Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

European Value Chain Summit 2015 - A Retrospective

On March 10th and 11th 2015, we have completed the 3rd annual Oracle European Value Chain Summit with great success! Over 520 attendees, coming from 20 different countries, found their way to the Twickenham Stadium in London, for a great 2-day program with more than 50 excellent presentations provided by Oracle’s executives, external guru’s, partners, Oracle experts and many customers! With this, it was the largest European supply chain event we have ever hosted! All direct and indirect comments we have got from customers, partners and also from our Oracle colleagues are extremely positive.


Content

We provided a very interesting program for prospects and for current customers, also highly praised by our partners. The event featured more speakers than in the event in previous years. We started in the morning with plenary sessions, and continued a very interesting program 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), as well as Solution Lab sessions.

We enjoyed great support from our customers: Without you this great event would not have been possible, thank you so much!


Oracle Value Chain Awards

Oracle awarded three Value Chain Excellence customers and partners in the three categories: 360 Degree Innovation, Compliant Networks, and Customer Centric Value Chain. Oracle Vice President Karen Clarke took pride in handing over the trophies to the winners.

DragonWave, a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions that drive next-generation IP networks, is the winner of the Oracle Value Chain 360 Degree Innovation Award 2015. A key to Dragonwave´s success is their ability to quickly integrate new companies and new technologies in their global product development and their strategic weapon to execute is Oracle’s Agile PLM platform. The core team of Yaniv Pichoto is supported in Tel Aviv by Oracle Specialized Partner Top Group.

SORIN GROUP, a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, is the winner of the Oracle Value Chain Compliant Networks Award 2015. As a leading implantable Medical Device company, Sorin has to be compliant with Unique Device Identification (UDI) regulations. Sorin Group was the first company in Europe and the second company in the world to become UDI compliant. The Oracle UDI solution, based on Agile PLM, was deployed in less than four months, with the help of Inspirage, an Oracle Platinum and Oracle Agile Specialized partner. The Award was received by Mr. Cesare Varzi, Sorin and Mr Kevin Creel, Inspirage.

Mazda Motor Corporation is the winner of the Oracle Customer Centric Value Chain Award 2015. Mazda has embarked on a strategic transformation of their supply chain to improve responsiveness and levels of service to their customers for aftermarket support. By implementing Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Warehouse Management System, Mazda were able to regain full control over their Transportation Services previously outsourced to a 3PL. This not only provided far more supply chain visibility but also saved significant overhead cost. The key implementation partner was Oracle Specialized Partner Mavenwire. The Award was received by Kris Van Vossel, Mazda Logistics Director (Europe), and Barry Hayes, Mavenwire.

Solution Labs

The Solution Labs have added great value to the Value Chain Summit Customer Experience: As a perfect add-on to the Business and Industry tracks, participants could get a detailed view on the Oracle Value Chain Solutions. We offered sessions specifically dedicated to Value Chain Planning and Execution, Moving Order Management and Procurement to the Cloud, and Product Value Chain. Special thanks to Oracle partner Inspirage with Bob Hart, Vice President Logistics Management, and Shauna Hillier, Principal Consultant, for organizing the “Is OTM Cloud right for you?” Solution Lab!

The Product Value Chain Solution Lab consisted of 2 different sessions (each repeated), around the Oracle PVC Cloud Solution stack: Solution Lab 1 was dealing with Requirements Management & Concept Design, linked to Product Development. This Solution Lab was a deep dive into the Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud offering covering Innovation Management, with a specific focus on Ideation, proposal and Investment Portfolio Management under control of an innovation project. Solution Lab 2, Ideation, Product and Project Portfolio Management, was a deep dive into the Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud offering covering Innovation Management, with a specific focus on Requirements Management and Concept Design, leading to Product Development and Product Commercialization. The whole process is governed by Project Portfolio Management.

Innovation Management helps companies to build an innovation pipeline fueled by a steady stream of high-value ideas that can be translated into profitable offerings for customers, and analyze the impact of alternate investment scenarios against business objectives such as revenue, cost, profit and resources constraints to determine the best opportunities to commercialize, and to collaborate on product requirements and translate customer ideas into concepts and products that will achieve their business goals.

Networking

Our customers and partners enjoyed the excellent networking opportunities, and held deep discussions on Value Chain Transformation strategies in the summit as well as in the Customer Advisory Board sessions, which we organized on the day after the summit.

In the evening, attendees gathered for drinks pitch side and within the players changing rooms starting the evening networking at the heart of the amazing sporting stadium at Twickenham that was the venue. This was followed by the gala dinner held at the newly built “Spirit Of Rugby” where the networking experience continued.

With all this great content from first presentation to the final keynote we felt there was a palpable energy from the delegates in all the sessions, (partner) demo areas and networking breaks. Meeting rooms were occupied all day and lots of value chain topics have been discussed. The Twitter hashtag #vcsummit15 also saw lots of action throughout the summit.

Customer Advisory Boards

The Customer Advisory Boards on March 12th, the “3rd day” of the Oracle Value Chain Summit, rounded out the overall event. Oracle Customer Advisory Boards are a gathering of a small number of customers, per area of interest, to share our product roadmaps under confidentiality agreement, discuss mid/long term evolution, ensure coverage of critical business processes, identify possible gaps between our customer´s industrial needs and our plans, and then follow-up during the coming year. The Customer Advisory Boards (CABs) were a natural extension to the summit agenda. While the summit as such was focusing on Business and Industry Themes, the CABs were the ideal place to lead very detailed product roadmap discussions in a safe and collaborative setting. The CABs were managed by our Product Strategy and Development leaders from North America and Europe.

The Customer Advisory Boards are an integral part and a key element for success of our annual Value Chain Summit. All CAB participants are looking forward to meet again next year!

Partner View

The European Value Chain Summit also enjoyed a record partner support for the event, with 20 partners sponsoring at varying levels. We have clearly grown the footprint of the Value Chain Summit, compared to the previous events in 2013 and 2014 we have added new partners to the event! Now the growing Oracle Value Chain Solutions partner ecosystem consists of a variety of partners, ranging from local to global specialized partners to big System Integrators.

The partner exhibition on the event was very well attended. The atmosphere was very energetic and inspiring, so that the partners not only met a lot of customers, but also have taken the opportunity to discuss with other partners, and find areas for cooperation.

Presentations and Photos

All attendees and no-show end-users have received a Thank You email including a link to the retrospection page with presentations, and collateral. Photos from the event are also available here.

Conclusion

All direct and indirect comments we have got from customers, partners and also from Oracle colleagues are extremely positive. The alchemy we targeted with a mix of customers, partners and Oracle presentations, with Business and Industry Tracks and Solution Labs, with networking time during the event and dinner, worked beyond expectations. Overall, with this summit again we experienced a very strong and even growing community feeling among all attendees.

Thanks a lot to everyone who contributed to the success of the event. See you again next year!


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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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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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 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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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Product Compliance Should Not Impede Innovation

Depending on severity, product compliance issues can cause all sorts of problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and safeguards can create a strong foundation that promotes innovation rather than stifle it. The right solution for your business should foster productivity, market penetration and competitive advantage. If you’ve been putting off a systematic approach to product compliance, today’s increasingly regulated market has made now an important time to reconsider that decision, or indecision.

Why now?  No matter what industry, companies face a litany of worldwide and regional regulations that require proof of product compliance and environmental friendliness for market access. For many companies in several industries, complying with the changing Conflict Minerals Law is...

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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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Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 - Your AGILITY of 2014

You’ve been asking about it and now it’s nearly here! I’m excited to give you the low-down on what’s happening with Agile PLM related activities at the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 (and also about writing my first blog article as Kerrie Jordan!)

First of all, what is it? The Value Chain Summit held February 3-5, 2014 at the newly renovated McEnery Convention Center (check out these cool videos of the revitalized venue) in San Jose, California, is the top Oracle supply chain and product value chain event of the year, and the most effective way to build your team’s knowledge, network, and excitement.  In the Product Value Chain tracks we're welcoming speakers from industry leaders including Motorola Solutions, Hologic, and NBTY (we'll be announcing more soon but wanted to give you a taste).  This year's theme is Empowering the Modern Value Chain, as we're inviting you to explore with us a variety of the latest issues in supply chain such as the cloud, social innovation, in-memory applications, big data, internet of things and new mobile use cases.

Why would you come? If you’re taking a fresh look at your product-related processes and searching for the right learning opportunity, this conference is for you. Maybe you miss seeing fellow Agile users, feel nostalgic for AGILITY, or want to challenge your dedicated Agile PLM team here at Oracle with your toughest questions. Whatever your interest in PLM, there's something for you at OVCS.  There will be many familiar faces and new ones so register now if you haven’t yet. The Early Bird Registration rate is $495, and we’ve extended the deadline to December 20. Now let’s get into the details…

Customize Your Experience at the Value Chain Summit

The Oracle Value Chain Summit brings together more than 1,000 business professionals to learn how smart companies are transforming their supply chains into information-driven value chains. This unparalleled experience will give you the tools you need to drive innovation and maximize revenue, whatever your organizational goals. Choose from more than 200 sessions covering every aspect of supply chain management: Product Value Chain, Procurement, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, and Value Chain Planning.

Our headlining Keynote Speaker is Geoffrey Moore, renowned author, speaker and business advisor to many leading companies and an inspiration to many of us in the Product Lifecycle Management discipline. More speakers will be announced on the event website in the next few days.

Product Value Chain Solution Area

The Product Value Chain Solution Area is where you’ll find the Agile PLM, Agile PLM for Process, Product Hub, and AutoVue sessions, as well as learn about our upcoming release of Oracle Innovation Management. This area features four tracks of sessions, hands-on workshops, and solution demonstrations followed by industry groups for more focused discussion. We’ll have four general sessions throughout Tuesday and Wednesday featuring inspiring industry speakers. We will be releasing Agile PLM, PIM, Process, and AutoVue customer speaker names, partners and an agenda on the event website in the next few days.

Track: Product Insights & Best Practices.  This track provides executive attendees and line of business managers with an overview of how customers leverage Agile PLM to enable critical product-related business processes to achieve value.

Track: Product Deep Dives & Demos.  This track delivers line of business and IT managers a better understanding of the benefits associated with expanding your Agile PLM footprint. Sessions delve into some of the most inspiring use cases.

Track: Administration & Integration.  This track features sessions for Agile administrators, managers and daily Agile PLM users who are preparing to upgrade or looking to extend the use of their current PLM implementation. Sessions include deeper conversations about features and successfully managing the full infrastructure.

Track: PLM for Process and Product Information Management (PIM). This track provides the opportunity to learn about Oracle’s Agile PLM for Process solution tailored for process industries, as well as PIM solutions such as Oracle Product Hub and Enterprise Data Quality for improving the integrity of data enterprise-wide.

Industry-Focused Sessions for PLM Use Cases.  During the last sessions on Wednesday, attendees meet in industry focus groups to facilitate deeper discussion of key issues in High Tech, Life Sciences, Industrial Manufacturing, and Consumer Goods.

A New Era of Supply Chain Experience

This year we’re very excited to offer new networking and hands-on learning opportunities. Check out the VCS User Experience Area where you can test drive demos of the latest products on iPads. Enjoy lunch with like-minded professionals during Birds of a Feather discussion tables.   Hear about the latest advances in In-Memory Applications, and learn from 120 experienced sponsoring partners. We’re doing all we can to make this year’s event is the most valuable conference you’ll visit in 2014. Please register and I’ll see you in San Jose!

Join the Oracle Value Chain Summit Group on LinkedIn and follow Kerrie on Twitter @KerJordan and #OVCS

Tuesday Sep 10, 2013

Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Focus on Product Value Chain Schedule Published

The buzz around Oracle OpenWorld is heating up!  Before heading to San Francisco, take a moment to read the Focus On Product Value Chain document, a list of PLM-related sessions, demos, activities and more at #oow13 available via the OpenWorld website.

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Can't decide which events look right for you?  Here's my TOP 3 list of must-attend activities:

  1. Networking with PLM Partners Brunch Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. at B Restaurant: Agile PLM users and interested customers have the opportunity to meet with PLM partners and other Agile PLM users to discuss a PLM topic of their choosing, over delicious breakfast at the nearby B Restaurant.  This has been an OpenWorld favorite for our PLM customers the past two years, and shouldn’t be missed.  Registration is required, so please email terri.hiskey@oracle.com for more information.
  2. SCM and PLM General Sessions Monday at 10:45 a.m. for SCM and 12:15 p.m. for PLM:  So technically this is a list of Top 4 must attend activities, but believe me, with all the bustle of OpenWorld attending general sessions is the best way to hone your schedule and kickoff the week.  Hear the latest updates directly from the solution area management team, and even find out what’s in store for the upcoming Value Chain Summit 2014.
  3. SCM Networking Reception  Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. at the John Colins Restaurant: All SCM and PLM customers are welcome, so join us!  But keep in mind, drop-ins will not be admitted.  Registration is required, so please visit  http://www.oraclepartnerevent.com/2013/oow-scm-reception/email.html to make your reservation.

Have your own recommendations or interested in more info about any of the sessions?  Let us know!

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013

Oracle Unveils Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile

Oracle Unveils Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile
We're pleased to feature a blog entry by guest author John Kelley, vice president of product value chain strategy, Oracle

There’s no doubt that the workforce is becoming more mobile with every passing day. And while the mobile workforce offers organizations many benefits, it can pose a challenge to effectively managing complex product lifecycle processes.

To address this challenge and enhance decision making and productivity across the entire lifecycle of a product, Oracle today announced Oracle’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile.  Part of Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management, the new mobile application enables users to quickly, easily and securely access PLM data from any location on their iPad and turn it into valuable and actionable insights. Or in other words, say goodbye to approval bottlenecks!

Built on Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) Mobile, the new Oracle PLM Mobile for Agile application supports strategic and operational decision making and also enables partners to quickly and easily develop and expand applications and processes for Agile PLM customers. With access to comprehensive features and capabilities, users can securely review, respond and react to a broad range of Agile PLM Product Management Workflows. This includes default and configured:

  •  PLM change orders and change requests from a range of sources including engineering, manufacturing, packaging and document.
  •  PLM quality issue workflows including customer complaints, field requests and problem reports.
  •  PLM quality management workflows including corrective action and preventative action (CAPA) processes.
  •  PLM supplier quality workflows including Supplier Corrective Action Requests (SCAR) and Non-Conformance Reports (NCR).

In addition, Oracle Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile for Agile enables users to initiate, execute and manage report quality issues and process flows by providing the mobile capabilities needed to:

  •  Input audit findings and issues on-site, with dynamic links to product quality information and status.
  •  Take advantage of cameras within mobile devices to record dynamic views of any findings as supporting evidence.
  •  Initiate related NCR, problem reports, SCAR, and corrective action requests (CAR), during the audit process.

Last but not least, the new release also supports organizations with outsourced manufacturing and process suppliers by enabling them to conduct on-site supplier audits with access to the product record as needed to manage the process, hasten finding resolution and approve certification.

The combination of all the new capabilities makes it easier than ever to securely access and manage PLM data at any time or from any location. To see how Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) Mobile can help your organization, please watch the demo video.

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! 

Tuesday Jul 02, 2013

Hot Off the Press: Oracle Publishes Agile PLM E-Book

We’re pleased to share with you our new Oracle e-book, all about Agile PLM!  This online publication offers a mobile-friendly, interactive learning experience to explore PLM topics, including:

• Benefits of taking a strategic, enterprise approach to managing the lifecycle of a product

• How to identify and overcome the obstacles preventing your ideas from converting into profitable products

• Quick overview video and descriptions of the solutions comprising Oracle’s Enterprise PLM solutions

• Analyst perspectives and customer stories, including 4 testimonial videos from JDSU, Medtronic, Market America, and Alcatel-Lucent.

It takes just a moment to download, so check it out today!

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!

Monday Dec 10, 2012

Five Reasons to Attend PLM Summit 2013: The Conference Formerly Known as AGILITY

As we approach the end of 2012, we are also closing in on the last couple of weeks that Agile customers and prospects can register for the upcoming PLM Summit 2013 for the bargain early bird rate of $195. Register now to secure your spot!

The Conference Formerly Known as AGILITY...

Long-time Agile customers may remember AGILITY, which was Agile's PLM customer conference that was held on an annual basis prior to Oracle's acquisiton of Agile in 2007. In February 2012, due to feedback we received from our Agile PLM community, we successfully resurrected the AGILITY conference and renamed it the PLM Summit. The PLM Summit was so well received and well-attended, that we are doing it again in 2013. This upcoming PLM Summit is being co-located in San Francisco under the overarching banner of the Oracle Value Chain Summit, and will be held alongside several other Oracle customer conferences that cover a range of value chain solutions, including Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution, Procurement, Maintenance and Manufacturing. This setup offers PLM attendees the best of all worlds--the opportunity to participate and learn about PLM in smaller, focused sessions by product and by industry, while also giving attendees the chance to see how PLM works together with other critical enterprise applications that address other important aspects of the value chain.

Top Five Reasons to Attend the PLM Summit 2013

In the spirit of all of the end-of-the-year lists that are currently popping up, here is a list of the top five reasons to attend the PLM Summit for anyone out there needs a little extra encouragement to register:

1. The Best Opportunities for Customer Networking  

The PLM Summit offers attendees numerous opportunities to learn and network with fellow Agile users. Customer stories are featured in keynote and breakout presentations and the schedule allows for plenty of networking time during breakfasts, lunches, breaks and dinners. Customer networking is the number one reason that Agile users attend the PLM Summit. Read what attendees thought of the most recent PLM Summit:

  • "Hearing about the implementation of Agile products from a customers’ perspective is invaluable." - Director of Quality Assurance & Regulatory Affairs, leading medical device manufacturer
  • "Understanding the scope of other companies’ projects and the lessons learned made attending this event well worth my time." - Director of Test Engineering, global industrial manufacturer
  • "The most beneficial thing about attending this event is the opportunity to network with other customers with similar experiences." - Director of Business Process Improvement, leading high technology company

Come to the PLM Summit and play an active role within the PLM community: swap war stories and business cards, connect on LinkedIn and Facebook, share your stories and discuss the sessions from each day. Register now!

2. It's Educational!

The PLM Summit is the premier educational event for anyone in the Agile PLM community. There are nearly 40 PLM-focused in-depth educational sessions led by Agile PLM experts, customers and partners that will cover a range of specific product and industry-focused topics. Keynotes will give attendees a broad overview of the entire Agile PLM footprint, while sessions will delve deeply into specific product functionality and customer case studies. There is truly something for everyone. Check out the latest agenda for view of all the sessions.

3. Visit with the PLM Partner Community

Our partners play a significant and important role within the Agile PLM community. At the PLM Summit, attendees will be able to meet and mingle with several of the top Oracle Agile PLM partners including: Deloitte, Domain, GoEngineer, Hitachi Consulting, IBM, Kalypso, KPIT Cummins (CPG Solutions), Perception Software, Verdant, Xavor and ZeroWaitState. Go here for a complete list of all the Value Chain Summit sponsors.

4. See Agile PLM in Action at our Dedicated PLM Demo Pods

At the PLM Summit, attendees will have the chance to see Agile PLM in action at dedicated PLM demo pods, manned by expert members of our Agile PLM team. If you would like to see up close specific Agile PLM functionality, or if you have a question on how to extend the scope of your current implemention or if you want a better understanding of how to leverage Agile PLM to address specific use-cases, stop by one of the Agile PLM demo pods and engage the Agile PLM experts on hand at the PLM Summit.

5. Spend Some Time in Lovely San Francisco

Still on the fence about the upcoming PLM Summit? Remember that it is being held in San Francisco, which is a fantastic city for a getaway. After spending time learning and networking about PLM, take an extra day or two to escape the dreary winter and enjoy the beautiful scenery and the unique actitivies offered only by the City by the Bay. You will walk away from the conference not only with renewed excitement about Agile PLM, but feeling rejuvenated in general.

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