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.

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.

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