ at least two distinct identification components such as an identification code and password". With Agile 9.2.2.2, we've provided an ability for Administrators to configure specific workflow statuses that require signoff to require an additional form of user authentication along with the usual approval password. The Administrator also has the flexibility of determining what the second form of user authentication should be. [Read More]

Wednesday Oct 08, 2008

Did the data model fundamentally change in 9.2.2?

This was a question asked by a customer who is the process of upgrading to 9.2.2.4 from 9.2.1. Most of the customers are aware that there were a lot of functionality and usability improvements in 9.2.2 especially in the Product Portfolio Management (PPM) module. e.g. user feedback regarding consolidating all project related information on a single screen led to a single Content tab for the Programs base class that combines the Relationships, References, Attachments and Links functionality in earlier releases. But did this lead to a fundamental data model change that repurposed the use of fields such as name and number? What are implications for upgrade? [Read More]

Tuesday Oct 07, 2008

GA Announcements - September 2008 Edition

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