Friday Mar 13, 2015

HoloLens - "Holographic" Visualization?

I've been thinking a bit lately about the 'HoloLens' technology that Microsoft announced at the end of January ( - and how it could apply to enterprise visualization.   If you haven't read any of the reports from people use have tried the system out, I'd suggest checking those out as well as Microsoft's information on it. and might be good options.

I've been intrigued by 'Augmented Reality' for a while now, but it seems like Microsoft may be on the way to providing a really solid solution for mixing 3D visualizations and the real world.   I haven't been able to try one myself yet, but from the reports of people who have, they were able to see well-defined, well-detailed 3D models accurately overlaid on the real-world images in front of them - and tracking well and accurately as you moved your head and body around.  This is very different from most of the existing augmented reality systems, and sounds much more compelling than something like Google Glass.

This could open up some pretty interesting scenarios for enterprise visualization.   One of the examples Microsoft uses on their site is actually a product design example, showing a blending of a real product with some 'virtual' parts.   I can't think of a better way to review proposed design changes to a product than being able to see those changes overlaid on top of the current model of the product.

The technology also enables hand tracking - so you would be able to interact with the model as well.   Perhaps reaching out and tapping on a component and then speaking your comment out-loud would be enough to start a change request process.

Of course, Microsoft hasn't announced a firm release date for this technology, so I think it will be a while before we see this being used in enterprise visualization environments - but it's the first time I've seen something that looks like it could convincingly replace a traditional keyboard/mouse/monitor for some enterprise visualization tasks.

Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

Register to see “How Enterprise Visualization adds Value to Value Chain Solutions” At the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit March 10-11, 2015

 This year the Oracle European Value Chain Summit, is being held at Twickenham Stadium, in London England, on  March 10-11, 2015

"How Enterprise Visualization adds Value to Value Chain Solutions” is part of the 360° Innovation sessions being given on the advancements in PLM by Oracle during the two day summit.

This session well be held on Wednesday March 11, 2015 from 10:45 to 11:00AM

Don't miss out on this event, act now, and reserve your seat!
For more information on the Oracle European Value Chain summit: Click Here

Monday Feb 09, 2015

Configuring user authentication with AutoVue 20.2.3

As noted in the AutoVue 20.2.3 Security Guide (section 2.1.1) and the AutoVue 20.2.3 Installation Guide (section 13.1), AutoVue offers a user authentication mechanism if needed. Oracle recommends that all client connections to the AutoVue server be authenticated, and supports two different options:

  • DMS authentication (where “DMS” implies any integrated Document Management System, Product Lifecycle Management system, etc)
  • Authentication plug-in (for example Kerberos)

If AutoVue 20.2.3 is installed without either of these mechanisms in place (the non-recommended approach), by default users won’t be able to connect to the server. In this scenario, the AutoVue server administrator will need to configure the ‘jvueserver.authentication.enable’ parameter to FALSE as outlined in the documentation as well as My Oracle Support KM Note 1956742.1.

Friday Jan 30, 2015

AutoVue for Agile 20.2.3 is Now Available!

Oracle’s AutoVue for Agile Enterprise Visualization 20.2.3, a minor release within the 20.2 product family, is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

AutoVue for Agile release 20.2.3 includes the following new capabilities and improvements:

New Format Support
AutoVue for Agile 20.2.3 includes support for new Office, MCAD and ECAD formats.

New Platform Support
•    Java SE 8 and higher Java Virtual Machine (JVM)
•    Windows Server 2012

PDF Improvements for Package & Label Management Workflows:
•    Substantially faster rendering for complex PDF files: Files that include complex gradient fills will see a substantial increase in rendering performance with AutoVue for Agile 20.2.3
•    Support for Overprinting Fills: This is a feature in PDF and Adobe Illustrator that allows the creation of very specific effects when printing the resulting document. AutoVue for Agile 20.2.3 adds support for this feature, allowing users to easily complete their review

 Performance improvements When using AutoVue for Agile with Agile 9.3.4
•    Please see What’s New in AutoVue for Agile 20.2.3  for details
•    Learn more about Agile 9.3.4  here

Other features Include
•    Usability Improvements
•    Security Improvements

Note: AutoVue For Agile 20.2.3 is certified with Agile 9.3.4, 9.3.3, 9.3.2, 9.3.1.x, 9.3.0.x

Click here to read about the latest features and their corresponding benefits.
Click here to access the latest AutoVue for Agile Format Support Sheet.

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

AutoVue 20.2.3 is Now Available!

Oracle’s AutoVue Enterprise Visualization 20.2.3, a minor release within the 20.2 product family, is now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

AutoVue release 20.2.3 includes the following new capabilities and improvements:

New Format Support
AutoVue 20.2.3 includes support for new Office,  MCAD and ECAD formats.

New Platform Support
•    Java SE 8 and higher Java Virtual Machine (JVM)
•    Windows Server 2012

Other features Include
•    PDF Improvements 
•    Printing Improvements
•    Usability Improvements
•    Security Improvements

Click here to read about the latest features and their corresponding benefits.
Click here to access the latest AutoVue Format Support Sheet.

Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Join Oracle AutoVue at the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015

3rd European Value Chain Summit

Join us for the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015, March 10-11, at Twickenham Stadium, London– the home of England Rugby.

The Oracle European Value Chain Summit brings together thought leaders, executives, business process owners along with industry and technology experts in an intimate and interactive setting.

  • Hear keynotes from thought leaders on business themes such as 360° Innovation, Customer Centric Value Chains, and Compliant Networks.
  • Join industry tracks and gain insight from your peers via hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and partner roundtables.
  • Learn how new solutions encompassing social, mobile, analytics, and the Cloud can help you transform your supply chains through modern value chains.

Registration is open
Don't miss out on this event, act now, and reserve your seat!

Register now:

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Setting up the ABV Sample with Agile 9.3.3

Hello all,

As we wrap up things towards the end of the year, I wanted to talk a little bit about how you can set up our Augmented Business Visualization sample PX with Agile 9.3.3.   If you are running Agile 9.3.3, and are using Agile EC to manage your 3D CAD data, it is quite simple to set it up so that users can create new ECRs or ECOs directly from the 3D view in AutoVue.   There are a couple of constraints around the sample PX - for example, you need to have the CAD connector configured so that the part, design and CAD file name all have the same name - but the PX is relatively easy to extend if this doesn't apply in your environment.

If your 9.3.3 system matches the constraints of the PX, all that is needed is to copy the PX file into the Agile extension folder - Once the PX is installed, you will be able to right click on any part in your 3D models, and create an ECR or ECO - and have the current assembly and the part you selected added as an affected item to the new object.

You can see what this looks like in action in a video on our youtube channel with the link below:

Screenshot of ECR Creation

There is a whitepaper that describes in more detail how the PX sample works, and gives advice on how to set it up and extend it if necessary

The sample PX and the whitepaper can be found on OTN:  - the specific links are Whitepaper  and PX Sample

I'll close with wishing you all a happy holiday season whatever holiday you may choose to celebrate, and a happy new year!   We'll talk again in 2015!

Monday Dec 08, 2014

Times and dates now confirmed for Enterprise Visualization Sessions at the Oracle Value Chain Summit, January 26-28, 2015

Attend Two Must See Visualization Sessions in the PLM and Cross-Value Chain Pillars

Leverage CAD Design Integration for IP Management with Engineering Collaboration and Visualization
Product companies often struggle with the generation, control and use of CAD-authored documents and IP in tandem with PLM. Learn how Agile customers can streamline their engineering design and document management processes by leveraging their engineering tool environments for document generation and release to PLM. Hear how customers who have implemented Agile's Engineering Collaboration and Enterprise Visualization tools use Agile Product Collaboration for document management and control and Enterprise Visualization for universal document access and review.
Date:               Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Time:              3:45 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Customer Speaker: Marty Kret, Director, Engineering Services, Pacific Scientific
Oracle Speakers: Celine Beck, Sr. Manager, Product Management/Strategy, Oracle
                             Warren Baird, Principal Product Manager, Oracle
                             Lance Conard, Principal Sales Engineer, Oracle
                             John Loechli, Senior Product Manager, Oracle

 Oracle Fusion: Pioneering the Consumerization of the Enterprise
The enterprise application world is changing. Social, mobility, cloud, big data and consumer apps are all generating higher user experience demands and expectations. Join this session to see how Oracle's current and future innovations in user experience combine the best from the consumer and enterprise worlds to create the consumerization of the enterprise. Explore business data in the same way you navigate social networks and mapping services. Manipulate information, define business rules and create ad hoc reports graphically. Define what's most important to you, and have it at your fingertips. Do all this from Oracle’s applications’ highly intuitive and context-aware user experience platform.
Date:             Tues. Jan. 28, 2015
Time:            1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

Speakers: Thierry Bonfante, Senior Director, AutoVue and Visualization Development
                 Rozita Naghshin, Sr. Principal Product Manager-VIN, Oracle
                 Celine Beck, Sr. Manager, Product Management/Strategy, Oracle

Drop by the Enterprise Visualization/Fusion Visual Information pod in the exhibit hall to  see the latest in Visualization technology from Oracle. 

See the Agenda for the Value Chain summit here.

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:

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 - 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


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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