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.

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.

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 Nov 30, 2012

Oracle Product Leader Named a Leader in Gartner MQ for MDM of Product Data Solutions

Gartner recently Oracle as a leader in the MQ report for MDM of Product Data Solutions.  They named Oracle as a leader with the following key points: 

  • Strong MDM portfolio covering multiple data domains, industries and use cases
  • Oracle PDH can be a good fit for Oracle EBS customers and can form part of a multidomain solution:
  • Deep MDM of product data functionality
  • Evolving support for information stewardship
For  more information on the report visit Oracle's Analyst Relations blog at  http://blog.us.oracle.com/dimdmar/.  To learn more about Oracle's product information solutions for master data management click here

Figure 1.Magic Quadrant for Master Data Management of Product Data Solutions

Monday Oct 15, 2012

Oracle Master Data Management at OOW 2012: A Look Back

Oracle Master Data Management had a great showing at OOW 2012 ! Special thanks to our customers and partners for presenting with us, sharing their use cases and successes as well as co-sponsoring events.  Almost every session at the show featured a customer and the tremendous success or transformation Oracle MDM resulted in at their organization.

 

At the DemoGrounds, Oracle MDM saw tremendous interest with many individuals enquiring to see demos, and have their technical questions answered.  The demos provided a perfect opportunity to showcase technical enhancements as well as what features are on the horizon.The MDM customer appreciation dinner event was a smashing success as cusotmers and partners enjoyed a spectacular water view, fine dining and cocktails and one of San Francisco's finest restaurants - The Water Bar. 

  In a short while the planning for next year's OpenWorld will be under full swing and we can't wait to get started.  See you at OOW 2013!!

 

 

Sunday Sep 30, 2012

Vitality of Product Information Management Showcased at OpenWorld 2012

 By Sachin Patel

Can you hear the countdown clock ticking!! OpenWorld 2012 is almost here and as I write this Oracle is buzzing with fresh new ideas and solutions that will be showcased this year. What an exciting time for all of us to be in midst of a digital revolution. Whether it is Apple fans clamoring to find every new feature that has been added to the iPhone 5 or a startup launching a new digital thermostat (has anyone looked at the new one from Nest ), product information is a vital for companies to grow and compete in this cut-throat market. Customer today struggle to aggregate and enrich this product data from the myriad of systems they have in place to run their businesses and operations. Having a product information strategy is paramount to align your sales channels and operations with the most accurate and upto date product data.

We have a number of sessions this year at OpenWorld where you can gain more insight into how Oracle’s next generation of Fusion Applications, in this case Fusion Product Hub can provide you with a solution to streamline and get control of your Product Master Data.

Enabling Trusted Enterprise Product Data with Oracle Fusion Product Hub
Tuesday, October 2nd 11:45 am, Moscone West 2022

Join me Sachin Patel, Director of Product Strategy and Milan Bhatia, VP of Development as we discuss how you can enable trusted product master data in your enterprise. In this session we plan to cover the challenges companies face today in mastering product data. The discussion will also include how Fusion Product Hub brings new and innovative features to empower your product data owners to create a holistic and rich product definition that can be leveraged across your enterprise. We will also be joined by Pawel Fidelus from Fideltronik an Early Adopter for Fusion Product Hub who will showcase their plans to implement Fusion Product Hub and the value it will bring to Fideltronik

Multichannel Fulfillment Excellence in Direct-to-Consumer Market Thursday, October 4th, 12:45 am, Moscone West 2024

Do you have multiple order capture systems? Do you have difficulty in fulfilling orders for your customers across various channels and suppliers? Mark Carson, Director, Fusion DOO and Brad Kerr, Director, AGSS will be showcasing the Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration solution and how companies can orchestrate orders from multiple order capture systems and route them to the appropriate fulfillment system. Sachin Patel, Director Product Strategy for Product MDM will highlight the business pain points in consolidating and commercializing data from a Multi Channel Commerce point of view and how Fusion Product Hub helps in allowing you to provide a single source of truth to drive a singular and rich customer experience.

Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management: Customer Adoption and Experiences                                                Wednesday, October 3rd 10:15 am, Moscone West 2003

This is a great session to attend to learn about how Fusion Supply Chain Management and Fusion Product Hub Early Adopters, including Boeing and Fideltronik are leveraging Fusion Applications to improve their Supply Chain operations.

Have a great OpenWorld and see you soon!!

Thursday Sep 27, 2012

Oracle Product Hub: Customer Perspectives at the OpenWorld

 By Rohit Tandon

The Oracle Product Hub (OPH) Product Strategy team will be hosting a customer session dedicated to OPH at Oracle Openworld. Oracle Product Information Management strategy team will have the pleasure to present this session with Motorola Mobility Solutions.  .

In this session, you will hear how Motorola Solutions utilizes OPH to meet their IT and business needs. Arif Girniwala, (MDM Lead, Motorola) and Chirag Jariwala (Manager, Deloitte Consulting) will cover the following topics amongst others:

  1. How does Motorola Solutions decide on what is Product Master Data for their enterprise?
  2. What are the Data Governance structures, Users, User roles, User Security etc. within Motorola Solutions? 
  3. How does Motorola Solutions integrate, synchronize and leverage OPH with Agile PLM?

      4.  What is the Oracle Product Hub strategy and roadmap (Speaker - Sachin Patel, Director Oracle Product Hub Strategy)

      5.  What are the implementation best practices for Oracle Product Hub (Speaker - Srikant Bevara, Sr. Manager, Oracle   Product Hub product management)

If you're interested in hearing more about the above then I recommend attending this session:

Customer Perspectives: Master Product Data: Strategies for Effective Product Information Management with Motorola Mobility Solutions (CON8834)

Tuesday October, 2nd 10:15am - 11:15am

Moscone West - 3001

We hope to see you at OOW 2012 and stay in touch via our future blogs!  For a list of all Oracle MDM sessions click here


Tuesday Sep 04, 2012

Wondering What to Expect from Master Data Management at OpenWorld 2012? Hold On to Your Seats…

Oralce OpenWorld 2012, September 30 - October 4, 2012 San Francisco

The Countdown begins – just 23 days till OpenWorld hits San Francisco. Oracle OpenWorld 2012 for MDM promises to be chock full of interesting sessions, specifically focused on our customers. We’ve made sure that our sessions are balanced between product information, strategy and real world stories and last but certainly not least - lessons learned – straight from our customers.

Stay on top of all that’s OpenWorld – when it comes to MDM. We’ll be posting not-t- miss sessions and blogs on what our customer lineup will be like at the big show. Look forward to seeing you at OOW – and in case you didn’t get approval to attend- take advantage of our virtual on-demand conference. See you at OpenWorld 2012 ! 

Tuesday Dec 06, 2011

All the Ingredients for Success: Data Governance, Data Quality, Master Data Management

Recently Oracle sponsored a study from an independent analyst firm, Dan Power, from Hub Designs, All the Ingredients for Success: Data Governance, Data Quality and Master Data Management. Please click to download this latest paper from our Oracle Master Data Management resource kit. This paper discusses the role the data quality plays as an equal component of an enterprise information management or master data management initiative, typical business considerations for data quality, as well as best practices for integrating multi-domain MDM with customer/party data quality and product data quality.

Excerpt from the paper:

Today, businesses need to have the Single View of their master data, and to be able to “Create Once, Use Many” in order to be lean, and indeed, to survive. The silos that are still so prevalent do nothing but increase costs, hurt business and IT agility, and result in bad decisions being made (because of low quality, inaccurate, inconsistent data). If we implement Enterprise Data Quality tools, master data management solutions, and remember that these technologies must be driven by business-led data governance organizations, we’ll be able to break down those silos, and have enterprise-wide master data repositories that lead to streamlined processes, lower costs, better decisions, and more agile organizations that can compete better in global markets.

A quick example: A UK travel company restated its 2009 financial results due to issues arising from using two separate IT systems after the 2007 merger of two companies, in the amount of $191.8 million US dollars (£117m). This type of persistent operating silo is all too common in the companies I see, but this is probably a worst case scenario. But look for those costs that MDM, data governance and data quality can help your enterprise avoid, the revenue increases they can help you realize, and the compliance improvement and agility increases they can bring to your company. Those reductions, improvements and increases are very real. I’ve worked with enough companies now to know firsthand that MDM is not a fad or a trend, but a real force in the marketplace. And it’s experiencing growth of 18% at a time when the enterprise software market as a whole is only growing at about 5.6%.

Download the entire paper today.

 Or learn more about Oracle’s MDM strategy by going to www.oracle.com/goto/mdm

Saturday Nov 19, 2011

Reduce ERP Consolidation Risks with Oracle Master Data Management

Reducing the Risk of ERP Consolidation starts first and foremost with your Data.This is nothing new; companies with multiple misaligned ERP systems are often putting inordinate risk on their business. It can translate to too much inventory, long lead times, and shipping issues from poorly organized and specified goods. And don’t forget the finance side! When goods are shipped and promises are kept/not kept there’s the issue of accounts. No single chart of counts translates to no accountability.

So – I’ve decided. I need to consolidate!

Well, you can’t consolidate ERP applications [for that matter any of your applications] without first considering your data. This means looking at how your data is being integrated by these ERP systems, how it is being synchronized, what information is being shared, or not being shared. Most importantly, making sure that the data is mastered. What is the best way to do this? In the recent webcast: Reduce ERP consolidation Risks with Oracle Master Data Management we outlined 3 key guidelines:

#1: Consolidate your Product Data

#2: Consolidate your Customer, Supplier (Party Data)

#3: Consolidate your Financial Data

Together these help customers achieve reduced risk, better customer intimacy, reducing inventory levels, elimination of product variations, and finally a single master chart of accounts. In the case of Oracle's customer Zebra Technologies, they were able to consolidate over 140 applications by mastering their data. Ultimately this gave them 60% cost savings for the year on IT spend.

Oracle’s Solution for ERP Consolidation: Master Data Management

Oracle's enterprise master data management (MDM) can play a big role in ERP consolidation. It includes a set of products that consolidates and maintains complete, accurate, and authoritative master data across the enterprise and distributes this master information to all operational and analytical applications as a shared service.

It’s optimized to work with any application source (not just Oracle’s) and can integrate using technology from Oracle Fusion Middleware (i.e. GoldenGate for data synchronization and real-time replication or ODI with its E-LT optimized bulk data and transformation capability). In addition especially for ERP consolidation use cases it’s important to leverage the AIA and SOA capabilities as part of Fusion Middleware to connect these multiple applications together and relay the data into the correct hub.

Oracle’s MDM strategy is a unique offering in the industry, one that has common elements across the top and bottom in Middleware, BI/DW, Engineered systems combined with Enterprise Data Quality to enable comprehensive Data Governance at all levels. In addition, Oracle MDM provides the best-in-class capabilities to master all variations of data, including customer, supplier, product, financial data. But ultimately at the center of Oracle MDM is your data, making it more trusted, making it secure and accessible as part of a role-based approach, and getting it to make sense to you in any situation, whether it’s a specific ERP process like we talked about or something that is custom to your organization.

To learn more about these techniques in ERP consolidation watch our webcast or goto our Oracle MDM website at www.oracle.com/goto/mdm

Friday Nov 11, 2011

Bad Data is Really the Monster

Artist - DPFan4Ever

Bad Data is really the monster – is an article written by Bikram Sinha who I borrowed the title and the inspiration for this blog. Sinha writes:

“Bad or missing data makes application systems fail when they process order-level data. One of the key items in the supply-chain industry is the product (aka SKU). Therefore, it becomes the most important data element to tie up multiple merchandising processes including purchase order allocation, stock movement, shipping notifications, and inventory details… Bad data can cause huge operational failures and cost millions of dollars in terms of time, resources, and money to clean up and validate data across multiple participating systems.

Yes bad data really is the monster, so what do we do about it? Close our eyes and hope it stays in the closet?

We’ve tacked this problem for some years now at Oracle, and with our latest introduction of Oracle Enterprise Data Quality along with our integrated Oracle Master Data Management products provides a complete, best-in-class answer to the bad data monster.

What’s unique about it?

Oracle Enterprise Data Quality also combines powerful data profiling, cleansing, matching, and monitoring capabilities while offering unparalleled ease of use. What makes it unique is that it has dedicated capabilities to address the distinct challenges of both customer and product data quality – [different monsters have different needs of course!].

And the ability to profile data is just as important to identify and measure poor quality data and identify new rules and requirements. Included are semantic and pattern-based recognition to accurately parse and standardize data that is poorly structured. Finally all of the data quality components are integrated with Oracle Master Data Management, including Oracle Customer Hub and Oracle Product Hub, as well as Oracle Data Integrator Enterprise Edition and Oracle CRM.

Want to learn more? On Tuesday Nov 15th, I invite you to listen to our webcast on Reduce ERP consolidation risks with Oracle Master Data Management I’ll be joined by our partner iGate Patni and be talking about one specific way to deal with the bad data monster specifically around ERP consolidation. Look forward to seeing you there!

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