Tuesday Aug 28, 2012

Your Day-by-Day Guide to Agile PLM at Oracle OpenWorld 2012

This year’s Oracle OpenWorld conference is nearly here, and we’re all excited about what we have planned! With five days of activities and customer presenters from market leaders and top innovators like The Coca-Cola Company, Starbucks, JDSU, Facebook, GlobalFoundries, and more, this is an event you don't want to miss. I've compiled this day-by-day guide to help anyone keep track of all the “Product Lifecycle Management and Product Value Chain” sessions and activities at OpenWorld 2012, September 30 – October 4 in San Francisco, California. 

Monday, October 1

There are great networking activities on Sunday September 30, but PLM specific sessions start after general conference keynotes on Monday, October 1 at 10:45 a.m. at the InterContinental Hotel in room Telegraph Hill. In fact, most of our sessions this year will be held in this room, which is still close to the conference keynotes in Moscone, but just far enough away to allow some focused networking and discussions.

 

This first session, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. is a joint session with the Agile and AutoVue teams, entitled “Streamline PLM Design-to-Manufacturing Processes with AutoVue Visualization Soltuions” featuring presenters from Oracle as well as joint AutoVue and Agile PLM customer GlobalFoundries.

In the following 12:15 – 1:15 p.m. slot, there are two sessions to choose from, so if you have a team of representatives attending OpenWorld, you may consider splitting up to catch both of these:

a) Our General Session will be held in the InterContinental Hotel Ballroom C, which will cover our complete enterprise PLM strategy, product updates, and roadmaps. It’s our pleasure to feature a customer keynote presentation from Chris Bedi, CIO, and Rajeev Sethi, Director IT Business Engagement, of JDSU.

b) A focused session on integrating PLM with Engineering and Supply Chain Systems will be held on the second floor of Moscone West (next to the InterContinental) in room 2022. Join to discover how these types of integrations help companies manage common and integrated design information across all MCAD, ECAD, and software components.

After a lunch break and perhaps a visit to the Demogrounds in Moscone West, select from two product roadmap sessions in the next time slot (3:15 – 4:15 p.m.): an Agile 9.3.x session located in the InterContinental’s Ballroom C, and an Agile PLM for Process session located back in the InterContinental’s Telegraph Room. Both sessions will have strong content around each product line’s latest releases, vision, and customer examples. We are very pleased to feature Daniel Soosai of Facebook in the A9 session and Vinnie D’Agostino of The Coca-Cola Company in the PLM for Process session.

Afterwards, hang in there for one last session of the day from 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.; it’s an insightful discussion on leveraging Agile PLM as the Foundation for Enterprise Quality Management, and it’s sure to be one of the best. In the Telegraph Room, this session will feature Oracle experts, partner co-presenter David Bartlett from CPG Solutions, and customer co-presenter Thomas Crowe, CIO of PL Developments. Hear their experience around implementing collaborative, integrated solutions to ensure effective knowledge transfer throughout an organization, and how to perform analysis in real time to resolve product quality issues swiftly and efficiently.

On Monday evening there will be plenty of industry, product, and partner dinners, so take advantage of all the networking opportunities and catch some great tunes at the 5 day Oracle OpenWorld Music Festival!

Tuesday, October 2

Tuesday starts early with a special PLM Networking Brunch, sponsored by several partners, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. at the B Restaurant that sits atop Yerba Buena Gardens. You’ll have the unique opportunity to meet with like-minded industry peers and a PLM partner to discuss a topic of your choosing while enjoying a delicious meal. Registration is required, so to inquire about attending this brunch, please email Terri.Hiskey-AT-oracle.com.

After wrapping up your conversations over brunch, head over to the Marriott Marquis in the Nob Hill CD room for a chance to experience the Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics solution in a Hands-On Lab, open from 10:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Experts will be there to answer your questions.

Back in the InterContinental Hotel’s Telegraph room, the session on “Ideation and Requirements Management: Capturing the Voice of the Customer” begins at 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. This may be the session for you if you’re struggling with challenges like too many repositories of customer needs, requests, and ideas; limited visibility into which ideas are being advanced by customers and field resources; or if you’re unable to leverage internal expertise to expose effort and potential risks. This session will discuss how Agile PLM can help you overcome ideation challenges to deliver the right products to their targeted markets and fulfill customer desires.

Next, from 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. join us for a session on Managing Profitable Innovation with Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics. If you missed the Hands-on Lab, have more questions, or simply want to be inspired by the product’s forward-thinking vision and capabilities, this is a great opportunity to meet the progressive-minded executives behind the application.

After this session, it may be a good opportunity to swing by the Demogrounds in Moscone West and visit the Agile PLM demos at exhibit booths #81 for Agile PLM for Discrete Manufacturing, #70 for Agile PLM for Process, and #82 for AutoVue and Agile PLM Enterprise Visualization. Check out the related Supply Chain Management booths close by if you’re interested - here's the map. There’s always lots to see and do around the exhibit area.

But don’t forget the last session of the day from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Telegraph Hill on Managing Product Innovation and Compliance in Life Science Companies, a “must-see” if you’re in this industry. Launching innovative products quickly is already a high-stakes challenge, but companies in the life sciences industry face uniquely severe consequences when new products don’t perform or comply as required. In recent years, more and more regulations have become mandatory, and new ones, such as REACH, are currently going into effect for several companies. Customer presenters from pharmaceutical leader Eli Lilly will share how they’ve leveraged Agile PLM to deliver high-quality, innovative products in a fast-paced, heavily regulated market environment.

Tuesday evening unwind at the Supply Chain Management Reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the premier boutique Roe Nightclub and Lounge, which is located about three blocks down on Howard Street (on the other side of Moscone from the InterContinental Hotel). Registration is required. Click here for the details.  

Wednesday, October 3

We have another full line-up on Wednesday, so be ready for an action-packed day. We start with a session at 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. in the Telegraph Room where we have a session on “PLM for Consumer Products: Building an Engine for Quality and Innovation” with featured presenters from Starbucks and partner Kalypso. This is a rare opportunity to learn directly from Starbucks how they instill quality and innovation throughout their organization, products, and processes, leveraging PLM disciplines with strong support from their partner. 

If you’re not in the consumer products industry, we recommend attending another session at 10:15 – 11:15 a.m. in Moscone West room 3005: “Eco-Enterprise Innovation Awards and the Business Case for Sustainability” featuring Jeff Henley, Oracle’s Chairman of the Board and Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer. Oracle will honor select customers with Oracle’s Eco-Enterprise Innovation award, which recognizes customers and their respective partners who rely on Oracle products to support their green business practices to reduce their environmental impact while improving business efficiencies and reducing costs. The awards presentation is followed by a panel discussion with customers and Oracle executives, who describe how these award-winning organizations are embracing environmental initiatives as a central part of their business strategy and how information technology plays a pivotal role.

Next at 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. in Telegraph Hill attend our session devoted to exploring Product Lifecycle Management’s role in Software Lifecycle Management. This is a thought leadership session with Oracle experts in the field on the importance of change management, and we’ll discuss how Oracle has for years leveraged Agile PLM to develop Agile PLM.

If software lifecycle management doesn’t apply to your business or you’d rather engage in some lively one-on-one discussions, we also have a “Supply Chain Meet the Experts” session in Moscone West Room 2001A. Product experts, thought leaders and executives will be on hand to discuss your questions/topics, so come prepared. This session tends to fill up fast so try to get in early.

At 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. join us back in Telegraph Hill for a session focused on leveraging the Agile Product Portfolio Management application as the Product Development Master Schedule to improve efficiencies, optimize resources, and gain visibility across projects enterprise-wide to improve portfolio profitability. Customer presenters from Broadcom will explain how they’ve leveraged the product to enable a master schedule with enterprise-level, phase-gate program and project collaboration and resource optimization.

Again in Telegraph Hill from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. we have an interesting session with leading semiconductor customer LSI and partner Kalypso on how LSI leveraged Agile PLM to advance from homegrown applications to complete Product Value Chain Management. That type of transition can be challenging, and LSI details how they were able to achieve their goals and the value they gained along the journey – a fascinating account for any company interested in leveraging best practices to innovate their business processes and even end products.

Lastly, we’ll wrap up in Telegraph Hill from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. with a session on “Ensuring New Product Success by Achieving Excellence in New Product Introduction.” This is a cross-industry session, guaranteed to deliver insight in the often elusive practice of creating winning products, and we’re very excited about. According to IDC Manufacturing Insights analyst Joe Barkai, “Product Failures are not necessarily a result of bad ideas…they are a result of suboptimal decisions.” We’ll show you how to wire your business processes to enhance decision-making and maximize product potential.

Now, quickly hit your hotel room to freshen up and then catch one of the many complimentary shuttles to the much-anticipated Oracle Customer Appreciation Event on Treasure Island. We have a very exciting show planned – check out what’s in store here.

Thursday, October 4

PLM has a light schedule on Thursday this year with just one session, but this again is one of our best sessions on managing the Product Value Chain: at 11:15 a.m – 12:15 p.m.in Telegraph Hill, it’s a customer and partner driven session with Sonoco Products and Deloitte telling their story about how to achieve integrated change control by interfacing Agile PLM with Oracle E-Business Suite. Sonoco Products, a global manufacturer of consumer and industrial packaging materials, with its systems integrator, Deloitte, is doing this by implementing prebuilt integration (Oracle Design-to-Release Integration Pack for Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process and Oracle Process) to integrate Agile with Oracle Product Hub/Oracle Product Information Management and Oracle E-Business Suite. This session presents a case study of how Sonoco is leveraging this solution to improve data quality and build a framework for stronger master data governance.

Register For 2012Even though that ends our PLM line-up at OpenWorld, there will still be many sessions and activities at the conference, so visit the Oracle OpenWorld website to review agendas and build your schedule. And of course, download and bring this guide and the latest version of the Agile PLM Focus-On Document (available soon!).

San Francisco is a wonderful city to explore, and we’re glad you’re considering joining the Agile PLM team at Oracle OpenWorld!  I hope to see you there!

Follow me before the conference and on site for real-time updates about #OOW12 on Twitter @Kerrie_Foy or @AgilePLM.

Monday Jun 25, 2012

AutoVue 20.2 for Agile Released

I saw an important post on the Oracle's AutoVue Enterprise Visualization Blog that I wanted to share with you all in the Agile community.  This was originally posted by Angus Graham here.

AutoVue 20.2 for Agile Released

Oracle’s AutoVue 20.2 for Agile PLM is now available on Oracle’s Software Delivery Cloud. This latest release allows Agile PLM customers to take advantage of new AutoVue 20.2 features in the following Agile PLM environments: 9.3.1.x; 9.3.0.x.

 AutoVue 20.2 delivers improvements in the following areas.

  • New Format Support: AutoVue 20.2 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:
  • ECAD: Cadence Concept HDL 16.5, Allegro Layout 16.5, Orcad Capture 16.5, Board Station ASCII Symbol Geometry, Cadence Cell Library
  • MCAD: CATIA V5 R21, PTC Creo Parametric 1.0, Creo Element\Direct Modeling 17.10, 17.20, 17.25, 17.30, 18.00, SolidWorks 2012, SolidEdge ST3 & ST4, PLM XML
  • 2D CAD: Creo Element/Direct Drafting 17.10 to 18.00
  • Office: MS Office 2010: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Enhancements to AutoVue enterprise readiness: reliability and performance improvements, as well as security enhancements which adhere to Oracle’s Software Security Assurance standards
  • Updated version of AutoVue Document Print Service offerings, which include the ability to select CAD layers for printing

 For further details, check out the What’s New in AutoVue 20.2 datasheet

Tuesday May 08, 2012

New Free Report Available: 28 pages on Oracle’s Enterprise PLM Solution

Featuring seven customer case studies and enriched with industry-specific best practices throughout, this Oracle Enterprise PLM Report is most definitely a “one-stop-shop” for anyone looking for a solid overview of Oracle’s Agile PLM and complementary solutions.

Here’s a brief summary of the almost 30 pages of content:

The Origins: From Agile Software to Oracle

As part of its commitment to providing the most complete, most integrated and most industry-oriented range of applications available, Oracle in 2007 acquired Agile Software Corp., a leading provider of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software solutions worldwide.  Since that date, Oracle has extended and further developed its PLM applications portfolio to create the industry’s most comprehensive suite of applications for full, enterprise-scale PLM throughout the product value chain.

The Challenges for Product-Oriented Businesses

From industrial manufacturing to pharmaceuticals and retail, today’s product-oriented industries face a unique set of challenges such as complex design and supply chains, increased global competition, market demand for customized products, economic uncertainty, and industry regulations.  To thrive in these conditions, product businesses need to be efficient, agile and innovative while ensuring quality, traceability and safety.  But this difficult to achieve for many businesses, which are often plagued by delays and failures due to disjointed and inefficient product development and commercialization processes. 

The Oracle Solution

Drawing on our extensive work with product-oriented businesses across multiple industry sectors, Oracle has developed the expertise and the technology solutions to enable a new streamlined approach to managing the product lifecycle: managing the entire product value chain with Enterprise PLM solutions.  Enterprise PLM is much more than just a technology solution.  It represents a new, strategic approach to the product value chain that emphasizes process efficiency, cross-functional collaboration in the extended enterprise, rapid innovation, rigorous quality control, risk mitigation and cost effectiveness.

The Industries

Recognizing that different industry sectors have unique pressures and concerns, Oracle has developed dedicated Enterprise PLM solutions for a range of industries, including Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, Retail, Industrial Manufacturing, High Tech Electronics, Consumer Packaged Goods and Food & Beverage.

Pharmaceuticals: Enabling Business Transformation
With a case study on
Bayer Healthcare

Medical Devices: Supporting Innovation, Accelerating Compliance
With a case study on
Stryker

Retail: Get Control of Product Information
With a case study on
7-Eleven

High Tech Electronics: Accelerate Innovation in a Fast-Moving Industry
With a case study on
Sun Microsystems

Consumer Packaged Goods: More Efficient, More Competitive
With a case study on
Herbalife

Industrial Manufacturing: Bring Better Products to Market, Faster
With a case study on
ZF Friedrichshafen AG

Food and Beverage: Improve Compliance at Lower Cost
With a case study on
Tyson Foods

The Recommendations

Oracle recommends that in order to start taking advantage of the benefits of Enterprise PLM, supply chain technology leaders and CIOs should undertake a few key actions:

  1. Take a purposeful, thoughtful and honest inventory of existing IT product value chain operations and opportunities.
  2. Develop a complete understanding of Oracle’s Enterprise PLM capabilities and how they may be deployed to fulfill specific operational product value chain priorities.
  3. Develop short-term and long-term roadmaps for Oracle strategy and deployment to optimize product value chain impact.
This summary features just a few highlights from the full report, so please read it today!

Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

New Podcast Available: Product Value Chain Management: How Oracle is Taking the Lead on Next Gen Enterprise PLM

A new podcast on how Oracle is taking the lead in Enterprise PLM with our Product Value Chain solution is now available. In case you're not yet familiar with the concept of Product Value Chain, its an integrated business model powered by Oracle that offers executives the ability to collectively leverage enterprise Agile PLM, Product Data Hub, Enterprise Data Quality and AutoVue Enterprise Visualization and other industry-leading Oracle applications for incremental value. In this quick, 10 minute podcast, you'll hear John Kelley, VP PLM Product Strategy, and Terri Hiskey, Director, PLM Product Marketing, discuss Oracle's vision for next generation enterprise PLM: the Product Value Chain.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OracleAppcast/~3/jxAED7ugMEc/11525926_Enterprise_PLM_040612.mp3

Friday Apr 06, 2012

Agile PLM on Developing Agile PLM: Software Lifecycle Management

Change is constant.  That saying couldn’t be truer when applied to software development.   And with all that change comes extensive product complexity.  How do you manage it all?  As software developers ourselves, we can certainly empathize with the challenge.

On April 3, 2012 Stephen Van Lare, VP of PLM Product Development, hosted a webcast to share how Oracle uses Agile to develop Agile – a PLM solution for managing a PLM solution!   Stephen passionately shared his unique insight based on 10 years of using Agile PLM to manage the development process, as well as customer use cases.  He shared our time-proven view of the software’s relationship to the product record, while pointing out that PLM is not source control.  He began with the challenges of software development, which boiled down to the deduction that “despite many great tools in the software development industry, it takes a lot more than good source control, more than good bug tracking, to get to an on-time, on-budget and quality release in your marketplace.   It requires defining the right things you want to do, managing the scope, managing your schedule, and, most importantly, managing the change to all those things over the lifecycle of the process. And this is the definition of PLM.”  

Stephen then defined the relationship of PLM to the software development process by detailing the two main use cases –  Product Lifecycle and Mechatronics – which can be used simultaneously and in fact are already used in most industries today.  The Product Lifecycle use case is used to manage artifacts and change throughout product development, while the Mechatronics use case involves the software, hardware and electrical design in the BOM.  In essence, PLM is just as relevant to software as the rest of the BOM when trying to maximize profits during any phase of the lifecycle.

Please take the opportunity to watch Stephen Van Lare as he details how and why based on his own experience developing Agile with Agile, as well as a lively Q&A session, in the Software PLM Webcast Replay.

Wednesday Apr 04, 2012

The Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Call for Papers Closes April 9

It is On! Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Call for Papers is closes April 9.   This year's OpenWorld event is September 30  - October 4, Moscone Center, San Francisco.

Oracle OpenWorld is among the world’s largest industry events for good reason. It offers a vast array of learning and networking opportunities in one of the planet’s great cities.  And one of the key reasons for its popularity is the prominence of presentations by customers.

If you would like to deliver a presentation based on your experience, now is the time to submit your abstract for review by the selection panel. The competition is strong: roughly 18% of entries are accepted each year from more than 3,000 submissions. Review panels are made up of experts both internal and external to Oracle. Successful submissions often (but not exclusively) focus on customer successes, how-tos, or best practices.

http://www.oracle.com/openworld/call-for-papers/information/index.html

What is in it for you? Recognition, for one thing. Accepted sessions are publicized in the content catalog, which goes live in mid-June, and sessions given by external speakers often prove the most popular. Plus, accepted speakers get a complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld with access to all sessions and networking events- that could save you up to $2,595!

Be sure designate your session for inclusion in the correct track by selecting  “APPLICATIONS: Product Lifecycle Management from the Primary Track drop down menu.

Looking forward to seeing you at this year's OpenWorld!

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!

Monday Feb 27, 2012

Managing your Product Value Chain with Oracle

If you've been to an Oracle Agile PLM event lately, you've probably heard of the Product Value Chain.  It's the next generation of managing products from ideation to end-of-life: an integrated business model powered by Oracle that offers rich new strategies for executives to collectively leverage enterprise Agile PLM, Product Data Hub, Enterprise Data Quality for Products, and other industry leading Oracle applications to achieve further incremental value.

We're glad to announce a new website dedicated to helping companies reflect on the maturity of their product development processes, and learn how to leverage their existing and future investments in Oracle's Agile PLM and related solutions to achieve maximum profitability and quick ROI.  On the new website you'll find our latest executive brief on managing the Product Value Chain, and feedback from the analyst firm IDC.

Please take a moment to bookmark the new website on managing the Product Value Chain with Oracle, and check back often for updates.

 

Wednesday Feb 15, 2012

Observations from the Oracle Agile PLM Summit 2012: Agility Reset and Reloaded!

Coming out of Oracle OpenWorld last fall, one theme that kept coming up in conversations with our customers was that they missed the intimacy and community building that used to take place at Agility, Agile Software’s pre-acquisition customer conference. So encouraged by this feedback, along with the support and enthusiasm of our partners and invaluable help from our extended Oracle colleagues, we mobilized quickly and were able to put together a day and a half of keynotes, breakouts, industry focus groups and networking events that I think greatly exceeded everyone’s expectations. When we first started planning, we were hopeful for a moderate turnout; we were overwhelmed when we quickly maxed out our first venue for this event and had to find a bigger venue to accommodate all our attendees! A big thank you especially to our fantastic customers from both near and far who came and participated in the Summit, with a mere six weeks of advance notice. The energy and enthusiasm that you brought to the conference was palpable. We couldn’t have done this without you!

PLM Summit Day One: General Session Keynotes & Networking Reception

John Kelley of Oracle keynote presentation at the PLM Summit 2012With over 300 people in attendance, we kicked off our first day with an afternoon of keynote presentations. Oracle’s John Kelley, VP of PLM Strategy, reinvigorated the spirit of Agility and set the visionary tone for the conference with his overview of Oracle Agile PLM product strategy and roadmap. One key question that John posed during his keynote was to think about where your organization stands on its product lifecycle management capability index, or maturity curve. The maturity curve illustrates how PLM has evolved over the years, driven by increasingly complex product needs, from product data management to product collaboration and has now broadened under the Product Value Chain model to include analytics, customer needs management, PIM and product data quality. Mobile applications for Agile PLM are gaining more and more momentum within our customer base, so partners Mahindra Satyam and PLMFlex by Xavor shared with our audience the cool and cutting edge mobile technologies that they offer. Check out Xavor’s PLMFlex video from the conference.

Introduced by their implementation partner Oracle Consulting Services, Dell’s Jennifer Chapman, Director of Global Product Data was the Summit’s first customer keynote of the day. Agile and Dell have a long history, and it was interesting to hear an update on how Dell has dramatically expanded and improved upon its use of Agile PLM. Dell has a staggering 11,000+ users worldwide using Agile, with a mix spanning a range of functional roles, from engineering to operations to procurement to external partners. Due to the Agile implementation, Dell is posting some impressive metrics, especially with improved cost and new product introduction process cycle time.

Following Dell’s presentation was Mark Davis from Deloitte, who set the stage for both ONSemiconductor and St. Jude Medical with his discussion of business challenges in the semiconductor and medical device industries. 

Yann Dupre, Sr. Principal Program Manager from ONSemi gave an overview on how his company is using Agile Product Portfolio Management (PPM) to support new product development. ONSemi has been growing by leaps and bounds through acquisition, having acquired eight companies since 2007, but was concerned that their NPD process was resulting in too many projects that yielded little to no revenue, and set a goal to improve the return on their R&D investment in a measurable way. After a fairly aggressive timeline, they have successfully deployed global NPD and part release procedures, and have a common cost model with over 95% adoption. Jenna Dudevoir and Kasey Durbin of Kalypso at the PLM Summit 2012. Shared via Twitter @KalypsoLP

The final customer presenter of the day was Mark Rutkiewicz, Quality Director of St. Jude Medical (formerly known as AGA Medical), who presented on medical device quality management. Mark is a longtime Agile user who implemented Agile at AGA Medical and has posted some impressive metrics including a 100% adoption rate among engineers, 20-40% reduction in effort and time for Agile-supported processes, as well as high praise from the FDA. 

The afternoon wrapped up with a customer panel made up of our three customer keynoters, and hosted by Horst Groesser of Kalypso. The panel was an opportunity for Horst to summarize the presentations of the day and to allow our audience to ask questions directly to our speakers. Despite the long day, our audience kept the panelists busy for over 30 minutes with questions. Discussions continued on through our Networking Reception, which was sponsored by our partners Deloitte, Kalypso, Mahindra Satyam and PLMFlex by Xavor, and featured several demo stations.

PLM Summit Day Two: Breakouts, Networking Lunch & Industry Focus Groups

Day two of the PLM Summit opened with three breakout tracks, each consisting of four back-to-back sessions. One track focused on product insights and best practices, the second on product demos and deep dives and the third on administration and integrations. Again all the rooms were packed, which made for some very lively discussions. We even had several partners involved in day two sessions, including CPG Solutions, GoEngineer, Kalypso and Deloitte. Attendees suggested afterwards to extend the sessions for more content and wanted longer breaks for networking, so we will definitely take that under advisement when planning next year’s event.

After the success of last year’s Birds of a Feather lunch at OpenWorld, we decided to hold the same type of lunch at our Summit. In addition to the partners already mentioned, we were pleased to have Accenture, Domain, Hitachi Consulting, J-Squared, ZeroWaitState and IBM hosting table topics. The topics included integrations, quality management, managing engineering data, mobile solutions and much more. This is an opportunity for our partners to create and facilitate discussions among our customers on common topics, and was very well attended.

The afternoon concluded with meetings of our industry focus groups. Not surprisingly, the most popular group was focused on high technology and semiconductor, with the life sciences group and the product value chain group not far behind. There were several deep discussions, new ideas, and insightful questions. It was inspiring! And based on the feedback we’ve received, our attendees left feeling similarly. The Agile PLM teams have always had a history of putting customers first, and these focus groups are invaluable to us as they allow us to collaborate directly with our customers as we strive to deliver the industry’s best PLM solutions.

If you’re interested in reading another perspective on the PLM Summit, check out this blog by Steven Porter of our partner ZeroWaitState.

PLM Summit: What’s Next?

Based on the initial comments from attendees and partners, we will definitely plan on doing the Summit on an annual basis moving forward. We are currently collecting all the presentations from the Summit, and will be posting them to a secure site, so if you attended the Summit, you will get an email within the next few days on how to access the site.

We are preparing a survey for our attendees to see what we can improve on for next time, but if you have any other comments or suggestions, especially as it pertains to the location, length and/or content of the conference, please feel free to email me. I’d love to hear from you.

Again, a big thanks to all the Oracle staff that hustled to get the content together for the Summit, to the partners for supporting the Summit and especially to all our customers and prospects who attended. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm and support!

Friday Jan 27, 2012

Video: 20 Customer Results in 90 Seconds

Watch our latest Oracle Agile PLM video on YouTube to catch 20 customer results in just under 90 seconds.  All these case studies and more can be found on our PLM Customer Showcase page of Oracle.com.  Enjoy!

Thursday Jan 12, 2012

Oracle Agile PLM Summit 2012, Feb 7-8 in Santa Clara, CA

We've heard you...

Our PLM community has been asking for an opportunity to get together, so here it is!  On February 7-8 in Santa Clara, California, we have created the complimentary Oracle Agile PLM Summit 2012 for all of our customers, prospects, and sponsoring partners to come together and learn, share ideas, and network.  We are delighted to have Day 1 Keynote Speakers from our customers Dell and ON Semiconductor.

The two-day event is rich with content for all companies looking to bring innovative products to market quickly and efficiently.  As margins shrink, cycles compress, and customer desires become more complex, gaining that competitive edge becomes more and more elusive.  At the Oracle PLM Summit, business leaders will come together to learn strategies to compete in today's environment from Oracle Agile PLM experts and industry peers through case studies, industry special interest group discussions, and best practice sessions.  Here is a detailed look at our current agenda:

Agenda
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Check-in & Networking
GENERAL SESSIONS
1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Welcome & Opening Keynote: - John Kelley, VP Product Management, Oracle Oracle PLM Strategy & Roadmap: Optimizing Your Product Value Chain For Profitability
2:20 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Customer Spotlight: Enterprise Quality Management
Speaker TBD

Expand Your Quality Management Systems Across The Enterprise
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Customer Spotlight: Product Portfolio Management
with ON Semiconductor
Enable Enterprise-Level Phase-Gate Programs and Resource Optiimization Across Your Portfolio
3:35 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. Customer Spotlight: Outsourced Design and Supplier Collaboration
with Dell
Mimiize Risk and Maximize Profitability While Protecting Your Intellectual Property
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Customer Panel and Q&A
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception & Partner Showcase
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Check-in & Networking
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Solutions & Use Cases Product Insight & Best Practices Integration and Product Value Chain Optimization
8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m. Managing Software Development and Embedded Software Design with Agile AutoVue Best Practices: Gain Greater Visibility of Product, Asset and Engineering Information Expand The Value of Your Agile Investment with Innovative Process Extension Ideas
9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Learn More About How Agile Engineering Collaboration Enables Common And Integrated Design Information Management Across All MCAD, ECAD, & Software Components Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics Overview & Demo: Gain Increased Visibility Into New Product Development Pipeline, Product Risks, and Quality
Trends for the Most Informed Product investment Decisions
Maximize the Benefits of an Integrated Architecture: Learn More About Application Integration Architecture (AIA)
10:30 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. Explore How Customer Needs Management Provides a Collaborative Environment Designed to Capture the Voice of Your Customer Maximize Product Pipeline Throughput While Compressing Cycle Times, Controlling Target Margins, and Ensuring Regulatory Compliance With Product Portfolio Management (PPM) Link and Optimize Your Product and Supply Processes to Enable Full Product Value Chain Management
11:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m. Ensuring Implementation and Upgrade Success Streamline Product Quality Management Processes and Replace Homegrown Applications For Analysis and Resolution of Product Quality Issues Ensure The Integrity and Accuracy of Your Product Data Across The Enterprise
12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. Networking Lunch: Featuring Topic Expert Hosted Tables
INDUSTRY FOCUS GROUPS
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Life Sciences - Bring Products To Market Faster In a Highly Regulated Industry While Ensuring Compliance and Reducing Risk Semiconductor - Opitmize Product Development Processes to Enable Innovation, Improve Profitability, and Compress Cycle Times High Tech & Industrial Descrete Manufacturing - Effectively Plan and Execute Complex Product Programs, Rapidly Identify And Solve Critcal Quality Issues, and Deliver Innovative Products That Satisfy Unique Customer Requirements

Speakers and sessions are subject to change.

This event is free for customers and prospects, but space is limited.

Learn more or register today by calling 1-800-820-5592 ext.10057.

Monday Jan 09, 2012

Quantum Corporation Accelerates Time to Market and Reduces Costs with Product Lifecycle Management Applications

This article is a reprint of the Quantum Corporation case study on the Oracle Customer Showcase. [Link]

Quantum Corporation is a proven global expert in data protection and big data management that provides a unique combination of intelligent storage solutions and unmatched value for traditional, virtual, and cloud environments. These solutions include DXi®-Series disk-based deduplication and replication systems for fast backup and restore, Scalar® tape automation products for disaster recovery and long-term data retention, StorNext® data management software and appliances for high-performance file sharing and archiving, and vmPRO™ solutions for protecting virtual machine data.

To accelerate product innovation and time to market for new storage products and upgrades, Quantum wished to upgrade its lifecycle management applications for streamlined engineering, production, and compliance processes, as well as enhanced collaboration with employees and partners. Quantum also looked to reduce development and production costs, improve information accessibility, and streamline compliance reporting.

After reviewing various vendors, Quantum implemented Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management applications and granted access to approximately 1,500 users. With the implementation, Quantum reduced engineering and production change time from weeks to days or hours. The company also reduced costs by minimizing order cancellations or inventory issues as well as enhancing employee and partner collaboration for engineering and manufacturing processes. Finally, Quantum used Agile Product Governance and Compliance to respond to customer and governmental reporting requirements and to maintain an information library.

Challenges

  • Accelerate product innovation and time to market for new storage products and upgrades, such as deduplication and replication systems, and optimize patent value in the competitive data storage market
  • Reduce development and production costs to meet market requirements and handle increasing global data volumes, as well as capture a competitive edge
  • Increase scalability in product lifecycle management capabilities and enhance engineering collaboration with partners and employees
  • Streamline and accelerate compliance reporting required by customers and regulatory organizations, such as U.S. customs and trade regulations
  • Improve information accessibility for employees, administrators, and partners

 Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle’s Agile product lifecycle management applications to approximately 1,500 users to streamline engineering, production, and compliance processes, enhance collaboration, and accelerate product time to market. The applications include Agile Product Collaboration, Agile Product Quality Management, and Agile Product Governance & Compliance.
  • Accelerated engineering and production changes—with changes that used to take weeks, now taking only days or hours
  • Reduced costs with improved employee and partner collaboration for engineering and manufacturing processes
  • Decreased order cancellation and inventory issue costs as data can be shared quickly with production facilities
  • Implemented Oracle’s Agile Product Governance and Compliance to enable the company to respond to customer and governmental reporting requirements regarding product content and to maintain a library of this information
  • Integrated the company’s Agile and Oracle E-Business Suite applications to eliminate time-consuming, manual data reentry and reduce the errors and costs associated with rekeying data

A word from Quantum Corporation

“Oracle Agile product lifecycle management applications enable us to collaborate and communicate globally with employees and partners. With the implementation, we acquired enhanced information-sharing capabilities to accelerate time to market, improve reporting capabilities, and reduce costs.” – Daniel Hartley, Product Lifecycle Management Applications Manager, Quantum Corporation

Thursday Jan 05, 2012

Announcing New Version of Agile Customer Needs Management Now Available

 

Agile Customer Needs Management 1.2 on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud

We’re pleased to announce the general availability of the newest release from our best-in-breed PLM suite of applications: Agile Customer Needs Management (CNM) 1.2.  It is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud for download. 

As companies strive to execute well on customer focused and / or innovation-fueled strategies, they often turn to professional technology solutions to help them capture, vet, and calibrate product ideas, features and requirements. Agile Customer Needs Management (CNM) is focused on the initial phases of the product innovation process. The solution provides a collaborative environment designed to:

  1. Aggregate ideas from multiple sources
  2. Invite a team of experts to enrich and vet selected ideas to determine the best investments
  3. Draft and approve product requirements
  4. Promote requirements to the product record

With Agile CNM, product owners and product managers can optimally deliver the right products to their targeted markets and achieve customer desires.  The new release focuses on integration, user experience, and performance providing:

  • Web services to integrate CNM with external systems such as CRM or Call Center applications to collect the incoming funnel of ideas
  • One click promotion of Requirements to Agile’s Product Record
  • Add references to Problem Reports from Product Quality Management and Price Details from Product Cost Management
  • The extension of type ahead and search for Customer and Product Line fields
  • Notifications for send for review, add team member and add comment
  • Improved performance, scalability and clustering support
  • Internationalization and localization support for Chinese (simplified and traditional), Korean, Japanese, French, German, Russian

    CNM Screenshot1

    Screenshot 1: Capture ideas, invite experts to enrich and draft, vet, approve requirements and/or features.

    Screenshot 2: Tight connection across ideas, requirements and product record improves traceability and increases the probability of marketplace success.

    Screenshot 3: CNM 1.2 enables reference links to Problem Reports and Prices

This release also maintains support for the latest available WebLogic application server and new Web Browser versions. Agile CNM is built on Fusion Middleware and supports out of the box integration with Agile 9 PLM, Oracle’s Universal Content Management and AutoVue.

Media Pack

The Agile Customer Needs Management 1.2 Media Packs are now available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud for download.  Here is a list of the media packs by platform:

B65764-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Oracle Solaris on SPARC (64-bit)

B65732-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Linux x86

B65734-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Linux x86-64

B65736-01   Oracle Agile Customer Needs Management Release 1.1 Media Pack for Microsoft Windows x64

Note: CNM 1.2 no longer supports the Windows 32-bit platform.

Documentation

The documentation library for CNM 1.2 (Part Number E23502_01) is available on the OTNContinue to check the OTN Sample Code Index for the CNM 1.2 web service sample files

Supported PLM Versions

Agile PLM 9.2.2.4 and above.

Learn more about Agile Customer Needs Management.

Thursday Dec 15, 2011

AutoVue 20.1.1 for Agile now Available

Originally published by Angus Graham on Dec 13, 2011. Link

Oracle’s AutoVue 20.1.1 for Agile PLM is now available on Oracle’s Software Delivery Cloud. This latest release allows Agile PLM customers to take advantage of new AutoVue 20.1.1 features in the following Agile PLM environments (9.3.1.x; 9.3.0.x; 9.2.2.4+).

AutoVue 20.1.1 has several improvements, but I'd like to highlight 3 areas that will be important for Agile customers.

New Format Support: AutoVue 20.1.1 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:

  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2012
  • Inventor 2012
  • Unigraphics NX7 and NX7.5
  • Adobe Acrobat 10

PDF Improvements:

PDF is one of the most popular formats being used by Agile customers today. It is used as an archival format, as well as a publishing standard for design information, manufacturing instructions, customer requirements, and safety and regulatory information.

AutoVue 20.1.1 has improved the viewing of PDF files with better navigation and zooming behaviour by providing more intuitive zoom levels while searching, switching pages, or moving between markups in a PDF file. 

Converting CAD designs to PDF is a common practice for many Agile customers. AutoVue 20.1.1 provides greater flexibility with PDF measurements by introducing snapping measurements. If a CAD design has been converted to a vector-based PDF, AutoVue 20.1.1 can take accurate measurements from the PDF, by snapping to points and shapes in the design. This unlocks the valuable data contained in the file and provides more information to people on the shop floor.

AutoVue 20.1.1 adds the ability to select, copy, and paste text from PDF files, improving the efficiency with which feedback can be delivered. During reviews, requirements and regulations can now be copied and pasted directly into markups, providing further explanation behind the decisions being made.

Improved Troubleshooting and Stability:

AutoVue 20.1.1 includes improvements to the stability, reliability, and server uptime for users by facilitating the identification, logging, and quarantine of problematic files on a server. For example, if the server crashes, the administrator is provided with a list of all files that were open on the server at the time of the crash. Doing this greatly reduces the amount of time admins need to spend tracking down these files and once found, they can restrict file access so that no further crashes will be caused.

For further details, check out the What’s New in AutoVue 20.1.1 datasheet.

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