Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

New AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization Movie, Visual Decision making within the Supply Chain!

This AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization movie highlights how Visual Decision Making can help when dealing with the supply chain. Before an RFQ is sent to suppliers the internal team members can verify the CAD model attachments being “sent” with the RFQ. The supplier(s) can analyze the actual CAD model(s) they will be bidding on. They can manipulate it in many ways  such as rotate it, zoom into areas to see more detail, get exploded views, etc. They can also take precise measurements from the model. All of this will aid them in getting the information they need to make their bid. The video will also show how quickly a manufacturing issue can be resolved by collaborating in real time using AutoVue for Agile. The internal team and supplier(s) will share the same views of the model in a real time meeting and will be able to work together in this visual environment to quickly resolve the issue that arises.

AutoVue for Agile Visual Decision making within the Supply Chain - Watch it now (7:59)  

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

Analyzing AutoVue’s File Load Time Performance

As organizations continue to increase their volume of digital content, migrate business processes to software-driven frameworks, and expand the complexities of the underlying software/hardware architectures, system performance becomes an increasingly important success factor.

In the world of AutoVue, the most important aspect of performance is file load time – the time it takes from when the user clicks “Open” or “View in AutoVue” to when the file is displayed and the user can start working with it. There are many factors involved in file load time, including:

  • Deployment architecture
  • Specifications of each node
  • Configuration of each node
  • Network performance
  • System load
  • Customizations/extensions
  • Etc.

A proactive approach to performance tuning requires expert understanding of the network and all involved nodes (e.g. load balancers, firewalls, proxy servers, application servers, DMS/PLM systems, AutoVue servers, client machines, etc) as well as load-testing prior to go-live. In addition to proactive planning, many customers identify the need to continue performance tuning after go-live, as the usage patterns evolve.

Dissecting the performance bottlenecks of file load time requires collecting various information including configuration settings and log files. In order to provide general guidelines for this process, our Support team authored a 2-part troubleshooting whitepaper which is published in the My Oracle Support knowledge base:

  • Note 1595727.1 - AutoVue Client/Server Performance Troubleshooting Guide -Part I-
  • Note 1605087.1 - AutoVue Client/Server Performance Troubleshooting Guide -Part II-

I highly recommend this read for any AutoVue admins and SIs interested in file load time performance analysis – whether it be during pre-go-live planning stages, or during ongoing system maintenance.

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Enable Collaborative Product Development

Increasing rates of globalization and outsourcing, as well as rapidly-changing competitive environments have changed the landscape for companies and created new organizational complexities that oblige them to streamline their product development processes.

Companies like Alkan, GLOBALFOUNDRIES and SigmaTron International who have taken advantage of enterprise visualization solutions like Oracle AutoVue integrated with PLM like Oracle Agile PLM have been able to speed up time to market, streamline operational efficiency and boost innovation by enabling collaborative product development.

AutoVue for Agile enables companies to easily extend the reach of product information and related CAD designs stored in Agile PLM to non engineering teams. By facilitating access to CAD data, teams typically underrepresented during the innovation process can easily participate and contribute feedback on product data early in the development cycle maximizing innovation and productivity. Users can easily capture and communicate comments, suggestions and proposed changes directly within the context of designs.

Visually Capture Comments in AutoVue for Agile

Communication with external parties can also be optimized throughout the NPI / NPD process without jeopardizing critical intellectual property. Critical product designs can be made accessible to suppliers through Agile PLM and viewed in AutoVue for Agile, without leaving the Agile PLM server. No local copies are being created while files are being viewed in AutoVue by external parties, ensuring that critical IP remains under your control. Thus, Alkan, a leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer in France, uses Oracle AutoVue for Agile to manage ITAR compliance by ensuring only authorized personnel have viewing rights to certain, sensitive defense-related documents (click here to read the complete story). It is also possible to use AutoVue for Agile to protect sensitive information by restricting access to certain comments and redlines added in AutoVue. This way, you can ensure that suppliers only have access to the information you want them to see and have access to in order to support your business operations.

To learn more, check out our video on the Oracle AutoVue Youtube Channel

Tuesday Nov 04, 2014

Simplifying Creation of ECRs and ECOs

Some of you may have seen in our recent videos how you can simplify your creation of change requests and change orders by taking advantage of Augmented Business Visualization in Agile - but you may not realize that if you are using Agile 9.3.3 and AutoVue 20.2.2, then you can easily set this up with a sample that is provided on OTN.  

If you use Engineering Collaboration to handle your SolidWorks or ProE 3D models, you'll be able to quickly create ECOs or ECRs by right clicking on parts in the 3D model and selecting "Create ECR" or "Create ECO", similar to what is shown here:  http://youtu.be/gsG30QmMCeU?t=1m52s

The sample is provided as a PX that can be installed on your Agile 9.3.3 instance.  You can find the sample PX, and a whitepaper describing how to set it up and to extend it if necessary on OTN at http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E49948_05/otn/doclist.html - here are direct links for the sample PX  and the whitepaper

If you try this out - let us know what your thoughts are in the comments


Wednesday Sep 24, 2014

Developing a Solution With AutoVue’s Hotspot Feature - Where to Begin?

It’s been a while since the last couple blog posts regarding AutoVue’s “hotspot” feature, part of the Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) framework. With the rising popularity of this feature among customers and partners, our Support team recently published a new How-To knowledge base article to complement the existing documentation. The article takes a closer look at how to set up the hotspot sample application that ships with AutoVue – known as the “VueActionSample”:

Doc ID 1677471.1 - How to Configure and Run the AutoVue VueActionSample

For anyone looking to develop an ABV solution for AutoVue, the VueActionSample is a great starting point to learn the basics, and the above article is a great additional resource to help you get set up.

Thursday Sep 18, 2014

SigmaTron International Automates Workflow, Shortens Engineering Change-Order Sign-Offs by Four Days

SigmaTron International Inc. is a contract manufacturer of printed circuit boards (PCBs), wiring assemblies, and turn-key electronic products, serving original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the telecommunications, appliance, industrial, fitness, medical, and aviation sectors. The company has industry-certified manufacturing plants in the United States, Mexico, China, and Vietnam. At any time, SigmaTron is processing and managing information on several thousand assemblies, with tens of thousands of components, over seven manufacturing sites.

SigmaTron’s customers look to the company to help accelerate their times to market. As such, the company must be able to effectively collaborate with its clients, including managing documentation for and changes to the very complex and often highly-customized products it manufactures. Sharing product information with the various stakeholders in the engineering and manufacturing process is essential.

After acquiring multiple companies, SigmaTron began to struggle with integrating various silos of electronic-product documentation, spanning multiple continents. The company had been using Oracle’s Agile Product Collaboration in one facility to effectively track engineering change orders (ECOs) for its high-tech telecom and medical-industry customers. It looked to expand use of the solution to new locations to facilitate product lifecycle management across the growing enterprise.

To establish a single system of record for all electronics product information, SigmaTron upgraded its Agile Product Collaboration and extended the implementation to two other manufacturing sites. With the upgraded solution, SigmaTron improved manufacturing efficiency and its ability to adapt and customize products to meet specific customer requirements. With improved product data transparency and collaboration across borders, SigmaTron now has more flexibility in scheduling production across various manufacturing facilities—which helps it to better balance production. The company is also benefitting from prebuilt integration between Oracle’s AutoVue enterprise-visualization solutions and Agile Product Collaboration—facilitating document review and supporting real-time collaboration, while reducing reliance on physical documents.

Click here to read the complete story

Thursday Aug 28, 2014

Times and dates now confirmed for AutoVue and Fusion Visualization Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Be sure to check out the various AutoVue and Fusion Visualization activities at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

AutoVue and Fusion Visualization Sessions:

CON8380 - Design Document Management and Visualization with Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Devendra Singh - Vice President Product Development, Oracle

                  Thierry Bonfante - Senior Director Product Development, Oracle

Date:        Thurs Oct. 2, 2014     
Time:        11:30 am - 12:15pm                         
Location:  Westin Market Street, Franciscan II

CON8286 - Pioneering the Consumerization of the Enterprise . Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Thierry Bonfante  - Senior Director Product Development,  Oracle

                   Celine Beck  - Sr. Manager Product Management / Strategy,  Oracle

Date:        Thurs Oct. 2, 2014                            
Time:        9:00 am - 9:45am                          
Location:  Westin Market Street, Franciscan I

Other Activities:

MTE8360 - Meet the Supply Chain Management Experts
Drop by and meet the Enterprise Visualization experts along with other experts in all aspects of the supply chain
Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.
Click here for more information

Date:        Wed, Oct 01, 2014                           
Time:        2:45 pm - 3:30 pm                         
Location:  Westin Market Street - Metropolitan III

Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

Oracle Support's New and Improved AutoVue Information Center

Back in 2011 I posted a blog entry regarding a new type of document in the My Oracle Support (MOS) knowledge base called the "Product Information Center". More recently, our AutoVue Support team revamped the document under a new and improved format simply called "Information Center". The goal is still the same - to provide a central resource and starting point in the MOS knowledge base for accessing the latest technical knowledge related to the AutoVue product family.

The new AutoVue Information Center is accessible through the MOS portal in the following note:

Doc ID 1577549.2 - Information Center - Oracle AutoVue

All AutoVue administrators and SIs are strongly encouraged to bookmark this document and refer back to it on a regular basis for all the latest regarding product release updates, patches, troubleshooting tools, how-to documents, and other resources related to AutoVue.

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Save the date For AutoVue Enterprise Visualization at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2014 (September 28–October 2, 2014)?  If so, be sure to check out the various Enterprise Visualization activities that you can take advantage of while in San Francisco. 

Enterprise Visualization Sessions:

CON8380 - Design Document Management and Visualization with Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Devendra Singh - Vice President Product Development, Oracle and Thierry Bonfante - Senior Director Product Development, Oracle

CON8286 - Pioneering the Consumerization of the Enterprise . Click here for full session description.
Speakers: Thierry Bonfante  - Senior Director Product Development,  Oracle and Celine Beck  - Sr. Manager Product Management / Strategy,  Oracle

Other Activities:

MTE8360 - Meet the Supply Chain Management Experts
Drop by and meet the Enterprise Visualization experts along with other experts in all aspects of the supply chain
Space is limited, and preregistration is recommended.
Click here for more information


Friday Jul 25, 2014

Enhance AutoVue's Performance with streaming files

Performance is a critical issue for most users of AutoVue - They need to be able to access documents, drawings and models to do their work, and they don't want to be watching a 'Loading' bar move when they could be approving a change request or adding a comment to a new design.

There are a number of factors that can influence the final performace that users get with AutoVue - but this post will focus on one of the most important items:  Effective use of AutoVue's Streaming Files.

Streaming files are a long-standing feature of AutoVue (they were originally called 'metafiles', and you may still occasionally hear someone refer to them that way) - they are a single, self-contained file that contains a 'pre-processed' visual representation of a document, drawing or model, plus a collection of attribute data.   The idea is that when AutoVue has read the native file(s) - for instance a Creo 2 assembly - it creates a streamlined form of the same data in a single file, that can be read much more quickly than the original data.

For large 3D models, loading from streaming file can have a huge impact on performance - we've seen Creo 2 assemblies that were over 2 gb in size, where the native data took about 1.5 hours to load in AutoVue (and over 10 hours to load in Creo 2) but from streaming file it loaded in AutoVue in around 2 minutes.   This isn't necessarily typical, and for smaller assemblies you might "only" get a factor of 5-10x speed up - but it will still be a *very* substantial speed up.   Non-3D formats will also often get a big boost from this as well, although the speed-ups may be more like 2-5x.   PDF is an exception where you often will not see a major improvement, as well as raster formats like Tiff, and AutoVue does not generate streaming files for these formats out of the box.

If you are using AutoVue with Agile, you can configure pre-generation of streaming files for all models checked in through Engineering Collaboration - For other documents and drawings what will generally happen is that AutoVue will load from the native file the first time, and will save the Streaming file in Agile so that subsequent views are done from the streaming file.

To tell whether streaming files are in use is very easy - just go the the 'File->Properties' menu item - at the bottom of the 'File Properties' tab you will see it say "Loaded From Streaming File" if a streaming file was used for the current session.

Ensuring that streaming files are properly configured is one of the best ways to get a quick performance boost for users of AutoVue.

I'll talk about other aspects of performance in future posts.  Until then - if you have specific questions around performance or any other topic, just let us know in the comments section below!

Friday Jul 04, 2014

Save the Date for the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015

Join thousands of professionals at the third annual North America Oracle Value Chain Summit, hosted next year January 26 - 28, 2015.  This must-attend supply chain, product lifecycle management and entreprise visualization event of the year will be located in the San Jose Convention Center, just as the very successful 2014 event.  More details will be coming shortly.  To be the first in-the-know, sign up here to get notified by email when registration opens.

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

New Automated Data Collection Utility for Troubleshooting AutoVue Client/Server Issues

The process of troubleshooting issues with AutoVue Client/Server Deployment (for example, users suddenly unable to connect to the AutoVue server) sometimes requires collection and analysis of specific files from the AutoVue server. Such files may include log files, property files, and user profile files.

Historically, the collection of these files was a manual process. Recently, however, the Oracle Support team released a new automated data collection utility called “AVCollect” (short for “AutoVue Collect”) to simplify this task. The tool is a lightweight Java-based application that runs directly from a Jar file, and collects the abovementioned files as well as the timestamps of the AutoVue server runtime libraries. This automated approach speeds up the data collection process and ensures that the correct files are gathered.

Future enhancements to the utility are underway, including the ability to collect the AutoVue server diagnostics output, system-level info, and so on. For now, make sure your AutoVue server administrators download and familiarize themselves with our first release of the AVCollect tool via the following knowledge base document:

Note 1677441.1 - Using the AVCollect Tool to Automatically Collect AutoVue Server Log Files and Configuration Files

And as always, if you have any additional suggestions for the tool, feel free to share them through the AutoVue MOS Community.

Monday Jun 09, 2014

Alkan Improves Aeronautical-Equipment Product Collaboration, Design Processes, and Government Compliance

Alkan S.A. a leading aeronautical equipment manufacturer in France, specializing in carriage-release and ejection systems for various types of military aircraft utilize Oracle’s AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile as part of its Agile Product Lifecycle Management solution. AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile enables multiformat 3-D viewing of engineering designs, leading to deeper analysis of component and product functionality and allows all teams to easily participate and contribute to product data early in the development cycle.

Alkan S.A.’s equipment is used in more than 65 countries and is certified for more than 60 types of aircraft, worldwide.

Click here to read the complete story.

French version.

Friday May 23, 2014

Activities at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

It may seem like it is a long way off, but we're already preparing for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 - which will run from Sept 28 - Oct 2 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

We'll have 2 sessions featuring Enterprise Visualization at OpenWorld this year: "Design Document Management and Visualization with Agile A9 PLM" and "Next Generation User Experience and Visualization" 

We're still identifying what other activities and events we'll have this year - but we'll keep you posted as the event draws nearer.

Shout out in the comments if you are going to be at OpenWorld 2014 and if there's anything in particular you'd like to see or hear about Enterprise Visualization while you are there!

Tuesday May 13, 2014

New AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization Movie Available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

This AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization movie will illustrate a full end-to-end design review use case, highlighting the value Visual Decision Making brings to the PLM design review process. As part of the design review process the video will demonstrate how easy it is to create Engineering Change requests (ECR) and Engineering Change Orders (ECO) directly from the CAD Model using AutoVue’s Augmented Business Visualization (ABV).

AutoVue for Agile Visual Decision Making, Design Review - Watch it now (10:21) 


See all the Movies available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

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The authors of this blog are members of the AutoVue Enterprise Visualization team at Oracle. The views expressed on this blog reflect those of the members and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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