Oracle has unveiled release 20.2 of Oracle AutoVue, an enterprise visualization solution to help customers in the energy, public sector, high tech and manufacturing industries increase operational efficiency and capitalize on information. "We are covering different use cases in those three verticals. Typically, it goes from the design and engineering portion down to the operation and maintenance spaces," Celine Beck, manager of Product Management and Strategy, Oracle AutoVue, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "The goal is really to unlock the technical data and let it flow throughout the lifecycle so people can make the best decisions possible."
Because it is important to present the visual information in the right context, there has been considerable investment in Autovue's integration capabilities, says Beck. "In release 20.2, we came up with a new framework called Augmented Business Visualization (ABV) that connects portions of documents back to business data in enterprise applications." The idea, she notes, is to synthesize all kinds of information and data coming from multiple sources in a visual environment, and dynamically pull the information into AutoVue so there is specific in-context access to information. "Not only can you dynamically display enterprise data and business data in the context of a drawing or a model, but you can also highlight trends, statuses, or anomalies by color coding," Beck says. As a result, a 3D model or a 2D drawing can be turned into a color-coded report that highlights for instances which parts are running low in the inventory system or what parts are costing more than was expected. And because it is a two-way framework, users can also trigger actions directly from the visual environment such as requesting a new part, or creating an order.
AutoVue 20.2 also extends mobility. "For us, mobility is just a natural extension of our general product strategy, making visual information available to users, whatever the platform and whatever the device they are using. We already supported Windows 7-based tablets, and in 20.2, we are announcing an extension of our strategy in terms of mobility. We are leveraging another product called Oracle Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, or OVDI, in order to provide users access to AutoVue on devices like iPads," says Beck. What is important is that even on mobile devices, the context and the connection with other enterprise applications that AutoVue integrates with is maintained. "The gist of that is that if you have AutoVue connected with a PLM [product lifecycle management] system or an asset lifecycle system and you have a technician going out who needs to access work order attachments related to a repair, that person will still have access to AutoVue in the context of that work order," Beck explains.
And, to help further streamline business processes and support regulatory compliance in the public sector and energy industries, AutoVue 20.2 enables complete end-to-end approval workflows by leveraging advanced stamping and digital signoff capabilities. "This is really about improving productivity and making sure that we better comply with the regulatory, industry and corporate requirements and help our customers be more efficient with those processes," Beck notes.
The new release extends AutoVue's support for manufacturing and high-tech customers by introducing new versions of numerous mechanical computer aided design (MCAD) and electronic computer aided design (ECAD) formats. Supporting enterprise level deployments, the release includes reliability and stability enhancements, as well as improvements to AutoVue's security mechanisms, which adhere to Oracle's Software Security Assurance standards.
In total, the new release is all about improving productivity and facilitating decision-making, says Beck. "Our goal is really to make sure that we present visual information in the appropriate business context so that users can make the right decisions and be more effective in their day-to-day operations."
For detailed information, visit the Oracle website at www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/autoVue/index.html.