Well I know it has been a bit too much time since my last update.
I will try to make up for my negligence.
First: I will be at the UKOUG speaking on Oracle in Birmingham, UK the first week of December 2008. I am scheduled to speak on Thursday of that week in the afternoon.
Second: Please keep in mind that the actual product that I speak about is called Oracle Product Information Management (PIM) Data Hub. Since Oracle has purchased Agile in the past year, I believe (my opinion) is the name changed due to Agile already having a name for their product of “PLM”. PIM Data Hub is completely integrated to the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and requires no custom interfacing to the other modules. However, if you are planning to integrate your current Agile PLM application to the Oracle EBS then you will have to build custom interfaces. However, Oracle has supplied some nice functionality in the R12 version of Oracle PIM Data Hub to accomplish interfacing and synchronization of data to any third party product that you have. PIM Data Hub with all it’s features is briefly described at the link below by Oracle:
Third: There is a new R14 rollup patch 7037537 for 11.5.10 users available on metalink. Because of my tardiness is giving a blog update, there could be a rollup 15 in metalink by the time you check this out.
Oracle PIM Data Hub is part of the whole Oracle Master Data Management Suite.
I would strongly advise potential Oracle upgraders or implementing users to look at R12 since most EBS users have more than one design, manufacturing, and marketing location across multiple international regions and have existing systems that will or will not be replaced.
PIM Data Hub has so many features it is hard to describe all the benefits in a blog. My bottom line has always been that if you have Oracle Order Management implemented then you need Oracle PIM Data Hub. If aren’t using PIM Data Hub, you are not capturing all the data your Product Information system requires to make accurate operational decisions in all aspects of the EBS. If you are planning an 11.5.10 or R12 rollout without PIM Data Hub then you are losing a lot of opportunity.
So far in my Oracle PIM career, I have used PIM for storing export/import compliancy data, settings for product data, synchronization of descriptive elements, configuration rules, default information for new products, labeling requirements, certification requirements, language differences, capacity and mfg rules for routing creation, color and material certifications, quality rules, costing rules based on product data, and a few confidential that are very innovative.
PIM doesn’t just store information for tangible finished goods. PIM can store product data for services, equipment, product documentation, containers, etc. Anything you buy, sell, build, store, ship, and even give away can take full advantage of PIM Data Hub. It is so dynamic that what I described above was built without any customization.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
See you in December!!