Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

The Latest from Agile PLM Customers

We’ve heard from several Agile PLM customers in the news lately, so in case you've missed these, here are a handpicked few to know:

Herbalife was the focus of the “Best Practices in Innovation” feature in the February 2012 edition of the Consumer Goods Technology publication.   Herbalife is a consumer goods companies offering products for weight management, targeted nutrition, energy and fitness, and skin and hair care.  The company achieved record sales in 2010, and continues to face growing product complexity as they delve into new markets and improve their offerings.  Gary Swanson, Vice President of Corporate Quality, says, “PLM allows the company to operate unimpeded, 24 hours a day, seven days a week on product development and other activities.”  They use the Agile PLM solution, particularly the Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics application, to improve decision support across the enterprise while tracking product changes with built-in capabilities, like audit train and sign-off history, which are requirements in a compliance and regulated industry.  The CGT article can be found here.

Oracle is partnering with Kroger and Kalypso to help companies understand the changes and stay ahead of the curve on Are You Ready for New Food Safety Regulatory Requirements?”, a live webcast March 15, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. PDT.  Fred Brown, a partner at Kalypso and an expert in regulatory compliance and quality issues facing private label retail and food manufacturers, will address how organizations can leverage product lifecycle management (PLM) to meet regulatory requirements.  Bob Hosfeld, senior manager at Kroger Corporate Food Technology and Wes Frierson, director of PLM product strategy at Oracle, will join Brown as they discuss new regulations that challenge manufacturer compliance screening.  Additionally, the webcast will highlight how PLM systems can respond to new regulatory requirements from the FDA, customers or consumer groups.  To learn more and register, click here.

Oracle is also partnering with GoEngineer and M/A COM Technology Solutions in a live webcast on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. PDT entitled, Implement World-Class PLM Quickly and Effectively…Really! Greg Katai, Sr. PLM Consultant at GoEngineer, will share the benefits of Agile PLM and how you can quickly and cost-effectively implement the solution for your business.  Phil Stathas, Director of Information Technology with M/A COM Technology Solutions, will share their insight as a customer achieving significant value from the solution.  To learn more and register, click here.

Atrium Medical Corporation shared their Agile PLM case study on our oracle.com customer showcase, entitled  how Atrium Medical Corporation Reduces Engineering Change Order Cycle by 48% First Year after Deploying Product Lifecycle Management Solution.  Atrium Medical Corporation is a leader in medical device technologies for interventional cardiology and radiology, chest trauma care and thoracic drainage, vascular surgery, and general surgery. The company, which was recently acquired by Getinge Group, produces more than 2.7 million sterile medical products annually and distributes them in more than 60 countries.  

Atrium adheres to ISO 13485 quality standards, which define a comprehensive management system for medical device design and manufacturing. It is also committed to advancing discovery and driving product development and manufacturing innovation. To continue to meet these objectives as it grew rapidly, Atrium looked to accelerate and further standardize engineering change order (ECO) processes for its medical devices, as well as create a closed-loop corrective and preventive quality-event process to enable root cause analysis and drive improvement, moving forward.

Atrium worked with Oracle Insight, which assessed the company’s product lifecycle management (PLM) processes and helped it define an effective IT platform strategy to optimize product collaboration and quality management. The medical device manufacturer deployed Oracle’s Agile PLM solutions, including Agile Product Collaboration and Agile Product Quality Management, in 2010―standardizing processes, improving collaboration and communication, and accelerating ECOs and time to market. In the first year of deployment, Atrium reduced ECO cycle time by 48%, even as the number of change orders increased nearly 15%.

We’re honored to have such successful customers willing to share their experiences with us all.  If you’re a customer interested in sharing your story too, please let us know!

Thursday Aug 04, 2011

Agile in the News: a Recap of Recent Customer Announcements

If it seems like you've seen more of Oracle's Agile PLM in the news recently, you're right.  We've had several interesting stories in the past month or so to announce, particularly around customer momentum.  Here's a recap:

Kroger generated plenty of buzz when it was announced the company selected Oracle's Agile PLM for Process solution to improve customer experience.  Chris Hjelm, Chief Information Officer, Kroger, is quoted in the Oracle Press Release saying, "We look forward to leveraging Oracle's Agile PLM for Process solution as we further streamline operations, improve the customer experience, and lead the grocery market through innovation and a commitment to excellence."

In Life Sciences industry news, Stryker released a case study about how they established an Enterprisewide Quality Management System with Agile PLM applications.  The story details how Stryker used the product quality management tools to cut change cycle time by 50% and improve first-pass yield of change by 90%.  They've also increased transparency to reduce the average number of corrective and preventative actions (CAPA) open at any time by more than 40% and accelerate resolutions.  AGA Medical (acquired by St. Jude Medical in 2010) also participated in a case study about drastically improving productivity and creating an enterprisewide integrated quality system with Agile PLM.  AGA Medical was able to reduce change order times from 26 days to just 4.5 days, an 83% time reduction, while including more information under appropriate controls.  The Agile solution also controls the item master for the company's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation, allowing Agile to manage the approved as-designed item configuration and JD Edwards to manage the as-built device, allowing significant flexibility in managing change and complexity of the product, reducing cost and time to implement changes and speeding system business process changes.

In the High Technology arena, Secure Meters Limited announced in a case study their work with Oracle Consulting to replace ten legacy engineering systems with Oracle's Agile PLM applications.  There are several impressive results, including reduced engineering change order turnaround-time by 50%, reduced defects per software build by 40%, improved potential earnings before interest and taxes per product developer by 40%, and accelerated time-to-market for utility meters by reducing product development cycle time by more than 25%.  And in a video interview, John Hitchcock of Pace (formerly 2Wire), explained to me, Oracle's PLM Product Marketing Manager, Kerrie Foy, how they saved $4 million dollars by adding the Agile Product Cost Management application to their footprint!

Check back often for more stories, and feel free to join the discussion here, on Facebook or Twitter.

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