Monday Feb 24, 2014

AutoVue 20.2.2 now supports SolidWorks 2014 format

On the heels of my previous blog post announcing support for SolidEdge ST6 format in AutoVue 20.2.2, I’m pleased to announce that Oracle Dev today added support for SolidWorks 2014 format in AutoVue 20.2.2 (also via a generally-available patch). The patch is available for download through the My Oracle Support portal, and additional details are included in KM Note 1605858.1.

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

AutoVue 20.2.2 now supports SolidEdge ST6 format

I’m pleased to announce that Oracle Dev recently added support for SolidEdge ST6 files in AutoVue 20.2.2, via a generally-available patch. The patch is available for download through the My Oracle Support portal, and additional details are included in KM Note 1605858.1.

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Patches Available to Assist with Newer Java Releases

First off - best wishes to all of you for a very happy new years!

 To follow up on Graham's post yesterday, some of you may have noticed that after upgrading to Java 7u45 there is an additional warning indicating "This application will be blocked in a future Java security update because the JAR file manifest does not contain the Permissions attribute".   I wanted to point out that we expect that the next java security update will start to enforcing the blocking of applets without the Permissions attribute - this means that the out of the box version of the AutoVue client will stop running after this java update is applied.   We have created patches for all supported versions - the patches, along with some additional details, are listed in the KM note Graham mentions: - KM 1594439.1

Patches that install the updated client properly on Agile PLM systems are underway and will be available soon.

If you have already moved to Java 7 update 45, or plan to move to future updates or Java when they are available, we highly recommend that you install these patches ASAP.

Thursday Jan 02, 2014

Understanding the Impact of Newer Java Versions on AutoVue Client/Server Deployment

Keeping up with the latest Java Runtime Environment (JRE) updates is both a priority and a challenge for most organizations. Similarly, Oracle’s applications that leverage the JRE by way of client-side applets must also ensure these applications continue to work properly in light of the JRE updates.

For AutoVue – specifically AutoVue Client/Server Deployment in which the most common client implementation is a Java applet – certain JRE updates have notable impact. In these cases, all efforts are made to fully detail the impact through alerts in the My Oracle Support knowledge base. In addition, when necessary product patches will be provided by Oracle to address issues between the AutoVue client and the newer JRE versions.

The two most recent examples are detailed in the following knowledge base articles – recommended reading for all AutoVue Client/Server Deployment administrators:

  • KM Note 1553322.1 – Java SE 7u21 Changes to the Java Browser Plug-in Behavior, Getting Message: "Security Warning - Do you want to run this application?" When Using AutoVue Client/Server Deployment With Java–based Customizations
  • KM Note 1594439.1 – AutoVue Client Usage with Java 7u45

In addition to being posted as ‘Alerts’ in the knowledge base so that they show up directly on your My Oracle Support dashboard (if configured properly), these types of alerts are typically also posted through the Oracle Support team’s quarterly newsletter.

Thursday Nov 28, 2013

Save the date For AutoVue Enterprise Visualization at Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014

Planning to attend Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 (February 3-5, 2014)?  If so, be sure to check out the various Enterprise Visualization activities that you can take advantage of while in San Jose.

Enterprise Visualization Sessions:

Qualcomm Streamlines its Design and Mfg Process with AutoVue/Agile Products

Visual Information Navigator: Next-Generation Interaction Paradigm

Other Activities:

 There will be an “Oracle’s AutoVue & Visual Information Navigator" pod in the exhibit hall

There will be an Enterprise Visualization Customer Advisory Board (by Invitation only) 

   Check back shortly for the dates and times of these and other activities

Friday Oct 18, 2013

Upcoming Webcast: Use Visual Decision Making To Boost the Pace of Product Innovation – October 24, 2013

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Keeping innovation ahead of shrinking product lifecycles continues to be a challenge in today’s fast-paced business environment, but new visualization techniques in the product design and development process are helping businesses widen the gap further.  Innovative visualization methods, including Augmented Business Visualization, can be powerful differentiators for business leaders, especially when it comes to accelerating product cycles.

 

Don’t miss this opportunity to discover how visualization tied to PLM can help empower visual decision making and enhance productivity across your organization.  See more and do more with the power of Oracle.

Join solution experts from Oracle and special guest, Ravi Sankaran, Sr. Staff Systems Analyst, QUALCOMM to discuss how visual decision making can help efficiently ramp innovation efforts throughout the product lifecycle:

  • Advance collaboration with universal access across all document types with robust security measures in place
  • Synthesize product information quickly like cost, quality, compliance, etc. in a highly visual form from multiple sources in a single visual and actionable environment
  • Increase productivity by rendering documents in the appropriate context of specific business processes
  • Drive modern business transformation with new collaboration methods such as Augmented Business Visualization

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Wednesday Aug 07, 2013

Optimize Supplier Collaboration without Jeopardizing Intellectual Property

Innovation has always been a key driver of competitive advantage in the technology industries. The ability to leverage innovation helps companies emerge in a stronger position than competition, gaining market shares and grabbing consumers’ attention.

Now, when talking about product innovation, one also immediately thinks of protection of critical Intellectual Property (IP). How can companies encourage more open and collaborative development, and innovate everywhere, not just within the four walls of the company without putting at risk critical intellectual property?


One of the key benefits of using AutoVue within a Product Lifecycle Management system like Oracle’s Agile PLM is that the joint solution helps optimize supplier collaboration without jeopardizing intellectual property. While the Product Lifecycle Management system allows for better management of access rights and privileges, AutoVue’s streaming file technology adds an extra layer of protection, streamlining collaboration with key outsourced partners, and allowing users to securely share and effectively communicate on product information early in the process for joint execution.


What is this streaming file technology all about, you might ask? With AutoVue’s streaming file technology, native files are rendered on the server and a stream of information is sent down to the client machine on an on-demand fashion. Essentially, it offers the advantage of providing access to the full intelligence of the document without transferring the original files, with proprietary data, to the client desktop.The, original documents never leave the server, and no local temp or cache files are created in the process, ensuring that a company’s IP remains protected in your PLM vault. The “streaming file”, which is generated as part of the process the first time you access a document in AutoVue  and which contains all the information needed to display and perform queries on the document, can also be saved to disk in order to improve performance during subsequent viewing.

Renowned companies like GLOBALFOUNDRIES have adopted AutoVue and integrated it with their Agile PLM system in order to enable more open and collaborative product development without putting key intellectual property at risk. If you want to learn more, you can watch the video interview with GLOBALFOUNDRIES by clicking here. A customer success story is also available on Oracle’s website.


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.

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!


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 Jun 22, 2012

AutoVue 20.2 for Agile Released

Oracle’s AutoVue 20.2 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 features in the following Agile PLM environments: 9.3.1.x; 9.3.0.x.

 AutoVue 20.2 delivers improvements in the following areas.

  • New Format Support: AutoVue 20.2 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:
  • ECAD: Cadence Concept HDL 16.5, Allegro Layout 16.5, Orcad Capture 16.5, Board Station ASCII Symbol Geometry, Cadence Cell Library
  • MCAD: CATIA V5 R21, PTC Creo Parametric 1.0, Creo Element\Direct Modeling 17.10, 17.20, 17.25, 17.30, 18.00, SolidWorks 2012, SolidEdge ST3 & ST4, PLM XML
  • 2D CAD: Creo Element/Direct Drafting 17.10 to 18.00
  • Office: MS Office 2010: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Enhancements to AutoVue enterprise readiness: reliability and performance improvements, as well as security enhancements which adhere to Oracle’s Software Security Assurance standards
  • Updated version of AutoVue Document Print Service offerings, which include the ability to select CAD layers for printing

 For further details, check out the What’s New in AutoVue 20.2 datasheet

Thursday May 03, 2012

New toys! Lots of new versions of Document Formats Supported in 20.2.0

The only constant in the software industry is change --- and one form that change takes is new releases of software that includes updates to document formats.   Whether you are using an office suite, or a high end 3D cad package (or something in between) there will be regular software updates - and some of them will change the underlying document formats.

The AutoVue team always works very hard to ensure that we incorporate support for all of the latest and greatest new versions of software packages out there, and our recent 20.2.0 release of AutoVue is no exception.   Some of the new things added in 20.2.0 are:

For the Engineering and Construction and Industrial Manufacturing spaces (among others), we've added:
  • Catia 5R21
  • SolidWorks 2012
  • SolidEdge ST3 and ST4
  • Creo Parametric 1.0
  • Creo Element/Direct Modeling 17.10 to 18.00
  • Creo Element/Direct Drafting 17.10 to 18.00
  • PLM XML

For Electronics and High Tech industries, we've added:
  • Cadence Concept HDL 16.6
  • Allegro Layout 16.5
  • Orcad Capture 16.5

And for almost everyone, we've added:
  • MS Word 2010
  • MS Excel 2010
  • MS PowerPoint 2010
  • MS Outlook 2010

Of course on top of the new format support we've included lots of fidelity improvements and other bug fixes for a wide range of formats, and many other improvements as well.

If you haven't already, I'd highly recommend that you download the new 20.2.0 version of AutoVue off of the Oracle software delivery cloud (https://edelivery.oracle.com) and check out all the improvements!

Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Context is Everything

Context is Everything

How many times have you have you asked a question only to hear an answer like “Well, it depends. What exactly are you trying to do?”.  There are times that raw information can’t tell us what we need to know without putting it in a larger context.

Let's take a real world example.  If I'm a maintenance planner trying to figure out which assets should be replaced during my next maintenance window, I'm going to go to my Asset Management System.  I can get it to spit out a list of assets that have failed several times over the last year.  But what are these assets connected to?  Is there any safety consequences to shutting off this pipeline to do the work?  Is some other work that's planned going to conflict with replacing this asset?  Several of these questions can't be answered by simply spitting out a list of asset IDs.  The maintenance planner will have to reference a diagram of the plant to answer several of these questions.

This is precisely the idea behind Augmented Business Visualization. An Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) solution is one where your structured data (enterprise application data) and your unstructured data (documents, contracts, floor plans, designs, etc.) come together to allow you to make better decisions.  Essentially we're showing your business data into its context.

AutoVue allows you to create ABV solutions by integrating your enterprise application with AutoVue’s hotspot framework. Hotspots can be defined for your document. Users can click these hotspots to trigger actions in your enterprise app. Similarly, the enterprise app can highlight the hotspots in your document based on its business data, creating a visual dashboard of your business data in the context of your document.

ABV is not new. We introduced the hotspot framework in AutoVue 20.1 with text hotspots. Any text in a PDF or 2D CAD drawing could be turned into a hotspot. In 20.2 we have enhanced this to include 2 new types of hotspots: 3D and regional hotspots.

3D hotspots allow you to turn 3D parts into hotspots. Hotspots can be defined based on the attributes of the part, so you can create hotspots based on part numbers, material, date of delivery, etc. 

3D Hotspots

Regional hotspots allow an administrator to define rectangular regions on any PDF, image, or 2D CAD drawing. This is perfect for cases where the document you’re using either doesn’t have text in it (a JPG or TIFF for example) or if you want to define hotspots that don’t correspond to the text in the document.

There are lots of possible uses for AutoVue hotspots.  A great demonstration of how our hotspot capabilities can help add context to enterprise data in the Energy sector can be found in the following AutoVue movies:

  • Maintenance Planning in the Energy Sector - Watch it Now
  • Capital Construction Project Management in the Energy Sector  -  Watch it Now
  • Commissioning and Handover Process for the Energy Sector  -  Watch it Now


Wednesday Mar 28, 2012

Installer Changes for AutoVue 20.2.0 Client/Server Deployment

Those upgrading to AutoVue 20.2.0 Client/Server Deployment will notice a few changes in the installation process as compared to previous releases. The two notable changes are:

  • SSL configuration during the installer: To configure SSL encryption between the AutoVue VueServlet and AutoVue server.
  • User authentication configuration during the installer: To configure Kerberos authentication between the AutoVue client and AutoVue server (for environments where users are not already authenticated to a back-end system).

These configurations are optional although recommended. For more information regarding these options, check out Oracle’s KM Note 1437447.1, as well as the AutoVue 20.2.0 Client/Server Deployment documentation (namely the Installation and Configuration Guide).
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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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