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

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


Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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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

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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 Aug 20, 2013

Catch up on Enterprise Data Quality


The Oracle Data Integration and Master Data Management Newsletter is now available. In this edition of the quarterly newsletter, we highlight 6 uses cases for Oracle Enterprise Data Quality. You will also find information on upcoming webcasts and customer buzz among other things.

Also, if you wan to subscribe our newsletter, do so through the link in the newsletter.  Happy Reading!



You can learn more about our Oracle Enterprise Data Quality multitool in our upcoming webcast, Putting Data to Work Using Oracle Enterprise Data Quality Solutions on Tuesday, August 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT. As Dain Hansen, Director of Product Marketing says, "Unlike swiss army knives, it is guaranteed never to rust or stop you in an airport metal detector."

Wednesday Aug 14, 2013

Master Data—and Deliver a Great Customer Experience

In the fast-paced world of the connected consumer, expectations run high. Every time customers interact with a company, they want a positive, relevant, and personalized experience. If they don’t get it, today’s empowered customers won’t hesitate to leave. Yet many companies can’t deliver great personal experiences to their customers because they are struggling with siloed information systems and processes that fail to provide complete and accurate data to sales, support, and marketing teams. 

In the new white paper by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, “Delivering on the Promise of Great Customer Experiences,” learn from several forward-thinking organizations—in industries ranging from travel to telecommunications—how to use Master Data Management (MDM) to collect and integrate all types of internal and external data and create the consistent, connected, and personalized experiences that customers want. Oracle Master Data Management offers the most complete product line on the market, enabling organizations to cleanse, centralize, and govern to create a “master” version of customer and business data—and the foundation for an improved customer experience strategy. Find out how your organization can enrich the customer experience.

Read the whitepaper today!

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

Friday Aug 09, 2013

Offer Your Customers Exactly What They Are Looking For

Author: Michael Hylton, Senior Principal Product Marketing Director - CX and CRM (Commerce)

Product and customer data is changing at an unprecedented rate. And it’s not only what you collect but also what you input from third-parties, like your vendors and partners. Research shows that master data change at a rate of 2% per month and in 4 out of 5 instances the supplier data is often more accurate than the retailer’s own data.

So how do you handle multiple versions of the truth, house your product and customer data centrally, and ensure that it’s the most accurate? Poor data quality can undermine your Web site usability and drive a poor customer experience. Companies need to support every stage of the customer buying cycle to ensure that the most accurate product, location, and availability data is available.

Great commerce experiences begin with the quality of the data. Accurate customer and product data is one of your most important assets – and you need both in order to provide your customers with the most personalized buying experience. You need to consolidate multi-structured data and sources into one repository, cleanse data by standardizing, error-correcting, and de-duping, govern data by definition, regulation, auditing, and access, and share master data for better insight to increase sales and trust.

To provide the most accurate search results you also need to standardize product attributes as much of your data may come from internal sources as well as third-party partners. This is critical when it comes to providing the best Web site search results. You don’t want your customers searching for “10 horse power” and “10hp” to have to sort throw two different search results.

By following these key commerce data principles you can provide your customers exactly what they are looking for on your Web site.

Click here to learn more about Oracle Commerce and here to learn more about Oracle Master Data Management.

Monday Aug 05, 2013

Data Quality: Project, Program or Way of Life?

What are the benefits and methods of developing a great Data Quality and Governance program?The longest journey begins with a single step, and so it is with data quality.

Tune in to this AppCast session with Martin Boyd, Senior Director, Product Strategy, Oracle and Tamer Chavusholu, Managing Partner, KAYGEN as they discuss the various approaches seen around data quality programs and how data quality maturity builds over time.  You will learn best practices and where the best project ROI comes from.  

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

Monday Jul 15, 2013

MDM & Data Governance Summit - San Francisco

Are you based in the bay area or plan to be in the bay area on July 17-18? If so, we would love to see you at the MDM & Data Governance Summit at the Hyatt, Fisherman's Wharf. Hear Doug Cosby, Vice President, Research & Development present on Thursday, July 18th at 10:50AM-11:40AM with Jeff Slatter, Associate Vice President at TD Bank, the 6th largest bank in North America.  Doug will be introducing the addition of Oracle Data Relationship Governance to the Oracle MDM & Data Governance portfolio. Learn how your organization can benefit from Oracle’s latest innovations in MDM and Data Governance to construct an agile enterprise.

To register at a discounted rate of $495 (save $300), use this registration link. To access full conference agenda and logistics, visit the conference site.

We hope to see you there!


Sunday Jun 16, 2013

Church Pension Group Leverages Fusion Customer Hub and Delivers Critical Data to the Business

Hear about how Fusion Customer Hub is exactly what Church Pension Group needed to provide the right data in a timely manner to the line of business.  Church Pension Group used Fusion Customer Hub to provide best-in-class capabilities around MDM and their multiple source systems. Check out the latest video below. 

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