Monday Jan 07, 2013

AutoVue Streaming File Best Practices

One of the key features of AutoVue for optimizing file load-time performance is the use of AutoVue “streaming” files (previously called “metafiles”). Recently our Support team published a knowledge base article with answers to common questions related to streaming files, as well as a few best practice recommendations - similar to what's already in the docs, but packaged in a way to quickly learn the topic. Make sure to check it out:

KM Note 813021.1 - AutoVue Streaming File Cache Best Practices

The note also includes a very brief comment regarding “pre-generation” of streaming files, a topic which is gaining more traction as customers look for ways to fine-tune the performance of their AutoVue deployments. If you have best practices or experiences designing/implementing streaming file pre-generation for AutoVue, feel free to share your thoughts either through the Comments feature of this blog, or through our AutoVue Community in the My Oracle Support portal.

Monday Dec 10, 2012

AutoVue 20.2.1 for Agile Released

Oracle's AutoVue 20.2.1 for Agile PLM is now available on Oracle's Software Delivery Cloud.  This latest release allows Agile PLM customers to take advantage of new AutoVue 20.2.1 features in the following Agile PLM environments:  9.3.x, 9.2.2.x, 9.2.1.x.

AutoVue 20.2.1 delivers improvements in the following areas:

  • New Format Support: AutoVue 20.2 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:
    • 2D CAD: AutoCAD 2013
    • MCAD: Inventor 2013, AutoCAD Mechanical 2013, Unigraphics NX8, JT 9.2 through 9.5, CATIA v5-6 R2012, Creo Parametric 2.0
    • ECAD: Altium Designer
  • New Platform Support:  Client and server support has been extended to the following platforms:
    • Java 7 JVM
    • Google Chrome Browser
    • Oracle VM 2 virtualization environment
  • Installer Improvements: Ensures ports used by AutoVue are not in use - if they are, the admin will be prompted to select alternate ports.

Click here to access the latest AutoVue Format Support Sheet.

Thursday Dec 06, 2012

Where Are You on the Visualization Maturity Curve?

The old phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words” is as true now as ever. Providing the right users with access to the right product data, at the right time, can provide significant benefits to a business. This is especially evident with increasing technical and product complexities, elongated supply chains, and growing pressure to bring innovative products to market faster.

With this in mind, it is easy to understand why visualization is an integral part of any successful product lifecycle management (PLM) strategy. At a bare minimum, knowledge workers use multiple individual documents of different formats and structure, and leverage visualization solutions to access information; but the real value of visualization can be fully reaped when it is connected to enterprise applications like PLM and tied to the appropriate business context.

The picture below illustrates this visualization maturity curve, as we presented during the last Oracle Open World and the transformational effect that visualization can have on PLM processes and performance (check out the post about AutoVue Key Highlights from Oracle Open World 2012 for more information).

Visualization Maturity Curve

Organizations are likely to see greater positive impact on business performance when visualization is connected to enterprise systems, allowing access to information coming from multiple sources, such as PLM, supply chain management (SCM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP). This allows organizations to reach higher levels of collaboration and optimize decision-making capacity as users can benefit from in-context access to visual information. For instance, within a PLM system, a design engineer can access a product assembly and review digital annotations added by other users specific to the engineering change request he is reviewing rather than all historical annotations.

The last stage on the curve is what we call augmented business visualization (ABV).  ABV is an innovative framework which lets structured data (from Oracle’s Agile PLM for instance) interact with unstructured data (documents, design, 3D models, etc). With this new level of integration, information coming from multiple sources can be presented in a highly visual fashion; color displays can be used in order to identify parts with specific characteristics (for example pending quality issues) and you can take actions directly from within the context of documents and designs, maximizing user productivity.

Oracle AutoVue's Augmented Business Visualization

Those who had the chance to attend our PLM session during Oracle Open World already got a sneak peek of our latest augmented business visualization for Oracle’s Agile PLM. The solution generated a lot of wows. Stephen Porter, CEO at Zero Wait State, indicated in a post entitled “The PLM State: the Manhattan Project-Oracle’s Next Big Secret Weapon” that “this kind of synergy between visualization and PLM could qualify as a powerful weapon differentiating Agile PLM from other solutions.”

If you are interested in learning more about ABV for Oracle’s Agile PLM and hear about real examples of usage of visualization at all stages of the visualization maturity curve, don’t miss our Visual Decision Making to Optimize New Product Development and Introduction session during the Oracle Value Chain Summit (Feb. 4-6, 2013, San Francisco). We look forward to seeing you there!


Monday Dec 03, 2012

AutoVue for Agile Sessions at the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2013

At the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit, which takes place February 4 - 6, 2013 in San Francisco, CA, AutoVue Enterprise Visualization solutions will be covered in a variety of sessions within the Agile PLM solution area. Attend the following sessions during the Product Deep Dives & Demos Track, and discover the latest AutoVue for Agile capabilities, including how to streamline business processes, such as change management by creating ECRs directly from within CAD designs.

Visual Decision Making to Optimize New Product Development and Introduction
Date
: Tuesday, February 5
Time: 12:45 pm to 1:30 pm

Seeing the Forest: Next Generation Visualization
Date
: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Next-Generation CAD Data Management: MCAD, ECAD, and Software Configuration Management
Date
: Wednesday, February 6
Time: 11:15 am to 12:00 pm

Keep an eye on this blog for forthcoming details about each of these sessions.

Don’t miss this opportunity to mingle with other AutoVue for Agile customers and meet one on one with the AutoVue product management and development team.

Register now for the early bird rate of $195 and secure your spot at the Summit.

Click here to register and learn more.

Monday Nov 12, 2012

Register Today for the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2013

Date: February 4 – 6, 2013
Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco

The Oracle Value Chain Summit will bring together users, partners, and luminaries to learn how Oracle is helping companies transform supply chains into value chains to gain competitive edge. This Summit will combine the intimate atmosphere of previous supply chain  events, such as the Oracle PLM and Oracle Maintenance Summits, under one roof and will include almost 200 sessions across all supply chain management solution areas.

Oracle’s AutoVue enterprise visualization solutions will be featured as part of the PLM track, where they’ll be showcased within the context of Agile PLM, as well as Oracle’s next generation visualization solutions.   Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about visualization successes and best practices through sessions featuring customer testimonials, solution demonstrations, and networking activities.


Visit the event site for further details and agenda information.

An early bird registration fee of $195 is available until December 31, 2012. Click here to register today!

Friday Nov 09, 2012

Oracle AutoVue Key Highlights from Oracle OpenWorld 2012

We closed another successful Oracle Open World for AutoVue. Thanks to everyone who joined us this year. As usual, from customer presentations to evening networking activities, there was enough to keep us busy during the entire event. Here is a summary of some of the key highlights of the conference:

Sessions:
We had two AutoVue-specific sessions during Oracle Open World this year. The first session was part of the Product Lifecycle Management track and covered how AutoVue can be used to help drive effective decision making and streamline design for manufacturing processes. Attendees had the opportunity to learn from customer speaker GLOBALFOUNDRIES how they have been leveraging Oracle AutoVue within Agile PLM to enable high degree of collaboration during the exceptionally creative phases of their product development processes, securely, without risking valuable intellectual property. If you are interested, you can actually download the presentation by visiting launch.oracle.com/?plmopenworld2012.

AutoVue was also featured as part of the Utilities track. This session focused on how visualization solutions play a critical role in effective plant optimization and configuration strategies defined by owners and operators of power generation facilities. Attendees learnt how integrated with document management systems, and enterprise applications like Oracle Primavera and Asset Lifecycle Management, AutoVue improves change management processes; minimizes risks by providing access to accurate engineering drawings which capture and reflect the as-maintained status of assets; and allows customers to drive complex maintenance projects to successful completion.

Augmented Business Visualization for Agile PLM
During Oracle Open World, we also showcased an Augmented Business Visualization-based solution for Oracle Agile PLM. An Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) solution is one where your structured data (from Oracle Agile PLM for instance) and your unstructured data (documents, designs, 3D models, etc) come together to allow you to make better decisions (check out our blog posts on the topic: Augment the Value of Your Data (or Time to replace the “attach” button) and Context is Everything ). As part of the Agile PLM, the idea is to support more effective decision-making by turning 3D assemblies into color-coded reports, and streamlining business processes like Engineering Change Management by enabling the automatic creation of engineering change requests in Agile PLM directly from documents being viewed in AutoVue. More on this coming soon...probably during the Oracle Value Chain Summit to be held in San Francisco, from Feb. 4-6, 2013 in San Francisco! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information!

And thanks again for joining us at Oracle OpenWorld!


Thursday Nov 08, 2012

New AutoVue for Agile Data Sheet & Solution Brief

AutoVue for Agile visualization solutions deliver best-in-class document and CAD (MCAD and ECAD) visualization and collaboration capabilities directly within Oracle Agile PLM.

With AutoVue for Agile solutions, companies can enable visual decision-making across the product lifecycle and simplify end-to-end design to manufacturing. They can also optimize new product development and introduction, as well as change management processes, and enable more efficient collaboration with global supply chain partners without jeopardizing critical intellectual property.

Check out the latest AutoVue for Agile materials which outline the capabilities of the AutoVue 2D Professional for Agile and AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile solutions and their corresponding benefits.

Click here for the data sheet.

Click here for the solution brief.

Thursday Oct 25, 2012

Get Proactive With AutoVue Support!

I’m pleased to announce the AutoVue “Get Proactive” page within the My Oracle Support portal. This new dynamic document links to valuable resources for AutoVue users, administrators, and integrators – Not only to remain up-to-date on Support and technical topics, but also to enhance your knowledge in planning for upgrade and maintenance activities for your AutoVue products.

To access the AutoVue Get Proactive page, log into the MOS portal, search for note number 432.1 in the search field at the top-right, and once in the document select “Agile and AutoVue” from the dropdown (as shown in the following screenshot):


The Get Proactive page is a working document, and we plan to include new resources as they become available. Therefore make sure to bookmark the document, and if you have any suggestions please post them using the ‘Add Comment’ feature within the document, or through the AutoVue Community.

Friday Sep 21, 2012

Oracle’s AutoVue Enables Visual Decision Making

That old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words has never been truer.  Check out the latest reports from IDC Manufacturing Insights which highlight the importance of incorporating visual information in all facets of decision making and the role that Oracle’s AutoVue Enterprise Visualization solutions can play.

Take a look at the excerpts below and be sure to click on the titles to read the full reports.

Technology Spotlight: Optimizing the Product Life Cycle Through Visual Decision Making, August 2012

Manufacturers find it increasingly challenging to make effective product-related decisions as the result of expanded technical complexities, elongated supply chains, and a shortage of experienced workers. These factors challenge the traditional methodologies companies use to make critical decisions. However, companies can improve decision making by the use of visual decision making, which synthesizes information from multiple sources into highly usable visual context and integrates it with existing enterprise applications such as PLM and ERP systems. Product-related information presented in a visual form and shared across communities of practice with diverse roles, backgrounds, and job skills helps level the playing field for collaboration across business functions, technologies, and enterprises. Visual decision making can contribute to manufacturers making more effective product-related decisions throughout the complete product life cycle. This Technology Spotlight examines these trends and the role that Oracle's AutoVue and its Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) solution play in this strategic market.

Analyst Connection: Using Visual Decision Making to Optimize Manufacturing Design and Development, September 2012

In today's environments, global manufacturers are managing a broad range of information. Data is often scattered across countless files throughout the product life cycle, generated by different applications and platforms. Organizations are struggling to utilize these multidisciplinary sources in an optimal way. Visual decision making is a strategy and technology that can address this challenge by integrating and widening access to digital information assets. Integrating with PLM and ERP tools across engineering, manufacturing, sales, and marketing, visual decision making makes digital content more accessible to employees and partners in the supply chain. The use of visual decision-making information rendered in the appropriate business context and shared across functional teams contributes to more effective product-related decision making and positively impacts business performance.

Monday Sep 17, 2012

AutoVue 20.2.1 is Now Available!

Oracle’s AutoVue Enterprise Visualization 20.2.1, a minor release within the 20.2 product family, has just been made available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

AutoVue release 20.2.1 includes the following new capabilities and improvements:

  • Enhancements to the Augmented Business Visualization framework to connect documents and business data in enterprise applications and create rich, actionable visual-decision making environment.
    • AutoVue now allows hotspots in 2D drawings and images to be defined as polygons, rather than only by text strings or boxes.
    • Improved Documentation on Augmented Business Visualization and Hotspotting
  • Optimize business process efficiency by integrating AutoVue and Oracle BPM to:
    • Initiate interactive document reviews by the appropriate reviewer in a workflow
    • Automate printing and conversion operations at the appropriate stage of a workflow
  • Timely support for new MCAD and  ECAD formats
  • Fidelity and performance improvements for a wide range of formats

Click here to read about the latest features and their corresponding benefits.

Click here to access the latest AutoVue Format Support Sheet.

Monday Aug 27, 2012

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 is Around the Corner - Discover AutoVue Activities

Planning to attend Oracle OpenWorld 2012?  If so, be sure to check out the various AutoVue Enterprise Visualization activities that you can take advantage of while in San Francisco.

AutoVue Sessions:

CON8381 - Streamline PLM Design-to-Manufacturing Processes with AutoVue Visualization   Click here for full session description.

Date: Monday, October 1, 2012

Time: 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Location: Intercontinental Hotel - Telegraph Hill

Customer Speaker: Siew Yeow Loye, Global Foundries

 

CON8385 - Optimize Asset Performance and Reliability with AutoVue Visualization   Click here for full session description.

Date:Thursday, October 4, 2012

Time: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Location: Palace Hotel – Gold Ballroom

AutoVue Demo Pods:

Demo

 

Demo ID: 3122   AutoVue: PLM & Enterprise Visualization

Moscone West;

Workstation: W-082

Demo ID: 3001  Oracle E-Business Suite Enterprise Asset Management and AutoVue Visualization Solutions

Palace Hotel

Level 2 HPU-008

 

Customers are also invited to attend the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 Supply Chain Management Customer Reception on Tuesday, October 2, 2012.

This year's event is being held at ROE Lounge, located just 2 blocks from Moscone Center, and offers a casual and upbeat atmosphere so you can mix and mingle with friends and colleagues. This event sold out last year and space is again limited so Register Today.

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Location: ROE Lounge, 651 Howard Street, San Francisco

 

For additional information regarding AutoVue sessions, demos, and activities be sure to review the AutoVue FocusOn Document.  

Join us at Oracle OpenWorld, September 30–October 4, 2012 and discover new products, solutions, and practices to make you even more successful in your job and in your industry.

Tuesday Aug 21, 2012

Enhanced Templates When Submitting AutoVue Service Requests

The AutoVue Support team is pleased to announce that we’ve implemented a few enhancements to the Service Request (SR) logging process within the My Oracle Support portal:

1. Problem Type: The ‘Problem Type’ dropdown list now includes subcategories in order to refine the suggested knowledge base articles and control the actual questions that get asked. For example if an SR is logged against one of the core AutoVue products, you’ll be presented with 3 top-level categories, each with a number of sub-categories, as shown in the following screenshot:



2. Recommended Documents: Once the Problem Type is specified, you’ll be presented with a list of recommended knowledge base documents, as well as a recommended “best match” document:


Note: If you decide to view one of the recommended documents, you’ll have the option of either returning to the SR submission process, or cancelling the process if the document answered your question:


3. Relevant Questions: Each of the Problem Type templates now includes context-specific questions in order to provide the Support team with as much relevant information as possible in the initial submission.

These enhancements are intended to provide clearer information to both customers and to the Support team, and ultimately to improve the efficiency of the SR process. If you have any suggestions to improve the SR templates further, feel free to post them into the AutoVue Community within the My Oracle Support portal.

Monday Aug 20, 2012

ARC Advisory Research Note: Oracle's AutoVue 20.2 Enables Enterprise Visualization

Dick Slansky, Senior Analyst, PLM Research Director at ARC Advisory, recently published a research note which describes how customers are recognizing the importance of complete, end-to-end enterprise visualization.  The note goes on to discuss the capabilities of Oracle's AutoVue 20.2 release and how it meets the requirements of enterprise customers.

Dick concludes:

“Clearly, Oracle’s AutoVue visualization platform is continuing its long established visualization and interoperability capabilities and solutions while providing new and enhanced levels of augmented visualization solutions across multiple industries.”

Click here to read the reseach note.

Wednesday Jul 25, 2012

Augmented Business Visualization / Hotspots Sample now Available

A fully functioning code sample for hotspots  has been posted on the oracle support site - the sample gives you the HTML and jsp code needed for a simple Facility Management ABV sample.

For more details, see KM note  1472899.1

We're looking at adding other code samples like this in the future - if there is sample code you'd like to see, let us know in the comments.

Friday Jul 20, 2012

New AutoVue Movies Available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

There are 2 new movies available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel. They show how AutoVue can be used by Industrial Manufacturing companies to helps drive effective decision making across the "Concept to Market" phase of the product lifecycle and help speed design, streamline new product introduction, increase parts reuse, and streamline change management. AutoVue can also help during sourcing and manufacturing. Using AutoVue companies can reduce manufacturing and procurement lead time, reduce errors and rework, and improve operational efficiency, while maintaining complete control over their IP.

The 2 movies are:

  • Industrial Manufacturing: Improving Demand to Delivery with AutoVue Watch it now (6:56) 
  • Industrial Manufacturing: Improving Concept to Market with AutoVue  Watch it now (8:20) 

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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