Wednesday Feb 20, 2013

Views from the Value Chain: How Oracle Brought People and Supply Chains Together

Almost 2,000 business professionals attended the first annual Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco this February, a unique event that united six supply chain disciplines: Product Lifecycle Management, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, Value Chain Planning, and Procurement. But what was equal to its value in breadth, is what the conference offered in depth. So to get the details beyond my own account of PLM at the Summit, I asked my fellow value chain colleagues to share their perspectives.

Here’s what they had to say…

EAM/ALM Maintenance Summit 2013
By Stephen Slade, Sr Director Product Marketing Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Asset Lifecycle Management

The 7th Annual Maintenance Summit, held at the Value Chain Summit was a resounding success according to early polling. A kick-off presentation by David Loesch, Sr Director of Oracle’s Competitive Intelligence Unit provided a unique perspective on Emerging Trends in Asset Management. The standing-room only crowd extended into the hallway as David spoke of the new disruptive technologies entering the maintenance arena.  Attendees were overwhelmed with the overall content and number of sessions offered across the 3 major EAM/ALM pillars: E-Business Suite (EBS), PeopleSoft and JD Edwards (JDE).  Executive speakers from a variety of major maintenance organizations in several leading vertical industries presented their best-practices and case studies on their successful journeys in reliability, effectiveness and cost containment. Sample representation of speakers from ESCO, Graymont Mining, Smuckers, National Express, Oregon Health & Science Univ, Wells Dairy, Simmons Foods, Barrick Gold, Facebook and Energy Alloys are a few of the companies presenting. The second day of the Summit concluded with a free-form meet-the-experts panel where participants were able to ask specific product questions on applications use and function to the enlightenment of the audience. The week concluded with a series of Customer Advisory Boards and Product Line Focus groups to improve the product understanding and use in the market.

Manufacturing Summit 2013
By Stephen Slade, Sr Director Product Marketing Supply Chain, Manufacturing, Asset Lifecycle Management

The 5th Annual Manufacturing Summit brought together users, experts, partners, developers, analysts and strategy professionals with a unique focus on manufacturing operations. Abe Eshkenazi, CEO of APICS, presented the leading manufacturing pillar session on Talent Development and Retention in Manufacturing that included a unique view on globalization and the impact of emerging economies. Tracks were held for Discrete and Process Manufacturing as well as the JDE suite. Speakers from a variety of leading blue-chip firms shared their challenges, vision and solution on how they evolved their operations into world-class organizations. A lean Manufacturing panel was hosted by Stephen Slade, Sr Director of Supply Chain Applications Marketing that included key seasoned participants from Emerson, Gentex and Cummins. They each described their five to ten year Lean roadmap and the progress made on that journey. Specifically, they focused on the new best practices tools and Oracle technologies that they employed to allow them to be more competitive in today’s global marketplace. One quote that summarized Cummins lean effort was the remark by Steven Harbor of Cummins “that our processes are so lean and solid that our competitors buy from us,” meaning that Cummins has achieved a world-class operating position, that it has created a true competitive advantage – but only for today.

Value Chain Execution Summit 2013
By John Murphy, Sr Director Value Chain Execution Applications Product Marketing

Capitalizing on past Logistics event successes, the VCE focused attendees came out in force to learn more about Oracle’s market-leading suite of supply chain execution applications. Through interactive sessions in Transportation Management, Warehouse Management, Distributed Order Orchestration, Fulfillment, Mobile Logistics applications, Order Management, Configurator and other focus areas, customers and prospects caught a glimpse of the future of supply chain execution applications.

Also, with a strong showing of partner representatives, the VCE portion of the summit proved valuable for those looking to augment VCE services or applications. A special thanks to the VCE pillar and track sponsors which included IBM, Loftware, CSC, Eminent Group, Zebra and others.

Looking forward to seeing many of you at the OTM SIG event in Philadelphia in July.

Value Chain Planning Summit 2013
By Paul Homchick, Sr Director Value Chain Execution Applications Product Marketing

The first ever Oracle Value Chain Planning summit, which took place as part the early February Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Francisco, was a blow-out success. Over two hundred Oracle VCP customers attended. There wasn't a meeting room large enough, so the VCP pillar sessions were presented in the Grand Ballroom. Oracle VCP partners were also out in force in San Francisco, with Inspirage as an overall event sponsor, and AVATA, Bristlecone, Trinamix, Oliver Wight, Hitachi, and Nexinfo as track sponsors. And many Oracle VCP customers told their stories. Timex talked about the benefits of Integrated Business Planning, while executives from Acroni Steel won the distance traveled award, flying in from Slovania to tell about their success with Oracle’s VCP tools.  Additionally, Pharmavite, Power Integrations, Teva Pharmaceutical, Smiths Medical, Emerson Micro Motion, Cisco, Qualcomm, Motorola Mobility, and Zebra Technologies participated in session presentations. The week wrapped up with a meeting of the Oracle VCP Customer Advisory Board where attendees learned of the new features planned for future releases of Oracle VCP, and were able to provide guidance. In addition to the formal sessions, ample time was provided to wander the demo floor, and to network with colleagues. Everyone I talked with was enthusiastic about attending next year’s event. And, though it may seem difficult, I'm certain next year will be even better.

Procurement Summit 2013
By Dan Ashton, Director, Procurement Marketing

Procurement was a hot topic at the first Oracle Value Chain Summit. The General Sessions consisted of discussions around key trends impacting procurement organizations along with overviews of Fusion Procurement, Spend Analytics and Supplier Hub. Throughout the Summit, roadmaps and Procurement product strategies were presented for E-Business Suite, Peoplesoft and Fusion. During the Procurement track sessions, Self Service Procurement, Strategic Sourcing and Contracts were covered in depth detailing customer experiences and benefits.

Land o’ Lakes shared their real life experiences in implementing Oracle Fusion Procurement. They discussed the initiatives that drove their decision to move to Fusion and benefits achieved, along with best practices and lessons learned. In addition PwC presented with their Oracle customer AutoTrader.com. Plus, Oracle partners Enrich IT and c-Three announced their merger now as an end-to-end provider of integrated SaaS Oracle procurement. During their session they reviewed their Source-to-Settle solution plus services.

Thank You!

Clearly, all of us are extremely appreciative of everyone who supported the first annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, regardless of your product focus area. We’re honored to see our community’s enthusiasm and humbled by our customers’ resounding successes and eagerness to share their stories in forums like this among their peers. Please take a moment to browse the publicly available presentations, join the virtual community on LinkedIn, follow our new Twitter handle @OracleValChain, and contact your Oracle sales representative if you have any questions or feedback about the Summit. Several attendees have already shared their thoughts (thank you!), and we plan to incorporate key improvements next year. Hope to see you all then!

Friday Feb 15, 2013

Agile PLM Summit 2013 – A Success!

The Agile PLM Summit 2013 in San Francisco last week was a grand success, and all of us on the Oracle/Agile team couldn’t be more honored, thankful, and proud of the enthusiastic participation from long-time users, new customers, and our devoted partner community. PLM was a major focus of the Summit, beginning with the thoughtful presentation by Oracle’s Rick Jewell, Sr. VP Applications Development, supported by several product experts on Monday afternoon. He explained how companies are can create winning products by building a robust platform for innovation with Agile. He referenced the success of JDSU with this video, who also actually won one of the first annual AGILITY Awards, honoring Excellence in PLM. After Rick Jewell’s presentation, we were treated to a special appearance by John Madden! If you’d like to read an intriguing perspective of how John Madden’s keynote can be related to PLM, I encourage you to read Stephen Porter’s blog article "Gridiron Hijinks at the Oracle Value Chain Summit-PLM and Madden" from Zero Wait-State. On that note, Stephen also wrote a nice summary article about the conference as well “The PLM State-Putting the Final Coat on the Value Chain Summit-Never Ending PLM.”

On Tuesday, the PLM tracks kicked off with a general session on PLM’s Strategy, Roadmap & Update featuring John Kelley, Oracle’s VP PLM Product Strategy; Devendra Singh, Oracle’s VP PLM Development; Mark Davis, Deloitte; and George Young, Kalypso’s CEO. We also had the very special honor of announcing the winners of the first AGILITY Awards, recognizing excellence in PLM before a very full day of customer and partner presentations. Those presentations that are available publicly can be accessed here and include selections from Tuesday’s agenda featuring USANA Health Sciences, Cisco, Tellabs, TRAK Microwave, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Broadcom, Epic Technologies, GoEngineer, Metaldyne, Litens Automotive, Marzetti, Mary Kay, and Elizabeth Arden.

Wednesday’s agenda was equally packed, with customer and partner presentations from Eli Lilly, John Deere, Toyota, Cisco, GE Healthcare, PL Developments, KPIT Cummins, HP, Perception Software, Synaptics, O’Reilly Media, Master Lock Company, JDSU, W.L. Gore & Associates, TRD Manufacturing, and SubZero. Sprinkled throughout were also deep product and use case demonstrations led by our Agile experts. If you were unable to attend, or just didn’t get to catch all the sessions you wanted to join, please take a moment to browse the PLM Summit presentations available online.

All in all, we’re so glad we had the opportunity to get the PLM Community together. From the #ovcsPLM tweets to the exciting news about Agile 9.3.2 and Agile PLM for Process 6.1.1, there was plenty of buzz and positive energy. We are also very thankful for our sponsoring PLM partners for making this possible: Deloitte, Kalypso, KPIT Cummins, Domain Systems, Verdant, Xavor, Mahindra Satyam, GoEngineer, Hitachi, Perception Software, USDM, and Zero Wait-State. Stay connected with us and other attendees by joining the Oracle Value Chain Summit group on LinkedIn and follow our new Twitter handle @OracleValChain. We hope to see an even bigger crowd next year!

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