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 Feb 10, 2012

Join Oracle’s AutoVue at OAUG COLLABORATE 12

collaborate 12 

Collaborate 12 is taking place on April 22-26, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

COLLABORATE is an immersive experience where you’ll connect with 5,000+ Oracle applications and technology users under one roof for one exciting week.

The COLLABORATE 12OAUG Forum is designed for and by users to deliver dynamic sessions featuring tips, techniques and best practices.  Oracle’s AutoVue enterprise visualization solutions will be featured throughout the week. Not to be missed AutoVue activities at the OAUG Forum include:

·         AutoVue session entitled Enhance Mobile Asset Management Solutions with AutoVue Visualization.  

-          Date: Wednesday, April 25     Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm  Location: South Seas A

-          Hear Oracle mobility partner, Ventureforth, discuss how they have enhanced  their Mobile Asset Management solutions with AutoVue visualization integration. Discover how these enhanced solutions provide field workers with digital access to all pertinent information and documents related to work orders – including drawings and existing annotations, directly on tablet PCs. Learn how to drive operational excellence and improve asset reliability by providing field technicians with access to key asset and work related information on their mobile devices.   

·         AutoVue Enterprise Visualization Special Interest Group (SIG) meeting

-          Date: Sunday, April 22     Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm  Location: Banyan F

-          The AutoVue SIG is designed to facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration and information-exchange amongst AutoVue users.  Attend this meeting for an opportunity to hear and learn from AutoVue customers about their visualization deployments. Members from the AutoVue Product Management team will be on hand to discuss any product related topics as well.

·         AutoVue Demo Pod:  See demos of AutoVue and mission critical integrations to enterprise applications and discuss 1:1 with our solution experts.

Registration for Collaborate 12 is now open

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas.

Wednesday Nov 16, 2011

AutoVue for Mobile Asset Management

Our partner VentureForth is working with us on a solution to use AutoVue in their mobile asset management system. The idea is to allow workers in the field to easily be able to access visual information they might need while doing their work - and to annotate them.   For instance the worker can take a photo of something unexpected they found on-site, and indicate on the drawing what they found, so there's a record of it for the future.

VentureForth's vMobile suite allows workers to take information for EBS eAM and PeopleSoft CAM, as well as multiple other systems) offline with them while working in the field, and with the AutoVue integration the workers can then view and annotate CAD drawings or photographs and have that information saved back into the asset management system.

VentureForth has posted a video of this in action on YouTube:  http://youtu.be/X5Lv_X2v7uc - Check it out and let us know what your thoughts are!

Learn more about VentureForth at http://ventureforth.com/

Wednesday Aug 10, 2011

How to be omniscient ...

OK, so now that I have your attention … let’s not get carried away … we’re not taking about a supreme being here … we all know, it’s not possible to know everything … but what if you could have access to the right information whenever you wanted it ….

Well, a couple of decades ago, that would have been possible only if you could have superhuman speed and lived in a library, but nowadays we can do that by just using internet search engines.

Remember how we went through a phase of having too much information on our finger tips and people typically referred to it as an ‘information overload’ era. Well, the information is still there, but Internet search engines changed the landscape by making that information accessible and meaningful. Today, we are so spoiled to get the right info on the first page of our search results that we rarely go to the 2nd page. We even don’t bother to remember things anymore since we can just ‘google’ it.

That’s all fine with the information that is publicly available. What about your intellectual property which needs to be secure and reside within the walls of your organization? Don’t you want to have the same type of access internally? I am sure the answer is yes, but then you might wonder... how?

Well, all you need is a crawler to go look for documents, extract text from them, index them and then allow the users to easily search and locate them. You may say … this can easily be done today with my operating system. True, but that’s from a personal productivity stand point because OS’s can search as long as your files are accessible to them. However, in a large organization, your documents are probably scattered across multiple data stores, which have different interfaces and a wide range of security restrictions. What if you are dealing with a lot of CAD data which cannot be searched by a typical OS?

What you need is then an application that can retrieve information from many different data sources and support many types of file formats. As far as I know, there is no vendor that can provide a solution out of the box that can reach out and get information from multiple data sources, support all types of engineering and office documents, index them and then allow the end user to search them securely.

One such solution that we have built is the combination of Oracle Universal Content Management (UCM), Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) and AutoVue, which is available today. This solution is very unique because of the following reasons:

  • As long as you have Oracle UCM and AutoVue, there is no additional cost to using this solution since Secure Enterprise Search is shipped with UCM with a restricted use license.
  • AutoVue supports many many file types, including Office, PDF, 2d and 3D, so the chances are your file type is already covered
  • The solution is very easy to use, as it has a google-like interface, which is familiar to most, so you don’t need to be a DBA or administrator to use it. If you also have the VueLink for UCM, you can view the documents directly from the search results
  • SES supports a multitude of other content repositories as well, so the solution can easily be extended (with a full licence of SES and relevant Connectors ) to allow other data sources to be searched; and if your data source is not supported by SES, it allows building custom add-ons by exposing standards based APIs
  • Finally, since you have AutoVue as part of this solution, you an also take advantage of many other great features of AutoVue such as viewing, annotation, comparison, measurement, digital mockup, real-time collaboration etc. etc.

So perhaps this solution will not make you omniscient … but at least you can make the right decisions, save time and have access to the most up to date information in your enterprise, and do all this quickly, easily and securely.

Monday Jun 27, 2011

Three Easy Ways of Providing Feedback to the Oracle AutoVue Team

Customer feedback is essential in helping us deliver best-in-class Enterprise Visualization solutions which are centered around real-world usage. As the Oracle AutoVue Product Management team is busy prioritizing the next round of improvements, enhancements and new innovation to the AutoVue platform, I thought it would be a good idea to provide our blog-readers with a recap of how best to provide product feedback to the AutoVue Product Management team. This gives you the opportunity to help shape our future agenda and make our solutions better for you.

  1. Enterprise Visualization Special Interest Group (EV SIG): the AutoVue EV SIG is a customer-driven initiative that has recently been created to share knowledge and information between members and discuss common and best practices around Enterprise Visualization. The EV SIG also serves as a mechanism for establishing and communicating to AutoVue Product Management users’ collective priorities for the future development, direction and enhancement of the AutoVue product family with the objective of ensuring their continuous improvement. Essentially, EV SIG members meet in order to share and prioritize feedback and use this input to begin dialog with the AutoVue Product Management team on what they deem to be the most important improvements to Enterprise Visualization solutions. The AutoVue EV SIG is by far the best platform for sharing and relaying feedback to our Product Strategy / Management team regarding general product enhancements, industry-specific scenarios, new use cases, usability, support, deployability, etc, and helping us shape the future direction of Enterprise Visualization solutions. We strongly encourage ALL our customers to sign up for the SIG;  here is how you can do so:
  2. Customer / Partner Advisory Boards: The AutoVue Product Strategy / Management team also periodically runs Customer and Partner Advisory Boards. These invitation-only events bring together individuals chosen from Oracle AutoVue’s top customers that are using AutoVue at the enterprise level, as well as strategic partners.  The idea here is to establish open lines of communication between top customers and partners and the Oracle AutoVue Product Strategy team, help us communicate AutoVue’s product direction, share perspectives on today and tomorrow’s challenges and needs for Enterprise Visualization, and validate that proposed additions to the product are valid industry solutions. Our next Customer / Partner Advisory Board will be held in San Francisco during Oracle Open World, please contact your account manager to find out more about the CAB Members’ nomination process.
  3. Enhancement Requests:  Enhancement requests are request logged by customers or partners with Product Development for a feature that is not currently available in Oracle AutoVue. Enhancement requests (ER) can be logged easily via the My Oracle Support portal. This is the best way to share feedback with us at the functionality level; for instance if you would like to see a new format supported in AutoVue or make suggestions as per how certain functionality can be improved or should behave. Once the ER is logged, it is then evaluated by Product Management based on feasibility, product adequation and business justification. Product Management then decides whether to consider this ER for future release or not. What helps accelerate the process is hearing from a large number of customers who urgently need a particular feature or configuration. Hence the importance of logging My Oracle Support Service Requests, and describing in details your business expectations. You can include key milestones dates and justifications as to why this request is important and the benefits your organization stands to gain should this request be accepted.

Again, feedback from customers and partners is critical to ensure we offer solutions that have the biggest impact on customers’ business processes and day-to-day operations. All feedback is welcome,. So please don’t be shy! 

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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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