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!


Monday Feb 23, 2015

Register now for the 3rd Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2015!

On March 10th and 11th the 3rd annual Oracle European Value Chain Summit will take place in London: The event features more speakers than in the event in previous years. plenary sessions, 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). We provide Solution Lab Sessions, and excellent opportunities for Peer-to-Peer Networking. Attendees will learn about the latest industry trends, best practices, case studies, and product strategy insights for Product Value Chain (Enterprise PLM), Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution, and overall Supply Chain Innovation!

In this video, Jon Chorley, Oracle CSO & Group Vice President, invites you to attend the 2015 Oracle European Value Chain Summit in March.

Register now on http://www.oracle.com/goto/vcsummit15

Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Your 1 Page Guide to PLM at OVCS 2015 (plus mobile app links)

With so much to see and do at the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015, it can be difficult to navigate it all.  Here is the full Product Value Chain (PLM) agenda for Tuesday and Wednesday at the OVCS, compressed into a single page (PDF).  Bookmark, download, or print it to take with you, so you can find sessions and speakers at a glance.


This is intended to be a companion document to the Oracle Events 15 Mobile App.  Don't forget to download the app for your iPhone, iPad, or Android device before you arrive to build your schedule, browse all solution areas, explore exhibitors and much more.

And if you haven't yet registered, there's still time. Group discounts and $100 off on-site prices are available until January 23, so register today!

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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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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Thursday Nov 06, 2014

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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Monday Jul 07, 2014

PLM, Product Value Chain, and My Backyard Garden

It’s July and as the temperatures rise here in the US, I’m looking forward to summertime cook-outs, vacations, and sipping a cool beverage poolside. Summer is my favorite season, so every Spring I enjoy the anticipation by trying my hand at gardening. But looking in the backyard now, while all my neighbors’ gardens are flourishing, mine only shows a handful of green tomatoes, unhealthy squash, and fist-sized watermelons. This happened last year, too. After all that springtime effort and investment, this is maddening!

My Fruit & Vegetable Development Problem

My garden can be described with one word: meh. My frustration reminds me of the challenges that product development executives share with us in early meetings – unable to achieve their expected return, inconsistent product information, can’t produce the final product on time nor on budget, not sure what caused defects, no way to tell if a project is bad and needs refocusing or abandoning, and so on.

What’s Happening?

Growing delicious vegetables from seed takes more than...

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Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Dates Announced for Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015!

Join thousands of professionals at the third annual North America Oracle Value Chain Summit, hosted next year January 26 - 28, 2015.  This must-attend supply chain and product lifecycle management event of the year will be located in the San Jose Convention Center, just as the very successful 2014 event.  More details will be coming shortly.  To be the first in-the-know, sign up here to get notified by email when registration opens.



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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Wednesday Dec 11, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014!

Here we are again, at the end of another year. And at the same time, we're looking forward to 2014 and the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit (OVCS 2014), taking place in San Jose, California, from February 3-5. There are only a few short weeks left for customers to register for this annual event at the bargain rate of $495--a $200 savings from the onsite registration rate of $695. Register here to take advantage of this great Early Bird offer!

Need a little extra convincing to attend OVCS 2014? Check out the Top 5 list below to see why the Oracle Value Chain Summit will be the #1 event in 2014 you won't want to miss.

1. OVCS 2014: It's Bigger and Better!

We were so grateful and excited, but also overwhelmed with the number of customers who participated in the 2013 Oracle Value Chain Summit, which took place in San Francisco. We heard your feedback--the meeting rooms were too small and the venue was too crowded. So we have relocated OVCS 2014 to a new venue--the newly renovated McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. This new venue offers bigger rooms, and is much better equipped to accommodate the need for classroom space, meeting rooms and networking. The Convention Center is conveniently located, within walking distance to several hotels and restaurants in downtown San Jose, and is just 15 minutes away from San Jose's Mineta International Airport.

2. Networking, Networking, Networking

We have heard over and over from our customers that the best reason to attend events like OVCS 2014 is the opportunity to network with fellow Agile users. The best conversations often occur spontaneously during breaks between sessions, or at the end of the day, over cocktails. OVCS 2014 will offer attendees plenty of time to meet with other customers over breakfast, lunches and networking receptions. We have also carved out an additional hour out of the schedule each day for dedicated networking time.

3. Even More Customer Sessions and Speakers

OVCS 2014 is THE premier educational event for anyone in the Agile PLM community. There are over 30 PLM-focused in-depth educational sessions led by Agile PLM experts, customers and partners that will cover a range of product and industry-focused topics. Check out the latest Product Value Chain agenda here. Speakers include:

  • OVCS 2014 General Session Speakers: In addition to industry luminary and bestselling author Geoffrey Moore and Jane Barrett, Gartner's Supply Chain Research Group Vice President, other OVCS 2014 General Session Speakers include GE Appliances Kevin Uhls, Supply Chain IT Leader and Jim Lebs, VP of Supply Chain for Sonic Drive-In.
  • Product Value Chain General Session Speakers: John Kelley, VP of Product Strategy for Product Value Chain, will kick off our PVC General Session with an Overview and Roadmap for PVC. We also have some great executive speakers that will be presenting in the PVC General Session, including:
    • Linda Henkel, Senior Director, Worldwide Quality Systems, McDonald's
    • Mike Twomey, VP Supply Chain Strategy, Transformation and Logistics, Motorola
    • Ken Ulrich, Director, Information Technology, Motorola
    • Terry Ruttan, VP Business Operations, NBTY
    • David Rudzinsky, SVP and CIO, Hologic
  • PLM Track Sessions: We have confirmed a number of customer speakers across four tracks, representing a range of industries including: Brooks Automation, Cisco, ConAgra, Hologic, JDSU, Life Technologies, Mattel, Motorola, Oracle Peoplesoft, Pampered Chef, Qualcomm, Roka Bioscience and Zebra.

4. New User Experience Demo Area

We have upgraded our demo grounds so that attendees can better view our products up close, and even try them in a hands-on environment. Our new demo grounds will consist of three major components:

  • A hands-on iPad demo area that will allow attendees the opportunity to run through self-paced PLM demos at their own speed.
  • Theater-style demos that will be scheduled during lunches and networking breaks where attendees can view business process flows working in real-time.
  • Meet the Experts dedicated time for attendees to ask specific questions to our product experts

5. Visit with our PLM Partner Community

Our partners play an important and significant role within the Agile PLM community. We have a number of our top partners that attendees will be able to meet and mingle with including:

  • Event Sponsors: Inspirage and KPIT
  • Premier Sponsors: Accenture, IBM and Kalypso
  • Track Sponsors: Deloitte, GoEngineer, Hitachi, KPMG, Xavor and ZeroWaitState
  • Preferred Sponsors: J-Squared and Verdant

Go here for a complete list of all the OVCS 2014 sponsors.

We look forward to seeing you in San Jose!

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.


Register Today

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 Apr 10, 2013

Review of the 1st European Value Chain Summit in Cologne, March 19-20, 2013

We have completed our 1st European Value Chain Summit in Cologne, with great success. More than 300 attendees have seen a great program that addressed all our 7 target industries in the Enterprise PLM Summit, followed by PLM Customer Advisory Board (CAB) sessions and the Special Interest Group (SIG) Meetings on CAD integration. Combined with the Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summits, we provided a very interesting program for prospects and for current customers, also highly praised by our partners. We provided excellent networking opportunities, and held deep discussions on Value Chain Transformation strategies. 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 hands-on workshops, with networking time during the event and dinner, worked beyond expectations. The visible presence from our North American colleagues from Product Strategy and Development was understood as a clear corporate support to our industry strategies for Enterprise PLM in Europe. Overall, with this Summit we experienced a very strong community feeling among all attendees. From March 19-20, really Cologne was the place to be!

General Event Overview and Statistics

All seats in the main conference room were taken, when Derren Nisbet, Oracle Western Europe Specialist Sales Leader, introduced the conference concept and agenda: With this first Value Chain Summit, we were bringing together the best of the best, including the Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management for the Product Value Chain, we added Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution as 3 Solution Summits under one roof to create a comprehensive conference that included more than 40 sessions across all of the value chain solution areas.

audienceWith a number of 338 confirmed total registrations, actually 302 attendees really made it to Cologne: This is a really low no-show rate, indicating that the ecosystem we operate in is stable, and that our customers show a strong commitment. We had attendees from 23 different countries (Belgium, Bosnien & Herzigovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA) – so this really was an international atmosphere we were operating in. A very nice atmosphere also could be experienced in the networking dinner in a typical "Kölsch" venue!

Around 65% of total attendees were specifically interested in the PLM summit sessions.

The Value Chain umbrella under which we placed the 3 Summits was reasonably well understood for a first time, although more is needed to support the concept. However, already now the overall perceived value is quite high. CIMdata and Cambashi, the two PLM market analysts that we invited, were highly impressed by the level of the presentations, by the number of attendees and by the expertise that customers, partners and Oracle teams demonstrated all along. In the next few days, summit participants will receive an email with the link to a follow-up portal. On this portal, they will find links to the presentations that are agreed to be available to the public, as well as photos from the event.

Strategic sessions in the Value Chain Summit

The “massive” impression from Philip Morris and Novartis presentations set the tone very early in the agenda and put everyone in a listening mode. We earned a very high vote of confidence from customers and partners on the Product Value Chain strategy we are developing for each of our target industries. In his keynote, Jon Chorley gave the audience an insight into strategies on how to accelerate Value Chain Transformation. He described the Value Chain Transformation Maturity curve: How to move from Fragmented Silo-Based Processes (Limited Collaboration based on Spreadsheets & Manual Processes) via improved Internal, transactional Processes, Data Integration (based on Standardization, Integration, Foundational) and improved Point Capabilities (Selective Demand, Supply Improvements, with some advanced capabilities & best practices) to an Integrated & Aligned Value Chain with Multi-Enterprise Orchestration. With Value Chain Transformation and a well orchestrated Product Value Chain, our customers are enabled to create winning products, drive market innovation, design for supply, and commercialize rapidly.

In his presentation “From idea to manufacturing” Patrick Deconfin, Manager IS Product Development, Philip Morris International, spoke about how PMI manages all Reference Product Specifications globally in Oracle Agile PLM. PLM is key for PMI to support new product development, with high energy and a common vision. What started with a Packaging Lifecycle project back in 2004, is now a fully-fledged PLM system, embarking PLM Analytics, managing the creation of all product specifications worldwide, with stage-gate project management, handling of finished products, Bill of Materials, Suppliers, and Quality Management. It helps cope with complexity, integrate multiple stakeholders, enable a global operating model, streamline the organization and increase speed to market.

Further in the PLM Summit track, around 200 people wanted to learn “How to eat a dinosaur”. This presentation by Antonio Mazzariello, Novartis, highlighted how to orchestrate “Information Management in Pharmaceutical Industry”. Antonio is the Project Leader of the Novartis Change Control Excellence project, which is part of their overall Product Lifecycle Management Methodology and the Novartis Product Lifecycle Excellence strategy.

In their presentation, Denis Senpere (VP Enterprise PLM, EMEA) and John Kelley (VP Strategy, Product Value Chain Solutions) discussed the Oracle Enterprise PLM Strategy for the Product Value Chain. According to CIMdata, Oracle is the #2 Worldwide Vendor for Enterprise PLM in 2011, with again the highest growth in the Top 5. Many of the Gartner Top 25 Supply Chain companies are using Oracle Enterprise PLM solutions alongside their SAP ERP installations. As John pointed out, with Oracle, companies can achieve Product Value Chain Transformation. He specifically highlighted the new Fusion Innovation Management solution and PLM Analytics, and gave an overview of the Product Value Chain Roadmap. The investment areas are clearly:

  • #1 Invest in the core PLM use cases across all PLM Product Lines
  • #2 Invest in Commercialization Use Cases
  • #3 Invest in the Fuzzy Front-End Of Innovation
  • #4 Invest in Analytics to Expose Business Value

Value Chain Research: Managing the Value Chain in turbulent times

In the early morning of day 2, Dynamic Markets presented the results of their Independent Market Research (commissioned by Oracle), a quantitative research with senior decision makers in large organizations in 9 countries across EMEA (UK, France, Germany, Russia, the Nordics, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the UAE). A total of 677 surveys were collected from companies with more than 250 employees. The report really shows shocking statistics that prove that companies are well advised to look into Oracle Value Chain solutions to overcome difficulties which were identified.

  • Two-thirds (63%) of EMEA companies have experienced disruption to their value chain due to unpredictable events in the last 12 months.
  • On average, it has taken 2.1 months to get back to ‘business as usual’ following such incidents.
  • The average cost to date has been €519,838 per incident per company; but this is as high as €20.4M in one company.
  • Only 25% have performed a risk assessment on all elements of their value chain.
  • 79% have to comply with at least 1 type of legislation / trade regulation that affects their value chain, but 30% have been non-compliant during the last 12 months.
  • Not all companies are able to gather a comprehensive set of product / service line data, and among those who can, on average it takes 3 weeks to complete this task.
  • 85% say departments / groups in their organization struggle to provide timely data and information relating to products and services - those in customer services and finance think their own departments are the worst.
  • 94% think there are barriers to internal communication and collaboration within their company and 61% blame data and / or technology problems.
  • Also, 87% think barriers exist to external communication and collaboration with customers / suppliers - and 56% blame data and / or technology problems.
  • When conducting promotional campaigns in the last 2 years, 71% have seen a negative impact on the company as a direct result.
  • Just 12% measure all the elements that they feel are important to measure.

Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution Summit Customer Sessions

As part of the inaugural Oracle European Value Chain Summit, a dedicated Value Chain Execution and Value Chain Planning track included presentations by several leading global companies, like IKEA, Lufthansa Technik Logistik, Oracle Sun, Uponor, Lafarge, Smith Medical, Ferring, British Gypsum, Red Dot Corporation, and Zebra Technologies. Alan Braithwaite, visiting professor at Cranfield University, explained the importance for companies to have visibility of their Supply Chain to react swiftly and agile to the changes of the modern business. Companies that make use of Supply chain systems show a higher delivery rate, higher customer satisfaction and a higher profit margin.

Enterprise PLM Innovation Award for Prof. Dr. Martin Eigner

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Eigner is a well known expert for Product Lifecycle Management and CAD/CAM. Back in 1985 he was the founder and CEO of the EIGNER + PARTNER GmbH, and CTO of EIGNER Inc. in Waltham, Massachusetts (USA). In August 2003, Eigner Inc. was acquired by Agile, which later in 2007 was acquired by Oracle for 495 Mio $. In July 2001, Martin founded the consulting company ENGINEERING CONSULT, and since October 2004 was appointed the professorship for virtual product development at the University Kaiserslautern, Germany. In parallel, he is a visiting professor at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Germany and University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a honorary professor of the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and the Karlsruhe University. It was a special honor for Denis Senpere, Oracle Vice President Enterprise PLM EMEA, to hand over the Oracle Enterprise PLM Innovation Award 2013 to Prof. Dr. Eigner. This was a special appreciation for the dedication, hard work, expertise and innovation that Martin Eigner has brought to the world of product development. Even today, we are working with more than 160 customers who have purchased the former Eigner software, which evolved into today’s Oracle Agile PLM for Industrial Manufacturing (Agile e6).

Industry sessions: PLM for Food and Beverage, Retail, LifeSciences, High Tech / Electronics and Industrial Manufacturing

TysonKim Glenn, Tyson Foods Director Research & Development showed in her presentation “Increase Visibility, Improve Innovation” how Tyson has overcome the difficulty of balancing Innovation vs. Quality & Compliance. Thanks to the implementation of Agile PLM for Food and Beverage (Agile for Process), they have been able to move away from 11 Giant Filing Cabinets to one trusted Online Location. They have significantly improved audit efficiency through visibility of suppliers by item and by company. Tyson has implemented Supply Chain contingency planning with the ability to easily identify components affected by supplier change, and great visibility of supplier documentation – including audits and documentation of company actions. Electronic workflows ensure that appropriate reviews occur.

Benefits for Tyson Foods are:

  • Improved Speed to Market
  • Better Supplier and Product Quality
  • One Innovation Platform for All

In the respective PLM for Food and Beverage breakout sessions we were able to welcome 50 attendees to listen to the case studies about Amadori, United Biscuits and at Raisio. It was great to hear about their specific projects and PLM journey and about the value of their implementation partners SinfoOne and CGI Finland.

With regards to Retail, there were several relevant presentations. Most prominent, Anna Edvardsson from ICA Sweden (former part of Ahold group with around 2,100 own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway and the Baltic countries) described how to lay the foundation for competitive Product Development in Retail. ICA Sweden is one of Sweden’s leading retail companies with Food, Non-food and Nearly-food products. In 2012, ICA Sweden took the first step of implementing Oracle’s PLM tool, based on a need to lay the necessary foundation for further growth within the focus area Private Label. The PLM solution was delivered on time and budget in ten months by a joint team Accenture + Oracle Consulting Services. The presentation showed why ICA found the introduction of PLM as inevitable, and what they have accomplished:

  • Uniform way of working for all ICA’s Product Development
  • PLM necessary for completed ISO-certification
  • Transparency in process gives support for decision-making and taking action throughout the development and the whole life cycle of articles
  • Better support in deciding what products to launch
  • Better support in prioritizing maintenance of current assortment
  • Better support for following-up different types of projects and the time each project phase takes
  • A common source of information for our Product Development and Private Label assortment

Sachin Patel from our Product Management highlighted how to implement multichannel commerce with PIM / PDQ and Endeca. So in the summit we covered our complete offering for the Retail industry with Multichannel Product Catalog and Private Label Retailing.

There were also great presentations for everyone interested in Life Sciences: Adding to the presentation from Novartis, Smith Medical and Ferring Pharmaceuticals presented in the all-hands keynote. These companies have started their Value Chain Transformation journey in the areas of Value Chain Planning and Value Chain Execution. However, they are now ready to further move up the VC Transformation maturity curve and look into Oracle Enterprise PLM. Covering their experience with Oracle PLM in the Medical Device industry,Vibeke Nyrop, GN Resound, highlighted how to achieve FDA compliance with Agile PLM. As a medical device manufacturer, GN ReSound must meet stringent product data control regulations. GN ReSound facilitates compliance with Agile PLM as the foundation for the company’s new, global, product information and documentation environment, which provides a complete overview of all products and parts.

Several presentations were given by customers from the High-Tech Electronics industry: Freescale, Cameron, and Domino Printing reported on Protection of Intellectual Property, Obsolescence Management, and CAD Integration.

In the area of Industrial Manufacturing: Doosan Skoda Power, Marel and SPX Cooling presented their PLM success stories and praised the strong backbone capabilities, deep CAD integration and world-class engineering functionality of Agile e6 for managing complex machinery businesses, often unique to a given customer, and requiring worldwide servicing. AutoVue for Agile was recognized as a unique Enterprise Visualization solution that is the natural companion for Agile PLM. More and more customers use AutoVue for supplier collaboration on documents, on packaging documents, on drawings, on 3D mechanical models, on electromechanical models, all under control of the Agile PLM backbone for traceability.

Product sessions on Innovation Management, Product Roadmaps and Strategies

PLM has been adopted by many companies in the world today. 65% of the CPG Industry has adopted PLM for at least specification management and new product development process management: But is that making them better innovators? Market leaders have a more holistic view of innovation. Fusion Innovation Management brings this holistic view from Oracle. We enforce a model in which the wall is gone between PLM and the rest of the Value Chain, and where a company has one holistic view from Idea to Retirement. Fusion Innovation Management is a solution which brings end-to-end data together and shows fit with Business & Innovation Strategy. Accountability becomes clearer for a product during its entire lifecycle, from end-to-end, and with real-time decision-making about project & product portfolios This was presented by the two “Innovation Gurus” Mick Broekhof, Kalypso, and James Ramsay, Oracle, in their presentation “Making Strategic Breakthroughs in Innovation Management”. With the NEW Oracle Fusion Innovation Management companies can capture, discuss, enrich & screen new ideas, to improve the ability to identify the best ideas & convert them into business value faster,and to ensure each new product fulfils targeted customer needs & requirements.

With Fusion Innovation Management, companies will be able to 

  • Build stronger ideas pipeline
  • Consistently satisfy customer needs
  • Better align product portfolio with corporate strategy
  • Optimize lifecycle return of your products

...REPEATEDLY!

Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics (OPLA) was a really hot topic on the summit. We started with a common presentation “Making Informed Decisions with OPLA”, followed later on the day by a hands-on PLM Analytics workshop. The hands-on workshop created a strong impression with our customers: “This stuff is really easy to use, and there are tons of content that is usable for my business out of the box! “. “I have it on my iPad! This is so cool…”.

In the respective product / industry breakout sessions, we were openly sharing the Product News and Roadmap for Agile e6 & AutoVue, for Agile 9.3 as well as for PLM for Process. Matt Johnson and Jeff Pratt presented on "Product MDM and Data Quality: How Fusion Product Hub drives value in your business and in the Cloud." Whether planning, building, selling or shipping products, a value chain can only be as good as its data. Everybody who attended this presentation now knows how Fusion Product Hub streamlines product data processes while improving governance, security and data quality, and learned about Oracle’s latest product MDM innovations – such as MDM in the Cloud. Our general attitude towards our products (confident, proud, smiling, relaxed) was also captured by our customers. It was even further extended by the CAB sessions and the SIG. Openness is paying off, for sure!

Oracle Innovation Management survey

On the summit, we were pointing our customers to our current Innovation Management Survey: Are you getting the maximum Return on Innovation? Participate in the ORACLE INNOVATION MANAGEMENT survey and receive a complimentary research report. All you need to do is to invest 10 minutes. As a reward, you will gain insight into:

  • Top challenges impacting return on innovation
  • How companies are looking to improve their innovation management processes
  • How your company’s experiences benchmark with those of other leading organizations

Participate in the online survey (for german version, go here).

survey

Partner view: Well-earned Enterprise PLM Partner Excellence Awards!

The partners also reported how pleased they were with this event.  The Gold and Silver Sponsors were delighted to receive special recognition awards delivered to them by Denis Senpere and Ulf Köster. While ICP Solution and Kalypso received the Oracle Enterprise PLM Excellence GOLD Award 2013, xPLM Solution, DataSquare, Kallik, Maier CSS, SinfoOne, Systematics and Zensar received the PLM Excellence Award for their support and cooperation. All our PLM partners understood that we care about them and want to do more with them. The PLM partner exhibition on the event was very well attended. The atmosphere was very energetic and inspiring, so that the partners also have taken the opportunity to discuss with other partners, and find areas for cooperation.

Feedbacks: A few words from our customers and partners

Here are some selected feedbacks from customers and partners:

“I want to thank you for arranging this great summit. Great presentations and a very good combination between Oracle and the customer presentation - and great opportunities for networking. I also want to thank you for inviting me to the CAB meeting bringing up- and discussing areas for system improvement. I have learned a lot that will be useful for me and have got some very good contacts to other companies for future networking. It has been the best conference since Agile was acquired by Oracle. I hope that this will not be the last one. Please bring forward my thanks to all the helpful people supporting the summit.” Vibeke Nyrop, GN Resound

“It was a fantastic event and quite great experience for me. I would recommend adding a little content for middleware applications that can help value chain innovation requirements (i.e. Enterprise – mobility)” Sayed Mohammed El-Sayed, Savola Group, Saudi Arabia

“The event met my expections. There were many good opportunities for networking and sharing experiences. By meeting a lot of Oracle people, we also got a better sense of how your organization is set up and how we can work better with you.” Anna Edvardsson, ICA Sverige AB

“This is just to thank you for inviting me to Köln. I much enjoyed the event and learnt things about Oracle that I had not previously known. Hopefully you feel I made a useful contribution. Also I will be pleased to connect Oracle with Cranfield and it would be good to have you as part of the SCRiP research club. I am following this up with Vikram and Dominic.” Professor Alan Braithwaite

exhibition“The Oracle PLM Summit was a very well organized event. The summit gave us a good understanding of Oracle products that are coming soon to the market. A pleasant surprise was the multitude of customer presentations – accounts of Oracle Product Implementations, which covered in detail, the numerous challenges faced by the industry. My suggestion would be to arrange the program agenda in such a manner that as far as possible customer presentations should not clash as it is difficult to choose between two equally good presentations.“ Ashutosh Shrivastava, Mahindra Satyam

“Regarding the Summit, we heard only positive signals from our network. What we would do better next year is to put even greater energy into bringing more clients and prospects to the Summit. Testimonials from this year’s attendees will be a good vehicle.” Mick Broekhof, Kalypso

“I have seen a strong cooperation between Customers, Partners and Oracle teams: the Customers were pleased to share their experiences with the other people, the Partners had no difficulties to meet each other and find valuable form of collaboration, the Oracle people did their best to facilitate the contacts between Customers and Partners. I also have seen a real interest from the audience in the topics covered at the event, so the sessions were often interactive with many questions and considerations from the attendees.” Giuseppe Malorgio, SinfoOne

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!

Wednesday Jan 30, 2013

Learn How PL Developments is Leveraging Oracle Value Chain Solutions to Optimize Their Supply Chain

The flu season is upon us once again and I'll bet that most of you have spent some time in the cold and flu aisle at your neighborhood Walgreens or CVS pharmacies checking out the variety of medication available. Have you heard of PL Developments? They are a leading organization in the life sciences domain that produces many of these cold and flu medicines. Tom Crowe, CIO of PL Developments will be a featured speaker in one of our PLM track sessions, Integrated Business Planning: New Product Management and Forecasting (Weds Feb 6, 2:15-3pm). Read the blog below, authored by guest blogger Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development at KPIT, and see how KPIT has enabled PL Developments to optimize their supply chain.


New Products Management and Forecasting Helped PL Developments Achieve a Robust Supply Chain

by Priya Mokha, Director of Client Development, KPIT

PL Developments partnered with KPIT to manage and forecast new products using Oracle Agile Product Lifecycle Management and Oracle Value Chain Planning. This year at the Oracle Value Chain Summit, Tom Crowe, CIO from PL Developments and KPIT recount the success story – a story that can inspire many to use cutting-edge Oracle technology to stay ahead of the curve.

PL Developments is a fast growing wholesale distributor of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products to big box retailers like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, and Target. To ensure that these medicines reach the counters before a disease reaches you, PL Developments has built an automated, low-cost, optimized supply chain using Oracle Value Chain applications including both Process and Discrete Manufacturing, Agile PLM, Demantra and ASCP synchronized together, and Warehouse Management All-in-One (software, scanners, labels, label printers). With a phased approach, the pharmaceutical giant has focused on getting the system up and running, then adding VCP and VCE tools, and finally optimizing the system to provide true value.

We all know that in today’s fast paced and highly competitive markets, companies are introducing new products at a faster pace and with shorter product lifecycles. Product profitability and market sustainability are aspects that a company must strive for to maintain its competitive advantage. This can be possible only when a company has the ability to manage and forecast product entries and market exits effectively. PL Developments achieved all these with Oracle technology and the robust partnership with KPIT – an Oracle Platinum Partner.

At this year’s inaugural Value Chain Summit, be sure to attend the session with PL Developments and the experts from KPIT on New Product Management and Forecasting from an Integrated Business Planning perspective. The speakers will present challenges, methods, solutions approach and also feature PL Developments’ success story where KPIT deployed a solution to manage and forecast new products using Oracle Product Life Cycle Management and Value Chain Planning Suite.

Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

  • NPI Management: Product Lifecycle Management Perspective
  • NPI Forecasting: Value Chain Planning Perspective
  • NPI Management and Forecasting at PL Developments

·         Be there on Wednesday, February 6th, 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm in the PLM Track to hear this fascinating success story: Integrated Business Planning: New Product Management and Forecasting presented by Tom Crowe, CIO, PL Developments, Sushant Sawant, Director VCP, KPIT and David Bartlett, Sr. Director, PLM & MDM, KPIT.

      If you wish to explore Oracle’s cutting-edge technology to stay ahead of the curve, meet KPIT experts at the Oracle Value Chain Summit or schedule an appointment by emailing me at priya.mokha @kpitcummins.com.

See you in San Francisco!

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