Tuesday Jul 30, 2013

Webcast – Installing/Configuring AutoVue CS Deployment

On May 22nd our Support team presented a webcast titled “Installation and Configuration of AutoVue Client/Server Deployment” as part of Oracle’s Advisor Webcast series. The 40-minute training session provided an overview of the steps for installing AutoVue Client/Server Deployment, as well as post-install steps and answers to some of the issues that might arise.

For any AutoVue server Administrators and System Integrators that weren’t able to attend the live session – or who enjoyed it so much that you want to view it again – a recording is available through the My Oracle Support portal as follows:

  1. Access Oracle KM Note 1455798.1 (https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1455798.1)
  2. Click on the ‘Archived 2013’ tab
  3. Click on either the Recording or PDF link for the session titled “Installation and Configuration of AutoVue Client/Server Deployment”

Feel free to post any questions related to the webcast, as well as any suggestions for future webcasts, into the My Oracle Support AutoVue Community (https://communities.oracle.com/portal/server.pt/community/autovue/271).

Monday Jun 17, 2013

GLOBALFOUNDRIES Accelerates Innovation while Protecting IP with AutoVue for Agile

GLOBALFOUNDRIES is a full-service semiconductor foundry with a global footprint. Launched in March 2009, the company quickly grew to be the second-largest foundry in the world, providing a unique combination of advanced technology and manufacturing to more than 160 customers. With operations in Singapore, Germany, and the United States, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is the only foundry that offers the flexibility of having secure manufacturing centers that span three continents.

We sat down with Kishan Shah, Manager of PLM Practice at GLOBALFOUNDRIES so that he can explain how Oracle AutoVue integrated with Oracle Agile PLM supports the company’s mission of “turning sand into gold” ; enabling collaborative design-for-manufacturing and fostering innovation, all while protecting critical intellectual property.

You can watch the video interview by clicking here. A customer success story is also available on Oracle’s website.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2013

Support for SolidWorks 2013 format

Quick update: For those who need to view SolidWorks 2013 assemblies/parts/drafts in AutoVue, I'm happy to note that AutoVue version 20.2.1 now supports this format via a patch that was recently released. For more details check out KM Note 1548029.1 in the My Oracle Support knowledge base.

Thursday Mar 28, 2013

Best Practices for Collecting Feedback on a document

One of AutoVue's great strengths is the wide range of markup/annotation tools that are available.   However, for the less technical user who is only being called upon to add feedback to a document, the wide range of types of markup entities can be a bit confusing.   I'd like to share some of our best practices around annotations documents - specifically focusing on collecting feedback.

 Step 1: identify a standard way to add textual comments - There are several ways users can add textual comments to a document with AutoVue's annotations - they could add a leader-line, a text entity or a note entity.  What I've found is generally most flexible is to use a Highlight or Cloud entity, grouped with a Note entity - the Highlight or Cloud identifies the area that the comment is associated with, and the Note contains the comment itself.   This has the advantage of making it clear what the context is, and allowing the entry of longer blocks of text without covering up parts of the drawing or document.    The following screenshot shows how this can look in AutoVue - and if the user hovers her mouse over the note, she can see a preview of the first part of the text of the comment.

screenshot of cloud entity with Note and Preview

 Step 2: Identify which other markup entities your 'non-technical' users are likely to need.   In some cases the cloud/note combination described above might be enough - but depending on what your users need to do, they might also need other entities - for instance, the 'Freehand' line entity could allow users to sketch what they really want to see, and the Measurement entity could allow them to indicate specific measurements on a drawing to add additional context.

Step 3: Train the users on just the markup entities you expect them to use - make it clear to them which entities should be used under which conditions and show them where to find the specific entities they need. 

Step 4: Optionally, to make it a lot easier for the users you could create a custom user interface (UI) that displays only the Markup Entities your non-technical users need, and configure your system to provide that UI for the appropriate users.   This could involve providing only a few key markup entities on the top toolbar, rather than adding new toolbars with all of the entities - something like this for example:

example toolbar with navigation and markup tools

This kind of customization can be done by creating a custom GUI file - this is documented in the AutoVue installation and configuration guide - and we'll be talking about it more in an upcoming blog post.

Let us know in the comments how your users are using annotations/markups and if this approach would help them!

Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Tracking product-specific knowledge articles in the My Oracle Support portal

There have been a number of changes/improvements to the My Oracle Support (MOS) portal over the past year, and one that I find quite useful is the ability to easily add multiple products to the ‘Knowledge Articles’ widget in your dashboard. This allows you to keep an eye on recently created/updated articles for whichever Oracle products you’re interested in, as well as recent Alerts for those products. Here’s an outline of the steps to configure this in your MOS dashboard:

  1. Click the ‘Customize Page’ link near the top-right.
  2. Locate your ‘Knowledge Articles’ widget (if not already added, click on ‘Add Content’ to add it).
  3. In the ‘Knowledge Articles’ widget, click on the wrench icon at the top-right.
  4. Select any products for which you’d like to maintain a feed of recently created/updated articles. For example if you’d like to monitor articles for all flavors of AutoVue, type ‘autovue’ in the Products dropdown and the auto-complete will present all of the different AutoVue products to choose from.

Another nice feature is that you can have multiple ‘Knowledge Articles’ widgets in your dashboard, allowing you to track different product lines separately if preferred. Here’s a screenshot of my MOS dashboard, where I track AutoVue articles and Primavera articles in two separate widgets:

 For more tips & tricks on searching and browsing the knowledge base, click on the 'Webcasts and Recordings' link in your MOS dashboard, from which you'll find a video recording all about search and browse capabilities.

 

Tuesday Feb 12, 2013

Saipem Enhances Capital Projects with Advanced Document Visualization

Saipem, a large, international turnkey contractor in the oil and gas industry, focuses heavily in oil and gas-related activities in remote areas and deepwater. It is a leader in the provision of engineering, procurement, project management, and construction services with distinctive capabilities in the design and execution of large-scale offshore and onshore projects. It provides engineering, procurement, project management, and construction services to support projects in more than 100 countries.

Saipem has recently selected Oracle's AutoVue visualization solution to help streamline and improve their engineering and EPC (Engineer, Procure, Construct) processes and to deliver in-context visual information at all stages of a construction project.  

Click here to read the complete story.

Italian version.

Thursday Jan 24, 2013

Next Generation Visualization under the Spotlight at the Oracle Value Chain Summit

We are very excited to announce that our next generation visualization solutions will be given high exposure during the Oracle Value Chain Summit (Feb 4-6, 2013, San Francisco). Indeed, our Visual Information Navigator will be showcased on the big stage of the Summit as part of a General Session covering the Future of Supply Chain Management presented by Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President of Oracle Applications Development. During this session, Thierry Bonfante, Sr. Director Product Development and Jeremy Ashley, Vice-President of Applications User Experience at Oracle will present new UX standards and graphical paradigms which will help tame the intrinsic complexity of supply chain transactions. Don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about these ground-breaking innovations during this General Session and during the session devoted to Oracle’s next generation visualization solutions (Seeing the Forest: Next Generation Visualization)!


Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

Visual Decision Making to Optimize PLM New Product Development & Introduction

The Oracle Value Chain Summit (Feb 4-6, 2013 in San Francisco) is just around the corner and the AutoVue team will be there for this great customer event! We will have a session devoted to Visual Decision Making during which attendees will learn from one of the world's top full-service semiconductor foundries how they have streamlined their design for manufacturing process, reduced cycle times and enabled more effective and secure collaboration thanks to their implementation of Oracle’s AutoVue for Agile.

Presenters will discuss the positive impact of document visualization within Agile PLM on innovation and product development cycles, and explain how visualization integrated with PLM enables more effective cross-department collaboration practices without jeopardizing critical intellectual property. Attendees will also see how organizations can further extend the value of their Agile PLM investment by leveraging innovative visualization solutions like Augmented Business Visualization. Don't miss us at the Oracle Value Chain Summit and see you in San Francisco!

Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

Seeing the Forest – Next Generation Visualization

The biggest challenge that we have as enterprise users is to quickly find the information we need in order to make the most optimal business decisions on a daily basis. Now, the challenge is that information is there, somewhere, but it is typically distributed across a mass of data and screens. So how do you “see” this information quickly and easily? How can we present “less” while delivering “more”? That is the objective of Oracle’s Next Generation Visualization, which will be presented at the Oracle Value Chain Summit (San Francisco, Feb 4-6, 2013) during a session entitled “Seeing the Forest – Next Generation Visualization” (Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 3:15 pm). It is not about new skins and layouts, it is about a radical re-think of how Enterprise Applications should interact with users. The session will show how Oracle Fusion Applications is embracing new paradigms for presenting, interpreting and interacting with complex business information in a simplified and compelling way so that they can see the forest through the trees! Don’t miss this opportunity to get exclusive sneak peeks at ground-breaking technology! We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

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!


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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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