Oracle Unveils New Release of Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)

Latest Enterprise PLM Offering Helps Mitigate Risk, Reduce Costs and Increase User Productivity

MIAMI, June 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PLM Summit --

News Facts

    --  Oracle today unveiled Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)
        9.3, a new enterprise PLM offering with advanced risk analysis, an
        enterprise PLM backbone that integrates other applications and hundreds
        of productivity-enhancing innovations.
    --  This latest release equips customers to drive profitable innovations,
        mitigate risk, lower development and product costs and improve
        productivity across the entire product lifecycle.

-- Agile PLM 9.3 represents the latest milestone for Oracle's "Applications Unlimited" program.

Innovations and Enhancements Deliver Substantial Business Value

Enhancements and innovations in Agile PLM 9.3 include:

    --  Product Risk Management - Supplier performance changes, component
        shortages, price reductions and other global value chain uncertainties
        contribute to the high-risk environment companies face today. Agile PLM
        9.3 extends the PLM analytics platform to provide:

        --  Supplier Risk Analysis - Identifies high-risk suppliers based on
            quality, compliance and over exposure, enabling users to make better
            decisions about their supplier relationships across product
        --  Part Risk Analysis - Categorizes and identifies newly introduced
            parts, parts that lack product record information (price,
            compliance, specifications) or are at risk of obsolescence.
        --  Product Quality Risk Analysis - Detects which products are most
            impacted by quality issues, prioritizes customer complaints by
            urgency and severity.

-- Product Design Volatility Analysis - Identifies which products or product lines have the most late-stage changes during the new product release cycle, and outlines the severity of those changes and operational impact.

These analytics enhancements are also available to customers running Agile PLM 9.2.2 and higher.

    --  Enterprise PLM Backbone - Many existing design and document management
        applications fail to deliver strategic business value because of
        difficulties in integrating them with other business applications.  In
        contrast, Agile PLM 9.3 provides a complete Service Oriented
        Architecture (SOA) that allows companies to integrate it's various
        components to existing engineering and enterprise systems. This enables
        companies to seamlessly deploy these PLM services and achieve their
        business objectives while managing costs.  Some of the key features
        introduced in this release are:

        --  SOA Enterprise PLM Platform - Modularized web services, event
            management and extensible scripting for all PLM components including
            CAD objects to easily deploy, integrate, mash-up and extend product
            lifecycle processes.
        --  Integrated Product Master Data Management - Manage data mappings,
            improve data quality and data governance across the heterogeneous
            systems integrated to the Enterprise PLM Backbone.
        --  Oracle(R) Application Integration Architecture (AIA) - Continued
            development of out-of-the-box open standards-based integrations to
            broader enterprise systems including Oracle and SAP.
    --  User Productivity Tools - Agile PLM 9.3 enhances user productivity by
        leveraging a Web 2.0 User Interface. Lab tests of Agile PLM 9.3 using
        real product data from a large global customer showed a 70 percent
        reduction in clicks and improvements to user productivity. New
        productivity improvements include:

        --  New User Interface Controls - In-line table editing, context aware
            pop-ups, new drag and drop capabilities, type ahead fields and more
            streamlined controls.
        --  Enhanced User Personalization - Column-locking, ordering and hiding,
            multi-column sorting and filtering, and personal views.
        --  Simplified Access - expose Agile documents directly to the desktop
            file browser or point Agile PLM to existing document vaults.

-- User Training Management - Personalized context help through Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) and video quick tours to reduce deployment time and training significantly.

Continued Process Enhancements

    --  Agile PLM 9.3 also contains hundreds of additional enhancements to
        processes across all modules including - Product Collaboration,
        Engineering Collaboration, Product Cost Management, Product Governance
        and Compliance, Product Quality and Project Portfolio Management.

Supporting Quotes

    --  "Quantum has been a long time user of Oracle's Agile Product
        Lifecycle Management, relying on it to help drive product data
        consistency, support new product development and time-to-market and
        create global alignment around our product objectives. This has been
        particularly important as we've built out our portfolio of disk-based,
        deduplication and replication solutions and reinforced our leadership in
        backup, recovery and archive," Daniel Hartley, PLM Applications
        Manager, Quantum Corporation. "With Agile PLM 9.3, we can see
        improved usability and productivity in our product development processes
        and will be able to leverage our current applications infrastructure
        with the Enterprise PLM Backbone in 9.3."
    --  "Agile has had a tradition of being easy to use and the
        enhancements in version 9.3 belay any concerns that the Oracle
        acquisition would dilute this advantage. Agile has also led the PLM
        market  with  analytics  and  this  continues  to  be  true  with  the  latest
                improvements,"  said  Michael  Burkett,  AMR  Research.(i)
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