Thursday Apr 09, 2015

From Farm to Table: How PLM Serves Up Your Chicken Sandwich

Ever wonder how your lunch was made? How did that meal end up on the plate in front of you?  Given all the ingredients, equipment, data, processes and players involved, few can tell the whole story. But one type of enterprise software has recorded every detail – Product Lifecycle Management.

John Kelley, Vice President of Product Value Chain Strategy and Kerrie Jordan, Director of Product Value Chain Marketing, Oracle discuss PLM's many roles in your chicken sandwich. Read the full article in Food Manufacturing magazine by clicking here

To learn more about Oracle Product Lifecycle Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/plm

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Wednesday Mar 04, 2015

Oracle Innovation Management Cloud - Webcast

Businesses still struggle with product innovation, too often missing the market or launching the wrong product. 76% of companies view product innovation as a key strategic business priority, but 90% of them admitted they are slow to market and often over-budget.

It’s time to make innovation your core competence and fuel your innovation pipeline with a winning portfolio of offerings. Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you better decide which ideas to select and convert into products, improving your profitability and returns.

Join one of the upcoming webcasts to see how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you optimize your portfolio, drive top-line revenue growth, and innovate at lightning speed. 

Friday, March 6, 9:00 a.m. PST    Register

Friday, April 3, 9:00 a.m. PST       Register

Friday, May 1, 9:00 a.m. PST        Register

For more details on upcoming Oracle Innovation Management Cloud webcasts click here

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm


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:


Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

New Oracle Cloud Solutions for PLM and Innovation Management

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is in full swing this week, and there’s some exciting news for the PLM community coming out today – Oracle announced new Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud solutions, including Oracle Innovation Management Cloud and our first PLM cloud application called Oracle Product Development Cloud. These new solutions work together with Oracle Product Hub and Oracle Project Portfolio Management to provide a collaborative, connected, and disciplined approach to manage the entire value chain.

That means you get faster, more cost-effective access to an integrated innovation, development and commercialization solution than ever before, with the security, connectivity and personalization benefits of the Oracle Cloud!

Read today’s press release: New Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud Solutions Enable Organizations to Rapidly Deliver Higher-Value Products

Too often organizations have to search for product data lost among disconnected systems. Even those with formal PLM systems in place find that traditional systems start too late and end too early. The selection of new ideas gets left to Excel or dead-end niche applications, and the later manufacturing and commercialization processes neglect to follow through to ensure the right product and corresponding information makes it to the customer as intended.

The future of product development is here. Given today’s complex challenges, companies need a faster, more nimble approach to seamlessly track its next star product from its origins among thousands of ideas through to market readiness. Consumer tech-inspired interfaces, mobile apps and embedded analytics are pervasive. Technology everywhere is evolving, and that’s having resounding impacts on business. There’s an imperative on us all to re-imagine what that means for our products and the way we get them to market. The Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud solutions provide a more connected approach, enabling organizations to improve top-line and bottom-line results.

Also wondering about Agile PLM and PLM for Process applications? We’re glad you asked, because we’re just as excited about all the new enhancements and rich future plans. This week there are three sessions devoted to vision, release overview and roadmaps, among several deeper dive sessions. OpenWorld presentations will be available soon, but if you want to hear it all firsthand, register for the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit Jan 26-28, 2015 in San Jose, CA.

SEE ALSO: Watch the customer video that premiered during Oracle OpenWorld Product Value Chain general session: Hologic Speeds Launch of Innovative, Life-Saving Medical Technology with Oracle Agile PLM

It is an exciting time to be a part of the Oracle PLM community! We are committed to helping organizations optimize the entire value chain on-premise, hosted, and in the cloud. Backed by years of development and a lasting dedication to making our customers successful, we are ready to help you grow revenue and modernize your application landscape. Where do you see the future of your business?

Learn more about the Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud at cloud.oracle.com/pvc.  

Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

New Video: How Innovation Happens Today

How do you make innovation happen at your organization? If whiteboards, spreadsheets, point solutions or complicated systems are involved, you'll want to watch this new video!  See how Oracle Innovation Management can make it easier to know which ideas to pursue.  Remove guesswork and turn innovation into a structured, consistent and effective business process.  Become an innovation hero!  Watch in HD for supreme viewing experience, and learn how you can build your innovation discipline into a scaleable, repeatable, and strategic business process.

Friday Aug 01, 2014

Don't Just Help Your Customers Embrace Innovation - Help Employees, Too

We’re living and working in the 21st century marketplace, where innovation has become the engine of growth. Although innovation is generally perceived as a good thing, it means change which can be difficult for people to accept or act upon. That means that making innovation happen still boils down to being an effective leader of people, one who inspires a vision and lays a path to get there.

Companies have developed sophisticated marketing and sales processes to help customers embrace innovation. Think of all the personalized emails, social outreach, customer reviews, product comparison charts, and mobile apps you’ve encountered. But those companies who are getting really good at innovation aren’t just helping their customers embrace innovation, they’re helping their employees be innovative too.

Helping employees embrace being innovative has its advantages. In a March 2012 article... [Read More]

Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

A Discussion with Oracle's Expert on Innovation Management

Gayle HayesA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with our resident expert on Innovation Management, Gayle Hayes. I picked her brain on what’s going on in the world of product and service innovation and how Oracle is helping. A new phenomenon is sweeping product development – thanks to an explosion of ideation tools and techniques such as crowd-sourcing, big data, mashups, customer immersion labs, etc, finding ideas is not the problem. With so many to choose from, the biggest questions are now “which idea?” and subsequently, “how do you translate the right idea into a profitable product?"

This is precisely the challenge the new Oracle Innovation Management is designed to address. To learn more about the idea glut and how the new solution helps organizations improve return on innovation investments, read the transcript of our discussion below or stream our podcast. You can even find us on iTunes!

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Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

Accelerating New Product Introduction through Automation

Xavor is one of the PLM Track Sponsors of the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit Xavor at Booth #109 and learn more about what Xavor will be discussing during their session at the Summit in the guest blog below authored by Colleen Tunstill of Xavor.



These days, people expect everything in the blink of an eye. Latte? Coming right up. Spilled on that suit right before the big meeting? No problem, the cleaners will have it cleaned and pressed within 2 hours of drop off time. Boss emails you at 11:30 PM? A response is expected within 20 minutes or you’re fired! (Not really but you get the bigger picture). In a world bursting with smart phones, iPads and the latest tech gadgets, we’re accustomed to produce faster, to expedite proficiently, and to generate at higher volumes.

Agile PLM teams receive more and more projects monthly but are limited on time to perform their functions. Time constraints cause problems in creating projects utilizing appropriate tasks, gates, resources, time lines, etc. In addition, Configuration & Change Management take time and require consistency. Users fall behind when continuously backwards referral is necessary. Productivity is affected when data entry requirements are not easily accessed.

This is the time to introduce automation, first as a way to help relieve the time required for standard or repetitive activities and second, as a way to verify the tasks the team is spending time on are error-free. Many customers are realizing significant improvements to their business processes through automation. 

Learn more about the variety and complexity of automation solutions for Agile PLM at the Oracle Value Chain Summit. Presented by Tom Nelson, Principal-Product & Program Management at Xavor, this session will explore Accelerating New Product Introduction through Automation on Tuesday, February 4th at 4:05 PM. In this session, introduced by Oracle, Tom will focus on answering these questions:

  • How can various customizations make project and document management faster and simpler for users?
  • What are the types of customizations and how to choose the most appropriate one for the problem to be solved?
  • Where can companies look to find the best experience in helping them develop these customizations at a reasonable cost with measurable ROI?

The session will also highlight a customer case study that used automation to better leverage Product Portfolio Management and Product Collaboration functionality to accelerate New Product Introductions.  Sample automations that will be discussed include Project Setup, Activity Reporting, Deliverable Submissions and Gate Reviews.

Agile PLM Users: if time, efficiency and your user experience top the list of your priorities, visit us in San Jose! Visit Xavor at Booth #109 and don’t miss Tom Nelson’s presentation: Accelerating New Product Introduction through Automation, scheduled on Tuesday, February 4, from 4:05-5 PM.


Tuesday Jan 28, 2014

Is Product Lifecycle Management the Answer to Driving Innovation in Biopharma?

Kalypso is one of our PLM Premier Sponsors of the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit Kalypso at Booth #113 and learn more about what Kalypso has to offer in the guest blog below authored by Horst Groesser, Partner, Kalypso.


With 2014 underway, biopharma companies continue to face a variety of industry factors: patent expirations, generic competition and pricing pressure from payers that are demanding clearer demonstration of product value. The complexity that results from the drug development process, mergers and acquisitions, and ever-changing and increasing regulatory compliance requirements only adds to the list of challenges.

But the biggest challenge for the biopharma industry continues to be driving sustainable innovation and successfully commercializing new products. To address this, companies have tried various strategies including mergers and acquisitions, scientific partnering and collaborations, and expansion into emerging markets, but have yet to realize their growth targets.

Innovation in the biopharma industry is not going to get any easier, or any less complex. Despite the challenges, is there hope for biopharma companies to drive sustainable growth through innovation?

The answer is yes, but not without a caveat, of course. Innovation in biopharma is often understood as scientific breakthroughs in basic research and discovery. Biopharma companies must change this mindset. While the discovery of new molecular entities is the lifeline for companies, true innovation is not just about the science – it also requires transforming those breakthrough discoveries into marketable products and successfully launching them in highly regulated markets.

Product lifecycle management (PLM) has transformed how products are developed and commercialized in many industries over the last two decades. Can it do the same for biopharma?

Based on our experience working with other regulated, complex industries, we believe that product lifecycle management (PLM) can be instrumental in driving innovation in biopharma.

Why PLM?

PLM can help biopharma companies (1) effectively manage product data from discovery through commercialization, and (2) efficiently register and launch new products in multiple markets while assuring regulatory compliance at every stage of the process. PLM can also enable three core capabilities that enhance innovation performance:

  1. Visibility – Scientists with better visibility into one another’s work improve the chances of “connecting the dots.” Better visibility helps management set priorities and ensure resources are allocated in line with those priorities. It can also smooth the transition from research to manufacturing and commercialization.
  2. Traceability – Better traceability improves the organization’s ability to maintain compliance and address regulatory inquiries. Traceability is at the center of addressing the complexity challenge. Consider how much faster a new drug product could be launched in multiple countries in various strengths or forms if product data was globally accessible in an integrated repository for core product and product packaging data. Such a central repository would allow accelerated changes to the core product and its packaging while maintaining compliance in different regional markets. It also enables improved reuse of knowledge assets by allowing product development teams to retrace development decisions made in the past.
  3. Collaboration – Drug development is a complex, cross-functional endeavor. Increasingly, it involves partnering with researchers from many different organizations. Better collaboration enables a richer understanding of scientific challenges and more innovative product solutions.

Visibility, traceability and collaboration can have a significant impact on business processes such as regulatory submission and product launches, regulatory compliance, product packaging and labeling, and portfolio prioritization – all keys for driving product innovation success in biopharma.

What does the PLM platform look like for biopharma?

To fully describe how PLM can help enable these capabilities, we first defined the PLM platform for the biopharma industry here. Then, we explored how PLM can support a compliant product dataset; facilitate change control, packaging, labeling and artwork changes; and manage new product submissions and international registrations in a series of white papers and publications.

To help biopharma companies get started on their PLM journeys, we also offer and implement Oracle Value Chain capabilities and accelerator solutions that enable them to successfully respond to the industry challenges and sharpen their competitive edge, including:

  • Compliant product data record
  • Product change control
  • International product registrations
  • Packaging and artwork management
  • Quality management 
If you are interested in learning more about driving innovation with PLM, visit Kalypso at booth #113 at Oracle Value Chain Summit (VCS) 2014.

Friday Jan 24, 2014

P4P Mobile Puts Key Product Information in the Palm of Your Hand

Kalypso is one of our PLM Premier Sponsors of the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit Kalypso at Booth #113 and learn more about what Kalypso has to offer in the guest blog below, authored by Daniela Ilieva, Oracle Practice Manager.


In today’s fast-paced life, tablets and smart phones have become an integral part of our daily existence and how we get work done. Agile PLM for Process (P4P) users are frequently traveling and on-the-go, but still need the ability to stay on top of their product specifications, suppliers and projects in order to maintain high levels of productivity and meet the demands of their businesses. While working on PLM implementation projects with clients in the process industries, Kalypso found these four common needs among PLM users:

  1. Product quality managers often need to view quality testing protocols and expected test results while testing materials at the receiving dock
  2. Development managers need to approve rush workflows while visiting potential suppliers
  3. Supplier quality analysts benefit from viewing current sourcing approval records, supplier documentation and quality performance while auditing a supplier facility
  4. Sales representatives foster more effective customer meetings and discussions if they can show specifications to customers when presenting new ingredients and products

Kalypso developed P4P Mobile to meet these business needs. P4P Mobile, now available for Apple iPad, provides:

  • Instantaneous and continuous access to product and supplier data
  • Intuitive, easy-to-learn interface for users trained on the full browser version of the P4P application
  • Ability to manage action items, review and workflow specification and sourcing approvals
  • Ability to add mobile browser compatible apps that can be configured into the application, such as PLM analytics

Check out a preview of P4P Mobile here. Want to learn more or be part of the P4P pilot pack using the app? Come see us in booth #113 at the Oracle Value Chain Summit and test it for yourself!

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

The Biggest Agile Installation Mistake Has Nothing to Do With Agile

Domain Systems is one of our PLM Preferred Sponsors of the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit. Attending the Summit? Be sure to visit Domain at Pod 117 and learn more about their expertise in the guest blog below.


Oracle Agile PLM is designed to be an out of the box solution insofar as setting up the infrastructure is concerned, which is why Agile is so popular with the world’s most successful brands. Installing or upgrading Agile PLM can be a very stressful project though--a lot is on the line. One of the biggest downfalls companies make when installing Agile PLM is mistaking the installation recommendations as not being part of out of the box functionality and flexibility Agile offers. In order to find the functional agility you are looking for, it is critical that you establish the best foundation possible for Agile PLM, and that is achieved by following the installation instructions. Where most companies deviate from the installation instructions:

1. Shared Server. Agile PLM prefers to have a stand-alone instance, or be on its own server. Most companies, who install Agile onto a shared server, won’t install the example software that drives the search functionality. This is just one technical reason why you need your own server. There are many other reasons.

2. Violating or Modifying Out of the Box Oracle Security Policies. We've seen some instances where customers modify out of the box security policies, and it prevents some accounts from having certain privileges. This can prevent Agile from starting or operating at an optimal level because Agile is designed to have a specific security level, but when installed, the accounts did not have the security levels that were required.

3. Poor Database Structure. Everyone wants to do things better. In this case, trust the recommendations when installing Oracle Database. This is critical to maintaining a solid data structure.

4. Overriding the Schema Installer. Let the schema installer do its job. Don't change what the schema installer wants to do. Our experience is that the companies that try to change this part of the process never end up having a good installation experience.

Follow these four in-the-box guidelines for installing Agile PLM, and you'll be much more likely to enjoy the out-of-the-box experience you are expecting.

Heading to the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit? Join Domain Systems for an after-hours party on Tuesday, February 4. Enjoy networking with other PLM professionals over craft beer, gourmet sausages and grilled cheese sandwiches and much more! Send an email to James Keddington to request an invitation.

Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

Four Vital Activities That Will Give Agile PLM a Healthy Life

Special guest blog by Domain Systems

We are all trying to get the best performance out of everything--out of our people, machinery, vendors...any investment, really. But some of us make the fatal mistake of exhausting our resources until they can no longer produce anything of value. We've all done "burners"--working through the night with no sleep in order to get a project done. At a time when most people are waking up, we are hoping for a third or fourth wind to get us through the next few hours. When we are young, we can do this many times a year with no real side effects. As we get older, these burners start to take a larger toll on our bodies, health and mental capabilities. The body needs sleep, as well as other important items such as food, water, emotional and mental stability. We can put these things off for a while and survive, but if we put them off too long, really bad things can happen.

Your Agile PLM software is no different. Your software and hardware are just like our bodies. They require certain (and quite simple) things for healthy operation, and if those are ignored for long periods of time, your Agile PLM system will shut down. What is really painful to see is that a lot of companies purposely put aside regular maintenance activities in the name of productivity, until it is too late. The cost can sometimes result in millions of dollars of downtime, scrap and high-priced emergency fixes. In order to maintain your Agile PLM implementation, here are four vital activities that will give your Agile PLM implementation a healthy life:

1. Back up every day. This really should go without saying. If you like your data, and your data is important to your business--make a copy and keep that copy secure.

2. Schedule routine maintenance windows. At a minimum, these should be monthly. If you run a lot of transactions, you might want to schedule these twice a month. We know that down time can sometimes mean lost money, and in this day and age of 24/7 availability, it can be difficult to find a convenient time for this. However, this is one of those things that you just need to schedule. If you don't, your system will decide on its own to take down time when it can no longer survive without it, and most likely at the most inconvenient time for you, when it will cost you the most money to get it back up and running. A company who refuses to schedule routine maintenance windows is like having a policy against putting gas in your car until you are on empty. It is just not smart.

3. Run Averify. Averify is a tool that checks for conflicts in data integrity caused by upgrades, user errors and software defects. Typically, this takes less than an hour. Of course, each company and set up is different, so yours could be longer. But less than an hour is what most companies should expect.

4. Check your table spaces for room. When you run out of room is typically when potentially irreversible bad things can happen, like overwritten or corrupted data. When this happens, Agile PLM will crash.

If you follow these four steps, Agile PLM will run better, smoother, with less errors and you are less likely to have a crash that you can't recover from. Don't treat your Agile PLM system like you treated your 19-year old self--treat it like your grandma. Give it the care and attention it deserves, and if you do, you'll get all the PLM cookies you want and more!


Domain Systems is a Certified Oracle Gold Partner, and the only partner to work solely with Agile PLM. Domain Systems provides all services related to Agile PLM including installations, upgrades, data migration, business process consulting and the development of process extensions and adapters. Check out Domain Systems at www.domainsi.com.

 

Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Webcast on 12/19: Enterprise Quality Management and the Product Value Chain

Build a Strong Foundation to Promote Quality Excellence

Although most guiding principles for quality management have remained constant, the past few years have pushed business models to change so dramatically that once-ideal systems are now obsolete. Point quality solutions and siloed directives are not capable of sustaining growth. Business leaders are looking to centralize and extend quality controls to promote excellence enterprise-wide, and they are finding success by building a solid foundation throughout the product value chain.

The product value chain comprises all product data and every related process, so with proper controls embedded throughout, organizations can pragmatically enforce common quality standards across a very wide range of quality initiatives. Join our webcast on Thursday, December 19th at 11:00 a.m. PST / 02:00 p.m. EST featuring industry analyst LNS Research and industry leader GE Healthcare to learn about:

  • How GE Healthcare built a world-class Supplier Quality Management System leveraging Oracle’s Enterprise Quality Management solutions
  • The current enterprise quality landscape and the role of Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions as the core enabler of effectively managing quality processes from “insight to action”
  • Top challenges and best practices for executives considering Enterprise Quality Management solutions
  • Benefits such as risk reduction and sustainable growth through fast, efficient problem resolution and corrective action

Speaker Information

Mark Bienkowski, Global Manager, Supplier Quality Process and Audits,
GE Healthcare

As the Supplier Quality Process and Audits Manager, Mark is responsible for the GE Healthcare global purchasing controls systems and compliance. He also leads teams of Process Lean Leaders and Supplier Auditors who ensure clear and concise quality collaboration between GE Healthcare and its supply base. Mark also has experience in information technology, manufacturing engineering, new product development, and quality assurance. Mark attended Bucknell University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Matthew Littlefield, President and Principal Analyst
LNS Research

Matthew Littlefield founded LNS Research in August of 2011 and is now president and principal analyst. Littlefield covers the topics Enterprise Quality Management Software, Manufacturing Operations Management, Asset Performance Management, Sustainability, and Industrial Automation 2.0. Before founding LNS Research, he spent five years as senior analyst for the Aberdeen Group and led the Global Manufacturing Research practice. Before that, he worked for multi-billion dollar manufacturers (Unilever, HP Hood) in both engineering and shop-floor management roles. He graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BA in Economics and MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.


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Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

New On-Demand Webcast: How Leading Brands Use Product Quality as a Differentiator

Last week Oracle and Kalypso jointly held a webcast showcasing some of the inspiring ways companies leverage Agile Product Lifecycle Management applications as a foundation for comprehensive Enterprise Quality Management.  If you happened to miss it, don't fret!  The webcast is now available On-Demand.   

Why should you watch this webcast? 

Product quality is a powerful differentiator: surveys consistently prove it is a top influence in consumer buying decisions. And since technology has made quality ratings so easily accessible to the market, companies are under increasing pressure to ensure the highest possible quality and to resolve issues quickly. But many companies are not fully equipped to manage this dynamic. Is your organization prepared to confidently design quality and compliance into your new products, and quickly access, analyze and resolve problems when they surface anywhere in your value chain? To prevent poor quality from affecting great products, leading brands take a comprehensive approach to managing both supplier and product quality, deploying Product Quality Management (PQM) solutions as a part of their overall Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) roadmap. Please take a moment to watch this On-Demand Product Quality Webcast with speakers Joe Erickson of Oracle and Fred Brown of Kalypso featuring an informative discussion on how Agile PLM and PLM for Process can help your company prepare for and manage your product quality and regulatory requirements.

There's even a special offer included in the webcast... watch it today to find out! 

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!

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