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Oracle buys Agile - Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Software

In May, Oracle announced the acquisition of Agile Software Corporation, a leading provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software solutions for $495 million.

According to the press release:

Agile PLM - How Products Become Profits Agile’s PLM solutions help engineers, manufacturing and supply chain professionals and business executives drive the product innovation and introduction process, share product specifications and configurations and collaborate effectively across the supply chain in a variety of industries, including high-tech, life sciences, industrial manufacturing and consumer packaged goods. Agile’s solutions help customers make better product portfolio decisions, accelerate new product introduction, improve manufacturing quality and manage regulatory compliance. Customers of Agile include Acer, Flextronics International, GE Medical Systems, Harris, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, McDonald’s, Micron, QUALCOMM, Shell and ZF.

I’ve been working with integrating Oracle to PLM solutions lately so I’m quite interested in this acquisition. If you don’t know what PLM is or does, Wikipedia has this really good definition:

Product lifecycle management (PLM) is the process of managing the entire lifecycle of a product from its conception, through design and manufacture, to service and disposal. It is one of the four cornerstones of a corporation’s information technology structure. All companies need to manage communications and information with their customers (CRM-Customer Relationship Management) and their suppliers (SCM-Supply Chain Management) and the resources within the enterprise (ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning). In addition, manufacturing engineering companies must also develop, describe, manage and communicate information about their products (PLM).

Documented benefits include:

  • Reduced time to market
  • Improved product quality
  • Reduced prototyping costs
  • Savings through the re-use of original data
  • A framework for product optimization
  • Reduced waste
  • Savings through the complete integration of engineering workflows

Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) is more to do with managing descriptions and properties of a product through its development and useful life, mainly from a business/engineering point of view; whereas Product life cycle management (PLM) is to do with the life of a product in the market with respect to business/commercial costs and sales measures.

I was pleased to see that Agile also has a blog. Recent entries from their blog:

Another PLM blog can be found under the Product Lifecycle Management Track on the OracleContractors blog, authored by Bob Barnett. His first post on the blog entitled Getting Started with PLM provides some insight into the direction Oracle is taking with PLM.

In terms of positioning in the Market the Gartner Magic Quadrant below shows the players in the PLM market as of September 2006. At this point in time Agile and Oracle were both in the Visionaries segment and its clear that by the Agile acquisition Oracle is intending to move into the Leaders segment and outdo SAP.

Gartner Magic Quadrant for PLM

Posted by Richard Byrom on 06/21 at 01:04 PM
  1. Where is Agile Software Corp. incorporated? Would be interested in knowing which country has oracle forayed into?
    Call center outsourcing

    Posted by Peter Forrester  on  07/06  at  09:44 PM
  2. One more package Oracle integrates in its mixture. Just always get association how integration will work. SAP always has benefit with most spread around ERP with its adopted business suits like APO with its CIF. But lets see how Oracles package will move forward in market ... Cheers Joakim

    Posted by Joakim  on  02/20  at  08:03 PM
  3. Excellent news article about Agile software. Thanks for the post.

    Posted by Free software  on  04/08  at  08:47 PM
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    Posted by John Hugo  on  05/06  at  05:18 AM
  5. Great review!!!

    product lifecycle management (PLM) is very helpful for document processing. Document Management System is a computing system used to track and store electronic documents and/or images of paper documents. Document Management Software helps people to improve the processing of information.

    Best Regards
    Document Management Software

    Posted by Dustin Baker  on  09/14  at  11:58 AM

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