Thursday Jan 08, 2015

Join Oracle AutoVue at the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015

3rd European Value Chain Summit

Join us for the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015, March 10-11, at Twickenham Stadium, London– the home of England Rugby.

The Oracle European Value Chain Summit brings together thought leaders, executives, business process owners along with industry and technology experts in an intimate and interactive setting.

  • Hear keynotes from thought leaders on business themes such as 360° Innovation, Customer Centric Value Chains, and Compliant Networks.
  • Join industry tracks and gain insight from your peers via hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and partner roundtables.
  • Learn how new solutions encompassing social, mobile, analytics, and the Cloud can help you transform your supply chains through modern value chains.

Registration is open
Don't miss out on this event, act now, and reserve your seat!

Register now: www.oracle.com/goto/vcsummit15

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

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.

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

AutoVue for Agile 20.2.2 Now Available!!

We are happy to announce that AutoVue for Agile 20.2.2 is now available via the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.   AutoVue for Agile 20.2.2 is a minor release within the 20.2 product family that is specifically targeted for users of Agile PLM 9.

AutoVue 20.2.2 brings a number of improvements, including support for SolidWorks 2013, AutoCAD and Inventor 2014, SolidEdge ST5, and Cadence Allegro 16.6.   It also includes support for Adobe Illustrator CS4 and up.   Another improvement involves bringing our support for Oracle Linux and Java Virtual Machine versions in-line with Agile's support.

Please see our previous post (https://blogs.oracle.com/enterprisevisualization/entry/autovue_20_2_2_is) for more details on the specifics introduced in AutoVue 20.2.2.

Agile PLM 9.3.3 has also been released, which as part of its many improvements introduces support for associating AutoVue annotations with change request objects in Agile, and a preliminary solution using Augmented Business Visualization to allow the creation of change objects from within AutoVue.   Please see the Agile Transfer of Information sessions in the KM note 1589164.1 for more details.

We will provide additional posts over the next couple of weeks providing more details on these improvements.  Until then, if you have any questions, let us know in the comments! 


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.


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.

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!


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!


Thursday Nov 08, 2012

New AutoVue for Agile Data Sheet & Solution Brief

AutoVue for Agile visualization solutions deliver best-in-class document and CAD (MCAD and ECAD) visualization and collaboration capabilities directly within Oracle Agile PLM.

With AutoVue for Agile solutions, companies can enable visual decision-making across the product lifecycle and simplify end-to-end design to manufacturing. They can also optimize new product development and introduction, as well as change management processes, and enable more efficient collaboration with global supply chain partners without jeopardizing critical intellectual property.

Check out the latest AutoVue for Agile materials which outline the capabilities of the AutoVue 2D Professional for Agile and AutoVue Electro-Mechanical Professional for Agile solutions and their corresponding benefits.

Click here for the data sheet.

Click here for the solution brief.

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

Tuesday Dec 13, 2011

AutoVue 20.1.1 for Agile now Available

Oracle’s AutoVue 20.1.1 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 20.1.1 features in the following Agile PLM environments (9.3.1.x; 9.3.0.x; 9.2.2.4+).

AutoVue 20.1.1 has several improvements, but I'd like to highlight 3 areas that will be important for Agile customers.

New Format Support: AutoVue 20.1.1 adds support for the latest versions of popular file formats including:

  • AutoCAD 2012
  • AutoCAD Mechanical 2012
  • Inventor 2012
  • Unigraphics NX7 and NX7.5
  • Adobe Acrobat 10

PDF Improvements:

PDF is one of the most popular formats being used by Agile customers today. It is used as an archival format, as well as a publishing standard for design information, manufacturing instructions, customer requirements, and safety and regulatory information.

AutoVue 20.1.1 has improved the viewing of PDF files with better navigation and zooming behaviour by providing more intuitive zoom levels while searching, switching pages, or moving between markups in a PDF file. 

Converting CAD designs to PDF is a common practice for many Agile customers. AutoVue 20.1.1 provides greater flexibility with PDF measurements by introducing snapping measurements. If a CAD design has been converted to a vector-based PDF, AutoVue 20.1.1 can take accurate measurements from the PDF, by snapping to points and shapes in the design. This unlocks the valuable data contained in the file and provides more information to people on the shop floor.

AutoVue 20.1.1 adds the ability to select, copy, and paste text from PDF files, improving the efficiency with which feedback can be delivered. During reviews, requirements and regulations can now be copied and pasted directly into markups, providing further explanation behind the decisions being made.

Improved Troubleshooting and Stability:

AutoVue 20.1.1 includes improvements to the stability, reliability, and server uptime for users by facilitating the identification, logging, and quarantine of problematic files on a server. For example, if the server crashes, the administrator is provided with a list of all files that were open on the server at the time of the crash. Doing this greatly reduces the amount of time admins need to spend tracking down these files and once found, they can restrict file access so that no further crashes will be caused.

For further details, check out the What’s New in AutoVue 20.1.1 datasheet.



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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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