Wednesday Feb 25, 2015

Hot Topics for Drug Makers – March 10/11 at Twickenham Stadium in London

Drug Makers and Medical Device companies have recognized that modern Value Chain Solutions such as PLM – Product Lifecycle Management, or Innovation Management can make a substantial difference to drive their business effectively and overcome the hurdles of siloed thinking and data.

Join the Oracle Life Sciences Roundtable at the Value Chain Summit on March 11 and learn about:

  • Product Value Chain Solution Overview for Life Sciences

  • Product Change Management and Change Control in Pharma

  • Next Generation Artworks/Pack/Label Management
  • IDMP – Identification of Medicinal Products -
    The Oracle Solution Suite for the new EMA Regulation

  • Open Discussion: PLM and Regulatory Affairs – a conflict or a match? 
    How to combine a strong document culture with structured product data?

 Register now to the 3rd European Value Chain Summit on

How Oracle Value Chain Cloud helps CEO´s to survive

CEO’s want to survive! Shareholders, however, want value. The average tenure of CEOs is < 5 years, so they are very focused on wanting to make the top line numbers. They can’t do this by simply pursuing a strategy of doing nothing, they have to innovate -and Supply Chain is a key driver for innovation!

But Market forces are driving disruption! We have to state that Market Forces are Driving Disruption, such as data explosion, sophisticated consumers, the social nature of business, the rise of mobility, and on the other hand the old infrastructure that is in place in many companies.

  • The volume of data has exploded – more data will be created in 2015 than in all previous years combined. A lot of that data originates from the supply chain. Consumers are becoming increasingly sophisticated. The millennials now entering the workplace have never known life without the internet, they’ve never read a user manual, never known life without mobile phones. It’s not just millenials, though. The Silver Surfers are also adopting technology at a rate hitherto unseen. Companies can no longer segment their customers into broad groups – they have to treat each customer as an individual.
  • Social is business - Previously, the limit of knowledge was very small, now things are different. The buying relationship used to be a 1:1 relationship between company and consumer. Now the consumer goes onto Facebook, Amazon, Yelp, etc. The power of the business to control its brand reputation has been lost and all of our corporate problems are now transparent. In days gone by it used to be said that 95% customer satisfaction was fine and that it wasn't economic to pursue an extra 1 or 2 %. This is no longer the case – delivering 100% customer satisfaction is what consumers demand and expect.
  • Rise of mobility: Many of us here will remember when mobile phones were just that – mobile phones. Now they are mobile devices, where making a phone call is almost secondary. People both demand and consume information across multiple devices and expect instantaneous gratification. This is not just for B2C, though. Businesses increasingly expect their enterprise applications to be available on laptops, tablets and smartphones. Supply Chains are becoming increasingly reliant on real-time data, and mobility is often the ideal way to do this.
  • What does this mean for IT? Most legacy applications that companies use are now 20 years old and not built for the internet, mobile, or social. This can’t continue, particularly as the millenials come into the job markets. As Oracle, of course, we’ve invested heavily in enabling social, mobile and cloud capabilities in our applications, so that for example Agile PLM and OTM are still up to date and modern – but many other legacy applications appear as dinosaurs compared to the new cloud applications available on the market.
  • Companies need to modernise to survive! 75% of existing apps used by businesses are highly customised. Over 80% of IT spend is keeping the lights on leaving a small residue to meet the CEO’s requirement for innovation. Imagine having a $trillion budget and 83% of it is gone before you started – you’re left with 17% to chase the innovation and do heart-lung transplant of IT to make it attractive to next-generation employees. A tough situation indeed!
  • IT budgets are increasing by only 2-3% - you can see this in the financial results of IT companies themselves. CIO’s are often resistant to change their existing IT systems because of pressure from CEO to control costs. Therefore to innovate they need to shift the cost of IT and development back onto the IT companies. This means that the future IT will need to be standard, easily provisioned, mobile, social integrated and with real time data and decision-making.

But companies should look at SCM as a means to drive growth. Many companies see supply chain as the primary way to differentiate themselves in the market – whether in terms of product innovation, targeted promotions or perfect fulfillment. CEO’s look to their supply chains to drive growth, but supply chain practitioners face some significant challenges with legacy disconnected IT systems. So where are we seeing investment in supply chain? Current SCM trends include Product innovation, Supply Chain Visibility, Order Fulfilment and Management, Transportation Visibility, and enhanced BI to make more rapid informed decisions.

Cloud is the modern buzzword, and it’s predicted that 60-65% of the apps business will be Cloud within 5 years. The move to Cloud is accelerating. Why? First of all: It is simple - all the work is done for the customers by the IT company, information is accessible anywhere. With Innovation Management Cloud for example, there is more Innovation - greater business agility, faster time to market. Now you have the business application immediately with 3-4 releases per year, each containing lots of enhancements. An in-house IT department simply can't match this high speed (no modifications, provisioned immediately) and low cost lowers TCO with no costly upgrades.

The effect is to move IT costs to the IT companies and bring commercial agility. Companies need a disruptor to bring innovation into your businesses - Cloud can be it! Oracle Cloud is an enterprise cloud for business. Oracle Cloud offers self-service business applications delivered on an integrated development and deployment platform with tools to extend and create new services rapidly. With predictable subscription pricing, Oracle Cloud delivers instant value and productivity for users, administrators, and developers. Our fully managed environment is built using the award-winning Oracle Exadata, Oracle Exalogic, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic products. In addition, the Oracle Cloud environment includes built-in identity management, high availability, elasticity, backup, and monitoring to enable secure and scalable applications. With open Java and SQL standards at the core, enterprises can finally leverage existing IT skill sets and avoid lock-in of their business applications in the cloud.

However, Cloud is not necessarily right for every customer, for every application, or for every process. That’s why at Oracle we continue to invest in both our On Premise and our Cloud applications. Where we see ourselves as unique is in being able to offer best in class applications that our customers can choose to deploy in the way that makes sense for their business. So we have products like Oracle Transportation Management that are the same code whether deployed On Premise or in the Cloud. Other customers may choose never go to the Public Cloud or would use just a managed Cloud model because they feel that data is too simply too sensitive, - such as product development (PLM) - , or where integration with real-time hardware may make Cloud unsuitable – such as automated warehouses. We recognize this at Oracle, which is why we want to offer customers the flexibility of the Cloud whilst at the same time protecting our customer´s existing investment in On Premise applications, and allowing a wide range of co-existence scenarios.

With Oracle Product Value Chain Solutions, our customers are save: The Product Value Chain / PLM market will always be a mix of On-Premise & Cloud, and the On-Premise Market for PLM/PVC will always be Large & Important for our Customers and Oracle. It is the Oracle Product Value Chain Mission Statement to be a Leading Supplier of Comprehensive Product Value Chain Solutions across all deployment options: On-Premise, Managed Cloud Service or in the Cloud, and our customers can choose their degree of Control, Visibility and Adoption Speed. Oracle provides committed and dedicated solutions for all deployment options.

Monday Feb 23, 2015

Register now for the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015!

On March 10th and 11th the 3rd annual Oracle European Value Chain Summit will take place in London: The event features more speakers than in the event in previous years. plenary sessions, with breakouts and product deep dive workshops for 360° Innovation, Customer Centric Value Chains, and Compliant Networks, as well as specific Industry focused sessions, covering Value Chain for Retail, Electronics & High Tech, Consumer Goods, and even a specific Product Value Chain Roundtable for Life Sciences (Pharma). We provide Solution Lab Sessions, and excellent opportunities for Peer-to-Peer Networking. Attendees will learn about the latest industry trends, best practices, case studies, and product strategy insights for Product Value Chain (Enterprise PLM), Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution, and overall Supply Chain Innovation!

In this video, Jon Chorley, Oracle CSO & Group Vice President, invites you to attend the 2015 Oracle European Value Chain Summit in March.

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Friday Feb 13, 2015

Innovators, There Is A Better Way! [VIDEO]

Struggling to make product innovation happen effectively?  Too often businesses miss the market, launch the wrong product, run behind schedule or go over budget.  Executives say this is unacceptable in a time when lifecycles are already so short, customer sentiment is publicly visible, and competition is growing globally.  Delivering high quality, innovative products is more important than ever.

Today's world calls for a modern approach to innovation.  Watch this video to see how the new Oracle Innovation Management Cloud offers a better way to make innovation happen:

Sunday Feb 01, 2015

OVCS 2015 and Launching Agile PLM 9.3.4 and AutoVue 20.2.3!

Thank you to all of our customers and partners for attending OVCS 2015 and the Product Value Chain sessions!   I am always overwhelmed to talk to so many of you and to hear the amazing business transformations you are making.  I am excited that our software can contribute to your success.   Presentations are posted to the Oracle Virtual Resource Center.  

Also this past week, we released Agile PLM 9.3.4 and AutoVue for Agile PLM 20.2.3.  Both are available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Agile PLM 9.3.4 focuses on global product development, collaboration, general product enhancements, and platform improvements. The Agile PLM 9.3.4 What’s New Whitepaper discusses all of the new capabilities.  Before installing, please review the application installation guide.  A new RCU step is required!!!

All Agile PLM 9.3.4 Documentation is available, including an initial version of the Capacity Planning Guide (CPG). As usual, we will be updating the CPG in a few months when we complete our performance and breakpoint testing.

Transfer of Information (TOI) recordings are available to educate you about the new features. New versions of AUT and Averify are available.  Refer to the Know Agile PLM Blog Post for the support IDs.  

I hope to see even more of you next year at OVCS 2016!!  

Thursday Jan 22, 2015

Cloud: Arguably the biggest business trend at definitely the year’s biggest Oracle PLM event

 Want to learn everything about what is possibly today’s biggest business trend? From board rooms to meeting rooms to business lunches, everyone is talking about the Cloud. Cloud computing has grown from a $77 billion market in 2010 to an estimated $210 billion in 2016. Oracle’s CEO Mark Hurd wrote last week about How Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Business and noted “Cloud computing is triggering a stunning shift in how businesses operate. I believe that the companies that will thrive in this new world will be those that embrace cloud computing”

So when it comes to PLM, what could a modernized product development function do for you, what does one look like, and how do you make it happen?

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Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Your 1 Page Guide to PLM at OVCS 2015 (plus mobile app links)

With so much to see and do at the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015, it can be difficult to navigate it all.  Here is the full Product Value Chain (PLM) agenda for Tuesday and Wednesday at the OVCS, compressed into a single page (PDF).  Bookmark, download, or print it to take with you, so you can find sessions and speakers at a glance.

This is intended to be a companion document to the Oracle Events 15 Mobile App.  Don't forget to download the app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device before you arrive to build your schedule, browse all solution areas, explore exhibitors and much more.

And if you haven't yet registered, there's still time. Group discounts and $100 off on-site prices are available until January 23, so register today!

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Everything PLM at the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015

The biggest PLM event of the year is almost here! Come January 26-29, 2015 we'll be celebrating our 3rd annual Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose with another huge cohort of PLM users, prospective buyers, experts, analysts and consultants.  Born from the Agility conferences of years passed (for my long time Agile users out there), the 2015 evolution offers the most opportunities to learn, reflect and network around everything PLM.  Here are the juicy details, as featured in the Product Value Chain at Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015 Attendee Brochure (PDF).

First Timers: What to Expect

The Oracle Value Chain Summit is a 4-day annual event gathering nearly 2,000 product and supply chain professionals at the San Jose Convention Center.  You can choose from over 200 sessions covering all aspects of the field, including: Product Value Chain (PLM), Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Procurement and Cross-Value Chain Initiatives.  For those interested in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), register for the "Product Value Chain Solution Area," so named after Oracle's brand of modern PLM solutions, including Agile and PLM Cloud solutions.  But even though you may indicate PVC as your... 

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Tuesday Dec 16, 2014

Ever Wonder How Santa Claus Runs His Supply Chain? [VIDEO]

Ah, the holidays. A time of festive decorations! Parties! Peace and goodwill! Gift buying and wrapping and mailing! Cookie-making! Caroling! Stress!

If that’s how you feel, imagine how Santa feels once the calendar hits December 1. He has naughty-and-nice lists to track, wishes to fulfill, a huge team of elves to oversee, reindeer to train, and highly complex logistics to nail down by December 24.

In short, he manages a massive supply chain every year – and he does it without a hitch. Because he has been pulling off this feat for hundreds of years, we went behind the scenes to find out just how Santa handles it all.

The following video gives a sneak peek into...

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Monday Dec 08, 2014

How Oracle’s New PLM Cloud Solutions Help you Compete More Effectively [VIDEO]

Every company that wants to grow and thrive relies on valuable new products to attract new customers, delight existing ones, and boost revenue. There is just one small problem: Innovating, developing, and commercializing new products is not an easy process, but it’s critical to compete effectively.

Roadblocks pop up constantly. During development, information gets lost or neglected in email, spreadsheets, and disconnected systems. You end up wasting time searching for and updating it all while trying to keep multiple logins and passwords straight.

Meanwhile, the pressure from external forces doesn't let up. You have new technology and regulations to manage, competitors to keep an eye on, and customers who are....

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Thursday Nov 20, 2014

Join us for the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015

The rapidly changing business environment has created new growth opportunities - and new challenges in supply chain management. Whether the driver is segmentation, outsourcing, or innovation, it's the companies that leverage the synergy between best practices and modern technologies that will be most successful in the market.

Join us for the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015, March 10-11, at Twickenham Stadium, London– the home of England Rugby.
  • Hear keynotes from thought leaders on business themes such as 360° Innovation, Customer Centric Value Chains, and Compliant Networks.
  • Join industry tracks and gain insight from your peers via hands-on workshops, demonstrations, and partner roundtables.
  • Learn how new solutions encompassing social, mobile, analytics, and the Cloud can help you transform your supply chains through modern value chains.

The Oracle European Value Chain Summit brings together thought leaders, executives, business process owners along with industry and technology experts in an intimate and interactive setting.

Registration is open
Don't miss out on this event, act now, and reserve your seat!

Register now:

This event is organized for end users. The event is not open for (Oracle) partners (with the exception of the sponsoring partners), consultants or other IT vendors.

Social Media
Join the virtual conversation about the Oracle European Value Chain Summit by using the official hash tag #vcsummit15

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014
Do you want to know about last year's edition of Oracle’s European Value Chain Summit in Amsterdam? For a compilation, please click on the video!

Summit Video

Website: Visit the Oracle Supply Chain site to see how you can gain sustainable advantage and drive innovation by transforming your traditional supply chains into integrated value chains. Are you ready for the transformation?

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

5 Reasons Why It May Be Time To Embrace The Cloud for PLM (Plus a Nifty Infographic)

No matter what industry you’re in, competition is heating up. Everyone wants to bring The Next Big Thing to market before you, from startups that are still flying under the radar to the industry leader who intends to hold onto that #1 position.

Meanwhile, your team is scrambling to innovate, develop, and commercialize new products quickly, but they’re running into multiple roadblocks that are slowing the entire product value chain process down.

Consider this: 90% of companies admit they are slow to market and often over budget, which means you are not alone. However, that’s not... 

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Why You Should Start Getting Excited About PLM at Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015

Registration for the U.S. Oracle Value Chain Summit Jan 26-29, 2015 in San Jose, California is well underway, and we have some interesting PLM presenters to look forward to already.  If you haven't signed up yet, do so before the end of this month to save $300 off the on-site registration price.

Here are some speakers in the PLM tracks to get excited about:
(You'll see them listed in the "Product Value Chain Solution Area," just in case you were hunting for them!)

McDonald's and Coca-Cola

Together for a delicious discussion about PLM in Consumer...

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Monday Oct 20, 2014

Sorin Group: The First Company in Europe and the second company in the world to become UDI compliant

Sorin Group was the first company in Europe and the second company in the world to become UDI compliant, ensuring continuous availability of its devices to the US marketplace to improve and save lives through innovative cardiac surgery and cardiac-rhythm-management solutions.

Cesare Varzi, Vice President, Corporate IT, Sorin Group, said: “With the Oracle/Inspirage unique-device identifier solution, we were certain that we would get a global, well-tested, and collaborative-enterprise solution to accelerate transfer and standardization of legacy unique-device identifier attributes, streamline cross-functional processes, and ensure compliance.”

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Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Hologic Speeds Launch of Innovative, Life-Saving Technology

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'd like to take a moment to highlight the inspirational success that Hologic has been achieving in its commitment to providing women and their families with extraordinarily powerful care. Hologic, a global medical device company introduced the world's first 3-D Mammography system, which is able to detect early-stage cancers and reduce false-positive diagnoses compared to traditional 2-D mammogram diagnoses. This innovative technology helps patients and their caregivers make better decisions with more accurate information, delivering peace of mind to women and their families and helping to save lives.

Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management solution provided an integral application platform to help Hologic get its life-saving technology to market fast. In this video premiered during Oracle OpenWorld earlier this month, Dave Rudzinsky, SVP and CIO of Hologic, discusses how Hologic's mission is supported by an enterprise Agile PLM platform helping Hologic to launch high quality innovations quickly. Watch the video above, directly on YouTube, or the Oracle Media Network.


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