Launching Agile PLM 9.3.1
By Shane Goodwin-Oracle on Sep 28, 2010
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 126.96.36.199 to allow for a very smooth upgrade path. Follow the post to find links to the launch information.
Review the Press Release for some high level information about 9.3.1.
With 9.3.1, we are continuing to provide Transfer of Information (TOI) recordings - please review Support Note" 1220374.1 for access to the 25+ training sessions . These are recordings of presentations about the new features included with 9.3.1, including an overview of the features being added in this release. These recordings are similar to the ones provided on Note" 854537.1 for Agile PLM 9.3 and BI 3.2. Partners have access to the same support Notes and have a Partner specific OPN Featured Training Page (find or scroll down to the Agile section). There are some additional 9.3.1 readiness training sessions available to partners on that page.
All of the documentation for 9.3.1 is available through the Oracle Technology Network documentation page at the Agile Documentation page. Note that we have removed the documentation from the Media Pack in Edelivery in order to ensure customers download the latest version. The 9.3.1 software is posted to Edelivery.
For long term Agile PLM users, there are many features of 9.3.1 which are appealing. First, we have continued to make the UI more productive and more customizable for your users. Fields on the Title Block and Cover Page can be disabled for each subclass. In addition to Page 3 fields which can be customized by Subclass, this enables specific tailoring of Page 1 and 2 by subclass. This enables Administrators to set up subclass forms tailored just for that subclass - any non needed Page 1 or 2 fields can now be completely disabled at the subclass level.
Administrators can also now hide No Privilege fields completely from users. This enables even more tailored forms as users start or complete processes. If you only want a user to see specific fields for new objects, our privilege model will allow you to hide fields based on Status or Lifecycle Phase or other attributes. Administrators can also control the visibility and order of tabs by user or user group to further tailor the user experience and lead users to the specific information they require.
We have continued to invest in our Web Services framework, including two new services which enable document publishing use cases. These new services along with BI Publisher, Adobe Framemaker, or other publishing software, allow customers to create documents on demand like Data Sheets, ECO Forms, Quality Forms, BOM Prints, and any other report like requirement. As a part of the 9.3.1 release, Oracle is releasing several samples (on the Agile Samples Page) showing customers and partners how to leverage this extraordinarily powerful and very flexible capability. BI Publisher has significant Oracle communication available, including the BIP Product Page and BIP Blog. You may also want to visit the UPK Product Page to learn more about guided learning for your users.
Workflows can now contain multiple Hold and Cancel Statuses. This allows for more tailored Hold statuses, like Collect Supplier Input or Evaluate Cut-In rather than a generic name Hold. This also allows these additional Hold type statuses to have very specific Manual Valid Next Status settings to strictly control Change movement through the Workflow. Investments in Product Collaboration Variant Management have continued, with new capabilities for Model and Option BOMs and a Multi-Instance Configurator. These new capabilities to manage Model Option BOMs are available for all Product Collaboration customers.
We have also extended Workflow capability to stop collecting passwords for Change approvals, auto populating Change Analysts, Admin improvements, Export performance and stability improvements, new support for OID and OAM, and targeted PCM, PPM, and PG&C improvements. The functional Overview TOI on support Note" 1220374.1 has a complete list of the new features.
Finally, the new Material and Equipment Management and Recipe Management modules provide very powerful capabilities to develop Recipes as part of a controlled system in drug development laboratories, then release the recipes into a BOM structure for Pack and Label management and integration to downstream ERP systems. These capabilities also enable customers to leverage Agile PLM to share recipes with their Supply Chain. These two modules are typically replacing paper processes to manage the early stages of drug development and enable massive savings of effort and time.
The Agile PLM team is very proud that we have been able to continue to innovate on PLM by adding core capabilities which are available to all customers, and also by extending the application into new areas. The last several years have been very exciting with Business Intelligence, Engineering Collaboration, Events, Web Services, AIA PIP, Change Control of Attributes, Variant (Model Option BOMs), UPK Content, Document Publishing, the new UX, AutoVue 20, and many, many more capabilities we have added. We are also very excited about the things to come at Oracle.