Tuesday Dec 01, 2015



Article written by Henry Dünnebeil, Oracle Sales Specialist  

The new upcoming EMA requirement to use the ISO standards for the IDentification of Medicinal Products turned out to be quite a wake-up call for drug makers, forcing them to (re-)think how to more effectively manage their product data cross-functionally to ensure and maintain compliance. Now hundreds of attributes from dozens of dispersed data sources including documents and databases have to be extracted, cleansed, validated, and then managed and change-controlled in a central repository to share with regulatory bodies – potentially a huge burden and scientific project – and very welcome work for armies of consultants and tool providers.

Since a couple of months, Oracle has been running a survey called “What is your IDMP Strategy?” (https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/oracleidmp), trying to find out how pharma companies are approaching the IDMP challenge, and if they see it as just another regulatory burden to meet or if they see the real opportunity behind it – to fundamentally change the way of managing product information – from a document-centric process to structured collaborative information management across internal and external domains and stakeholders.

And the outcome so far is that most respondents indeed do see IDMP as a cross-functional exercise – although mainly driven by Regulatory Affairs – and an opportunity to improve collaboration, but at the same time they see massive risks and an increased cost of compliance.

Many companies begin strategizing their IDMP implementation by thinking about it as an extension to xEVMPD. However, manual xEVMPD processes do not scale to IDMP data set sizes and much of the IDMP data isn't even in Regulatory Affairs. So many organizations think about building IDMP specific solutions and most of them quickly mature to adopting a master data management (MDM) approach. This is certainly an improvement because data is integrated more or less automatically with MDM.

So yes - the MDM approach can deliver IDMP compliance.

The short questions are: How - when - at which cost and efforts?

 Looking closer, more detailed questions arise – such as:

  • Can we use/extend our existing MDM to manage IDMP data and what are the efforts and risks ?
  • If not, shall we use IDMP to build a new MDM? Is this feasible at all?
  • Maybe we should establish an IDMP-specific MDM (e.g. as a Regulatory Product Information System) - but do we really want another data island?
  • How do we feed and synchronize the MDM system with clean IDMP data?
  • Where do we maintain IDMP relevant data – in MDM or the source systems?
  • Which system(s) govern IDMP data?
  • How do we ensure auditable change control of IDMP data?
  • How many integrations/synchronizations do we need to build and maintain?
  • Where do we handle the secured exchange on IDMP with regulators?
  • And what if another new regulation appears – will our MDM still be able to cope with it?
  • And finally: Can MDM unlock the full value opportunity that hides behind IDMP?

Do you recognize some of these questions and do you have answers? Here is our view:

IDMP is really about bringing together Clinical, Safety and Product Quality/CMC in a compliant data record. The only way to get there - without dramatically increasing the cost of compliance and doing business - is to change the ways of working from the traditional silo behavior to cross-functional process integration. Only the focus on process improvement will demonstrate unmatchable value compared to the classic back-office data based integration. So you need a solution that enables and supports this process – and that provides IDMP compliance as a “by-product”!


Oracle with its Enterprise IDMP Foundations Suite clearly addresses the same benefit as MDM (automated data integration) but then goes one step further, addressing the shortcomings of MDM and culminating in a cross-functional integration of people, data, and processes. Based on proven, mature applications the Oracle IDMP approach is aimed to provide a ready to use IDMP repository with an integrated collaboration and change management platform out-of-the-box and then giving pharma companies the opportunity to re-think and improve their processes and integrations step by step.

Here are some of Oracle's differentiators vs. MDM projects and IDMP-specific applications:


So why only address half the problem with an MDM project when there's an opportunity to be IDMP ready in 3 months and unlock full “Product Lifecycle Management” capabilities in the future?

We are looking forward to discussing the topic with you in detail and, together with our Life Sciences Team, help you create the right strategy for IDMP and beyond.

Challenge us!

Friday Nov 06, 2015

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2016 Renamed Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

The Oracle Value Chain Summit 2016 got a new name for 2016 - Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016.  Now in it's 4th year, the Modern Supply Chain Experience hosts over 2,000 PLM and Supply Chain leaders, partners, students and experts.  With roots in the legendary Agility User Conference for Agile PLM customers, this event has been specifically asked for by customers, and has welcomed more Oracle PLM users than any other.

Immerse yourself in four days of PLM sessions, training, exhibits, demos, advisory boards and workshops. Get the education, ideas and know-how you need to revamp your PLM infrastructure with unmatched access to PLM customers, experts, partners, and the product management team behind Agile PLM and PLM Cloud.

The Early Bird Registration Rate has been extended to November 15, but time is running out.  Don't miss this opportunity to attend the biggest Oracle PLM event of 2016!

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle.  Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan. Learn more about Oracle PLM Cloud, Oracle Agile PLM, and Oracle Agile PLM for Process at www.oracle.com/plm

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Harmonize your enterprise processes with Oracle Product MDM Cloud [Video]

 Many companies are increasingly feeling the pressure to deliver timely, accurate and targeted product information to customers in order to deliver higher sales revenue, superior customer satisfaction and efficient omni-channel commerce.

However, fragmented and inconsistent data causes significant operational inefficiencies throughout the enterprise, delays product launches, affects trading partners’ collaboration and creates supply chain inefficiencies. Are you also struggling with similar challenges?

Oracle Product Hub Cloud can help your organization overcome product data fragmentation by providing a single repository where product and catalog data can be consolidated, standardized, enriched and shared within the enterprise and beyond.

Watch this short video to see how you can accelerate your product launches, drive superior customer experience, optimize omni-channel commerce and streamline trading partner collaboration with Oracle Product Hub Cloud, a best-in-class Product Master Data Management (MDM) system for your enterprise, delivered via Cloud for lower cost and faster deployment.

To learn more about the Oracle Product MDM Cloud solution please visit: www.oracle.com/ProductMDMCloud

Tuesday Oct 13, 2015

Oracle PLM Cloud: Innovate, Develop, Commercialize [Video]

Remarkably,  a recent survey showed that 90% of companies’ products are slow to market and often over budget. 84% of business leaders reported no time to make sure they are investing in the right product ideas in the first place. The pressure is on. You need to develop and deliver successful, profitable products on time.

Watch this video to see how the new Oracle PLM Cloud solution can help you innovate, develop and commercialize profitable products fast. It’s designed to speed time to market, lower costs, and give you the insight you need to invest in the right opportunities for your business.

Click here to watch the two-minute video.

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

Monday Oct 05, 2015

Innovation Management Cloud live webcast - Friday Oct 9th

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.

Register now for the upcoming live webcast and see how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you optimize your portfolio, drive top-line revenue growth, and innovate at lightning speed. 

Friday, October 9, 2015: 12:00 p.m. ET Register

For more details on the upcoming Oracle Innovation Management Cloud webcast click here

Thursday Sep 17, 2015

Registration Opens for "OVCS 2.0" - The Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

We are delighted to announce that registration is officially open for the next Oracle Value Chain Summit, this time with a new name and fresh look - the Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016!

The Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 takes place January 25-27 at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.  PLM is front and center this year, with a huge emphasis on the revolutionary new Oracle PLM Cloud offering including Innovation Management Cloud, Product Development Cloud, and Project Management Cloud. You will also find plenty of educational and thought-provoking content on Agile PLM, Agile PLM for Process, PLM Analytics, social development, mobile apps, Internet of Things, and Product MDM Cloud.

It’s all geared to helping companies transform their Product Value Chains to innovate, develop, and commercialize profitable products.

This has been, and continues to be, the #1 must-attend Oracle PLM event of the year. Don’t miss it in 2016!

Learn more at www.modernsupplychainexperience.com

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

Thursday Sep 10, 2015

Innovation Management: Use Cases for Applied Best Practice

Businesses struggle with product innovation, missing the market, or launching wrong products. Due to shorter product lifecycles, visible customer sentiment, and global competition, delivering high-quality, innovative products are even more important.

Oracle Innovation Management provides a unique completeness of the offering, enabling Ideation, Proposal Management, Portfolio Management, Design Concepts, Requirements Management and Social Collaboration in ONE platform.

Watch this video to see an example of how Innovation Management can be used in a company to improve the Return On Innovation (password: innovationmg):

Companies depend on innovation to grow. Modern best practice transforms fragmented product development processes, enabling you to select and translate a steady stream of innovative ideas into a predictive product portfolio and go-to-market strategy. Click below to further explore Use Cases of Oracle Innovation Management for added value:

IM Use Cases

Monday Aug 03, 2015

Agile e6.2 PLM for Industrial Manufacturing is now available

Oracle announces the general availability of the newest release of its Agile e6.2 PLM for Industrial Manufacturing product line. Agile e6 is the market leading solution for manufacturers of industrial products such as the automotive, aerospace & defense or machinery industries. Oracle’s recently ended FY15 was one of the most successful years for its PLM for Industrial Manufacturing product line with many satisfied customers having expanded their deployment as well as winning net new customers adopting the solution.

Agile e6.2 newest release comes right on spot as planned by end July 2015. This release is a major evolutionary step in executing Oracle’s product strategy for PLM. Agile e6.2 is developed to offer seamless integration into the comprehensive suite of Oracle Cloud Solutions as well as into 3rd party applications through predefined Webservices. Oracle Innovation Management Cloud, Oracle’s new solution for supporting the early phases of a products lifecycle from ideation to concept design is now fully integrated into Agile e6.2. Among other Oracle Cloud products, Oracle Project Portfolio Management Cloud, Oracle’s powerful solution to manage the entire project lifecycle, is also available in the same Cloud environment. With that, customers can benefit from the advantages of modern cloud services together with their Agile PLM On Premise to configure and run a hybrid model tailored to their business needs.

Overall Agile e6.2 comes with over 300 product improvements. Among rich enhancements: I18N is now supported for global internationalization and an enhanced AutoVue integration is available to leverage AutoVue’s strong Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) capabilities. ABV allows customers to support compelling use cases such as displaying crucial PLM metadata within a visualized 3D model, or to assign a view file to an Engineering Change Order. On the platform side, Oracle Linux, Java 8 client side, Microsoft Office 2013 and Oracle DB 12c are newly supported. Connectors to integrate PLM into ERP are available such as the Oracle ERP Adaptor for SAP™. Connectors for the newest versions of M-CAD and E-CAD authoring tools are available through Oracle partners. Now also available through Oracle partners is the 3DSemantix innovative shape search engine that does for parts within Agile PLM what Google™ does with text: It finds and displays parts similar to the initial inquiry.

Denis Senpere, Vice President PLM for Oracle EMEA declared: “Agile e6.2 is timely delivered to our industrial manufacturing customers and provides them with a robust, open, innovative and powerful PLM platform which will take them way into the future. We are really pleased by the support shown from our Customers and Partners for our product strategy; many already have comprehensive deployment plans in place.”

For Agile e6.2, Oracle’s unique Lifetime Support Policy applies offering customers Premier Support until July 2020. The product is available for download at https://edelivery.oracle.com/.

Learn more and see the full environment at the upcoming ICP Customer Days September 17, 2015 in Zurich and September 24, 2015 in Cologne. This is an ideal event to meet and exchange with Product Management and to discuss with other customers and early adopters. Visit www.icpsolution.com/ for more information.

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):
Click for webcast in  English German French Italian

Part Two - Requirements and Concepts Webcast (25 mins):
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English German French Italian

View our infographic to learn how to improve your return on innovation with Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud.

PLM Infographic

*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.


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