Oracle’s Agile PLM Going Mobile

To address visibility into product lifecycle management (PLM) processes at any time or from anyplace and extend its support for complex product lifecycle processes, Oracle has introduced Oracle PLM Mobile for Agile. Part of Oracle’s Agile PLM suite, the new mobile application enables users to quickly and easily access PLM data on the Apple iPad and turn it into valuable and actionable insights.

Built on Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile, the new mobile application also enables partners to develop and expand applications and processes for Agile PLM customers. This is the first mobile application developed by the Oracle’s Agile PLM development team as a standard product.

In the past, Oracle has enabled mobile solutions to be built by providing and exposing Agile PLM service through a Web services interface. Several partner have used that interface including Mahindra Satyam (see here for details) to create their own mobile clients. Mahindra Satyam will continue to offer its mobile solution as well—as a semi-custom solution that can be tailored to customer specific use cases during deployment.

Oracle Mobile Difference

Oracle’s approach was to build its own mobile apps as a seamless alternative device for Agile PLM, with no setup or changes required to the system for implementation, and to deliver it at no additional cost. Unlike other partner-built apps, this one was designed to deliver a mobile app that had little or no learning curve, and provided users a mobile app environment into standard Agile processes and PLM management functionality.

As mentioned earlier, Oracle PLM Mobile for Agile is built on Oracle ADF Mobile, and uses the standard Agile Security profiles and controls. The customer applies a patch, available at no cost from the Agile support Web site to Agile PLM version 9.3.2 or higher, and downloads the iPad app for free from Apple’s iTunes/App Store. Users can then sign on using their standard user profile and organizational security pathways (e.g., a VPN).

The product should helps organizations accelerate product innovation and maximize productivity by eliminating approval bottlenecks and giving process managers the flexibility to manage the lifecycle of a product at any time or from anyplace. Users can securely review, respond, and react to a broad range of Agile PLM product management workflows including default and configured ones. This release has focused on three major mobile use cases:

  • PLM Process Workflow Review and approve/reject, e.g., engineering change orders and requests;

  • PLM Quality Management with customer and vendor quality management, i.e., issues, complaints, supplier corrective action requests (SCARs), nonconformance reports (NCRs), corrective action and preventative action (CAPA); and

  • PLM Audit Management with access to audits, findings, and all related objects and data in PLM including customer complaints, field requests, and problem reports.

By enabling users to securely review, respond, and react from any location, the new release also supports organizations with outsourced manufacturing and process suppliers by enabling them to conduct on-site supplier audits with access to the product record as needed to manage the process, hasten finding resolution, and approve certification. The new release enables users to initiate, execute, and manage report quality issues and process flows on-site with dynamic links to product quality information and status. They can also take advantage of cameras within mobile devices to record dynamic views of any findings as supporting evidence.
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