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!


Tuesday Dec 16, 2014

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

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

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

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

The following video gives a sneak peek into...

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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

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 Jul 11, 2011

Considering Manufacturing's Link to Innovation and the Global Economy

As US President Obama Launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), we thought we’d take a moment to consider the impact of manufacturing on a nation and the global network of product designers, suppliers, producers, marketers, and customers. An interesting article called "Why Manufacturing Matters" by Suzanne Berger gives a compelling perspective on manufacturing’s link to innovation and economic advancement. From large outsourced corporations to small in-house manufacturers, innovation in how you bring a product to market is the key to success, can happen at any point in the value chain, and has ripple effects at home and worldwide. You’ll probably even recognize many of the case studies in the article as Oracle Agile PLM customers.

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