Previewing the PLM Summit

We are just a few days away from the PLM Summit, taking place February 4-6, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero in San Francisco, and we have some great things in store for our attendees. It is going to be an action-packed 2 1/2 day event. Read on to find out more about the customer presentations and networking activities that we have in store for you, or download the updated PLM schedule here:

Monday, February 4: Registration, Opening General Session and Networking

Registration opens at 1pm on Monday at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, so make sure to allow yourself enough time to pick up your badge before the first opening session. The first big keynote of the day will be from Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President of Applications Development at Oracle, who will discuss Oracle's value chain vision. He will be followed by legendary football broadcaster, John Madden, who I'm sure will have some entertaining analysis following the Super Bowl (go Niners!!). After John Madden's keynote, from 5:30pm-7pm, attendees will get their first opportunity to network with all of our Oracle partners and to check out the many Oracle demo stations. Enjoy the night, but don't stay out too late as we have a full day of educational sessions and stories for you on Tuesday!

Tuesday, February 5: General Sessions, AGILITY Awards, Partner Networking and Oracle Demo Pods

Breakfast starts bright and early at 7am, with our first keynote of the day starting at 8:00am. Jon Chorley, Oracle's Chief Sustainability Officer and Vice President, Supply Chain Management, will kick off the day with a presentation on the sustainable value chain. Following Jon will be presentation by economist and former U.S. Secretary of Labor, Robert Reich. After this keynote, attendees will head to their individual product general sessions. In the PLM General Session, John Kelley, VP of PLM Product Strategy will discuss Agile PLM's product strategy and roadmap, followed by presentations from PLM partners Deloitte and Kalypso. We will be wrapping up this general session by announcing our 2013 Oracle Excellence in PLM AGILITY Awards. We look forward to recognizing several of our customers with this award.

One of the suggestions we received following last year's PLM Summit is that there was not enough networking time for customers, so we've made sure to allow for plenty of networking time this year, so be sure to take advantage of it. During lunches and breaks, be sure to visit with all of our PLM partners, including KPIT, Deloitte, Kalypso, IBM, GoEngineer, Perception Software, Hitachi Consulting, Domain, Verdant, PLM XL by Xavor and ZeroWaitState. And make sure to visit our PLM demo pods--we have pods covering PLM for High Tech/Semi, PLM for LifeSciences and PLM for Process and Consumer Goods. In addition, don't miss our demo pods covering Fusion Product Hub and AutoVue.

Tuesday, February 5-Wednesday February 6: PLM Tracks, Breakout and Industry Sessions

After lunch, we have a variety of breakout sessions taking place in several PLM tracks. Click on the links below to get detailed information on all sessions:

Product Insights and Best Practices: This track provides attendees with an overview of how customers leverage Agile PLM 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. Customer presenters in these sessions include Cisco, Tellabs, TRAK Microwave, GE Healthcare and PL Developments

Product Deep Dives and Demos: This track delivers to attendees a better understanding of the benefits associated with expanding your PLM footprint. Sessions will provide attendees with an up-close and in-depth look at some of the most fascinating and valuable use cases of Agile PLM and will detail new features and functionality in the latest version of Agile PLM. Customer presenters in these sessions include: GlobalFoundries, Broadcom, HP, Synaptics and O'Reilly Media.

Administration and Integrations: This track features 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. Sessions will include deeper conversations about Agile PLM features and best practices on successfully managing an Agile PLM infrastructure. Customer presenters in these sessions include: Epic, Metaldyne, Litens, MasterLock and JDSU.

PLM for Process (TUESDAY ONLY): Sessions will review new features and functionality available in the newest version and analyze how companies are leveraging PLM for Process to manage critical business functions such as formulation, recipe and specification management. Customer presenters in these sessions include: T. Marzetti, Elizabeth Arden and Mary Kay.

Innovation Management (WEDNESDAY ONLY): The sessions in this track focus on Agile Innovation Management, an exciting new addition to the portfolio that redefines the industry’s scope of product lifecycle management. Sessions will describe how the solution enables more focused collaboration to deliver products customers truly value. Learn how combining insights into requirements, competition, technologies, alternate design scenarios and portfolio constraints can lead to better products, higher margins, greater efficiencies, and happier customers.

Industry Sessions (WEDNESDAY ONLY): During the last two sessions on Wednesday, each PLM Track has a different focus; each has been reassigned into a special industry focus-group to facilitate deeper discussion around key industry issues in High Technology and Semiconductor, Life Sciences, and Industrial Manufacturing. Customers participating in discussions during these sessions include: HP, W.L. Gore, TRD, SubZero and Litens.

It is going to be a great week, I hope to see you there! And follow all the latest and greatest news coming out of the Summit on Twitter at #ovcs or #ovcsPLM.

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