Monday Oct 22, 2012

Calling All Agile Customers-Share Your Stories at the Upcoming PLM Summit

Now that we've closed the door on another Oracle OpenWorld, planning is in full swing for the next PLM Summit, taking place February 4-6, 2013 in San Francisco, in conjunction with the Oracle Value Chain Summit. This event is a must-attend for all Agile PLM customers. We will be holding five tracks with over forty Agile PLM-focused sessions covering a range of topics and industries. If you'd like to be notified once registration is live for this event, be sure to sign up at

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: We are looking for some fresh, new customer stories to share with attendees. Read below for descriptions of the five tracks, and the suggested topics that we'd like to hear from customers. If you are interested in presenting at the PLM Summit (and getting a FREE pass to attend if your presentation is accepted!) send me an email at with:

  • Your proposed session title and the track your session fits into
  • 3-5 bullets of takeaways that attendees will get from your presentation
  • Your complete contact information including name, title, company, telephone number and email

The deadline for this call for presentations is Thursday, November 15, so get your submission in soon!

PLM Track #1:  Product Insights and Best Practices

This track will provide executive attendees and line of business managers with an overview of how Agile PLM has been deployed and used at customers to enable and manage critical product-related business processes including enterprise quality and supplier management, compliance, product cost management, portfolio management, commercialization and software lifecycle management. These sessions will also provide details around how to manage the development and rollout of the solutions and how to achieve and track value.

Possible session topics:

  • Software Lifecycle Management
  • Enterprise Quality Management
  • New Product Development
  • Integrated Business Planning
  • ECO effectivity planning
  • Rapid Commercialization            
  • Manage the Design to Release Process for Complex Configured Products
  • PLM for Life Sciences Companies I (Compliant Data Set)
  • PLM for Life Sciences Companies II (eMDR, UDI)
  • Discrete CPG – Private Label Mgmt
  • Cost Management and Strategic Sourcing
  • IP Mgmt in the Semiconductor Industry
  • Implementing the Enterprise Training Record using Agile PLM

PLM Track #2: Product Deep Dives & Demos

This track is aimed at line of business  and IT managers who would like to understand the benefits of expanding their PLM footprint. The sessions in this track will provide attendees with an up-close and in-depth look Agile PLM’s newer and exciting applications, including analytics and innovation management, and will detail features and functionality that are available in the latest version of Agile PLM

Possible session topics:

  • Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics
  • Integrating PLM with Engineering and Supply Chain Systems
  • Streamline PLM Design to Manufacturing Processes with AutoVue Visualization Solutions        
  • Achieve Environmental Compliance (REACH and ROHS) with Agile Product Governance & Compliance
  • PIM Deep Dive
  • Achieving Integrated Change Control with Agile PLM and E-Business Suite
  • Deploying PLM at Small and Midsize Enterprises
  • Enhancing Oracle PQM w/APQP and 8D functionality
  • Advanced Roles and Privileges – Enabling ITAR
  • Model Unit Effectivity
  • Implementing REACH with 9.3.2
  • Deploying Job Functions, Functional Teams in 9.3.2 to Improve Your Approval Matrix

PLM Track #3: Administration & Integrations

This track will provide sessions for Agile administrators, managers and daily Agile PLM users who are preparing to upgrade or looking to extend the use of their current PLM implementation through AIA and process extensions. It will include deeper conversation about Agile PLM features and best practices on managing an Agile PLM infrastructure.

Possible session topics:

  • Expand the Value of your Agile Investment with Innovative Process Extension Ideas
  • Ensuring Implementation & Upgrade Success
  • Ensure the Integrity and Accuracy of Product Data Across the Enterprise             
  • Maximize the Benefits of an Integrated Architecture with AIA
  • Integrating your PLM Implementation with ERP              
  • Infrastructure Optimization
  • Expanding Your PLM Implementation
  • PLM Administrator Open Forum Q&A/Discussion
  • FDA Validation Best Practices
  • Best Practices for Managing a large Agile Deployment: Clustering, Load Balancing and Firewalls

PLM Track #4: Agile PLM for Process

This track is aimed at attendees interested in or currently using Agile PLM for Process. The sessions in this track will go over new features and functionality available in the newest version of PLM for Process and will give attendees an overview on how PLM for Process is being used to manage critical business processes such as formulation, recipe and specification management

Possible session topics:

  • PLM for Process Strategy, Roadmap and Update
  • New Product Development and Introduction
  • Effective Product Supplier Collaboration            
  • Leverage Agile Formulation and Compliance to Manage Cost, Compliance, Quality, Labeling and Nutrition
  • Menu Management
  • Innovation Data Management
  • Food Safety/ Introduction of P4P Quality Mgmt

PLM Track #5: Agile PLM and Innovation Management

This track consists of five sessions, and is for attendees interested in learning more about Oracle’s Agile Innovation Management, an exciting new addition to the Agile PLM application family that redefines the industry’s scope of product lifecycle management. Oracle’s innovation solutions enable companies to collaborate in a focused way among various functional groups (marketing, sales, operations, engineering/R&D and sourcing), combining insights of customer needs/requirements, competition, available technologies, alternate design scenarios and portfolio constraints to deliver what customers truly value. The results are better products, higher margins, greater efficiencies, more satisfied customers and the increased ability to continuously innovate.

Possible session topics:

  • Product Innovation Management Solution Overview
  • Product Requirements & Ideation Management
  • Concept Design Management
  • Product Lifecycle Portfolio Management
  • Innovation as a Competitive Differentiator

Friday Oct 12, 2012

Agile PLM Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2012

Thank you to everyone who joined us at Oracle OpenWorld this year, either in person or virtually (thanks for tweeting #oowplm)!  From customer presentations to after-hours networking opportunities, there was a lot to see and do during the entire conference.

It was our pleasure to feature several customer speakers during our PLM sessions at OpenWorld from such companies as Starbucks, Coca-Cola, Facebook, Eli Lilly, and many more.  Each had a unique perspective to share and fascinating insight into how they successfully leverage Agile PLM to facilitate profitable innovation, protect brand integrity, streamline operations, manage compliance, launch faster, etc.  For example, during the Product Value Chain keynote session, CIO Chris Bedi of JDSU shared how they implemented Agile PLM to support business imperatives around rapid innovation, centralizing product information, collaboration, and eliminate the “Excel gymnastics” required to obtain global portfolio visibility. In just 120 days after implementing, JDSU employees reported significant improvements around product record management, new product introduction, engineering collaboration and more, which created a better work environment to enable critical innovation. I could write on and on about the almost 20 sessions! So to spare yourselves, please visit; it’s a curated selection of PLM presentations from the OpenWorld Content Catalog and available on-demand. Enjoy!

Agile Innovation Management
During OpenWorld, we announced an exciting new addition to the Agile PLM applications called Innovation Management that redefines the industry’s scope of product lifecycle management.  Our broad vision of complete enterprise PLM for the entire Product Value Chain already broke new ground by helping organizations extend PLM disciplines downstream by connecting product design to commercialization processes; now we are helping executives look farther upstream in the early innovation phases to ultimately close the gap between strategy and execution that so commonly nags innovation initiatives.  More on this coming soon so stay tuned!

Unique Networking Opportunities 
We know it can be challenging during OpenWorld to find time to productively connect and network with your industry peers, so we hosted an Agile PLM “Birds of a Feather” networking brunch for the second year in a row.  At a fine restaurant close to Moscone we hosted nine tables, each with only ten seats to encourage active conversation.  Furthermore, guests could select from a list of predetermined table topics sponsored by a specialized PLM partner to guarantee – even more so – that they were seated with like-minded company and optimizing their time at the conference.  Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to easily connect with other PLM users during OpenWorld in a more casual setting.

What’s Next?
Thank you again to all who joined us!  If you haven't yet, mark your calendar to join us for the next Oracle Agile PLM conference at the Value Chain Summit in San Francisco, February 4-6 in 2013!  We’ll have 40 sessions of PLM content in four tracks. Don’t miss it! You can sign up to be notified when official registration opens by visiting


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