Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Product Compliance Should Not Impede Innovation

Depending on severity, product compliance issues can cause all sorts of problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and safeguards can create a strong foundation that promotes innovation rather than stifle it. The right solution for your business should foster productivity, market penetration and competitive advantage. If you’ve been putting off a systematic approach to product compliance, today’s increasingly regulated market has made now an important time to reconsider that decision, or indecision.

Why now?  No matter what industry, companies face a litany of worldwide and regional regulations that require proof of product compliance and environmental friendliness for market access. For many companies in several industries, complying with the changing Conflict Minerals Law is...

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Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014!

Here we are again, at the end of another year. And at the same time, we're looking forward to 2014 and the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit (OVCS 2014), taking place in San Jose, California, from February 3-5. There are only a few short weeks left for customers to register for this annual event at the bargain rate of $495--a $200 savings from the onsite registration rate of $695. Register here to take advantage of this great Early Bird offer!

Need a little extra convincing to attend OVCS 2014? Check out the Top 5 list below to see why the Oracle Value Chain Summit will be the #1 event in 2014 you won't want to miss.

1. OVCS 2014: It's Bigger and Better!

We were so grateful and excited, but also overwhelmed with the number of customers who participated in the 2013 Oracle Value Chain Summit, which took place in San Francisco. We heard your feedback--the meeting rooms were too small and the venue was too crowded. So we have relocated OVCS 2014 to a new venue--the newly renovated McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. This new venue offers bigger rooms, and is much better equipped to accommodate the need for classroom space, meeting rooms and networking. The Convention Center is conveniently located, within walking distance to several hotels and restaurants in downtown San Jose, and is just 15 minutes away from San Jose's Mineta International Airport.

2. Networking, Networking, Networking

We have heard over and over from our customers that the best reason to attend events like OVCS 2014 is the opportunity to network with fellow Agile users. The best conversations often occur spontaneously during breaks between sessions, or at the end of the day, over cocktails. OVCS 2014 will offer attendees plenty of time to meet with other customers over breakfast, lunches and networking receptions. We have also carved out an additional hour out of the schedule each day for dedicated networking time.

3. Even More Customer Sessions and Speakers

OVCS 2014 is THE premier educational event for anyone in the Agile PLM community. There are over 30 PLM-focused in-depth educational sessions led by Agile PLM experts, customers and partners that will cover a range of product and industry-focused topics. Check out the latest Product Value Chain agenda here. Speakers include:

  • OVCS 2014 General Session Speakers: In addition to industry luminary and bestselling author Geoffrey Moore and Jane Barrett, Gartner's Supply Chain Research Group Vice President, other OVCS 2014 General Session Speakers include GE Appliances Kevin Uhls, Supply Chain IT Leader and Jim Lebs, VP of Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In.
  • Product Value Chain General Session Speakers: John Kelley, VP of Product Strategy for Product Value Chain, will kick off our PVC General Session with an Overview and Roadmap for PVC. We also have some great executive speakers that will be presenting in the PVC General Session, including:
    • Linda Henkel, Senior Director, Worldwide Quality Systems, McDonald's
    • Mike Twomey, VP Supply Chain Strategy, Transformation and Logistics, Motorola
    • Ken Ulrich, Director, Information Technology, Motorola
    • Terry Ruttan, VP Business Operations, NBTY
    • David Rudzinsky, SVP and CIO, Hologic
  • PLM Track Sessions: We have confirmed a number of customer speakers across four tracks, representing a range of industries including: Brooks Automation, Cisco, ConAgra, Hologic, JDSU, Life Technologies, Mattel, Motorola, Oracle Peoplesoft, Pampered Chef, Qualcomm, Roka Bioscience and Zebra.

4. New User Experience Demo Area

We have upgraded our demo grounds so that attendees can better view our products up close, and even try them in a hands-on environment. Our new demo grounds will consist of three major components:

  • A hands-on iPad demo area that will allow attendees the opportunity to run through self-paced PLM demos at their own speed.
  • Theater-style demos that will be scheduled during lunches and networking breaks where attendees can view business process flows working in real-time.
  • Meet the Experts dedicated time for attendees to ask specific questions to our product experts

5. Visit with our PLM Partner Community

Our partners play an important and significant role within the Agile PLM community. We have a number of our top partners that attendees will be able to meet and mingle with including:

  • Event Sponsors: Inspirage and KPIT
  • Premier Sponsors: Accenture, IBM and Kalypso
  • Track Sponsors: Deloitte, GoEngineer, Hitachi, KPMG, Xavor and ZeroWaitState
  • Preferred Sponsors: J-Squared and Verdant

Go here for a complete list of all the OVCS 2014 sponsors.

We look forward to seeing you in San Jose!

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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Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 - Your AGILITY of 2014

You’ve been asking about it and now it’s nearly here! I’m excited to give you the low-down on what’s happening with Agile PLM related activities at the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 (and also about writing my first blog article as Kerrie Jordan!)

First of all, what is it? The Value Chain Summit held February 3-5, 2014 at the newly renovated McEnery Convention Center (check out these cool videos of the revitalized venue) in San Jose, California, is the top Oracle supply chain and product value chain event of the year, and the most effective way to build your team’s knowledge, network, and excitement.  In the Product Value Chain tracks we're welcoming speakers from industry leaders including Motorola Solutions, Hologic, and NBTY (we'll be announcing more soon but wanted to give you a taste).  This year's theme is Empowering the Modern Value Chain, as we're inviting you to explore with us a variety of the latest issues in supply chain such as the cloud, social innovation, in-memory applications, big data, internet of things and new mobile use cases.

Why would you come? If you’re taking a fresh look at your product-related processes and searching for the right learning opportunity, this conference is for you. Maybe you miss seeing fellow Agile users, feel nostalgic for AGILITY, or want to challenge your dedicated Agile PLM team here at Oracle with your toughest questions. Whatever your interest in PLM, there's something for you at OVCS.  There will be many familiar faces and new ones so register now if you haven’t yet. The Early Bird Registration rate is $495, and we’ve extended the deadline to December 20. Now let’s get into the details…

Customize Your Experience at the Value Chain Summit

The Oracle Value Chain Summit brings together more than 1,000 business professionals to learn how smart companies are transforming their supply chains into information-driven value chains. This unparalleled experience will give you the tools you need to drive innovation and maximize revenue, whatever your organizational goals. Choose from more than 200 sessions covering every aspect of supply chain management: Product Value Chain, Procurement, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, and Value Chain Planning.

Our headlining Keynote Speaker is Geoffrey Moore, renowned author, speaker and business advisor to many leading companies and an inspiration to many of us in the Product Lifecycle Management discipline. More speakers will be announced on the event website in the next few days.

Product Value Chain Solution Area

The Product Value Chain Solution Area is where you’ll find the Agile PLM, Agile PLM for Process, Product Hub, and AutoVue sessions, as well as learn about our upcoming release of Oracle Innovation Management. This area features four tracks of sessions, hands-on workshops, and solution demonstrations followed by industry groups for more focused discussion. We’ll have four general sessions throughout Tuesday and Wednesday featuring inspiring industry speakers. We will be releasing Agile PLM, PIM, Process, and AutoVue customer speaker names, partners and an agenda on the event website in the next few days.

Track: Product Insights & Best Practices.  This track provides executive attendees and line of business managers with an overview of how customers leverage Agile PLM to enable critical product-related business processes to achieve value.

Track: Product Deep Dives & Demos.  This track delivers line of business and IT managers a better understanding of the benefits associated with expanding your Agile PLM footprint. Sessions delve into some of the most inspiring use cases.

Track: Administration & Integration.  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. Sessions include deeper conversations about features and successfully managing the full infrastructure.

Track: PLM for Process and Product Information Management (PIM). This track provides the opportunity to learn about Oracle’s Agile PLM for Process solution tailored for process industries, as well as PIM solutions such as Oracle Product Hub and Enterprise Data Quality for improving the integrity of data enterprise-wide.

Industry-Focused Sessions for PLM Use Cases.  During the last sessions on Wednesday, attendees meet in industry focus groups to facilitate deeper discussion of key issues in High Tech, Life Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, and Consumer Goods.

A New Era of Supply Chain Experience

This year we’re very excited to offer new networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Check out the VCS User Experience Area where you can test drive demos of the latest products on iPads. Enjoy lunch with like-minded professionals during Birds of a Feather discussion tables.   Hear about the latest advances in In-Memory Applications, and learn from 120 experienced sponsoring partners. We’re doing all we can to make this year’s event is the most valuable conference you’ll visit in 2014. Please register and I’ll see you in San Jose!

Join the Oracle Value Chain Summit Group on LinkedIn and follow Kerrie on Twitter @KerJordan and #OVCS

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

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

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

General Event Overview and Statistics

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

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

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

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

Strategic sessions in the Value Chain Summit

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

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

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

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

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

Value Chain Research: Managing the Value Chain in turbulent times

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

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

Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summit Customer Sessions

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

Enterprise PLM Innovation Award for Prof. Dr. Martin Eigner

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

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

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

Benefits for Tyson Foods are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Product sessions on Innovation Management, Product Roadmaps and Strategies

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

With Fusion Innovation Management, companies will be able to 

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

...REPEATEDLY!

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

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

Oracle Innovation Management survey

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

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

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

survey

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

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

Feedbacks: A few words from our customers and partners

Here are some selected feedbacks from customers and partners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 AutoTrader.com. 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!

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

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

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


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

by Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development, KPIT

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

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

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

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

Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

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

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

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

See you in San Francisco!

Monday Dec 10, 2012

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

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

The Conference Formerly Known as AGILITY...

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

Top Five Reasons to Attend the PLM Summit 2013

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

1. The Best Opportunities for Customer Networking  

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

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

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

2. It's Educational!

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

3. Visit with the PLM Partner Community

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

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

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

5. Spend Some Time in Lovely San Francisco

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

Monday Oct 22, 2012

Calling All Agile Customers-Share Your Stories at the Upcoming PLM Summit

Now that we've closed the door on another Oracle OpenWorld, planning is in full swing for the next PLM Summit, taking place February 4-6, 2013 in San Francisco, in conjunction with the Oracle Value Chain Summit. This event is a must-attend for all Agile PLM customers. We will be holding five tracks with over forty Agile PLM-focused sessions covering a range of topics and industries. If you'd like to be notified once registration is live for this event, be sure to sign up at www.oracle.com/goto/vcs.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: We are looking for some fresh, new customer stories to share with attendees. Read below for descriptions of the five tracks, and the suggested topics that we'd like to hear from customers. If you are interested in presenting at the PLM Summit (and getting a FREE pass to attend if your presentation is accepted!) send me an email at terri.hiskey-AT-oracle.com with:

  • Your proposed session title and the track your session fits into
  • 3-5 bullets of takeaways that attendees will get from your presentation
  • Your complete contact information including name, title, company, telephone number and email

The deadline for this call for presentations is Thursday, November 15, so get your submission in soon!

PLM Track #1:  Product Insights and Best Practices

This track will provide executive attendees and line of business managers with an overview of how Agile PLM has been deployed and used at customers to enable and manage critical product-related business processes including enterprise quality and supplier management, compliance, product cost management, portfolio management, commercialization and software lifecycle management. These sessions will also provide details around how to manage the development and rollout of the solutions and how to achieve and track value.

Possible session topics:

  • Software Lifecycle Management
  • Enterprise Quality Management
  • New Product Development
  • Integrated Business Planning
  • ECO effectivity planning
  • Rapid Commercialization            
  • Manage the Design to Release Process for Complex Configured Products
  • PLM for Life Sciences Companies I (Compliant Data Set)
  • PLM for Life Sciences Companies II (eMDR, UDI)
  • Discrete CPG – Private Label Mgmt
  • Cost Management and Strategic Sourcing
  • IP Mgmt in the Semiconductor Industry
  • Implementing the Enterprise Training Record using Agile PLM

PLM Track #2: Product Deep Dives & Demos

This track is aimed at line of business  and IT managers who would like to understand the benefits of expanding their PLM footprint. The sessions in this track will provide attendees with an up-close and in-depth look Agile PLM’s newer and exciting applications, including analytics and innovation management, and will detail features and functionality that are available in the latest version of Agile PLM

Possible session topics:

  • Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics
  • Integrating PLM with Engineering and Supply Chain Systems
  • Streamline PLM Design to Manufacturing Processes with AutoVue Visualization Solutions        
  • Achieve Environmental Compliance (REACH and ROHS) with Agile Product Governance & Compliance
  • PIM Deep Dive
  • Achieving Integrated Change Control with Agile PLM and E-Business Suite
  • Deploying PLM at Small and Midsize Enterprises
  • Enhancing Oracle PQM w/APQP and 8D functionality
  • Advanced Roles and Privileges – Enabling ITAR
  • Model Unit Effectivity
  • Implementing REACH with 9.3.2
  • Deploying Job Functions, Functional Teams in 9.3.2 to Improve Your Approval Matrix

PLM Track #3: Administration & Integrations

This track will provide sessions for Agile administrators, managers and daily Agile PLM users who are preparing to upgrade or looking to extend the use of their current PLM implementation through AIA and process extensions. It will include deeper conversation about Agile PLM features and best practices on managing an Agile PLM infrastructure.

Possible session topics:

  • Expand the Value of your Agile Investment with Innovative Process Extension Ideas
  • Ensuring Implementation & Upgrade Success
  • Ensure the Integrity and Accuracy of Product Data Across the Enterprise             
  • Maximize the Benefits of an Integrated Architecture with AIA
  • Integrating your PLM Implementation with ERP              
  • Infrastructure Optimization
  • Expanding Your PLM Implementation
  • PLM Administrator Open Forum Q&A/Discussion
  • FDA Validation Best Practices
  • Best Practices for Managing a large Agile Deployment: Clustering, Load Balancing and Firewalls

PLM Track #4: Agile PLM for Process

This track is aimed at attendees interested in or currently using Agile PLM for Process. The sessions in this track will go over new features and functionality available in the newest version of PLM for Process and will give attendees an overview on how PLM for Process is being used to manage critical business processes such as formulation, recipe and specification management

Possible session topics:

  • PLM for Process Strategy, Roadmap and Update
  • New Product Development and Introduction
  • Effective Product Supplier Collaboration            
  • Leverage Agile Formulation and Compliance to Manage Cost, Compliance, Quality, Labeling and Nutrition
  • Menu Management
  • Innovation Data Management
  • Food Safety/ Introduction of P4P Quality Mgmt

PLM Track #5: Agile PLM and Innovation Management

This track consists of five sessions, and is for attendees interested in learning more about Oracle’s Agile Innovation Management, an exciting new addition to the Agile PLM application family that redefines the industry’s scope of product lifecycle management. Oracle’s innovation solutions enable companies to collaborate in a focused way among various functional groups (marketing, sales, operations, engineering/R&D and sourcing), combining insights of customer needs/requirements, competition, available technologies, alternate design scenarios and portfolio constraints to deliver what customers truly value. The results are better products, higher margins, greater efficiencies, more satisfied customers and the increased ability to continuously innovate.

Possible session topics:

  • Product Innovation Management Solution Overview
  • Product Requirements & Ideation Management
  • Concept Design Management
  • Product Lifecycle Portfolio Management
  • Innovation as a Competitive Differentiator

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

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.

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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