Eventually, every user will reach a point when it makes sense to upgrade. The decision, then, needs to be made whether to attempt the upgrade in-house or with an Agile specialist, like myself. Regardless of the direction you go, I want you to have a successful upgrade. So we'll cover each step that needs to be taken, and if you follow them precisely, you will be up and running in no time.
As the pace of business accelerates, the demands are being felt by supply chains. Increased customer expectations, shorter product life cycles, added regulations to stay in compliance, and an ever dynamic market are challenging traditional methods of product management. Keeping in stride will not happen however, without the corresponding level of product automation technology. There’s just one problem…
…new tools cost money.
Deciding to hire a software consultant is a brilliant way to improve your business processes. Consultants advise on best practices, which will result in greater profitability and competitiveness. Hiring a new consultant, however, can land you with even greater challenges, which can damage your company’s reputation, set you back months, years, or worse. Our consultants have had to perform several "repair jobs" on partnerships such as these over the years- and I can tell you that the headaches these clients are left with, are 99% avoidable.
The overall concept of delivering computing resources through a global (web) network actually began in the 1960’s with the ideas of visionary JCR Licklider (see Intergalactic-computer-network with apologies to Al Gore). Mr. Licklider’s idea was for everyone to be interconnected, accessing programs and data from any site, anywhere. While not called cloud computing back then, the similarity to modern day definitions cannot be ignored.
As companies buy more and more into trusting their applications to the cloud, it becomes imperative that the value to do so is completely understood. Failure to do so can send a company backward in functionality, invoke additional cost and productivity loss to mention a few.
Our PLM Systems help manage complex cross functional workflows both internal and external. It coordinates efforts amongst distributed teams, who all contribute, to the manufacturing of a product. The benefit of applying proper best practice and software is faster time to market, increased productivity, better designs, higher overall quality, lower cost and constant insight to the development process.
I recently ran across a quote from Anais Nin which said, “We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are”.
Manufacturers, raise your hand if you are the victim of manual processes, disconnected departments, or data silos…
Document management has come a long way, hasn't it?
Some of us can still remember the paper file and folder systems, which evolved into spreadsheets and structured directories, and now the dedicated database programs we're all familiar with.
Within the Oracle Agile PLM community are thousands of satisfied and successful users. Still, I find that many of these users would love the chance to 'tailor' at least one of Agile's functions to better fit a particular business requirement.