Thursday Jul 30, 2015

The 6 P's of Effective Commercialization: Webcast feat. Mary Kay

In the crowded consumer goods industry, innovation is a necessity. Unfortunately, many companies are struggling to commercialize their new product initiatives effectively.

In fact, 80% of new products fail to meet expected performance levels. We've broken down the most important elements to improve your odds, in what we call the 6 P's of Effective Commercialization:

#1.  Proposals

New product ideas are just the beginning, but you have to get them off to the right start.  Establish a traceable, systematized approach to capture, develop, prioritize and generate new product ideas.

#2.  Planning

Outline schedules, resources, tasks, milestones and deliverables to stay on track with your objectives.

#3.  Processes

Manage the workflows for all projects with automated, simple tools to make sure tasks are completed on-time and accurately.

#4.  People

Very little would get done without the right people.  Optimize your resource allocation across all projects, keeping in mind workload balance, talent, and experience.

#5.  Product

Surprised to see 'product' all the way down at #5?  That's because there are so many elements you need to align before you lock down the cost and scope of a new product, otherwise risking unexpected pitfalls during development and commercialization.

#6.  Performance

Set and adhere to performance goals.  Measure in real-time how the market responds to your products, so you can improve your product portfolio over time and build a sustainably innovative business.

Webcast featuring Mary Kay

Join Oracle, Kalypso, and special guest brand leader in skin/body care and make-up Mary Kay during a free webcast on August 4 at 12:00 PM ET to learn more about the 6 P's of effective commercialization.  Register here.

For more information about Oracle's PLM and SCM solutions, visit www.oracle.com/scm.

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle. Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan


Monday Jul 13, 2015

Deep dive into Oracle Innovation Management

Did you know, only 20% of CEOs are happy with their return on innovation*?

As you look to transform your business, you need innovative products that cater for ever-changing market expectations. To do so, innovation should be treated as a strategic business imperative. With Oracle Innovation Management, you can succeed.

Register for our two 'Profitable Innovation' webcasts now, that focus on 'Ideation and Product Portfolio' and 'Requirements and Concepts', and discover how Oracle Innovation Management can empower you to:

  • Build an innovation pipeline fuelled by high-value ideas
  • Identify the best business opportunities by analyzing the impact of alternative investment scenarios against business objectives
  • Increase revenue growth thanks to a systematic approach to developing profitable product offerings which meet the requirements.

Watch our webcasts today, and explore how you can make the most out of your resources, helping to cut costs, yet stand out in your market.

Part One – Ideation, Proposals and Product Portfolio Webcast (28mins):
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Part Two - Requirements and Concepts Webcast (25 mins):
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View our infographic to learn how to improve your return on innovation with Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud.

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*Sources: Oracle / Kalypso Innovation Report 2014, IDC. Product Value Chain. 2012, wC. 17th Annual Global CEO Survey 2014, IBM. CMO Survey 2014 RightScale State of the Cloud Survey 2014, Syntax 2014, CSC 2014, Oracle Executive Strategy Series, August 2013, Oracle Cloud Applications, Oracle Case Studies

Tuesday Jul 07, 2015

Friday July 10 Live Demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud

On Friday July 10, Oracle is offering a live PLM demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud.  Registration is required, but the event is open to anyone interested in learning more about this unique cloud-based solution.

Most portfolio decision makers have poor visibility into the new project pipeline.  Without the right analysis or data, it's nearly impossible to achieve your targeted return on innovation spending.  Oracle Innovation Management Cloud provides insight to help you objectively evaluate ideas and balance the innovation portfolio.  Turn innovation into an data-driven business process, and see how it can become much easier to decide which idea is the right idea.

 Register for the Demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud on Friday July 10 at 9:00 a.m. PT.

Friday Jun 05, 2015

3 Trends Driving Big Changes in the PLM Market

Earlier this year I attended the CIMdata 2015 PLM Market & Industry Forum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which was a truly inspiring day, packed with information around the forum’s theme of “Platforms for Innovation: PLM’s Next Evolutionary Step.”

According to CIMdata, the global PLM market saw solid growth in multiple areas during 2014 – sales were up... 

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Thursday Jun 04, 2015

Frustrated Yet? Here's a Simpler Look at Innovation Best Practices

Your newsfeeds are probably just as full as mine of articles and comments about brilliant new innovations. Now is an exciting time to be a product and supply chain professional. But it can also be pretty aggravating, especially if those articles are written about your competition. Even worse, if you failed to get the same idea off the ground two years ago!

PwC reported five-year growth projections for top innovators run beyond 60% but sit around just 20-35% for average innovators, so it’s no wonder most CEOs are pushing their organizations to figure out how to make better innovation happen more effectively.

Therein lies the struggle: Although the benefits of being a top innovator are well documented, how to become a top innovator… not so much.

Oracle recently launched a new Modern Best Practice for Innovation website designed to educate professionals on the latest methods of managing innovation according to modern best practices, enabled by Oracle Innovation Management Cloud. The website provides a clear and simple, step-by-step guide to transform fragmented product development processes into a universal, objective Innovation Management competency.

You’ll find the Innovation process divided into 5 core functions:

Take a moment to explore how Oracle can help you select and translate a steady stream of innovative ideas into a predictive product portfolio and go-to-market strategy.  You'll also find plenty of helpful resources like white papers, videos, and reports to better understand how you can increase innovation-driven revenue with Oracle Innovation Management Cloud. Happy innovating!

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle.  Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan

Thursday May 28, 2015

Free Demo of Oracle Innovation Management Cloud on June 5

The Oracle team will host a free, live demo for anyone who's interested in learning more about Oracle Innovation Management Cloud.  Register now for the webinar on June 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT.


See what analysts, bloggers, and innovation visionaries have been buzzing about - a way to systematize innovation that closes the gap between executive strategy and executing development.  Only Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can provide insight into the business outcome of every idea, giving you the information to make better decisions about investing in new innovations. Learn how to influence top line revenue by innovating strategically.  Register now for the webcast on June 5, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. PT.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Oracle PLM Mobile App 3.0 Now Available for iOS and Android

Oracle Product Lifecycle Management Mobile App 3.0 recently became available for iOS and Android devices.  So if you haven't yet, download the app for free from the Apple AppStore and Google Playstore.

What's New in 3.0: you'll get the latest look and feel, a modernized platform, and defect fixes.

If you're looking for a demo of the Oracle PLM mobile app, here's a pretty comprehensive video on YouTube.

Monday May 11, 2015

IDMP is the hot topic in Pharma - The Oracle Solution helps Pharma companies to be prepared!

IDMP1The Ambition of IDMP is Ultimate Patient Safety. IDMP stands for IDentification of Medicinal Products and is a new worldwide standard. IDMP is different from xEVMPD (xEVMPD = extended EudraVigilance Medicinal Product Dictionary: a pharmacovigilance initiative at the European level. IDMP takes a quantum leap beyond xEVMPD, as it goes into much more detail (hundreds of fields) about product information), as IDMP is a global standard while xEVMPD is European only. IDMP requires life sciences companies to provide the next level of transparency for specific medicinal products delivered to specific patients through complete, multi­level identification.

Europe is already mandating its use by mid-2016 and other regions are expected to follow. IDMP is defined by five standards created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO): ISO 11615, ISO 11616, ISO 11238, ISO 11239, ISO 11240. ISO 11615 and 11616 define and differentiate "medicinal products" and "pharmaceutical products" which have "MPID" and "PhPID" numbers. ISO 11238 defines substances. ISO 11239 and 11240 define controlled vocabularies for pharmaceutical dose forms, units of presentation, routes of administration, packaging, and units of measurement. The ISO and ICH regions are currently developing Implementation Guides which will further define the details. The ISO standards are compatible with the US HL7 (Health Level Seven) standard.

IDMP2

Implementing IDMP involves regulatory affairs, safety, clinical development, and others:

  • The product data will usually have to be sourced from many departments, transformed and cleaned, collated in a company product repository, and have any data gaps filled via data entry
  • The central repository will have to be maintained using change control
  • The repository data will be sent to regional/worldwide IDMP dictionary maintenance orgs
  • Safety and clinical applications will consume the regional/worldwide IDMP dictionaries

This means that a 360° understanding of the investigational and authorized medicinal products delivered to patients in specific markets will allow health authorities, such as the European Medicines Agency (EMA), to take preventive and corrective actions that ensure patient safety.

Full disclosure means for Patients that they can get answers to questions such as:

  • Where did you manufacture my drug?
  • Where did you package my drug?
  • Which qualified sources have you used?
  • Where was the packaging printed?
  • Which controls have you executed?
  • Which formulation has been used?
  • Did you have the approval to ship this product?
  • What is the expiration date?

Full Disclosure means for Life Sciences Companies that they need to find a new way of managing the massive and consistent data set owned by multiple departments within their organization, with hundreds of fields defined in the data model.

There is currently uncertainty as to what aspects of IDMP will become mandatory in Europe on July 1st 2016. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has announced in February 2015 that it is putting together a task force to oversee the implementation of new standards for identifying drugs and to develop a roadmap for EU-wide implementation of IDMP standards. However, our understanding is that:

  1. Marketing Authorization Holders (MAHs) will have to submit product information reports with IDMP data to EMA for new applications and variations
  2. When submitting an E2B(R3) report to EMA, MAHs will have to include IDMP information if it exists for any of the products in the ICSR (Individual Case Study Report (ICSR) is an adverse event report for an individual patient)
  3. MAHs will have to be able to receive E2B(R3) reports from EMA that include IDMP information

IDMP should be seen as an opportunity for Life Sciences companies to progressively transform the way they operate towards cross-functional transparency for products. The early adoption of a comprehensive change control platform, combined with other Enterprise Applications, Data Sources integration and Analytics, provides the opportunity to get enhanced safety signal detection, enhanced product quality, to detect issues before the authorities, and implement a holistic benefit-risk management.

Developing IDMP Implementation Strategy steps should consist of a reduction of Manual Data Collection and Entry, proper Data Source Integration to achieve a single source of truth for Product Information, up to Cross-Functional Integration of People, Data, and Processes in a Change Control Platform.

IDMP3

But there are challenges! Effective collection of Medicinal Product Data requires the creation of a comprehensive Medicinal Product Repository from various sources, to be developed incl. Regulatory, Commercial, Safety departments: for this, a Data Transformation is required. The Collection must be maintained consistently over time: Controlled, automatic Updates to Medicinal Product Repository must be executed when changes occur. Medicinal Product Data must be propagated appropriately. It is necessary to synchronize various business applications with the Medicinal Product data. Finally, companies need to ensure communication with HA Gateway, to generate and send IDMP product messages, and provide audit trails of successful delivery.

The Oracle IDMP Enterprise Foundation Suite provides all required capabilities to enable a Closed-Loop Risk Management, in which a Life Science company can:

  1. Receive & Code Adverse Events with IDMP (Adverse events are coded against specific products using Medicinal Product Information for Drug Dictionaries (MPID) and Pharmaceutical Product Identifiers (PhPIDs)
  2. Detect & Manage Signals (Signals are detected, prioritized, and analyzed to decide if they are true risks)
  3. Create Risk Minimization Plan (Risks are mapped to the IDMP data model and fed into dashboards for visualization)
  4. Create Risk Minimization Plan (A risk mitigation/minimization plan is created in order to document the corrective & preventive actions)
  5. Create Change (A change is initiated to fix the problem (add contra-indications, warning to leaflet)
  6. Submit IDMP Product Report (Upon change authorization, IDMP product message is prepared and sent to the Health Authority)
IDMP4

The solution covers Enterprise Applications & Data Sources integrations (for example to CMC/Quality, ERP, RIMS, labeling, etc. and Other Enterprise Services such as LDAP, SSO, SMTP, etc), Middleware (with Data Transformation Services and Gateway Services), Applications (With Oracle Agile PLM for Change Control Excellence, Oracle Thesaurus Management System, and Oracle Argus for pharmacovigilance), and Analytics (with Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics - OPLA, Argus Analytics, Clinical Development Analytics, etc.).

We have developed a 10 questions survey which will help us understand your specific approach to IDMP.  We value your time and will therefore share with you the survey results (anonymized) once we get enough responses to have a meaningful picture. Thanks in advance for your participation!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oracleidmp

Wednesday Apr 29, 2015

Agile PLM to MS Office Integration

Agile PLM provides Data Consistency, Process Reliability, Automated Version Control, Single Source of Truth for Product Information, spanning the lifecycle of products. Make these benefits available to your MS Office Documents with XPLM´s easy to use integration - without leaving your MS Office environment!

 Here is how:

Thursday Apr 09, 2015

MyAgilePLM provides help to Oracle Agile PLM users the social way with Crowd Support

The MyAgilePLM (www.MyAgilePLM.com) Social Responsibility platform connects Agile PLM users to a social network of other users and Social Angels using Crowd Support. This is a great addition to Oracle´s My Oracle Support (support.oracle.com), which focuses strongly on the technical side of the Oracle Agile PLM Application. The site is for the use of all kinds of users: Crowd Support is the 21st century mode of active volunteering for all kinds of users, be it Project Managers, Mechanical Designers, Hardware Designers, Document Control Managers, any other functional users or also Agile PLM Administrators. Angels are there when there is a need. There is no obligation for time and place. But a pure will to help others in need.

Often times we have seen Agile Users push questions through social networks like LinkedIn Groups or even Facebook, in order to get advice on technical and organizational best practice working with Agile PLM. The drawback of these social platforms is however that they are always more or less “poisoned” with commercial interest and hidden marketing, and there are no real incentives to give and get helpful answers that help solve the challenges. So there was a need for something different: The MyAgilePLM site is a crowd-support site, and it is all about getting answers. It’s not a discussion forum. There’s no chit-chat or hidden marketing. It is the place to get answers for questions related to the many different aspects of Oracle Agile PLM and the way it is run and used in the more than 1400 customer sites worldwide.

The Platform enhances Agile PLM users quality of life by improving the level of support they are getting, reducing their time to be answered and allowing them being independent, as well as a platform for knowledge sharing. This can include the solving of technical issues like “How to best configure Agile Content Service?” or “I have a Java 8 issue” or questions related to experience and best practice like “What is the better way to manage 2 production CMs when we intend to produce same products in parallel in both sites? The question is from ECO implementation perspective.” Answers should be quick, accurate, and to the point. The main goal is to help Agile PLM users to work faster, easier and better. All questions are defined by categories, based on the related question classification. For each question users can choose up to 5 fields of expertise, since a question might be related to several fields of expertise. The crowd will vote on contributions, and good answers are voted up and rise to the top. The best answers show up first so that they are always easy to find.

Users can earn reputation when people vote on their posts. As users earn reputation, they will unlock new privileges like the ability to vote, comment, and even edit other people’s posts. At the highest levels, they´ll have access to special moderation tools and will be able to work alongside the community moderators to keep the site focused and helpful.

MyAgilePLM is a community for Oracle Agile PLM users and it is has been launched now for the Agile PLM community: common users to the most advanced users. It’s built and run by the crowd as part of the MyAgilePLM's Q&A capabilities. With the help of the community, MyAgilePLM is working together to build a knowledge base with detailed answers to every question about Oracle Agile PLM, including added value information base on related news, tweets and others.

Visit MyAgilePLM on http://www.MyAgilePLM.com and become an Agile Angel!

From Farm to Table: How PLM Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail – Product Lifecycle Management.

John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle discuss PLM's many roles in your chicken sandwich. Read the full article in Food Manufacturing magazine by clicking here

To learn more about Oracle Product Lifecycle Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/plm

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Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

European Value Chain Summit 2015 - A Retrospective

On March 10th and 11th 2015, we have completed the 3rd annual Oracle European Value Chain Summit with great success! Over 520 attendees, coming from 20 different countries, found their way to the Twickenham Stadium in London, for a great 2-day program with more than 50 excellent presentations provided by Oracle’s executives, external guru’s, partners, Oracle experts and many customers! With this, it was the largest European supply chain event we have ever hosted! All direct and indirect comments we have got from customers, partners and also from our Oracle colleagues are extremely positive.


Content

We provided a very interesting program for prospects and for current customers, also highly praised by our partners. The event featured more speakers than in the event in previous years. We started in the morning with plenary sessions, and continued a very interesting program with breakouts and product deep dive workshops for 360° Innovation, Customer Centric Value Chains, and Compliant Networks, as well as specific Industry focused sessions, covering Value Chain for Retail, Electronics & High Tech, Consumer Goods, and even a specific Product Value Chain Roundtable for Life Sciences (Pharma), as well as Solution Lab sessions.

We enjoyed great support from our customers: Without you this great event would not have been possible, thank you so much!


Oracle Value Chain Awards

Oracle awarded three Value Chain Excellence customers and partners in the three categories: 360 Degree Innovation, Compliant Networks, and Customer Centric Value Chain. Oracle Vice President Karen Clarke took pride in handing over the trophies to the winners.

DragonWave, a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks, is the winner of the Oracle Value Chain 360 Degree Innovation Award 2015. A key to Dragonwave´s success is their ability to quickly integrate new companies and new technologies in their global product development and their strategic weapon to execute is Oracle’s Agile PLM platform. The core team of Yaniv Pichoto is supported in Tel Aviv by Oracle Specialized Partner Top Group.

SORIN GROUP, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, is the winner of the Oracle Value Chain Compliant Networks Award 2015. As a leading implantable Medical Device company, Sorin has to be compliant with Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulations. Sorin Group was the first company in Europe and the second company in the world to become UDI compliant. The Oracle UDI solution, based on Agile PLM, was deployed in less than four months, with the help of Inspirage, an Oracle Platinum and Oracle Agile Specialized partner. The Award was received by Mr. Cesare Varzi, Sorin and Mr Kevin Creel, Inspirage.

Mazda Motor Corporation is the winner of the Oracle Customer Centric Value Chain Award 2015. Mazda has embarked on a strategic transformation of their supply chain to improve responsiveness and levels of service to their customers for aftermarket support. By implementing Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Warehouse Management System, Mazda were able to regain full control over their Transportation Services previously outsourced to a 3PL. This not only provided far more supply chain visibility but also saved significant overhead cost. The key implementation partner was Oracle Specialized Partner Mavenwire. The Award was received by Kris Van Vossel, Mazda Logistics Director (Europe), and Barry Hayes, Mavenwire.

Solution Labs

The Solution Labs have added great value to the Value Chain Summit Customer Experience: As a perfect add-on to the Business and Industry tracks, participants could get a detailed view on the Oracle Value Chain Solutions. We offered sessions specifically dedicated to Value Chain Planning and Execution, Moving Order Management and Procurement to the Cloud, and Product Value Chain. Special thanks to Oracle partner Inspirage with Bob Hart, Vice President Logistics Management, and Shauna Hillier, Principal Consultant, for organizing the “Is OTM Cloud right for you?” Solution Lab!

The Product Value Chain Solution Lab consisted of 2 different sessions (each repeated), around the Oracle PVC Cloud Solution stack: Solution Lab 1 was dealing with Requirements Management & Concept Design, linked to Product Development. This Solution Lab was a deep dive into the Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud offering covering Innovation Management, with a specific focus on Ideation, proposal and Investment Portfolio Management under control of an innovation project. Solution Lab 2, Ideation, Product and Project Portfolio Management, was a deep dive into the Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud offering covering Innovation Management, with a specific focus on Requirements Management and Concept Design, leading to Product Development and Product Commercialization. The whole process is governed by Project Portfolio Management.

Innovation Management helps companies to build an innovation pipeline fueled by a steady stream of high-value ideas that can be translated into profitable offerings for customers, and analyze the impact of alternate investment scenarios against business objectives such as revenue, cost, profit and resources constraints to determine the best opportunities to commercialize, and to collaborate on product requirements and translate customer ideas into concepts and products that will achieve their business goals.

Networking

Our customers and partners enjoyed the excellent networking opportunities, and held deep discussions on Value Chain Transformation strategies in the summit as well as in the Customer Advisory Board sessions, which we organized on the day after the summit.

In the evening, attendees gathered for drinks pitch side and within the players changing rooms starting the evening networking at the heart of the amazing sporting stadium at Twickenham that was the venue. This was followed by the gala dinner held at the newly built “Spirit Of Rugby” where the networking experience continued.

With all this great content from first presentation to the final keynote we felt there was a palpable energy from the delegates in all the sessions, (partner) demo areas and networking breaks. Meeting rooms were occupied all day and lots of value chain topics have been discussed. The Twitter hashtag #vcsummit15 also saw lots of action throughout the summit.

Customer Advisory Boards

The Customer Advisory Boards on March 12th, the “3rd day” of the Oracle Value Chain Summit, rounded out the overall event. Oracle Customer Advisory Boards are a gathering of a small number of customers, per area of interest, to share our product roadmaps under confidentiality agreement, discuss mid/long term evolution, ensure coverage of critical business processes, identify possible gaps between our customer´s industrial needs and our plans, and then follow-up during the coming year. The Customer Advisory Boards (CABs) were a natural extension to the summit agenda. While the summit as such was focusing on Business and Industry Themes, the CABs were the ideal place to lead very detailed product roadmap discussions in a safe and collaborative setting. The CABs were managed by our Product Strategy and Development leaders from North America and Europe.

The Customer Advisory Boards are an integral part and a key element for success of our annual Value Chain Summit. All CAB participants are looking forward to meet again next year!

Partner View

The European Value Chain Summit also enjoyed a record partner support for the event, with 20 partners sponsoring at varying levels. We have clearly grown the footprint of the Value Chain Summit, compared to the previous events in 2013 and 2014 we have added new partners to the event! Now the growing Oracle Value Chain Solutions partner ecosystem consists of a variety of partners, ranging from local to global specialized partners to big System Integrators.

The partner exhibition on the event was very well attended. The atmosphere was very energetic and inspiring, so that the partners not only met a lot of customers, but also have taken the opportunity to discuss with other partners, and find areas for cooperation.

Presentations and Photos

All attendees and no-show end-users have received a Thank You email including a link to the retrospection page with presentations, and collateral. Photos from the event are also available here.

Conclusion

All direct and indirect comments we have got from customers, partners and also from Oracle colleagues are extremely positive. The alchemy we targeted with a mix of customers, partners and Oracle presentations, with Business and Industry Tracks and Solution Labs, with networking time during the event and dinner, worked beyond expectations. Overall, with this summit again we experienced a very strong and even growing community feeling among all attendees.

Thanks a lot to everyone who contributed to the success of the event. See you again next year!


Friday Mar 13, 2015

3DSemantix announced 3DPartFinder for Oracle AutoVue and Agile PLM at the Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015

At the Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015, 3DSemantix announced the release of 3DPartFinder for Oracle AutoVue and Agile PLM Solutions to accelerate Product Development and productivity through reuse of Assets and related data. With 3DPartFinder for AutoVue everyone involved in the process of creating new products achieve their goals more efficiently!

There is no need to have a CAD station to locate the most similar parts with 3DPartFinder in AutoVue. Manufacturing Engineers can use 3DPartFinder to locate the most appropriate manufacturing process, quality inspection check-list or any other document within the Oracle Agile PLM system or other systems such as your ERP. Purchasing teams can quickly identify suppliers for a new part, compare cost for similar designs using shape as a key characteristic for their search.

“Manufacturing companies are continually challenged to bring innovative and profitable products to market faster. With 3DPartFinder for AutoVue, companies can fully exploit the value of existing intellectual property”, said Thierry Bonfante, Senior Director, Product Development AutoVue and Fusion Visualization at Oracle. “With advanced shape-based search capabilities, engineers and librarians can quickly and efficiently locate optimal parts for reuse. Candidate parts are ranked by similarity and securely displayed in AutoVue, where users can analyze and compare models and make a final selection; thereby reducing costs and speeding up time-to-market.”

“Our Customers have been looking for shape-based search for quite some time. It was only when we met the 3DPartFinder Solutions we knew we had found the best product for our Clients. By integrating the advanced geometric search capabilities of 3DPartFinder in AutoVue and Oracle Agile PLM, our Customers can now access their key assets for reuse very efficiently”, explained Denis Senpere, Vice President, Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management Solutions at Oracle EMEA.

3DPartFinder allows leveraging data stored in the Oracle Agile PLM systems. There is no need to copy existing 3D models for indexing, no need to install a new part management system or whatsoever. The screenshot below shows that 3DPartFinder for Oracle AutoVue finds all similar parts based on their shapes. Users can launch a search directly in Oracle AutoVue connected to an Oracle PLM or not. 3DPartFinder in AutoVue will find all similar parts, duplicates as well as mirror parts and even previous versions stored in the PLM from a reference part and displays the results in 3D in AutoVue for immediate exploitation.

Every user can trust 3DPartFinder to locate the most appropriate part and related information available in Oracle Agile PLM. 3DPartFinder supports leading CAD file formats and CAD systems environments like CatiaV5, NX, PTC Creo, Autodesk Inventor, Solid Edge or Solidworks.

With high accuracy 3DPartFinder Analytics, Enterprises get full control of part creation and can identify automatically any duplicate or nearby duplicate design created. Team leaders can quickly review the situation and prevent triggering the entire process of creating a new part. 3DPartFinder Analytics can supply a full Diagnostic Dash Board to help Oracle PLM customers’ measure their progress with their reuse strategy and generate their own KPI’s. 3DPartFinder Analytics allows Oracle PLM customers clean-up the 3D model database from any duplicates or assist standardization teams to create standard parts and reduce inventory cost. With process speed of one million parts per hour, it won’t take long before getting a full diagnosis!

“With 3DPartFinder Solutions, Oracle AutoVue and Agile PLM Customers can count on the most adapted shape-based search solutions for each group of users from design to manufacturing and purchasing. And on top of that, 3DPartFinder is not only simple and efficient to use, but also to implement!” commented Bertrand Houle Vice President Sales of 3DSemantix.

For more information on 3DPartFinder write to info-AT-3dsemantix-DOT-com or look at their web site at www.3dpartfinder.com.

Wednesday Mar 04, 2015

Oracle Innovation Management Cloud - Webcast

Businesses still struggle with product innovation, too often missing the market or launching the wrong product. 76% of companies view product innovation as a key strategic business priority, but 90% of them admitted they are slow to market and often over-budget.

It’s time to make innovation your core competence and fuel your innovation pipeline with a winning portfolio of offerings. Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you better decide which ideas to select and convert into products, improving your profitability and returns.

Join one of the upcoming webcasts to see how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you optimize your portfolio, drive top-line revenue growth, and innovate at lightning speed. 

Friday, March 6, 9:00 a.m. PST    Register

Friday, April 3, 9:00 a.m. PST       Register

Friday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. PST        Register

For more details on upcoming Oracle Innovation Management Cloud webcasts click here

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm


Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

Cloud Integration simplified for successful co-existence of Cloud and On Premise deployments

cnt2337445 More organizations are adopting cloud-based applications, but very few organizations are running everything in the cloud. This will specifically be true in Product Value Chain Solutions, for example in scenarios in which customers are using Innovation Management in the Cloud, but Oracle Agile PLM or another PLM System is run On Premise, or with Product Hub and Enterprise Data Quality On Premise, and also the other connected systems such as portals, or ERP, or CRM solutions.

Integrating cloud applications with in-house legacy applications, or integrating different cloud-based solutions, can be a challenge. Oracle recommends best practice data and application integration methods.

As a first guideline, customers should always evaluate first the prebuilt data connectors offered by Oracle. Oracle offers data and application connectors to Oracle applications. One lesson that has proven itself to be true over the last 20 years of software integration is to avoid rigid, unique, point-to-point connections between application providers and clients. Instead create logical connections to a service bus or virtualization later, so that you don’t have to continually re-code each interface as their information systems change and evolve. Oracle Cloud Applications offer a rich set of Webservices to achieve that.

Let us look at Oracle Innovation Management Cloud as an example. We can think of required integrations in various directions of the Business Process from Ideation to Product Development and Commercialization, at the integration points indicated in this diagram.

While Innovation Management Cloud Service includes an Ideation module, some customers might be interested to connect it to an existing Ideation solution, or a portal for collecting ideas. This is a simple task using the provided Idea Web Services. The Innovation Management Cloud Service provides a full feature of Idea Web Services to Create, Read, Update and Delete Ideas programmatically.

Customers can use Idea Web Services to create, read, update and delete ideas. The SOAP based provided Web Service supports the following operations:

  • createIdea: Create a new Idea based on the provided Idea informations. This Web Service allows to create an new idea, an Idea object should be provided with at least an Idea Name, and additional information such as Description , Name, Status, and IdeaType can be added. Other attributes as CreatedBy or CreationDate are computed from the user id requesting the Web Services and the time of the request.
  • updateIdea: Update an existing Idea using the provided information including the Idea ID.
  • deleteIdea: Delete an existing Idea using the Idea ID. This Web Service allows to delete an Idea object identified by its IdeaId. The method accepts one input parameter: the IdeaId. Calling the Web Service will return an empty message.
  • getIdea: Retrieve an Idea object using it’s Idea ID. This Web Service allows to retrieve an Idea object identified by its IdeaId. The method accepts one input parameter: the IdeaId. Calling the Web Service will return the corresponding Idea object (or an empty message if an unknown IdeaId is provided).
  • findIdeaFindIdeaByName: Retrieve a list of Idea objects based on the provided search criteria (Name, …). This Web Service allows to retrieve one or more Idea objects based on the provided search query. findCriteria object. Allows to define a complex search request based on the attributes associated to the Idea object. Calling the Web Service will return the corresponding a collection of Idea objects (or an empty message if the search is un-successful).
  • deleteIdeaByName: Delete an existing Idea using the Idea Name.

The Idea Web Services are documented in the Oracle Enterprise Repository available on-line at https://fusionappsoer.oracle.com/oer/.

The same type of Web Services as for ideation integration are available for proposals, concepts and requirements. This clearly shows the openness of the solution and its capacity to be integrated to enterprise solutions hosted on premise or in the cloud.

Specifically relevant in the context of Requirements Management and Concept Design, it is a good practice to have a close alignment and integration of the Innovation record (in Innovation Management) and the Product Record (in PLM). Accordingly, Oracle provides an out-of-the-box integration with Agile PLM, and these integrations really work well. By a simple mouse click, users can even choose if they want to integrate Innovation Management with Agile PLM, or the new Oracle Fusion Product Development Cloud service. But also other 3rd party Applications such as any other PLM System could make use of the Webservices that we provide with Innovation Management.

An excellent Oracle white paper describing how to simplify Cloud Integration is available on http://www.oracle.com/us/solutions/cloud/cloud-integration-wp-1873149.pdf. It is the Oracle Product Value Chain Mission Statement to be a Leading Supplier of Comprehensive Product Value Chain Solutions across all deployment options: On-Premise, Managed Cloud Service or in the Cloud, and our customers can choose their degree of Control, Visibility and Adoption Speed. Oracle provides committed and dedicated solutions for all deployment options.

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