Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Hot Off the Press: Oracle Publishes Agile PLM E-Book

We’re pleased to share with you our new Oracle e-book, all about Agile PLM!  This online publication offers a mobile-friendly, interactive learning experience to explore PLM topics, including:

• Benefits of taking a strategic, enterprise approach to managing the lifecycle of a product

• How to identify and overcome the obstacles preventing your ideas from converting into profitable products

• Quick overview video and descriptions of the solutions comprising Oracle’s Enterprise PLM solutions

• Analyst perspectives and customer stories, including 4 testimonial videos from JDSU, Medtronic, Market America, and Alcatel-Lucent.

It takes just a moment to download, so check it out today!

Friday Apr 12, 2013

European Focused Discussions about Product Lifecycle Management and related solutions

The PLM Café Blog is a European focused, cross industry discussion on ways to better manage product data and the entire product lifecycle from idea to end of life. It is specifically focused on business pains and solutions, and specifically geared towards the European market. 

You might want to check out the recent posts:

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

Review of the 1st European Value Chain Summit in Cologne, March 19-20, 2013

We have completed our 1st European Value Chain Summit in Cologne, with great success. More than 300 attendees have seen a great program that addressed all our 7 target industries in the Enterprise PLM Summit, followed by PLM Customer Advisory Board (CAB) sessions and the Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings on CAD integration. Combined with the Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summits, we provided a very interesting program for prospects and for current customers, also highly praised by our partners. We provided excellent networking opportunities, and held deep discussions on Value Chain Transformation strategies. All direct and indirect comments we have got from customers, partners and also from Oracle colleagues are extremely positive. The alchemy we targeted with a mix of customers, partners and Oracle presentations, with hands-on workshops, with networking time during the event and dinner, worked beyond expectations. The visible presence from our North American colleagues from Product Strategy and Development was understood as a clear corporate support to our industry strategies for Enterprise PLM in Europe. Overall, with this Summit we experienced a very strong community feeling among all attendees. From March 19-20, really Cologne was the place to be!

General Event Overview and Statistics

All seats in the main conference room were taken, when Derren Nisbet, Oracle Western Europe Specialist Sales Leader, introduced the conference concept and agenda: With this first Value Chain Summit, we were bringing together the best of the best, including the Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management for the Product Value Chain, we added Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution as 3 Solution Summits under one roof to create a comprehensive conference that included more than 40 sessions across all of the value chain solution areas.

audienceWith a number of 338 confirmed total registrations, actually 302 attendees really made it to Cologne: This is a really low no-show rate, indicating that the ecosystem we operate in is stable, and that our customers show a strong commitment. We had attendees from 23 different countries (Belgium, Bosnien & Herzigovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA) – so this really was an international atmosphere we were operating in. A very nice atmosphere also could be experienced in the networking dinner in a typical "Kölsch" venue!

Around 65% of total attendees were specifically interested in the PLM summit sessions.

The Value Chain umbrella under which we placed the 3 Summits was reasonably well understood for a first time, although more is needed to support the concept. However, already now the overall perceived value is quite high. CIMdata and Cambashi, the two PLM market analysts that we invited, were highly impressed by the level of the presentations, by the number of attendees and by the expertise that customers, partners and Oracle teams demonstrated all along. In the next few days, summit participants will receive an email with the link to a follow-up portal. On this portal, they will find links to the presentations that are agreed to be available to the public, as well as photos from the event.

Strategic sessions in the Value Chain Summit

The “massive” impression from Philip Morris and Novartis presentations set the tone very early in the agenda and put everyone in a listening mode. We earned a very high vote of confidence from customers and partners on the Product Value Chain strategy we are developing for each of our target industries. In his keynote, Jon Chorley gave the audience an insight into strategies on how to accelerate Value Chain Transformation. He described the Value Chain Transformation Maturity curve: How to move from Fragmented Silo-Based Processes (Limited Collaboration based on Spreadsheets & Manual Processes) via improved Internal, transactional Processes, Data Integration (based on Standardization, Integration, Foundational) and improved Point Capabilities (Selective Demand, Supply Improvements, with some advanced capabilities & best practices) to an Integrated & Aligned Value Chain with Multi-Enterprise Orchestration. With Value Chain Transformation and a well orchestrated Product Value Chain, our customers are enabled to create winning products, drive market innovation, design for supply, and commercialize rapidly.

In his presentation “From idea to manufacturing” Patrick Deconfin, Manager IS Product Development, Philip Morris International, spoke about how PMI manages all Reference Product Specifications globally in Oracle Agile PLM. PLM is key for PMI to support new product development, with high energy and a common vision. What started with a Packaging Lifecycle project back in 2004, is now a fully-fledged PLM system, embarking PLM Analytics, managing the creation of all product specifications worldwide, with stage-gate project management, handling of finished products, Bill of Materials, Suppliers, and Quality Management. It helps cope with complexity, integrate multiple stakeholders, enable a global operating model, streamline the organization and increase speed to market.

Further in the PLM Summit track, around 200 people wanted to learn “How to eat a dinosaur”. This presentation by Antonio Mazzariello, Novartis, highlighted how to orchestrate “Information Management in Pharmaceutical Industry”. Antonio is the Project Leader of the Novartis Change Control Excellence project, which is part of their overall Product Lifecycle Management Methodology and the Novartis Product Lifecycle Excellence strategy.

In their presentation, Denis Senpere (VP Enterprise PLM, EMEA) and John Kelley (VP Strategy, Product Value Chain Solutions) discussed the Oracle Enterprise PLM Strategy for the Product Value Chain. According to CIMdata, Oracle is the #2 Worldwide Vendor for Enterprise PLM in 2011, with again the highest growth in the Top 5. Many of the Gartner Top 25 Supply Chain companies are using Oracle Enterprise PLM solutions alongside their SAP ERP installations. As John pointed out, with Oracle, companies can achieve Product Value Chain Transformation. He specifically highlighted the new Fusion Innovation Management solution and PLM Analytics, and gave an overview of the Product Value Chain Roadmap. The investment areas are clearly:

  • #1 Invest in the core PLM use cases across all PLM Product Lines
  • #2 Invest in Commercialization Use Cases
  • #3 Invest in the Fuzzy Front-End Of Innovation
  • #4 Invest in Analytics to Expose Business Value

Value Chain Research: Managing the Value Chain in turbulent times

In the early morning of day 2, Dynamic Markets presented the results of their Independent Market Research (commissioned by Oracle), a quantitative research with senior decision makers in large organizations in 9 countries across EMEA (UK, France, Germany, Russia, the Nordics, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the UAE). A total of 677 surveys were collected from companies with more than 250 employees. The report really shows shocking statistics that prove that companies are well advised to look into Oracle Value Chain solutions to overcome difficulties which were identified.

  • Two-thirds (63%) of EMEA companies have experienced disruption to their value chain due to unpredictable events in the last 12 months.
  • On average, it has taken 2.1 months to get back to ‘business as usual’ following such incidents.
  • The average cost to date has been €519,838 per incident per company; but this is as high as €20.4M in one company.
  • Only 25% have performed a risk assessment on all elements of their value chain.
  • 79% have to comply with at least 1 type of legislation / trade regulation that affects their value chain, but 30% have been non-compliant during the last 12 months.
  • Not all companies are able to gather a comprehensive set of product / service line data, and among those who can, on average it takes 3 weeks to complete this task.
  • 85% say departments / groups in their organization struggle to provide timely data and information relating to products and services - those in customer services and finance think their own departments are the worst.
  • 94% think there are barriers to internal communication and collaboration within their company and 61% blame data and / or technology problems.
  • Also, 87% think barriers exist to external communication and collaboration with customers / suppliers - and 56% blame data and / or technology problems.
  • When conducting promotional campaigns in the last 2 years, 71% have seen a negative impact on the company as a direct result.
  • Just 12% measure all the elements that they feel are important to measure.

Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summit Customer Sessions

As part of the inaugural Oracle European Value Chain Summit, a dedicated Value Chain Execution and Value Chain Planning track included presentations by several leading global companies, like IKEA, Lufthansa Technik Logistik, Oracle Sun, Uponor, Lafarge, Smith Medical, Ferring, British Gypsum, Red Dot Corporation, and Zebra Technologies. Alan Braithwaite, visiting professor at Cranfield University, explained the importance for companies to have visibility of their Supply Chain to react swiftly and agile to the changes of the modern business. Companies that make use of Supply chain systems show a higher delivery rate, higher customer satisfaction and a higher profit margin.

Enterprise PLM Innovation Award for Prof. Dr. Martin Eigner

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Eigner is a well known expert for Product Lifecycle Management and CAD/CAM. Back in 1985 he was the founder and CEO of the EIGNER + PARTNER GmbH, and CTO of EIGNER Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts (USA). In August 2003, Eigner Inc. was acquired by Agile, which later in 2007 was acquired by Oracle for 495 Mio $. In July 2001, Martin founded the consulting company ENGINEERING CONSULT, and since October 2004 was appointed the professorship for virtual product development at the University Kaiserslautern, Germany. In parallel, he is a visiting professor at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany and University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a honorary professor of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Karlsruhe University. It was a special honor for Denis Senpere, Oracle Vice President Enterprise PLM EMEA, to hand over the Oracle Enterprise PLM Innovation Award 2013 to Prof. Dr. Eigner. This was a special appreciation for the dedication, hard work, expertise and innovation that Martin Eigner has brought to the world of product development. Even today, we are working with more than 160 customers who have purchased the former Eigner software, which evolved into today’s Oracle Agile PLM for Industrial Manufacturing (Agile e6).

Industry sessions: PLM for Food and Beverage, Retail, LifeSciences, High Tech / Electronics and Industrial Manufacturing

TysonKim Glenn, Tyson Foods Director Research & Development showed in her presentation “Increase Visibility, Improve Innovation” how Tyson has overcome the difficulty of balancing Innovation vs. Quality & Compliance. Thanks to the implementation of Agile PLM for Food and Beverage (Agile for Process), they have been able to move away from 11 Giant Filing Cabinets to one trusted Online Location. They have significantly improved audit efficiency through visibility of suppliers by item and by company. Tyson has implemented Supply Chain contingency planning with the ability to easily identify components affected by supplier change, and great visibility of supplier documentation – including audits and documentation of company actions. Electronic workflows ensure that appropriate reviews occur.

Benefits for Tyson Foods are:

  • Improved Speed to Market
  • Better Supplier and Product Quality
  • One Innovation Platform for All

In the respective PLM for Food and Beverage breakout sessions we were able to welcome 50 attendees to listen to the case studies about Amadori, United Biscuits and at Raisio. It was great to hear about their specific projects and PLM journey and about the value of their implementation partners SinfoOne and CGI Finland.

With regards to Retail, there were several relevant presentations. Most prominent, Anna Edvardsson from ICA Sweden (former part of Ahold group with around 2,100 own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway and the Baltic countries) described how to lay the foundation for competitive Product Development in Retail. ICA Sweden is one of Sweden’s leading retail companies with Food, Non-food and Nearly-food products. In 2012, ICA Sweden took the first step of implementing Oracle’s PLM tool, based on a need to lay the necessary foundation for further growth within the focus area Private Label. The PLM solution was delivered on time and budget in ten months by a joint team Accenture + Oracle Consulting Services. The presentation showed why ICA found the introduction of PLM as inevitable, and what they have accomplished:

  • Uniform way of working for all ICA’s Product Development
  • PLM necessary for completed ISO-certification
  • Transparency in process gives support for decision-making and taking action throughout the development and the whole life cycle of articles
  • Better support in deciding what products to launch
  • Better support in prioritizing maintenance of current assortment
  • Better support for following-up different types of projects and the time each project phase takes
  • A common source of information for our Product Development and Private Label assortment

Sachin Patel from our Product Management highlighted how to implement multichannel commerce with PIM / PDQ and Endeca. So in the summit we covered our complete offering for the Retail industry with Multichannel Product Catalog and Private Label Retailing.

There were also great presentations for everyone interested in Life Sciences: Adding to the presentation from Novartis, Smith Medical and Ferring Pharmaceuticals presented in the all-hands keynote. These companies have started their Value Chain Transformation journey in the areas of Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution. However, they are now ready to further move up the VC Transformation maturity curve and look into Oracle Enterprise PLM. Covering their experience with Oracle PLM in the Medical Device industry,Vibeke Nyrop, GN Resound, highlighted how to achieve FDA compliance with Agile PLM. As a medical device manufacturer, GN ReSound must meet stringent product data control regulations. GN ReSound facilitates compliance with Agile PLM as the foundation for the company’s new, global, product information and documentation environment, which provides a complete overview of all products and parts.

Several presentations were given by customers from the High-Tech Electronics industry: Freescale, Cameron, and Domino Printing reported on Protection of Intellectual Property, Obsolescence Management, and CAD Integration.

In the area of Industrial Manufacturing: Doosan Skoda Power, Marel and SPX Cooling presented their PLM success stories and praised the strong backbone capabilities, deep CAD integration and world-class engineering functionality of Agile e6 for managing complex machinery businesses, often unique to a given customer, and requiring worldwide servicing. AutoVue for Agile was recognized as a unique Enterprise Visualization solution that is the natural companion for Agile PLM. More and more customers use AutoVue for supplier collaboration on documents, on packaging documents, on drawings, on 3D mechanical models, on electromechanical models, all under control of the Agile PLM backbone for traceability.

Product sessions on Innovation Management, Product Roadmaps and Strategies

PLM has been adopted by many companies in the world today. 65% of the CPG Industry has adopted PLM for at least specification management and new product development process management: But is that making them better innovators? Market leaders have a more holistic view of innovation. Fusion Innovation Management brings this holistic view from Oracle. We enforce a model in which the wall is gone between PLM and the rest of the Value Chain, and where a company has one holistic view from Idea to Retirement. Fusion Innovation Management is a solution which brings end-to-end data together and shows fit with Business & Innovation Strategy. Accountability becomes clearer for a product during its entire lifecycle, from end-to-end, and with real-time decision-making about project & product portfolios This was presented by the two “Innovation Gurus” Mick Broekhof, Kalypso, and James Ramsay, Oracle, in their presentation “Making Strategic Breakthroughs in Innovation Management”. With the NEW Oracle Fusion Innovation Management companies can capture, discuss, enrich & screen new ideas, to improve the ability to identify the best ideas & convert them into business value faster,and to ensure each new product fulfils targeted customer needs & requirements.

With Fusion Innovation Management, companies will be able to 

  • Build stronger ideas pipeline
  • Consistently satisfy customer needs
  • Better align product portfolio with corporate strategy
  • Optimize lifecycle return of your products

...REPEATEDLY!

Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics (OPLA) was a really hot topic on the summit. We started with a common presentation “Making Informed Decisions with OPLA”, followed later on the day by a hands-on PLM Analytics workshop. The hands-on workshop created a strong impression with our customers: “This stuff is really easy to use, and there are tons of content that is usable for my business out of the box! “. “I have it on my iPad! This is so cool…”.

In the respective product / industry breakout sessions, we were openly sharing the Product News and Roadmap for Agile e6 & AutoVue, for Agile 9.3 as well as for PLM for Process. Matt Johnson and Jeff Pratt presented on "Product MDM and Data Quality: How Fusion Product Hub drives value in your business and in the Cloud." Whether planning, building, selling or shipping products, a value chain can only be as good as its data. Everybody who attended this presentation now knows how Fusion Product Hub streamlines product data processes while improving governance, security and data quality, and learned about Oracle’s latest product MDM innovations – such as MDM in the Cloud. Our general attitude towards our products (confident, proud, smiling, relaxed) was also captured by our customers. It was even further extended by the CAB sessions and the SIG. Openness is paying off, for sure!

Oracle Innovation Management survey

On the summit, we were pointing our customers to our current Innovation Management Survey: Are you getting the maximum Return on Innovation? Participate in the ORACLE INNOVATION MANAGEMENT survey and receive a complimentary research report. All you need to do is to invest 10 minutes. As a reward, you will gain insight into:

  • Top challenges impacting return on innovation
  • How companies are looking to improve their innovation management processes
  • How your company’s experiences benchmark with those of other leading organizations

Participate in the online survey (for german version, go here).

survey

Partner view: Well-earned Enterprise PLM Partner Excellence Awards!

The partners also reported how pleased they were with this event.  The Gold and Silver Sponsors were delighted to receive special recognition awards delivered to them by Denis Senpere and Ulf Köster. While ICP Solution and Kalypso received the Oracle Enterprise PLM Excellence GOLD Award 2013, xPLM Solution, DataSquare, Kallik, Maier CSS, SinfoOne, Systematics and Zensar received the PLM Excellence Award for their support and cooperation. All our PLM partners understood that we care about them and want to do more with them. The PLM partner exhibition on the event was very well attended. The atmosphere was very energetic and inspiring, so that the partners also have taken the opportunity to discuss with other partners, and find areas for cooperation.

Feedbacks: A few words from our customers and partners

Here are some selected feedbacks from customers and partners:

“I want to thank you for arranging this great summit. Great presentations and a very good combination between Oracle and the customer presentation - and great opportunities for networking. I also want to thank you for inviting me to the CAB meeting bringing up- and discussing areas for system improvement. I have learned a lot that will be useful for me and have got some very good contacts to other companies for future networking. It has been the best conference since Agile was acquired by Oracle. I hope that this will not be the last one. Please bring forward my thanks to all the helpful people supporting the summit.” Vibeke Nyrop, GN Resound

“It was a fantastic event and quite great experience for me. I would recommend adding a little content for middleware applications that can help value chain innovation requirements (i.e. Enterprise – mobility)” Sayed Mohammed El-Sayed, Savola Group, Saudi Arabia

“The event met my expections. There were many good opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. By meeting a lot of Oracle people, we also got a better sense of how your organization is set up and how we can work better with you.” Anna Edvardsson, ICA Sverige AB

“This is just to thank you for inviting me to Köln. I much enjoyed the event and learnt things about Oracle that I had not previously known. Hopefully you feel I made a useful contribution. Also I will be pleased to connect Oracle with Cranfield and it would be good to have you as part of the SCRiP research club. I am following this up with Vikram and Dominic.” Professor Alan Braithwaite

exhibition“The Oracle PLM Summit was a very well organized event. The summit gave us a good understanding of Oracle products that are coming soon to the market. A pleasant surprise was the multitude of customer presentations – accounts of Oracle Product Implementations, which covered in detail, the numerous challenges faced by the industry. My suggestion would be to arrange the program agenda in such a manner that as far as possible customer presentations should not clash as it is difficult to choose between two equally good presentations.“ Ashutosh Shrivastava, Mahindra Satyam

“Regarding the Summit, we heard only positive signals from our network. What we would do better next year is to put even greater energy into bringing more clients and prospects to the Summit. Testimonials from this year’s attendees will be a good vehicle.” Mick Broekhof, Kalypso

“I have seen a strong cooperation between Customers, Partners and Oracle teams: the Customers were pleased to share their experiences with the other people, the Partners had no difficulties to meet each other and find valuable form of collaboration, the Oracle people did their best to facilitate the contacts between Customers and Partners. I also have seen a real interest from the audience in the topics covered at the event, so the sessions were often interactive with many questions and considerations from the attendees.” Giuseppe Malorgio, SinfoOne

Monday Mar 18, 2013

Release Announcement: Agile Engineering Collaboration MCAD Connectors Release 3.1 Now Available

We are pleased to announce the general availability of the Release 3.1 MCAD Connectors for Agile Product Lifecycle Management!  The final publication of Agile Engineering Collaboration MCAD 3.1 has been completed with support for Agile PLM versions 9.3.1.x.  And since December, we have completed adding Agile Engineering Collaboration 3.1 support for Agile PLM 9.3.1.x and the latest version 9.3.2.

What’s New?
This release includes the following updates and enhancements to improve your business processes and deliver results:

  • Architecture improvement: The Engineering Collaboration Services are now part of the core Agile PLM platform
  • Expanded support: We’ve added CAD Tool version support for ProE Creo 2.0, SolidWorks 2013, Solid Edge ST5 and Catia V5 R21.
  • Advanced Modeling Support: Now offer support for the following SolidEdge advanced data types:
    • Family of Parts / Assemblies
    • Alternate Assemblies
    • Divided Parts
  • Added SolidWorks functionality:
    • Configured data updates
  • Greater accuracy: Part Numbering updates for Family Data Types
  • Built-in efficiency: CAD mapping to Part SubClass from Templates
  • Faster productivity: New Save Preview capabilities
  • Better visibility: New Load “Where Used” and “Drawing” support

Supported Versions
The Agile Engineering Collaboration MCAD Connectors 3.1 Release is available for the following Agile releases: Agile 9.3.1.0, Agile 9.3.1.1 and Agile 9.3.1.2 and Agile 9.3.2 as a hotfix.

How to Access
The software packages are available for general download on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The documentation, Quick Install Guide, and Release Notes can be found on the Oracle Technology Network.

Friday Feb 15, 2013

Agile PLM Summit 2013 – A Success!

The Agile PLM Summit 2013 in San Francisco last week was a grand success, and all of us on the Oracle/Agile team couldn’t be more honored, thankful, and proud of the enthusiastic participation from long-time users, new customers, and our devoted partner community. PLM was a major focus of the Summit, beginning with the thoughtful presentation by Oracle’s Rick Jewell, Sr. VP Applications Development, supported by several product experts on Monday afternoon. He explained how companies are can create winning products by building a robust platform for innovation with Agile. He referenced the success of JDSU with this video, who also actually won one of the first annual AGILITY Awards, honoring Excellence in PLM. After Rick Jewell’s presentation, we were treated to a special appearance by John Madden! If you’d like to read an intriguing perspective of how John Madden’s keynote can be related to PLM, I encourage you to read Stephen Porter’s blog article "Gridiron Hijinks at the Oracle Value Chain Summit-PLM and Madden" from Zero Wait-State. On that note, Stephen also wrote a nice summary article about the conference as well “The PLM State-Putting the Final Coat on the Value Chain Summit-Never Ending PLM.”

On Tuesday, the PLM tracks kicked off with a general session on PLM’s Strategy, Roadmap & Update featuring John Kelley, Oracle’s VP PLM Product Strategy; Devendra Singh, Oracle’s VP PLM Development; Mark Davis, Deloitte; and George Young, Kalypso’s CEO. We also had the very special honor of announcing the winners of the first AGILITY Awards, recognizing excellence in PLM before a very full day of customer and partner presentations. Those presentations that are available publicly can be accessed here and include selections from Tuesday’s agenda featuring USANA Health Sciences, Cisco, Tellabs, TRAK Microwave, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Broadcom, Epic Technologies, GoEngineer, Metaldyne, Litens Automotive, Marzetti, Mary Kay, and Elizabeth Arden.

Wednesday’s agenda was equally packed, with customer and partner presentations from Eli Lilly, John Deere, Toyota, Cisco, GE Healthcare, PL Developments, KPIT Cummins, HP, Perception Software, Synaptics, O’Reilly Media, Master Lock Company, JDSU, W.L. Gore & Associates, TRD Manufacturing, and SubZero. Sprinkled throughout were also deep product and use case demonstrations led by our Agile experts. If you were unable to attend, or just didn’t get to catch all the sessions you wanted to join, please take a moment to browse the PLM Summit presentations available online.

All in all, we’re so glad we had the opportunity to get the PLM Community together. From the #ovcsPLM tweets to the exciting news about Agile 9.3.2 and Agile PLM for Process 6.1.1, there was plenty of buzz and positive energy. We are also very thankful for our sponsoring PLM partners for making this possible: Deloitte, Kalypso, KPIT Cummins, Domain Systems, Verdant, Xavor, Mahindra Satyam, GoEngineer, Hitachi, Perception Software, USDM, and Zero Wait-State. Stay connected with us and other attendees by joining the Oracle Value Chain Summit group on LinkedIn and follow our new Twitter handle @OracleValChain. We hope to see an even bigger crowd next year!

Thursday Jan 31, 2013

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.

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Learn How PL Developments is Leveraging Oracle Value Chain Solutions to Optimize Their Supply Chain

The flu season is upon us once again and I'll bet that most of you have spent some time in the cold and flu aisle at your neighborhood Walgreens or CVS pharmacies checking out the variety of medication available. Have you heard of PL Developments? They are a leading organization in the life sciences domain that produces many of these cold and flu medicines. Tom Crowe, CIO of PL Developments will be a featured speaker in one of our PLM track sessions, Integrated Business Planning: New Product Management and Forecasting (Weds Feb 6, 2:15-3pm). Read the blog below, authored by guest blogger Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development at KPIT, and see how KPIT has enabled PL Developments to optimize their supply chain.


New Products Management and Forecasting Helped PL Developments Achieve a Robust Supply Chain

by Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development, KPIT

PL Developments partnered with KPIT to manage and forecast new products using Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management and Oracle Value Chain Planning. This year at the Oracle Value Chain Summit, Tom Crowe, CIO from PL Developments and KPIT recount the success story – a story that can inspire many to use cutting-edge Oracle technology to stay ahead of the curve.

PL Developments is a fast growing wholesale distributor of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products to big box retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Target. To ensure that these medicines reach the counters before a disease reaches you, PL Developments has built an automated, low-cost, optimized supply chain using Oracle Value Chain applications including both Process and Discrete Manufacturing, Agile PLM, Demantra and ASCP synchronized together, and Warehouse Management All-in-One (software, scanners, labels, label printers). With a phased approach, the pharmaceutical giant has focused on getting the system up and running, then adding VCP and VCE tools, and finally optimizing the system to provide true value.

We all know that in today’s fast paced and highly competitive markets, companies are introducing new products at a faster pace and with shorter product lifecycles. Product profitability and market sustainability are aspects that a company must strive for to maintain its competitive advantage. This can be possible only when a company has the ability to manage and forecast product entries and market exits effectively. PL Developments achieved all these with Oracle technology and the robust partnership with KPIT – an Oracle Platinum Partner.

At this year’s inaugural Value Chain Summit, be sure to attend the session with PL Developments and the experts from KPIT on New Product Management and Forecasting from an Integrated Business Planning perspective. The speakers will present challenges, methods, solutions approach and also feature PL Developments’ success story where KPIT deployed a solution to manage and forecast new products using Oracle Product Life Cycle Management and Value Chain Planning Suite.

Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

  • NPI Management: Product Lifecycle Management Perspective
  • NPI Forecasting: Value Chain Planning Perspective
  • NPI Management and Forecasting at PL Developments

·         Be there on Wednesday, February 6th, 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm in the PLM Track to hear this fascinating success story: Integrated Business Planning: New Product Management and Forecasting presented by Tom Crowe, CIO, PL Developments, Sushant Sawant, Director VCP, KPIT and David Bartlett, Sr. Director, PLM & MDM, KPIT.

      If you wish to explore Oracle’s cutting-edge technology to stay ahead of the curve, meet KPIT experts at the Oracle Value Chain Summit or schedule an appointment by emailing me at priya.mokha @kpitcummins.com.

See you in San Francisco!

Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

Visit PLM XL by Xavor at the Oracle Value Chain Summit!

PLM XL by Xavor is one of our PLM Preferred Sponsors of the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit PLM XL by Xavor--and learn more about them in the guest blog below. 


Visit PLM XL by Xavor at the Oracle Value Chain Summit!

by Meghan Ryan, Marketing Manager, PLM XL by Xavor

If you attended last year’s Summit and saw the PLM XL mobile app, providing access to Agile from iPhones (and now iPad) devices for ECO approvals, stop by our station this year!  See what we’ve developed to add to the functionality of this OVI-certified app, as well as new productivity tools including Assist+, One-Click Collaborate, ECO Dashboard, BOM Creation, Approval Matrix, Flex Key and more apps that speed up routine processes, and reduce errors.

On Tuesday evening after the Networking Reception, we will be hosting an industry dinner for those in the semiconductor and high-tech space. This will be an opportunity to meet with your peers, discuss the morning keynote and share your thoughts about the sessions that day. If you would like more information, email us at events @plmxl.com as this is an invitation-only event.

Our team at PLM XL by Xavor is looking forward to meeting with you in San Francisco next week! We will be at demo pod #129. For more information, please call us at 800-949-5719 or visit us at www.plmxl.com.

Thursday Jan 17, 2013

Get More from the Oracle Value Chain Summit: Spend Some Time with KPIT

KPIT is one of the Title Event Sponsors of our upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit. Not familiar with KPIT or the services they provide? Read the guest blog below, authored by Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development from KPIT.


 

Get More from the Oracle Value Chain Summit! Get More from Our KPIT Experts!

by Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development, KPIT

Meet our experts at the much awaited Oracle Value Chain Summit. This is a great opportunity to learn about KPIT Cummins – a trusted Oracle Platinum Partner and winner of the 2012 Oracle Excellence Award Specialized Partner of the Year – North America!

The Oracle Value Chain Summit is coming to San Francisco this February! We at KPIT Cummins are proud to be associated with this event as a title sponsor. This event aligns well with KPIT’s own expertise in areas of Product Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Master Data Management, Value Chain Execution (Logistics) and Value Chain Planning – which will be discussed at length in this event.

As the winner of 2012 Oracle Excellence Award Specialized Partner of the Year – North America in the Regional SI/Reseller Applications Momentum category, KPIT has become a trusted Oracle partner globally. This award is a reinstatement of our strategic focus in growing its Oracle practice by building broad competencies in Oracle technologies to complement its industry expertise. Apart from this latest feather on our hat, we have demonstrated our expertise across the length and breadth of Oracle technology. KPIT today has 20+ Oracle Specializations, five Advanced Specializations, 14 OIM certified solutions and 700+ specialized consultants globally.

With over a decade of Oracle Agile PLM experience and focused expertise in Manufacturing and Supply Chain, KPIT is your single source for Product Value Chain services. Our PLM expertise is across – Pharmaceuticals, Aerospace & Defense, Medical Devices, Hi-Tech and Industrial Manufacturing.

To learn more about KPIT Cummins, be sure to attend the session "Integrated Business Planning", taking place on Wednesday, February 6, 2:15pm-3pm as part of the PLM track. David Bartlett, Sr. Director of Product Value Chain Solutions from KPIT will be co-presenting with Tom Crowe, CIO of pharmaceutical private label manufacturer, PL Developments. 

To set up an appointment to meet us onsite or for more information, email me at priya.mokha @kpitcummins.com. See you in San Francisco!

Enterprise Visualization for Agile PLM During the PLM Summit 2013

We have so many great sessions and fascinating presentations coming up in February at the PLM Summit 2013! (Hosted during the Oracle Value Chain Summit). We're all getting very excited to see everyone and hear the new stories our customers have to share about their accomplishments, lessons learned, vision, and more. 

 And if you haven't seen it yet, there will be two interesting sessions specifically about AutoVue Enterprise Visualization as it relates to Agile PLM.  Celine Beck, Manager of Product Management & Strategy at Oracle, posted these two entries in the AutoVue Enterprise Visualization Blog that I think are worth repeating.  Here they are:

Seeing the Forest – Next Generation Visualization

By Celine Beck. January 9, 2013.  Original Post

The biggest challenge that we have as enterprise users is to quickly find the information we need in order to make the most optimal business decisions on a daily basis. Now, the challenge is that information is there, somewhere, but it is typically distributed across a mass of data and screens. So how do you “see” this information quickly and easily? How can we present “less” while delivering “more”? That is the objective of Oracle’s Next Generation Visualization, which will be presented at the Oracle Value Chain Summit (San Francisco, Feb 4-6, 2013) during a session entitled “Seeing the Forest – Next Generation Visualization” (Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 3:15 pm). It is not about new skins and layouts, it is about a radical re-think of how Enterprise Applications should interact with users. The session will show how Oracle Fusion Applications is embracing new paradigms for presenting, interpreting and interacting with complex business information in a simplified and compelling way so that they can see the forest through the trees! Don’t miss this opportunity to get exclusive sneak peeks at ground-breaking technology! We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Visual Decision Making to Optimize PLM New Product Development & Introduction

 By Celine Beck.  January 16, 2013. Original Post

The Oracle Value Chain Summit (Feb 4-6, 2013 in San Francisco) is just around the corner and the AutoVue team will be there for this great customer event! We will have a session devoted to Visual Decision Making during which attendees will learn from one of the world's top full-service semiconductor foundries how they have streamlined their design for manufacturing process, reduced cycle times and enabled more effective and secure collaboration thanks to their implementation of Oracle’s AutoVue for Agile.

Presenters will discuss the positive impact of document visualization within Agile PLM on innovation and product development cycles, and explain how visualization integrated with PLM enables more effective cross-department collaboration practices without jeopardizing critical intellectual property. Attendees will also see how organizations can further extend the value of their Agile PLM investment by leveraging innovative visualization solutions like Augmented Business Visualization. Don't miss us at the Oracle Value Chain Summit and see you in San Francisco!

Monday Dec 10, 2012

Five Reasons to Attend PLM Summit 2013: The Conference Formerly Known as AGILITY

As we approach the end of 2012, we are also closing in on the last couple of weeks that Agile customers and prospects can register for the upcoming PLM Summit 2013 for the bargain early bird rate of $195. Register now to secure your spot!

The Conference Formerly Known as AGILITY...

Long-time Agile customers may remember AGILITY, which was Agile's PLM customer conference that was held on an annual basis prior to Oracle's acquisiton of Agile in 2007. In February 2012, due to feedback we received from our Agile PLM community, we successfully resurrected the AGILITY conference and renamed it the PLM Summit. The PLM Summit was so well received and well-attended, that we are doing it again in 2013. This upcoming PLM Summit is being co-located in San Francisco under the overarching banner of the Oracle Value Chain Summit, and will be held alongside several other Oracle customer conferences that cover a range of value chain solutions, including Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution, Procurement, Maintenance and Manufacturing. This setup offers PLM attendees the best of all worlds--the opportunity to participate and learn about PLM in smaller, focused sessions by product and by industry, while also giving attendees the chance to see how PLM works together with other critical enterprise applications that address other important aspects of the value chain.

Top Five Reasons to Attend the PLM Summit 2013

In the spirit of all of the end-of-the-year lists that are currently popping up, here is a list of the top five reasons to attend the PLM Summit for anyone out there needs a little extra encouragement to register:

1. The Best Opportunities for Customer Networking  

The PLM Summit offers attendees numerous opportunities to learn and network with fellow Agile users. Customer stories are featured in keynote and breakout presentations and the schedule allows for plenty of networking time during breakfasts, lunches, breaks and dinners. Customer networking is the number one reason that Agile users attend the PLM Summit. Read what attendees thought of the most recent PLM Summit:

  • "Hearing about the implementation of Agile products from a customers’ perspective is invaluable." - Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, leading medical device manufacturer
  • "Understanding the scope of other companies’ projects and the lessons learned made attending this event well worth my time." - Director of Test Engineering, global industrial manufacturer
  • "The most beneficial thing about attending this event is the opportunity to network with other customers with similar experiences." - Director of Business Process Improvement, leading high technology company

Come to the PLM Summit and play an active role within the PLM community: swap war stories and business cards, connect on LinkedIn and Facebook, share your stories and discuss the sessions from each day. Register now!

2. It's Educational!

The PLM Summit is the premier educational event for anyone in the Agile PLM community. There are nearly 40 PLM-focused in-depth educational sessions led by Agile PLM experts, customers and partners that will cover a range of specific product and industry-focused topics. Keynotes will give attendees a broad overview of the entire Agile PLM footprint, while sessions will delve deeply into specific product functionality and customer case studies. There is truly something for everyone. Check out the latest agenda for view of all the sessions.

3. Visit with the PLM Partner Community

Our partners play a significant and important role within the Agile PLM community. At the PLM Summit, attendees will be able to meet and mingle with several of the top Oracle Agile PLM partners including: Deloitte, Domain, GoEngineer, Hitachi Consulting, IBM, Kalypso, KPIT Cummins (CPG Solutions), Perception Software, Verdant, Xavor and ZeroWaitState. Go here for a complete list of all the Value Chain Summit sponsors.

4. See Agile PLM in Action at our Dedicated PLM Demo Pods

At the PLM Summit, attendees will have the chance to see Agile PLM in action at dedicated PLM demo pods, manned by expert members of our Agile PLM team. If you would like to see up close specific Agile PLM functionality, or if you have a question on how to extend the scope of your current implemention or if you want a better understanding of how to leverage Agile PLM to address specific use-cases, stop by one of the Agile PLM demo pods and engage the Agile PLM experts on hand at the PLM Summit.

5. Spend Some Time in Lovely San Francisco

Still on the fence about the upcoming PLM Summit? Remember that it is being held in San Francisco, which is a fantastic city for a getaway. After spending time learning and networking about PLM, take an extra day or two to escape the dreary winter and enjoy the beautiful scenery and the unique actitivies offered only by the City by the Bay. You will walk away from the conference not only with renewed excitement about Agile PLM, but feeling rejuvenated in general.

Tuesday Nov 20, 2012

The Business of Winning Innovation: An Exclusive Blog Series

"The Business of Winning Innovation” is a series of articles authored by Oracle Agile PLM experts on what it takes to make innovation a successful and lucrative competitive advantage. Our customers have proven Agile PLM applications to be enormously flexible and comprehensive, so we’ve launched this article series to showcase some of the most fascinating, value-packed use cases.


In this article by Keith Colonna, we kick-off the series by taking a look at the science side of innovation within the Consumer Products industry and how PLM can help companies innovate faster, cheaper, smarter. This article will review how innovation has become the lifeline for growth within consumer products companies and how certain companies are “winning” by creating a competitive advantage for themselves by taking a more enterprise-wide,systematic approach to “innovation”.

Managing the Science of Innovation within the Consumer Products Industry

By: Keith Colonna, Value Chain Solution Manager, Oracle

The consumer products (CP) industry is very mature and competitive. Most companies within this industry have saturated North America (NA) with their products thus maximizing their NA growth potential. Future growth is expected to come from either expansion outside of North America and/or by way of new ideas and products. Innovation plays an integral role in both of these strategies, whether you’re innovating business processes or the products themselves, and may cause several challenges for the typical CP company,

Becoming more innovative is both an art and a science. Most CP companies are very good at the art of coming up with new innovative ideas, but many struggle with perfecting the science aspect that involves the best practice processes that help companies quickly turn ideas into sellable products and services.

Symptoms and Causes of Business Pain

Struggles associated with the science of innovation show up in a variety of ways, like:

· Establishing and storing innovative product ideas and data

· Funneling these ideas to the chosen few

· Time to market cycle time and on-time launch rates

· Success rates, or how often the best idea gets chosen

· Imperfect decision making (i.e. the ability to kill projects that are not projected to be winners)

· Achieving financial goals

· Return on R&D investment

· Communicating internally and externally as more outsource partners are added globally

· Knowing your new product pipeline and project status

These challenges (and others) can be consolidated into three root causes:

  1. A lack of visibility
  2. Poor data with limited access
  3. The inability to truly collaborate enterprise-wide throughout your extended value chain

Choose the Right Remedy

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions are uniquely designed to help companies solve these types challenges and their root causes. However, PLM solutions can vary widely in terms of configurability, functionality, time-to-value, etc. Business leaders should evaluate PLM solution in terms of their own business drivers and long-term vision to determine the right fit. Many of these solutions are point solutions that can help you cure only one or two business pains in the short term. Others have been designed to serve other industries with different needs. Then there are those solutions that demo well but are owned by companies that are either unable or unwilling to continuously improve their solution to stay abreast of the ever changing needs of the CP industry to grow through innovation.

What the Right PLM Solution Should Do for You

Based on more than twenty years working in the CP industry, I recommend investing in a single solution that can help you solve all of the issues associated with the science of innovation in a totally integrated fashion. By integration I mean the (1) integration of the all of the processes associated with the development, maintenance and delivery of your product data, and (2) the integration, or harmonization of this product data with other downstream sources, like ERP, product catalogues and the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (or GDSN, which is now a CP industry requirement for doing business with most retailers).

The right PLM solution should help you:

  • Increase Revenue. A best practice PLM solution should help a company grow its revenues by consolidating product development cycle-time and helping companies get new and improved products to market sooner. PLM should also eliminate many of the root causes for a product being returned, refused and/or reclaimed (which takes away from top-line growth) by creating an enterprise-wide, collaborative, workflow-driven environment.
  • Reduce Costs. A strong PLM solution should help shave many unnecessary costs that companies typically take for granted. Rationalizing SKU’s, components (ingredients and packaging) and suppliers is a major opportunity at most companies that PLM should help address. A natural outcome of this rationalization is lower direct material spend and a reduction of inventory. Another cost cutting opportunity comes with PLM when it helps companies avoid certain costs associated with process inefficiencies that lead to scrap, rework, excess and obsolete inventory, poor end of life administration, higher cost of quality and regulatory and increased expediting.
  • Mitigate Risk. Risks are the hardest to quantify but can be the most costly to a company. Food safety, recalls, line shutdowns, customer dissatisfaction and, worst of all, the potential tarnishing of your brands are a few of the debilitating risks that CP companies deal with on a daily basis. These risks are so uniquely severe that they require an enterprise PLM solution specifically designed for the CP industry that safeguards product information and processes while still allowing the art of innovation to flourish.

Many CP companies have already created a winning advantage by leveraging a single, best practice PLM solution to establish an enterprise-wide, systematic approach to innovation.

Oracle’s Answer for the Consumer Products Industry

Oracle is dedicated to solving the growth and innovation challenges facing the CP industry. Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process solution was originally developed with and for CP companies and is driven by a specialized development staff solely focused on maintaining and continuously improving the solution per the latest industry requirements. Agile PLM for Process helps CP companies handle all of the processes associated with managing the science of the innovation process, including: specification management, new product development/project and portfolio management, formulation optimization, supplier management, and quality and regulatory compliance to name a few.

And as I mentioned earlier, integration is absolutely critical. Many Oracle CP customers, both with Oracle ERP systems and non-Oracle ERP systems, report benefits from Oracle’s Agile PLM for Process. In future articles we will explain in greater detail how both existing Oracle customers (like Gallo, Smuckers, Land-O-Lakes and Starbucks) and new Oracle customers (like ConAgra, Tyson, McDonalds and Heinz) have all realized the benefits of Agile PLM for Process and its integration to their ERP systems.

More to Come

Stay tuned for more articles in our blog series “The Business of Winning Innovation.” While we will also feature articles focused on other industries, look forward to more on how Agile PLM for Process addresses innovation challenges facing the CP industry. Additional topics include: Innovation Data Management (IDM), New Product Development (NPD), Product Quality Management (PQM), Menu Management,Private Label Management, and more! .

Watch this video for more info about Agile PLM for Process

Friday Nov 16, 2012

Announcing the Return of the AGILITY Awards for Excellence in PLM!

Nominations for the Oracle Excellence in PLM “AGILITY” Awards are now open. These awards are exclusively for enterprises utilizing Oracle Agile PLM solutions to address relevant industry and business challenges, and will be given to companies that have innovatively carried out projects that quantitatively improved processes, business results, and competitiveness. 

Winners will receive a FREE pass to the
Oracle Value Chain Summit (visit www.oracle-DOT-com/goto/vcs for more), taking place in San Francisco, February 4-6, 2013. Agile customers, partners and Oracle representatives are all welcome to submit nominations. To receive a nomination form or to get more information about the process, email terri.hiskey-AT-oracle.com.

Deadline for submissions is Friday, December 14, 2012.

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 www.oracle.com/goto/vcs.

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 terri.hiskey-AT-oracle.com 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.

Sessions
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 launch.oracle.com/?plmopenworld2012; 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 www.oracle.com/goto/vcs

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