Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Key Messages from the Launch of Oracle Industry Connect 2014

"Digital Literacy and Systems Thinking Essential"

Bob Weiler, Executive Vice President of Oracle Global Industries kicked off Oracle Industry Connect 2014 today – our brand new event bringing together over a thousand industry executives from across the world. The venue is jam-packed and buzzing with attendees talking business priorities and discussing how technology can solve the drive for growth.

In his keynote, Oracle President Mark Hurd enforced the stark truth that the world of commerce is now utterly dependent on technology, driven by a consumer with a veracious appetite to engage and spend. He discussed the complex challenge of investment to be driven by innovation, with these key trends at the forefront of our minds: Globalization, Data Explosion, Role of Mobility, Social Business, Sophisticated Business and Modernize to Survive.

"Oracle is here to talk to you in the context of your industry"

Mark encouraged attendees to explore and learn over the two day conference, to hear from business leaders and thought leaders that are truly committed to quality and innovation in service for their customers. Taking an in-depth look at how Oracle, our partners and customers are supporting consumers in their desire to participate actively in their interaction with a business.

In service to the sophisticated, global and mobile consumer, the Oracle Industry Connect conference explores how business can empower its employees and consumers alike, increasing spend and loyalty and supporting a profitable long-term relationship.

"An increasingly democratic relationship between consumer and retailer is emerging"

As emphasized in today’s keynote by Dr. James I. Cash, James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus at Harvard Business School, digital literacy and systems thinking are now essential business attributes, as is the application of enabling technology within your business strategy.

Business can no longer be the benevolent dictator - the commercial world now has become a true democracy and the level of participation required by the consumer is defining this new model. 

Oracle Retail’s latest research, launched today, reveals just this trend – an increasingly democratic relationship is emerging between digitally-empowered consumers and retailers, forcing retailers to re-evaluate technology investments and strategic initiatives to capture loyalty, drive spend and remain competitive.

The New Retail Democracy finds that consumers are demanding better access to information, product and process, along with more individualized interactions with retailers as they take ownership of their retail experiences. This requires retailers to prioritize the provision of a commerce anywhere business model to be relevant and competitive in today’s complex global marketplace.

To learn more, download our research whitepaper. http://www.oracle.com/newretaildemocracy

Wednesday Mar 12, 2014

Who’s Who in Retail at Oracle Industry Connect 2014

Oracle Industry Connect 2014 is now only moments away. From March 25-26, global retailers are meeting in Boston, MA, to take part in Oracle’s newest industry event, modeled after the popular Oracle CrossTalk.

Our agenda is jam-packed with retail industry leaders from across the globe. Here is a selection:

•    Karen Katz, CEO, Neiman Marcus
•    Ken Bonning, Senior Executive Vice President, Kohl’s Corporation
•    Bill Boezinger, Systems Manager, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
•    Cara Graham, Director, Demand Planning Operations, Best Buy
•    Jeff Hamm, Director, e-Commerce, Ulta
•    Mike Hazel, CIO, Academy Sports
•    Kim Heicht, Director of Store Operations, Deckers
•    Steven Hunter, CIO, Stage Stores
•    Ginny McClaren, Director of Merchandise Planning, Stein Mart
•    Paul McFarren, Chief Information Officer, C. Wonder, LLC.
•    ArMand Nelson, Director, IT, Gander Mountain
•    Toni Robinson, Vice President, Planning and Allocation, charming charlie
•    David von Blanckensee, Information Technology Architect, Country Road Group
•    Lisa Wittman-Smith, Vice President Planning & Allocation, Luxottica

Click here for the full agenda. 

We look forward to meeting you in Boston - if you haven't yet signed up, do so now!

Thursday Jan 23, 2014

The Retail Program at Oracle Industry Connect 2014

Having just finished with NRF BIG Show activities in New York, we are now gearing up for our next big event, the Oracle Industry Connect (OIC) 2014. This flagship Oracle industry event features customer-led content delivered by industry leaders such as Karen Katz, CEO and President of Neiman Marcus and Ricardo Kandelman, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors at Makro South America.

If you are used to the Oracle Retail CrossTalk program, you are going to want to join us in Boston, March 25-26. The OIC's retail program evolved from and adopts the best practices of the Oracle Retail CrossTalk program. OIC offers more than 30 retailer-led sessions to help you achieve the imperatives to create and sustain a world-class experience, wherever your brand engages with consumers. The program maintains focus on the retail community and showcases the Oracle Retail Excellence Awards, offering strategic sponsorships and enabling networking among your retail peers. 

The event is invitation-only, so visit the OIC Retail site now to request an invitation and view the full agenda. We look forward to welcoming you in Boston!


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