By Sylvie MacKenzie, PMP on May 17, 2012
Written by Guest Blogger Brian Saldutti, Director, Solution Strategy, Oracle
Manufacturers in industries such as high tech, energy, and communications face challenges with their increasingly sophisticated products. The owners and operators they serve are coming to heavily rely upon these manufacturers to install and support technologically complex products. This shift in responsibility represents an opportunity for producers to build lasting relationship with customers while increasing their own revenues. The internal disconnect among many manufacturers’ installation services, operations and finance units often limit their ability to proactively tame such complexity.
Oracle has teamed with Infosys on a comprehensive and integrated product offering that unites the installation projects of services, the revenue planning of finance, and the supply chain of operations. Known as Project Driven Supply Chain (PDSC), this solution consists of the best that Oracle offers including: Demantra for demand forecasting, Rapid Planning for supply scenario planning, and Primavera for project delivery. This combined solution will enable enterprises to reduce inventory, improve forecasting accuracy, automate complex billing processes, and deliver projects reliably.
Primavera plays a role not only for executing projects on-time, but because all projects across the entire portfolio are centrally tracked a manufacturer has unprecedented view into impacts on both projects and resources. When bidding for business, organizations can use Primavera to anticipate the resource demands prior to contract award. In the event a finance executive needs to pull-in revenue to meet quarterly targets, planners use Primavera to model scenarios and allow changes to happen. If a late supplier shipment disrupts installation activities, Primavera can be used to help avoid late penalty charges.
This solution is a great example of how Oracle is fulfilling the promise of truly integrated applications that solve problems in way that is unique in the marketplace. Oracle Primavera’s enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) continues to be woven into the landscape of mission critical applications not only for manufacturing, but also construction, maintenance and development.
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