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!

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

Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

Making the Right Product Decisions Even Better

It’s a common problem – more information adds complexity spanning several dimensions: Where did it come from, and where should it go? How do you organize it? Who needs to know, react, deliver?  How do you respond and what are the implications of each option?  Do you even know everything you should?  What is missing?  Is it accurate?

Yes, the multitude of today’s data can be massively overwhelming without the right plan in place to synthesize it.  Bluntly, not having the right handle on data as a company can be downright disastrous!  As companies continuously generate and collect data, it grows increasingly difficult to comprehensively take the correct information to the next level:  the best decisive action.

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), like most applications, generates many data points about product performance every day.  Using best-in-class solutions like Oracle’s Agile PLM to consolidate data, streamline processes, and connect all aspects of a product network to speed time to market provides extremely valuable results for a business looking to achieve a competitive advantage through profitable innovation. 

But take a step back and consider: what would an executive level analysis of all the activity inside your PLM solutions reveal about your business?  Consider being able to glance at a dashboard of charts and graphs tailored to your business, instantly gather deep insight into product performance, and then make the best decisive action.

The Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics solution enables companies to gain actionable insight into large volumes of product lifecycle data from all operations and entities, exposing critical trends and metrics that enable business users at all levels to make key product decisions. With increased visibility into the new product development pipeline, product risks, and quality trends, companies can make the most informed product investment decisions, mitigate new product risks, increase responsiveness to product complaints, and improve customer satisfaction.

Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics is making headlines as today’s complexity increases.  Gary Swanson, VP of Corporate Quality at Herbalife speaks in a webcast in early December 2011 about how his company leverages the solution to support major corporate initiatives around innovation.  Swanson spoke at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, and even accepted Herbalife’s 2011 Consumer Goods Industry Excellence Award for Product Innovation.  Also, you can check out the Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics data sheet for more specific details, and view this YouTube video about “Turning Innovation into a Competitive Advantage” by making the right decisions about your products.

Making the right decision at the right time depends a lot on the information available.  Empowering decision-makers at all levels of the business with the most accurate, relevant data in a timely manner is critical to success no matter what product you bring to market.  Deploying quickly with rapid ROI, Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics delivers sophisticated analysis to drive performance excellence and improve customer satisfaction.

Wednesday Sep 14, 2011

Join Product Experts and Professionals at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 to Talk Profitable Innovation

Oracle OpenWorld is the most important educational and networking event of the year for Oracle specialists, customers, and partners. Oracle OpenWorld goes both deep and wide with Oracle technology and applications, providing thousands of sessions and hundreds of demos geared toward helping your company get better results with the technology it has—and plan strategically for the technology it will need to keep ahead of the competition in the years to come.

Discover the Power Behind Deploying a True Product Value Chain

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 will feature a compelling series of presentations by Oracle and customer executives on Product Lifecycle Management solutions.  Learn from our product leaders the strategy and future direction including what it means to successfully manage the entire product value chain of businesses and products.  Hear how Oracle customers are deploying with best-in-class implementation techniques, innovating profitably, and gaining a competitive edge.

Learn how to Systematically Manage the Quality and Profitability of Products with Oracle

Included in over one thousand sessions covering all aspects of Oracle technology, are specialized sessions detailing Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management and Product Value Chain solutions with best practices in a variety of industries. For example, Monday’s general session sets the stage with Master Lock describing the strength of using a comprehensive solution to optimize product and supply processes to design, deliver, and profit from the right products delivered to market at the right time.  In the Agile 9.3 roadmap session, learn about the latest enhancements, business value, and implementation experiences from customers upgrading to the latest release, including the Sun Microsystems transformation story.  Hear from a variety of customers in several sessions such as A Customer’s Perspective: Journey with an Enterprise Quality Management System by Stryker, Agile Product Portfolio Management: Enterprise Project Management for New Product Development with ON Semiconductor and W.L. Gore & Associates, Value Chain Transformation: Generating Value Across SCM and PLM with Qualcomm, and much more.

Just like Your World—Information is everywhere at OpenWorld

The week will be packed with ideas for developing and implementing the most effective business strategies, tactics, and systems implementations specifically tailored for a range of industries.  If you are interested in learning how to make more profit per product, join us at Oracle OpenWorld 2011.

CONTACT US

To learn more about PLM at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, download the Focus On Agile Product Lifecycle Management and Product Value Chain document and pre-register for the PLM sessions using the Content Catalog.

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