Oracle’s AutoVue Utilizes HOOPS Exchange And HOOPS Visualize To Make Product And Asset Documents And Information, Including 3D/2D CAD, Available To All Enterprise Users.
“It was the best performing technology we tested, fast and accurate. Working with Tech Soft 3D was a great experience, they were very responsive and quick to resolve issues.”
Thierry Bonfante, Senior Director, Oracle Product Development
Supporting 20 years of CAD translator development is costly and complicated. Updating translators to the latest CAD file versions, testing them, and supporting them can be an enormous burden. Oracle decided to reduce development costs and free up resources to focus on new markets and innovation.
THE DECISION TO USE HOOPS TOOLKITS
When comparing the cost of developing and maintaining its own CAD file translators to using a proven component technology, Oracle determined that by choosing HOOPS Exchange they would have the latest and best support of over 20 CAD formats and could deploy their resources to support core features of their visualization solutions. HOOPS Exchange is a proven CAD translation toolkit used by hundreds of organizations to process millions of files. By licensing HOOPS Exchange, Oracle could add complete, fast and accurate 3D CAD data access to multiple file formats, minimizing development costs while boosting product quality. Additionally, HOOPS Exchange is integrated with other toolkits as part of the HOOPS Desktop and Web Platforms. Oracle saw this as a unique advantage because it could easily add new functionality as its customers’ needs evolved. Oracle would soon develop AutoVue 3D for Mobile using HOOPS Visualize, the gold standard graphics engine for native engineering applications on mobile devices.
On an aggressive schedule of just 18 months, Oracle worked very closely with Tech Soft 3D to implement HOOPS Exchange within AutoVue. The project included several man-years to test millions of files within its existing test suite. HOOPS Exchange had a high success rate with even the toughest of files. Thierry Bonfante, Senior Director, Product Development at Oracle commented that, “It was the best performing technology we tested, fast and accurate. Working with Tech Soft 3D was a great experience, they were very responsive and quick to resolve issues.”
Though reluctant at first to replace existing functionality with a licensed component, Oracle Engineering and Product Management is overwhelmingly supportive of the HOOPS toolkits. Based on this new technology, Oracle was able to drastically reduce the investment in file support and transfer the resources to business-critical use cases. And the critical question is: How did the market respond to that change? AutoVue v21, powered by HOOPS Exchange, was released in November 2015. It was a smooth and easy upgrade. No customers noticed that the underlying technology changed and many more were delighted with the improved robustness, functionality, and performance of AutoVue.