Friday Jan 24, 2014

P4P Mobile Puts Key Product Information in the Palm of Your Hand

Kalypso is one of our PLM Premier Sponsors of the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit Kalypso at Booth #113 and learn more about what Kalypso has to offer in the guest blog below, authored by Daniela Ilieva, Oracle Practice Manager.

In today’s fast-paced life, tablets and smart phones have become an integral part of our daily existence and how we get work done. Agile PLM for Process (P4P) users are frequently traveling and on-the-go, but still need the ability to stay on top of their product specifications, suppliers and projects in order to maintain high levels of productivity and meet the demands of their businesses. While working on PLM implementation projects with clients in the process industries, Kalypso found these four common needs among PLM users:

  1. Product quality managers often need to view quality testing protocols and expected test results while testing materials at the receiving dock
  2. Development managers need to approve rush workflows while visiting potential suppliers
  3. Supplier quality analysts benefit from viewing current sourcing approval records, supplier documentation and quality performance while auditing a supplier facility
  4. Sales representatives foster more effective customer meetings and discussions if they can show specifications to customers when presenting new ingredients and products

Kalypso developed P4P Mobile to meet these business needs. P4P Mobile, now available for Apple iPad, provides:

  • Instantaneous and continuous access to product and supplier data
  • Intuitive, easy-to-learn interface for users trained on the full browser version of the P4P application
  • Ability to manage action items, review and workflow specification and sourcing approvals
  • Ability to add mobile browser compatible apps that can be configured into the application, such as PLM analytics

Check out a preview of P4P Mobile here. Want to learn more or be part of the P4P pilot pack using the app? Come see us in booth #113 at the Oracle Value Chain Summit and test it for yourself!

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

The Biggest Agile Installation Mistake Has Nothing to Do With Agile

Domain Systems is one of our PLM Preferred Sponsors of the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit Domain at Pod 117 and learn more about their expertise in the guest blog below.

Oracle Agile PLM is designed to be an out of the box solution insofar as setting up the infrastructure is concerned, which is why Agile is so popular with the world’s most successful brands. Installing or upgrading Agile PLM can be a very stressful project though--a lot is on the line. One of the biggest downfalls companies make when installing Agile PLM is mistaking the installation recommendations as not being part of out of the box functionality and flexibility Agile offers. In order to find the functional agility you are looking for, it is critical that you establish the best foundation possible for Agile PLM, and that is achieved by following the installation instructions. Where most companies deviate from the installation instructions:

1. Shared Server. Agile PLM prefers to have a stand-alone instance, or be on its own server. Most companies, who install Agile onto a shared server, won’t install the example software that drives the search functionality. This is just one technical reason why you need your own server. There are many other reasons.

2. Violating or Modifying Out of the Box Oracle Security Policies. We've seen some instances where customers modify out of the box security policies, and it prevents some accounts from having certain privileges. This can prevent Agile from starting or operating at an optimal level because Agile is designed to have a specific security level, but when installed, the accounts did not have the security levels that were required.

3. Poor Database Structure. Everyone wants to do things better. In this case, trust the recommendations when installing Oracle Database. This is critical to maintaining a solid data structure.

4. Overriding the Schema Installer. Let the schema installer do its job. Don't change what the schema installer wants to do. Our experience is that the companies that try to change this part of the process never end up having a good installation experience.

Follow these four in-the-box guidelines for installing Agile PLM, and you'll be much more likely to enjoy the out-of-the-box experience you are expecting.

Heading to the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit? Join Domain Systems for an after-hours party on Tuesday, February 4. Enjoy networking with other PLM professionals over craft beer, gourmet sausages and grilled cheese sandwiches and much more! Send an email to James Keddington to request an invitation.

Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

Four Vital Activities That Will Give Agile PLM a Healthy Life

Special guest blog by Domain Systems

We are all trying to get the best performance out of everything--out of our people, machinery, vendors...any investment, really. But some of us make the fatal mistake of exhausting our resources until they can no longer produce anything of value. We've all done "burners"--working through the night with no sleep in order to get a project done. At a time when most people are waking up, we are hoping for a third or fourth wind to get us through the next few hours. When we are young, we can do this many times a year with no real side effects. As we get older, these burners start to take a larger toll on our bodies, health and mental capabilities. The body needs sleep, as well as other important items such as food, water, emotional and mental stability. We can put these things off for a while and survive, but if we put them off too long, really bad things can happen.

Your Agile PLM software is no different. Your software and hardware are just like our bodies. They require certain (and quite simple) things for healthy operation, and if those are ignored for long periods of time, your Agile PLM system will shut down. What is really painful to see is that a lot of companies purposely put aside regular maintenance activities in the name of productivity, until it is too late. The cost can sometimes result in millions of dollars of downtime, scrap and high-priced emergency fixes. In order to maintain your Agile PLM implementation, here are four vital activities that will give your Agile PLM implementation a healthy life:

1. Back up every day. This really should go without saying. If you like your data, and your data is important to your business--make a copy and keep that copy secure.

2. Schedule routine maintenance windows. At a minimum, these should be monthly. If you run a lot of transactions, you might want to schedule these twice a month. We know that down time can sometimes mean lost money, and in this day and age of 24/7 availability, it can be difficult to find a convenient time for this. However, this is one of those things that you just need to schedule. If you don't, your system will decide on its own to take down time when it can no longer survive without it, and most likely at the most inconvenient time for you, when it will cost you the most money to get it back up and running. A company who refuses to schedule routine maintenance windows is like having a policy against putting gas in your car until you are on empty. It is just not smart.

3. Run Averify. Averify is a tool that checks for conflicts in data integrity caused by upgrades, user errors and software defects. Typically, this takes less than an hour. Of course, each company and set up is different, so yours could be longer. But less than an hour is what most companies should expect.

4. Check your table spaces for room. When you run out of room is typically when potentially irreversible bad things can happen, like overwritten or corrupted data. When this happens, Agile PLM will crash.

If you follow these four steps, Agile PLM will run better, smoother, with less errors and you are less likely to have a crash that you can't recover from. Don't treat your Agile PLM system like you treated your 19-year old self--treat it like your grandma. Give it the care and attention it deserves, and if you do, you'll get all the PLM cookies you want and more!

Domain Systems is a Certified Oracle Gold Partner, and the only partner to work solely with Agile PLM. Domain Systems provides all services related to Agile PLM including installations, upgrades, data migration, business process consulting and the development of process extensions and adapters. Check out Domain Systems at


Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Webcast on 12/19: Enterprise Quality Management and the Product Value Chain

Build a Strong Foundation to Promote Quality Excellence

Although most guiding principles for quality management have remained constant, the past few years have pushed business models to change so dramatically that once-ideal systems are now obsolete. Point quality solutions and siloed directives are not capable of sustaining growth. Business leaders are looking to centralize and extend quality controls to promote excellence enterprise-wide, and they are finding success by building a solid foundation throughout the product value chain.

The product value chain comprises all product data and every related process, so with proper controls embedded throughout, organizations can pragmatically enforce common quality standards across a very wide range of quality initiatives. Join our webcast on Thursday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. PST / 02:00 p.m. EST featuring industry analyst LNS Research and industry leader GE Healthcare to learn about:

  • How GE Healthcare built a world-class Supplier Quality Management System leveraging Oracle’s Enterprise Quality Management solutions
  • The current enterprise quality landscape and the role of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions as the core enabler of effectively managing quality processes from “insight to action”
  • Top challenges and best practices for executives considering Enterprise Quality Management solutions
  • Benefits such as risk reduction and sustainable growth through fast, efficient problem resolution and corrective action

Speaker Information

Mark Bienkowski, Global Manager, Supplier Quality Process and Audits,
GE Healthcare

As the Supplier Quality Process and Audits Manager, Mark is responsible for the GE Healthcare global purchasing controls systems and compliance. He also leads teams of Process Lean Leaders and Supplier Auditors who ensure clear and concise quality collaboration between GE Healthcare and its supply base. Mark also has experience in information technology, manufacturing engineering, new product development, and quality assurance. Mark attended Bucknell University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst
LNS Research

Matthew Littlefield founded LNS Research in August of 2011 and is now president and principal analyst. Littlefield covers the topics Enterprise Quality Management Software, Manufacturing Operations Management, Asset Performance Management, Sustainability, and Industrial Automation 2.0. Before founding LNS Research, he spent five years as senior analyst for the Aberdeen Group and led the Global Manufacturing Research practice. Before that, he worked for multi-billion dollar manufacturers (Unilever, HP Hood) in both engineering and shop-floor management roles. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Economics and MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

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Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Views from the Value Chain: How Oracle Brought People and Supply Chains Together

Almost 2,000 business professionals attended the first annual Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco this February, a unique event that united six supply chain disciplines: Product Lifecycle Management, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, Value Chain Planning, and Procurement. But what was equal to its value in breadth, is what the conference offered in depth. So to get the details beyond my own account of PLM at the Summit, I asked my fellow value chain colleagues to share their perspectives.

Here’s what they had to say…

EAM/ALM Maintenance Summit 2013
By Stephen Slade, Sr Director Product Marketing Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Asset Lifecycle Management

The 7th Annual Maintenance Summit, held at the Value Chain Summit was a resounding success according to early polling. A kick-off presentation by David Loesch, Sr Director of Oracle’s Competitive Intelligence Unit provided a unique perspective on Emerging Trends in Asset Management. The standing-room only crowd extended into the hallway as David spoke of the new disruptive technologies entering the maintenance arena.  Attendees were overwhelmed with the overall content and number of sessions offered across the 3 major EAM/ALM pillars: E-Business Suite (EBS), PeopleSoft and JD Edwards (JDE).  Executive speakers from a variety of major maintenance organizations in several leading vertical industries presented their best-practices and case studies on their successful journeys in reliability, effectiveness and cost containment. Sample representation of speakers from ESCO, Graymont Mining, Smuckers, National Express, Oregon Health & Science Univ, Wells Dairy, Simmons Foods, Barrick Gold, Facebook and Energy Alloys are a few of the companies presenting. The second day of the Summit concluded with a free-form meet-the-experts panel where participants were able to ask specific product questions on applications use and function to the enlightenment of the audience. The week concluded with a series of Customer Advisory Boards and Product Line Focus groups to improve the product understanding and use in the market.

Manufacturing Summit 2013
By Stephen Slade, Sr Director Product Marketing Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Asset Lifecycle Management

The 5th Annual Manufacturing Summit brought together users, experts, partners, developers, analysts and strategy professionals with a unique focus on manufacturing operations. Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS, presented the leading manufacturing pillar session on Talent Development and Retention in Manufacturing that included a unique view on globalization and the impact of emerging economies. Tracks were held for Discrete and Process Manufacturing as well as the JDE suite. Speakers from a variety of leading blue-chip firms shared their challenges, vision and solution on how they evolved their operations into world-class organizations. A lean Manufacturing panel was hosted by Stephen Slade, Sr Director of Supply Chain Applications Marketing that included key seasoned participants from Emerson, Gentex and Cummins. They each described their five to ten year Lean roadmap and the progress made on that journey. Specifically, they focused on the new best practices tools and Oracle technologies that they employed to allow them to be more competitive in today’s global marketplace. One quote that summarized Cummins lean effort was the remark by Steven Harbor of Cummins “that our processes are so lean and solid that our competitors buy from us,” meaning that Cummins has achieved a world-class operating position, that it has created a true competitive advantage – but only for today.

Value Chain Execution Summit 2013
By John Murphy, Sr Director Value Chain Execution Applications Product Marketing

Capitalizing on past Logistics event successes, the VCE focused attendees came out in force to learn more about Oracle’s market-leading suite of supply chain execution applications. Through interactive sessions in Transportation Management, Warehouse Management, Distributed Order Orchestration, Fulfillment, Mobile Logistics applications, Order Management, Configurator and other focus areas, customers and prospects caught a glimpse of the future of supply chain execution applications.

Also, with a strong showing of partner representatives, the VCE portion of the summit proved valuable for those looking to augment VCE services or applications. A special thanks to the VCE pillar and track sponsors which included IBM, Loftware, CSC, Eminent Group, Zebra and others.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the OTM SIG event in Philadelphia in July.

Value Chain Planning Summit 2013
By Paul Homchick, Sr Director Value Chain Execution Applications Product Marketing

The first ever Oracle Value Chain Planning summit, which took place as part the early February Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco, was a blow-out success. Over two hundred Oracle VCP customers attended. There wasn't a meeting room large enough, so the VCP pillar sessions were presented in the Grand Ballroom. Oracle VCP partners were also out in force in San Francisco, with Inspirage as an overall event sponsor, and AVATA, Bristlecone, Trinamix, Oliver Wight, Hitachi, and Nexinfo as track sponsors. And many Oracle VCP customers told their stories. Timex talked about the benefits of Integrated Business Planning, while executives from Acroni Steel won the distance traveled award, flying in from Slovania to tell about their success with Oracle’s VCP tools.  Additionally, Pharmavite, Power Integrations, Teva Pharmaceutical, Smiths Medical, Emerson Micro Motion, Cisco, Qualcomm, Motorola Mobility, and Zebra Technologies participated in session presentations. The week wrapped up with a meeting of the Oracle VCP Customer Advisory Board where attendees learned of the new features planned for future releases of Oracle VCP, and were able to provide guidance. In addition to the formal sessions, ample time was provided to wander the demo floor, and to network with colleagues. Everyone I talked with was enthusiastic about attending next year’s event. And, though it may seem difficult, I'm certain next year will be even better.

Procurement Summit 2013
By Dan Ashton, Director, Procurement Marketing

Procurement was a hot topic at the first Oracle Value Chain Summit. The General Sessions consisted of discussions around key trends impacting procurement organizations along with overviews of Fusion Procurement, Spend Analytics and Supplier Hub. Throughout the Summit, roadmaps and Procurement product strategies were presented for E-Business Suite, Peoplesoft and Fusion. During the Procurement track sessions, Self Service Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and Contracts were covered in depth detailing customer experiences and benefits.

Land o’ Lakes shared their real life experiences in implementing Oracle Fusion Procurement. They discussed the initiatives that drove their decision to move to Fusion and benefits achieved, along with best practices and lessons learned. In addition PwC presented with their Oracle customer Plus, Oracle partners Enrich IT and c-Three announced their merger now as an end-to-end provider of integrated SaaS Oracle procurement. During their session they reviewed their Source-to-Settle solution plus services.

Thank You!

Clearly, all of us are extremely appreciative of everyone who supported the first annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, regardless of your product focus area. We’re honored to see our community’s enthusiasm and humbled by our customers’ resounding successes and eagerness to share their stories in forums like this among their peers. Please take a moment to browse the publicly available presentations, join the virtual community on LinkedIn, follow our new Twitter handle @OracleValChain, and contact your Oracle sales representative if you have any questions or feedback about the Summit. Several attendees have already shared their thoughts (thank you!), and we plan to incorporate key improvements next year. Hope to see you all then!

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

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 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

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 See you in San Francisco!

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

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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!


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