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