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Transportation Management - Up and running at “Cloud” speed!

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By Mandy Lingham, Oracle Consulting Technical Manager

When one is exposed to the world of Transportation Management, there is no turning back from your attention being drawn to trucks on the roads and those ‘I’, ‘T’ or ‘X’ shaped buildings (perhaps cross docking facilities?). However, you don’t have to travel too far from home, because you might have already noticed things like crates and roll cages at your nearby supermarket once you realize how they contribute to transport optimization.

If you have the pleasure to visit the Oracle FACET building in Utrecht you might also be able relate to being exposed to this world even more just by the view of the A2 highway from your desk. On a daily basis one can be amazed at the number of Oracle Transport Management OTM customers, OTM customer’s customers and OTM customer’s service providers that can be identified.

While your amazement might not be on par with a typical 3 year old boy who is excited to see anything huge on wheels, it might come pretty close when your understanding of OTM grows. Add to that the arrival of OTM on the Cloud and the feelings you experience might set you shrieking with joy where a passerby might not be able to discern you from that aforementioned little boy.

There are a number of OTM cloud implementation offerings available for customers :

  • Execution - this provides a Visibility and Tracking solution for customers whose priority is to view what is happening in their transport network and to have a single web based tool for communications.
  • Plan to Execute - this adds Planning and Optimization capabilities to transport orders so that vehicle capacity can be used more efficiently, the most optimal route and price can be found for deliveries and delivery deadlines are met.
  • Plan to Settle - this is the most comprehensive offering which includes all the functionality of already described plus financial settlement. This means that carrier payment is calculated and communicated to the EPR/accounting system.

Cloud customers have the expectation to be up and running quickly and with a delivery between 4 – 12 weeks. The above mentioned offerings meet these expectations hands down.

The Cloud offerings are derived from OTM Express, a comprehensive set of predefined and tested OTM objects. These collectively provide the building blocks for the configuration of the target OTM system. Click here to see how OTM Express allowed us to rapidly implement OTM in a service oriented architecture (2015 OTM SIG Conference presentation).

Of course, nothing is perfect, despite how much we would want things to be, and because of that these offerings are continually evolving. As we discover more ways to reduce time and costs for our customers and find valuable re-usable assets from our implementations, we include these into the offerings when deemed beneficial for future implementations:

Our roadmap for this year is as follows:

Version

Upgrade in progress

1.3

1.4

Target

May 2016

August 2016

November 2016

Functionality enhancements

- Version
1.2 is being upgraded to OTM 6.4.1

- Alignment
with Oracle True Cloud Method Plus TM

- Carrier
Connectivity with 3 large carriers:

· Parcel
Labels

· Track
and Trace

· Pickup
Notification

- Sell-side
Freight Settlement

- Standard
Transportation Intelligence dashboards

- Standard
ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system Integration

- Extend
Rates maintenance via Sourcing module

*Target dates and scope items are subject to change to maintain consistency with product updates and related industry direction

If you have some wonderful ideas on how these offerings can be expanded to get even more Transport Management enthusiasts shouting “Yay!”, then please email these priceless gems our way.

To learn more about the technology described in this post, please visit the OTM page.

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