Recap of the 2012 PLM for Process User Group: Implementation and Beyond
By Terri Hiskey on May 23, 2012
Last week, the J.M. Smucker Company graciously hosted the latest gathering of Oracle Agile PLM for Process (P4P) users at their headquarters in lovely Orrville, Ohio. From its beginning in 2006 through now, the P4P user group has grown by leaps and bounds with over 100+ customers representing 20+ companies. As a first time attendee at this event, I thought that even with the expanded number of attendees, the group still felt very intimate, with several customers including Chick-fil-A, Kroger, Gallo and Pillers Fine Foods pitching in to provide food and beverages for the crowd. The user group kicked off with introductions from all the attending companies, as well as a thanks to key Oracle Agile P4P partners CapGemini, Fujitsu, Kalypso and Verdant.
How are you using P4P?
Learning how fellow users are using P4P is the most valuable thing that our customers get from attending this event, and the general session presentations did not disappoint. They covered a range of use cases, including:
Long time Agile P4P customer McDonald's shared their best practices on how they are using successfully using P4P for new product development.
Our host, Smucker's, presented on how they are doing label management in the New Product Development (NPD) module, and later in the conference, they shared their strategy for integration and interfacing with other processes and systems
Newer adopter Starbucks shared their experiences around implementing the Supplier Portal in order to ensure that their numerous global suppliers are compliant with their stringent requirements.
Chick-fil-A has an ambitious vision for their PLM deployment, which will be critical for them as they work towards achieving some pretty aggressive corporate goals. They shared how far they have gone so far on their journey, through implementation of Global Spec Management and Supplier Portal, to Product Quality Management, and they are now working on Analytics.
Getting Down to the Details
These general session presentations were followed by breakout sessions, some of which were proposed before the start of the user group, but some sessions were added on the fly during the first day of the conference. It was great to see that the schedule allowed such flexibility, and it was also encouraging to see so many users stepping up to moderate these sessions. The breakouts covered a range of topics, from product models, to data conversion for formulas, to extensibility, customization and reporting.
Finally, like the slogan, "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good, " indeed the user group conference was good--very, very good! The organization of the event was excellent and the hospitality shown by the Smucker's team was warm and welcoming and certainly appreciated by all.
Just a reminder that a great way to keep up with all activity taking place around P4P is to like us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/OracleAgilePLM. We post all of our latest collateral including podcasts and videos to our FB page, as well as information on upcoming PLM/P4P-focused events.