What do you like best?
Ease of use on Oracle's Agile product lifecycle management system its best feature. Users do't require training, they use the tool like a google search and find what they need.
Another great thing about Agile how it handles revision control. It allows BOMs and attachments to be archived by revision which allows us to keep a history that is easily accessible.
The manufacturer association to the part master is the best I've seen, We like being just one click away from the manufacturer screen on the part that shows the manufacturer name, part number and environmental status.
We also like the way that all actions are recorded on the history tab, so object changes can be traced.
Also, with some very little training super-users can configure the system. Of course, you need IT for mappings, but many of the tasks can be done by the users.
What do you dislike?
As a non-relational data base, Agile doesn't apply any logic to the data entry. There is no "if then" population possibilities. I do think that should be possible, even without a fully relational database.
Agile reports are useful, but could be improved upon. In particular is the revision comparison report. The results are difficult to interpret. Another report is the Where Used reports, which only work to the top level, even though other report options are available for selection, they just don't work (non-responsive).
The Product & Governance module in Agile needs to be improved to allow multiple specifications to be applied without make the Overall compliance "non-compliant".
Another challenge with the tool is the difference between the client application and the web application. While Agile has made great strides over the years there is a disparity in performance and functionality between the apps.
Recommendations to others considering the product
It is a great system for the money. Try to use it out of the box as much as possible. While add-ons and customizations are tempting, they make upgrades difficult.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We solve the following with Agile product lifecycle management:
- Revision Control
- Archival of attachments
- Routing for approvals
- Historical tracking (accountability)