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 (http://www.microsoft.com/microsoft-hololens) - 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.   http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2015/01/hands-on-with-hololens-making-the-virtual-real/ and http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/21/microsoft-hololens-hands-on/ 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.

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

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

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.

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.

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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Use Visual Decision Making To Boost the Pace of Product Innovation

 

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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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Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. PDT / 1:00 p.m. EDT

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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!


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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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