Engineering, Meet Manufacturing (That was easy!)
By Anurag Batra on Oct 09, 2008
On 08.08.08, Oracle announced the release of Design to Release Process Integration Pack (D2R PIP). There were fireworks in Beijing, though legend has it that they were to celebrate the beginning of some sporting event.
The D2R PIP enables a bi-directional synchronization of product content information between PLM systems (like Oracle Agile PLM) and manufacturing systems (such as Oracle E-Business Suite), and is built leveraging AIA 2.2. Almost every company that uses Agile PLM also uses an ERP system. Irrespective of the ERP system used, the integration requirements are more or less the same:
• Engineering designs are mastered in PLM
• The NPI process releases those designs to manufacturing, where they are costed, transacted and planned for
• All future design changes are also mastered in PLM and similarly released to manufacturing using revisions made on change orders
• Engineering needs access to costing and planning related information from ERP to make decisions on part usage and design phase-in
One of the primary design objectives of the PIP has been to make customers self-sufficient in maintaining and evolving the PIP without having to hire external consulting help. The PIP is designed from the ground-up to maximize configurability and customizability for widely varying manufacturing environments without requiring a change to the base code of the integration. Extra emphasis has been placed on user-friendly exception handling, and ease of detailed drilldown troubleshooting for IT.
What is little known is that the PIP was developed using an "Adaptive Business Solutions (ABS) guided" methodology - this means that the development work was done not by the AIA team, but by other product teams and a partner (Satyam) using standard guidelines published by the AIA team and solution architecture support from the AIA Guided Development team in a consulting role. This is a landmark achievement because it demonstrates beyond doubt the high level of maturity of the AIA platform and development methodologies around it, and its readiness to be adopted by customers and partners for building their own portfolio of integrations, analytics and composite applications.
Download this datasheet to read more about the D2R PIP, and to view some screenshots.