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!

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!


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!


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.

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.

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 21, 2012

The Latest Major Release of AutoVue is Now Available!

Click here to read the full press release.

To learn more about AutoVue 20.2, check out the What's New in AutoVue 20.2 Datasheet

AutoVue 20.2 continues to set the standard for enterprise level visualization with Augmented Business Visualization, a new paradigm which reconciles information and business data from multiple sources into a single view, providing rich and actionable visual decision-making environments.

The release also includes; capabilities that enhance end-to-end approval workflow; solutions to visually enable the mobile workforce; and support for the latest manufacturing and high tech formats.  

 

New capabilities in release 20.2 include:

·         Enhancements to the Augmented Business Visualization framework

o    Creation of 2D hotspots has been extended in 2D drawings, PDF and image files and can now be defined as regional boxes, rather than just text strings

o    New 3D Hotspot links in models and drawings. Parts or components of 3D models can be selected to create hotspot links.

·         Enhanced end-to-end approval workflows with digital stamping and batch stamping improvements

·         Solutions that visually enable the mobile workforce and extend enterprise visualization to mobile devices, including iPads through OVDI (Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure)

·         Enhancements to AutoVue enterprise readiness: reliability and performance improvements, as well as security enhancements which adhere to Oracle’s Software Security Assurance standards

·         Timely support for new MCAD, ECAD, and Office formats

·         New 20.2 versions of AutoVue Document Print Services and Integration SDK (iSDK)

·         New Dutch language availability

 

The press release also contains terrific supporting quotes from AutoVue customers and partners. 

      “AutoVue’s stamping enhancements will greatly benefit our building permit management processes,” said Ties Kremer, Information Manager, Noordenveld Municipality, Netherlands. “The ability to batch stamp documents will speed up our approval processes, enable us to save time and money, and help us meet our regulatory compliance obligations.”
 
       “AutoVue provides our non-technical teams in marketing and sales with access to customer order requirements and supporting CAD documents and drawings,” said James Lim, Regional Technical Systems Manager at Molex Incorporated. “AutoVue 20.2 has enabled us to refine our quotation process, and reduce order errors.”
 
      “We are excited about our use of AutoVue’s Augmented Business Visualization framework, which will offer Meridian users enhanced access to related technical documentation,” said Edwin van Dijk, Director of Product Management, BlueCielo.  “By including AutoVue’s new regional hotspot capabilities within BlueCielo Meridian Enterprise, the context of engineering information is carried over into the visual representation of complex assets, thereby helping us to improve productivity and operational excellence.”
 

 

Thursday Jun 09, 2011

Augment the Value of your Data (or time to replace the "attach" button)

If you are a company operating in Engineering and Construction, Energy, Manufacturing, Facility Management or any other asset or product intensive industry, you are probably spending a huge amount of time reconciling or combining your structured and unstructured data. On one side, you have the numerous documents, drawings, floor plans and schematics while on the other side, your company has invested a significant amount of money to implement complex platforms to run its operations (ERP, BPM...).

Between these 2 data sets is the realm of “attachments and images”. To connect files to processes and operations, such as part ordering or work orders, applications enable you to attach files as additional context to a specific task or display basic image renditions of whatever items you are trying to take action on. However, a lot of work combined with a little bit of luck will be necessary to get to the desired result as data will usually be out of date or simply not granular enough to be meaningful.

As we worked with customers on some of our visual application solutions, where AutoVue is leveraged within the context of specific business processes, we started to realize that we could take the concept further.  How? By delivering a conceptually trivial but extremely powerful mechanism based on AutoVue’s hot spotting technology that lets people augment the value of their data by literally combining visual and non visual, structured and unstructured data.

With AutoVue 20.1, we introduced the first Augmented Business Visualization framework. This 2 way communication between zones in drawings and the world of enterprise structured data opens an unlimited number of highly differentiated solutions.

In one way, users can now trigger actions in context directly by clicking on a specific area of a drawing, such as an office space on a floorplan or a specific item on a P&ID schematic.  In the other, ERP data can be dashboarded directly onto a drawing for an intuitive grasp.

Imagine for a second that your company runs a large campus or office space and you have to evaluate the state of the windows, the carpet, or the heating system throughout the facility to plan maintenance. AutoVue enables you to walk around the buildings with a simple tablet PC with the floor plans all loaded onto the machine and directly right click on each office or room to enter whatever rating used in your organization. The data is then automatically transferred to your asset management system in ERP.

Imagine that you are the overall project manager and you now have all the information properly captured. Instead of running a report that will generate a long spreadsheet of office numbers with the different values or some kind of statistical pie chart, you can now navigate the floorplans directly inside AutoVue and get a visual rendition of the different ratings.

This is just one example of what can be achieved with Augmented Business Visualization. Stay tuned as more and more solutions are being implemented either internally at Oracle or in our vibrant partner ecosystem. ..

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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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