Oracle PLM is a suite of enterprise product lifecycle management software that enables companies to innovate, develop and commercialize a mix of products. It provides a single data repository for product information throughout each product’s lifecycle -- from idea conception through design prototyping, certification, production, customization, service, recycling and retirement. Oracle offers PLM applications on premises, hosted in a managed cloud and in the public Oracle Cloud. These applications can be accessed through Web browsers Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer. The on-premises version runs in an assortment of system environments that include Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, RHEL, Microsoft Windows, IBM AIX, SUSE Linux, Exadata and Exalogic.
The Oracle PLM suite consists of the following platforms: Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management, Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process and Oracle PLM Cloud. With tailored industry and role-based functionality, each platform allows organizations to enable best practices in the core areas of:
- Innovation management, with a systematized approach to capturing and investing in ideas that align corporate strategy with execution.
- Collaborative development, which centralizes product data and accelerates processes that manage collaboration, cost, quality and compliance.
- Commercialization, which synchronizes and standardizes product information for global supply chain readiness and omni-channel commerce.
- Project execution, which provides real-time automation and coordination of project management across global operations.
- Performance insight, which has embedded product lifecycle analytics that can be used by all levels of the workforce.
The latest versions of Oracle PLM are Oracle PLM Cloud Release 10, Oracle 9.3.4 and Oracle AutoVue for Agile PLM 20.2.3. New enhancements in these releases include the ability to customize work calendars for different areas of the world, more granular control of user rights and privileges to add or delete tasks from project plans, enriched content authoring for product information that includes the addition of HTML text and the capture of streamed updates or journals, improved integration of mechanical 3D computer-aided design tools, and accelerated streaming of visual design structure files to users through AutoVue.
Oracle typically issues new releases of Oracle PLM on an annual basis.
Companies from a variety of verticals -- high-tech electronics, medical devices, pharmaceuticals to industry manufacturing, service, and retail -- use Oracle PLM. The users range from large enterprises to start-ups.
Oracle sells Oracle PLM directly and through its business partner network. The Oracle PLM Cloud is priced on a per user subscription basis, with pricing for the on-premises system determined by the needs and requirements of each individual client.
Oracle offers a broad range of consulting, implementation and support services that clients can choose from. It has two primary support programs: Oracle advanced customer support, which provides mission-critical support services that help maximize performance, achieve high availability and reduce risk; and Premier support, which provides 24/7 technical assistance, proactive support resources and product updates. Oracle PLM also comes with a FAQ list, an online Knowledge Base, and video tutorials, and a trial is available upon request.
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