Using Oracle Agile PLM allows another level of supplier collaboration that directly impacts product information. Supplier users can log into one of several levels of portal restrictiveness and collaborate on product records in the system. Engineering change orders may be routed to a supplier for review on a workflow status. An example would be for the supplier to log in to review and accept a schematic to build against. The supplier gets notified via email with a link into Agile. The supplier user would acknowledge and upload a drawing or a quote for the specifications. If there are issues with the drawing, the engineer can redline the drawing and push it back to the supplier status. Now, both can collaborate and leave a trace of timestamps on the back and forth that can be easily tracked by Analytics for supplier response performance.
One could also use tasks in the Oracle Agile PPM module and assign supplier users as resources on the tasks. The notification will go out and the supplier will see tasks waiting in My Assignments. The tracking will be through start to finish for the tasks. Requirements can be found in the Content tab of the task and response drawing will be uploaded against another document on the content of the task. Discussions can be used in PPM to exchange information and collaborate.