Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

Seeing the Forest – Next Generation Visualization

The biggest challenge that we have as enterprise users is to quickly find the information we need in order to make the most optimal business decisions on a daily basis. Now, the challenge is that information is there, somewhere, but it is typically distributed across a mass of data and screens. So how do you “see” this information quickly and easily? How can we present “less” while delivering “more”? That is the objective of Oracle’s Next Generation Visualization, which will be presented at the Oracle Value Chain Summit (San Francisco, Feb 4-6, 2013) during a session entitled “Seeing the Forest – Next Generation Visualization” (Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 3:15 pm). It is not about new skins and layouts, it is about a radical re-think of how Enterprise Applications should interact with users. The session will show how Oracle Fusion Applications is embracing new paradigms for presenting, interpreting and interacting with complex business information in a simplified and compelling way so that they can see the forest through the trees! Don’t miss this opportunity to get exclusive sneak peeks at ground-breaking technology! We look forward to seeing 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!


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.

Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

Watch the AutoVue 20.2 Webcast!

Missed the AutoVue 20.2 webcast? Not to worry, you can now catch the replay!

Discover what the latest major release of AutoVue can do for you. Watch and learn how AutoVue 20.2 can transform your business processes and extend the value of your visualization investment. Also, hear Oracle partner, Ventureforth, describe how they are leveraging AutoVue to create visually enabled mobile solutions for their EBS and PeopleSoft customers.   

Click here to watch the replay

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

New AutoVue Movies Available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

There are 4 new movies available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel. Three of these latest AutoVue movies demonstrate how AutoVue can be used in various processes, in the Electronic and High tech  sector. The fourth shows how AutoVue can be used on an iPad using Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (OVDI)

They are:

  • Improving the Design Process with AutoVue in the Electronics & High Tech Industry  Watch it now (7:17) 
  • Improving Manufacturing and Assembly with AutoVue in the Electronics & High Tech Industry Watch it now (7:55) 
  • Improving Supply Chain Management with AutoVue in the Electronics & High Tech Industry Watch it now (4:42) 
  • Mobile Asset Management on the iPad With AutoVue and Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (OVDI) Watch it now (3:52) 

See all the Movies available at the Oracle AutoVue Channel!

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.”
 

 

Monday Oct 17, 2011

Watch the AutoVue 20.1.1 Webcast

Missed the AutoVue 20.1.1 webcast?  Not to worry, you can now catch the replay.

Discover what release AutoVue 20.1.1 can do for you!  Watch the webcast and discover what is great and innovative about the latest release. Learn about opportunities to expand your use and how to get the most out of your AutoVue investment.

Click here to watch the webcast.

Want to learn more about AutoVue 20.1.1? Click here to read the datasheet.

 

Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

Palm Beach County Accelerates Development Permit Process and Improves Efficiency by 25%

Are you looking for ways to optimize your digital building permit application and review process? If so, be sure to check out the most recent AutoVue customer snapshot featuring Palm Beach County.

Palm Beach County’s Land Development Division is responsible for issuing permits for road construction of the county’s more than 3,000 roads, utility work, landscaping, irrigation and onsite drainage reviews of commercial, industrial, and some residential facilities.  To manage the vast amounts of paperwork required for these processes, the county implemented an electronic permitting (ePermitting) system, which incorporates Oracle’s AutoVue visualization solution as an essential component.

Oracle’s AutoVue has allowed the various agencies within the county to simultaneously review documents, digitally comment on and markup plans, as well as compare resubmitted plans, all of which has helped to standardize and streamline workflows for permit reviewers.  

Read how Palm Beach County has:

  • provided structure to the permit review and approval process
  • decreased review time and improved efficiency of permitting processes by 25%
  • given customers around-the-clock ability to submit and track applications and plans
  • improved accountability

Click here to read the complete Palm Beach County story.  

A recent OAUG sponsored webcast featuring Palm Beach County is also available. Click here to watch the webcast.

Thursday Aug 18, 2011

Join Oracle’s AutoVue at OpenWorld 2011!

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is the most important conference for Oracle technologists, business users, and partners and the best place to find out what’s happening in IT, who’s making it happen, and how it can work for you.

When you attend OpenWorld you'll hear from the world’s foremost Visualization experts, have a chance to explore innovative enterprise visualization strategies, and discover Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) which enables two-way communication between information in documents and enterprise structured data stored in ERP or other systems. 

You'll also learn how you can leverage AutoVue visualization in other Oracle technologies and applications, including Agile Product Lifecycle Management, Primavera, Universal Content Management, EBS Configurator, Secure Enterprise Search & Asset Lifecycle Management solutions, to drive business process innovation.

Not to be missed AutoVue activities:

  • AutoVue Enterprise Visualization sessions
  • AutoVue Special Interest Group meeting
  • AutoVue Customer Advisory Board
  •  AutoVue Hospitality Reception
  • AutoVue Demo Pods

Visit our demo pods in Moscone West and the Palace Hotel and see the latest Oracle and partner driven AutoVue solutions:

  • Visual Maintenance Planning with Estuate’s ABV solution for EBS eAM
  • Work Order Print Service for EBS eAM and JDE CAM
  • Mobile enterprise visualization for EBS eAM and PeopleSoft Maintenance Manager
  • Smart building ePermit reviews
  • End to end design to manufacture solution for Agile PLM

For additional information regarding AutoVue sessions, demos, SIG and CAB meeting dates, locations, and times check out the AutoVue FocusOn document.

To register for OOW, click here            To see the full agenda, click here

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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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