Friday Apr 11, 2014

Thank you for Joining us at Gartner Enterprise Information and Master Data Summit

Thank you for stopping by our Oracle Booth at Gartner and attending our session on Feet on the Ground, Head in the Cloud! We hope your time with Gartner and your fellow attendees was productive, fun and above all inspiring for the year to come.

Recognized as a leader in this year’s Gartner Magic Quadrant for MDM solutions, Oracle’s strategy is to make the full spectrum of deployment options available to our customers.  With a mixture of on-premise and cloud-based applications integrated together to deliver best-in-class customer experience, we have wrestled with these problems and created solutions that can be implemented today.   The decisions you make on how to design and deploy MDM will have a magnified impact as the data explosion continues to unfold.


Oracle MDM solutions are built on the same application engines that drive our enterprise software, with thousands of customers in deployment managing billions of records. We have out-of-the-box integrations to a number of Customer Experience applications, industry standard data feeds and even third party applications and data sources. Our MDM applications are specifically engineered to be part of a heterogeneous application and technology ecosystem. Our EDQ and MDM applications are specifically engineered to be part of a heterogeneous application and technology ecosystem. That’s critically important as the MDM footprint gets extended, and your need to operate across these different environments expands.


It’s an exciting time to be in the enterprise data management space. We would welcome the chance to discuss what we’re doing in more detail, and to share our experience and our recommendations for solving your most pressing data problems. 


For more information please visit us our MDM Solutions Factory at:

http://launch.oracle.com/?oramdm

Sunday Apr 06, 2014

Join us at Collaborate 14 April 7th-11th at the Venetian in Las Vegas!

Join us at Collaborate 14 April 7th-11th at the Venetian in Las Vegas!

The word is out. There is ONE event that delivers the full spectrum of Oracle Applications and Technology education that you need to boost results all year long. Produced by three independent users groups, COLLABORATE14: Technology and Applications Forum for the Oracle Community delivers nearly 1,250 sessions and panels packed with first-hand experiences, case studies and practical “how-to” content.

Thousands of Oracle Applications users around the world connect through the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG). They know that OAUG involvement equips them to improve efficiency, enhance problem solving and spark innovation through opportunities for education, networking and influence. We will be delivering three Master Data Management and Data Governance sessions not to be missed!

Session Title: Oracle Master Data Management: Portfolio Overview, Strategy, and Roadmap

Session ID #: 15281

Date: 4/8/2014

Time: 03:00 PM - 04:00 PM PDT (local Las Vegas time)

Room: Level 1, Galileo – 1001

Companies today are being inundated with increasingly vast amounts of data. Tying it all together across various systems so that it can be better leveraged is a major challenge. As a result, Data Governance and Master Data Management (MDM) initiatives are major strategic initiatives that are actively being pursued within many organizations today to help solve for it. In this session, you will gain insight on not only what “MDM” is, but also the related people, processes and technology requirements needed to achieve it.

Session Title:  Oracle Fusion Product Hub - The Foundation for Your Enterprise Product Information

Session ID #:  15280

Date:  4/9/2014

Time:  02:00 PM - 03:00 PM PDT (local Las Vegas time)

Room:  Level 3, Murano - 3201

How much do you trust your product data to give you a competitive advantage and operational excellence in your enterprise? In today’s dynamic and competitive business environment, where faster product launches, cost efficiency, and regulatory compliance are a necessity, many enterprises struggle with achieving consistent, high-quality product data that provides significant business value. This session shows how to achieve a solid Product Information Managment Foundation with Oracle Fusion Product Hub.

Session Title: The Data Quality Journey: From Tactical Fixes to Enterprise Data Quality Governance

Session ID #: 15253

Date: 4/9/2014

Time: 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM PDT (local Las Vegas time)

Room: Level 1, Galileo 1001

Data quality projects take on many forms and grow through many stages. This session will look at some common data quality use cases, motivations and business benefits. It will also look at some best practices running from tactical implementations to more strategic enterprise-wide use for data quality governance, and will give an overview of Oracles strategic data quality solution, Oracle Enterprise Data Quality and highlight why it can be a good fit for any data quality program.

Attendees can add sessions to their personal schedule by accessing link below and get additional session details and information here : http://www.collaborate14.com/Education.aspx


Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Join Oracle at Gartner Enterprise Information and Master Data Management Summit!

 


Join Oracle at this year’s Gartner Enterprise Information & Master Data Management Summit! It is the world's very first conference to provide the broadest and deepest research on enterprise information and master data management anywhere. A must-attend for data and information management professionals, the 2014 summit offers intensive analysis and insight that will help you achieve a deeper understanding of the tools and technologies needed to implement, manage and grow successful initiatives and programs. The summit’s comprehensive tracks address all levels of MDM and enterprise information maturity.


Oracle is a sponsor at this event and look forward to having you come visit us at our Oracle booth for an opportunity to look at what’s new with our products and solutions.  Please plan on attending our session on “Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground”. A session not to be missed!

Social data, machine-generated data, geo location data – all flavors of big data – are generating the question, what do I DO with all that data? Now that strategies for collecting it and storing it are in place, how do you make sense of it? How, specifically, can we inspect those vast reservoirs of data to extract the nuggets of actionable information that create value? That’s the focus of our session at the Gartner MDM conference, how MDM helps to filter big data, identify multiple overlapping profiles and store new attributes that enrich the master record

Title: “Head in the Cloud, Feet on the Ground”

Speaker: John Parker, Oracle Corporation

Date: Friday, April 4, 2014

Start Time: 9:15a.m.

End Time: 9:45a.m.

Location

Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino

Palazzo D

For more information on Gartner and our Oracle track details, please visit us here!

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Master Data Management: How to Avoid Big Mistakes in Big Data

Big Data Quality MDM

Master Data Management: How to Avoid Big Mistakes in Big Data

The paradigm-changing potential benefits of big data can't be overstated—but big changes can deliver big risks as well. For example, exploding data volumes naturally create a corresponding increase in data correlations, but as leading experts warn, correlations should not be mistaken for causes.

To avoid drawing the wrong conclusions from big data, organizations first need a way to assemble reliable master data to analyze. Then they need a way to put those conclusions and that data to work operationally, in the systems that govern and facilitate their day-to-day operations.

Master data management (MDM) helps deliver insightful information in context to aid decision-making. It can be used to filter big data, isolating and identifying key entities and shrinking the dataset to a manageable size for parsing, tagging, and associating with operational system records. And it provides the key intersecting point that enables organizations to map big data results to operational systems that are built on relational databases and structured information.

Adopting master data management capabilities helps organizations create consolidated, consistent, and authoritative master data across the enterprise, enabling the distribution of master information to all operational and analytical applications, including those that contain customer, product, supplier, site, and financial information.

Oracle Master Data Management drives results by delivering the ability to cleanse, govern, and manage the quality and lifecycle of master data.

To learn more about the importance of MDM as an underlying technology that facilitates big data initiatives, read an in-depth Oracle C-Central article, "Masters of the Data: CIOs Tune into the Importance of Data Quality, Data Governance, and Master Data Management."

And don't miss the new Oracle MDM resource center. Visit today to download white papers, read customer stories, view videos, and learn more about the full range of features for ensuring data quality and mastering data in the key domains of customer, product, supplier, site and financial data.

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

Join Us for a Webcast: Enterprise Best Practices for Complex Multi-Chart/Multi-Ledger Organizations


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Enterprise Best Practices for Complex Multi-Chart/Multi-Ledger Organizations

Like many industry leaders, organizations do a good job closing their books and managing change in their structures. Unfortunately, many of the processes put in place are manual and require many hours or planning, spreadsheet update and rework to address inconsistencies and additional change while the manual processes are being executed.

Diverse organizations, planning for record growth in 2014 and support many different general ledgers and/or multiple charts of accounts, have a complex challenge managing corporate reporting hierarchies and financial consolidation mappings. In this session you will learn how to:
  • Automate key manual processes to drive growth
  • Handle hierarchical change and re-organizations
  • Understand Data Governance concerns and strategies

Join Oracle, AdvancedEPM and General Dynamics for this informative webcast as we discuss key issues around how to automate change in your business. General Dynamics achievements included:
  • Reduced Planning Cycles by 30%
  • Reduced Re-Organizations, and What-If Modeling by 25%
  • Delegated maintenance responsibility to business experts most familiar with change events
  • Consolidated & rationalized corporate and divisional hierarchies across many different sources
  • Pushed hierarchies and other reference data (in multiple formats) to many downstream apps
  • Standardized hierarchies, business rules, and data validations
  • Provided better analysis tools to support Re-Orgs, M&A activity, etc.

About the Speaker

Ed Cody is a seasoned IT business manager having over 10 years of experience working with Hyperion EPM and Oracle BI applications. Ed is the author of 2 books on Hyperion products, and has consulted in both commercial and government organizations. Ed was instrumental in the development of General Dynamics "BI/EPM Center of Excellence" and award winning "BI Collaborative", he has leveraged DRM in concert with Oracle E-Business, Oracle BI, and EPM solutions to provide easy-to-use and effective master data management solutions across General Dynamics.

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Friday Mar 07, 2014

Master Data Management and Big Data: Perfect Together!

By Gino Fortunato

Master Data Management and Big Data: Perfect together!

The 'hot' button around gathering customer insight is Big Data.  And justifiably so.  Using Big Data is a great way to harness previously unusable data to look for patterns in the data crumbs that customers leave behind.  By rapidly processing this data in real time, Big Data allows customer insight that was previously impossible. 

Much of this insight is statistical.  Customers have similar patterns.  They abandon shopping carts when something is out of stock or when they see the final price.  At least compared to other points of the buying process.  It's just human nature.  By using statistical and other techniques, driving insight about what the customer is doing, or might be doing next, can drive a lot of value. 

But wouldn't it be great to use that Big Data insight along with what you already know about that customer?  That's where MDM comes in.  MDM is the spot to operationalize what you already know about the customer.  By using what you already know, plus the insight you have gleaned from Big Data, you can make informed decisions about how to react to the customer's next click.  And do it in real time.   To properly use the insight, it is necessary to properly idenfity the customer.  Again, an area that master data management can help.  With it's built in identity resolution capabilities, MDM can help in two ways.  One is to add to what is being derived based on the Big Data source.  The other is to prevent mistakes when the statistical analysis is wrong.  For example, the customer surfing the gaming site may be grouped into a category that has a number of traits.  One of those traits might be an expected age range.  But if the organization knew the birthdate of the person was outside that age range, they can propose different cross sell/ upsell possiblities and perhaps lead to the discovery of a new subcategory to further open the market.

To learn more about the importance of MDM as an underlying technology that facilitates big data initiatives, read an in-depth Oracle C-Central article, "Masters of the Data: CIOs Tune into the Importance of Data Quality, Data Governance, and Master Data Management."







Friday Feb 28, 2014

Oracle Fusion Product Hub showcased digital catalog publication solution using Product Hub

By Dhiman Bhattacharjee

In the recently concluded Oracle’s 2nd Annual Value Chain summit, Oracle Fusion Product Hub showcased the new capability of Product Hub for digital catalog publication. With this capability Product Hub customers can now create and manage their print, web, and mobile catalogs from a single application. Fusion Product Hub is the ideal publishing solution for multi-channel catalog requirements, combining product information management capabilities along with advanced publication features and tools ensuring that product catalogs published across all channels are consistent and error-free.

The digital catalog print solution has been developed along with a product hub partner named Silicon Publishing and uses their product called Silicon Paginator. Based out of San Francisco, Silicon Publishing is the leading provider of Adobe InDesign Server solutions. Their product Silicon Paginator, renders catalogs from various data sources and delivers high-quality print and mobile output. Silicon Paginator has now been integrated with Oracle Fusion Product Hub, allowing fully automated publishing from Product data Hub, using Adobe InDesign Server and the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite. The diagram below shows the data flow for digital catalog publication using product hub.

The video below shows the workflow: how data from Product Hub is mapped to document object styles, producing ready-to-print output and iPad/Android applications. The Silicon Paginator product ingests Product Hub data, flows the data through InDesign templates according to rules, incorporates static matter (such as ads or static content) and automatically generates navigational tools such as tables of contents, indexes and tablet search functionality.

Here is link to the youtube video link:

http://youtu.be/FvnozqeWn3s.

Tuesday Feb 18, 2014

Blowout Event: Oracle Value Chain Summit at San Jose’s McHenry Convention Center

By Dhiman Bhattacharjee

In the recently concluded Oracle’s 2nd Annual Value Chain summit, Oracle Fusion Product Hub was very well represented and drew significant attention from our customers. The summit was highly successful, drawing over 650 attendees comprised of business users and architects of every stripe reflecting a strong alignment with one of the key themes of the conference - The Importance of Innovation.

The attendance at product hub sessions was excellent reflecting the growing importance of Product MDM and the Commercialization phase of the product lifecycle. We have over 150+ attendees in both sessions. One of the product hub sessions was about effective multichannel commerce with product information management. The session was very well attended with lots of interaction from the audience. The session started with Bruck Assefa and Dhiman Bhattacharjee from Oracle product MDM strategy team outlining the key challenges with product data from a multi-channel perspective and how Product Hub can help in mitigating these challenges and establishing best practices. I would like to specially call out the customer case study in this session. It was about Pampered Chef, a global company headquartered in Addison, Illinois that offers a line of kitchen tools, food products, and cookbooks aimed for preparing food in the home. At the session, Shaibal Talukdar, Pampered Chef’s director of IT EAA, told about the company’s journey with Product MDM, and how it enabled Pampered Chef to transform business reducing time to market, improving customer satisfaction and impacting significant IT savings. Another key highlight of this session was the introduction of Fusion Product Hub’s digital publishing capability. This is a key topic and I would have another blog post on it.

The second product hub session witnessed a packed house savoring everything about the foundation of enterprise product Information. Sachin Patel from Oracle’s Product MDM Strategy led the session where he outlined key capabilities and the new features of Fusion Product Hub. This session gave a complete picture of Product Hub starting from product features to customer case studies to implementer’s perspective. The highlight of that session was the customer presentation by CDW, a provider of technology products and services for business, government and education. Karl Schulz and Dave Dunkelbarger from CDW highlighted the key challenges of CDW around product data, their plan around Fusion Product Hub, why they choose the product hub cloud service and their success criteria’s. That was followed by Tamer Chavusholu from Kaygen Inc, an implementation partner of Product Hub and he spoke about their offerings and the best practices in implementing Fusion Product Hub Cloud services. A lot of enthusiastic questions from the audience extended the session well beyond its stipulated time.

Pampered Chef and CDW’s use cases and experiences are not unique, and mastering product data continues to be a hot issue for many companies. Fusion Product Hub seems to offer the right blend of tools and functionality for enabling the foundation of product information as companies look to integrate silos of product data sources and formulate the governance processes around them.

Monday Feb 10, 2014

Data Relationship Governance: Effectively Managing Change and Creating a Nimble Enterprise

In an agile world, enterprises should be able to react to change at a fast pace. However, managing changes across systems can be very challenging. Data Relationship Governance offers best of breed data governance capabilities to align people and processes and to maximize information asset quality.

Join us for an Executive forum to discover strategies and tools that are unlocking business potential, driving impact across all business lines and allowing organizations to manage for growth.

Learn directly from organizations succeeding with Data Relationship Governance strategies:

  • Cisco Systems will discuss how their solution supports key financial transformation programs, improved business agility and created a consistent framework for growth.
  • NetApp Inc will discuss how they are utilizing their investment within the Finance organization and how DRM has been a strategic game changer for Sales and Marketing.

This session guarantees an in-depth opportunity to understand why Data Relationship Governance is at the forefront for every Finance Executive priority list.

Register today and learn from your peers on how they are unlocking business potential.

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February 13th, 8:30-1pm PST

Four Seasons

2050 University Ave
East Palo Alto, CA 94303



Agenda

8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Networking and Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Effectively Manage Change with Enterprise Data Governance
- Doug Cosby, Vice President, Engineering, Oracle

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Data Governance Strategies at Cisco Systems
- Finance Business Manager, Cisco Systems

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Enforcing Governance with EPM and BI Solutions
- Robin Peel and Dianne Paulus, Oracle

11:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

NetApp Inc extends outside of Finance to Support Sales Territory Maintenance
- Sr. Finance Manager, Finance Systems Group, NetApp Inc.

11:45 a.m.

Lunch and Data Governance Panel

If you are an employee or official of a government organization, please click here for important ethics information regarding this event.

Thursday Feb 06, 2014

Improve Your Customer Experience Through World-Class Data Quality

Webcast: Improve Your Customer Experience with World-Class Data Quality

Now Available! - Webcast Replay

As an Oracle customer, you know that Oracle is the premier provider of Commerce Solutions. Now you can take your customer experience to the next level by enhancing the data in your systems by adding EDQ (Enterprise Data Quality) to further boost the effectiveness and ROI of the systems you already have. If you are like most organizations, the quality, completeness and consistency of your customer, partner, and/or product data in your systems is much less than you may know and that may be undermining the effective operation of your systems. But how do you know? Do you have quality metrics? Do you have a quality governance program? Do you know how much any of this may be undermining the expected ROI from your Commerce Solutions? Learn how you can develop a data quality program, reduce support costs, improve customer satisfaction, and drive future growth.

See how you can enhance your CX applications to take your Customers Experience to the next level. You’ll discover: The importance of data quality in providing a rich and engaging experience with your customers from their first interaction on your website. You will learn to create a Data Governance program to optimize customer experience and how Oracle’s Customers transformed their online Commerce experience by leveraging Enterprise Data Quality,

This one hour webcast replay is with Martin Boyd, Senior Director of Strategy for Oracle Enterprise Data Quality and Tamer Chavusholu, Managing Consultant at Kaygen. 

Learn how to leverage a data quality program to dramatically improve your Customer Experience!

Webcast Replay

Thursday Jan 30, 2014

Oracle Value Chain Summit - February 3rd-5th, 2014

Are you based out of the Bay Area? 

Join more than 1,000 of your peers at the Value Chain Summit 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. As you plan for this Summit don’t miss out on our 2 Product Information Management sessions where you will hear how customers today face the pressure points to get their products to market, achieve operational excellence and stay competitive!

Date: February 3-5, 2014
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Click here to learn more

Product Information Management: Effective  Multi-Channel Commerce with Product Information Management

Featuring: Pampered Chef

Speakers: Shaibal Talukder, Pampered Chef and Bruck Assefa and Dhiman Bhatacharjee, Oracle Customers today face many pressure points in order to get their products to market through multiple sales and distribution channels.  In today’s multi-channel commerce environment, it is critical more than ever to provide relevant, accurate and timely product data to end-consumers to increase sales and provide superior customer experience. Achieving these goals requires robust tools and governance processes including a central repository for self-service product data onboarding, embedded data quality for cleansing and standardizing, and governance workflows to orchestrate product definitions and change management processes. In this session you will learn how Oracle Product Hub and Enterprise Data Quality can help you master your product information effectively for your multi channel commerce initiatives.

Fusion Product Hub: The Foundation for your Enterprise Product Information

Featuring: CDW and Kaygen

Speakers: Sachin Patel and Milan Bhatia, Oracle, Tamer Chavusholu, Kaygen, Karl Schulz, CDW How much do you trust your product data to give you a competitive advantage and operational excellence in your enterprise? In today’s dynamic and competitive business environment, where faster product launches, cost efficiency, and regulatory compliance are a necessity, many enterprises struggle with achieving consistent, high-quality product data that provides significant business value. This session shows how to achieve a solid Product Information Management Foundation with Oracle Fusion Product Hub and the Oracle Enterprise Data Quality platform. Learn about best practices and differentiated capabilities for the Fusion Product Hub with case study from a marquee customer.

Tuesday Oct 08, 2013

Overhead Door Corp: Categorizing millions of items to enable incredible growth

Learn how Overhead Door Corporation is transforming the burden of managing the exponential growth of its item numbers to a core business strength!

Overhead Door Corporation produces hundreds of thousands of new unique items per year. Each of these items must be categorized, cataloged, and managed using robust lifecycle management techniques. The result is millions of item numbers that must be properly maintained. Implementing the Oracle Product Data Hub is enabling Overhead Door Corporation to:

  • Expand their product leadership
  • Improve their operational excellence and reduce costs
  • Increase their customer intimacy

Hear directly from Larry Freed, CIO of Overhead Door Corporation as he describes the business challenges of managing millions of item numbers and how Oracle and Hitachi Consulting tackled these challenges with process and technology solutions.


Register now for this 60-minute webinar with Overhead Door Corporation, Hitachi Consulting, and Oracle and learn how the company that invented the upward-lifting garage door and the electric door opener is now using Oracle's Product Hub to help re-invent their business processes.


Wednesday Sep 25, 2013

New Aberdeen White Paper - Using PIM to Drive Business Performance

Re-posted from Oracle Supply Chain Management and Procurement Blog

Inside and outside the corporate firewall, there has never been a greater demand for product data.

Download a free copy of the latest Aberdeen Group whitepaper entitled, "More Data, More Channels, Fewer Problems: Using PIM to Drive Business Performance" and discover how best-in-class companies that are leveraging PIM solutions are experiencing fewer product recalls, more perfect shipments, and higher levels of customer satisfaction.  

Find out how you can:

  • Speed time-to-market and reduce failure costs for new product introductions
  • Reduce stock-outs and eliminate under/over ordering with accurate product data
  • Reduce risk with improved management of product regulatory compliance
  • Improve customer service and enable a seamless multi-channel commerce experience
  • Leverage a cloud-based PIM solution as a lower cost, faster-deployment alternative

Click here to download the paper.

For more information on Master Data Management, visit us on oracle.com/mdm.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Data Governance Series: Part 3 - Data Governance Best Practices

And we are with the final installment of our Data Governance appcast (think podcast) series around data governance. If you missed part 1, click here and for part 2, click here.

In this AppCast session, we share with you industry best practices around data governance. I am once again joined by Kelle O'Neal, Managing Partner of First San Francisco Partners and Rahul Kamath, Director of Product Management, Oracle.

Visit MDM AppCasts to listen to other AppCasts and visit  For more information on Master Data Management, visit us on oracle.com.

Thursday Sep 19, 2013

Focus On MDM @ OOW

We hope you found our Oracle OpenWorld Blog series helpful in planning your MDM sessions. As our final blog in this series, I wanted to make sure you had the handy Focus On documents.

You can access the online MDM Focus On or you can download this PDF version.

Other OpenWorld related blog posts and links:

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