by Alison Weiss
Cloud presents an opportunity to bring new thinking to enterprise supply chain management (SCM), adding new flexibility and functionality to help managers weather a dynamic global climate. And managers clearly welcome that help: a recent Accenture report, Supply Chain Management in the Cloud, shows demand for software-as-a-service (SaaS) SCM applications will grow at a 19 percent compound annual rate between 2014 and 2018.
Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud Release 11, targeted for availability before the end of 2015, was designed with this demand in mind. According to Rick Jewell, senior vice president of supply chain applications at Oracle, most other “cloud” SCM applications are simply existing legacy transactional applications that have been migrated to a hosted infrastructure. But the new Oracle solution has been designed from the ground up for the modern digital value chain.
Today, every business is a digital business. At Oracle, we want to provide the broadest and deepest supply chain capabilities in the cloud to transform supply chains into dynamic, innovative, and customer-centric digital value chains.”
Oracle SCM Cloud Release 11 is a complete suite of applications focused initially on high technology and industrial manufacturing companies. The release features new functionality such as Oracle Fusion Order Management Cloud Service, a multichannel system that includes native pricing and configuration capabilities. Oracle Manufacturing Cloud Service will provide support for in-house and outsourced manufacturing for the high tech and industrial manufacturing industries, while a planning central cloud feature will support multiplant demand and supply planning for the manufacturing enterprise. These new products complement already available capabilities such as Oracle Product Lifecycle Management Managed Cloud Service, which features a new innovation management module that uniquely focuses on the “fuzzy front end” to ensure companies are designing and investing in products that have the highest likelihood of customer acceptance.
In addition, all the modules within Oracle SCM Cloud incorporate embedded analytics and business intelligence to provide more visibility into supply chains to better understand and serve customers. Now, enterprise supply chain managers can segment customers to see unique requirements and commonalities. They can then set up robust, efficient supply chains to properly address the needs of each segment.
Percentage of annual compound growth rate predicted in the demand for software-as-a-service supply chain management applications between 2014 and 2018. (Source: Accenture)
Further, Oracle wants to provide SCM customers with a flexible path to the cloud. So enterprise supply chain managers can phase in any of the new solutions that are part of Oracle SCM Cloud Release 11 by prioritizing those that will provide the most value. Customers can also elect to incorporate new cloud modules to coexist with on-premises SCM systems.
“Today, every business is a digital business,” says Jewell. “At Oracle, we want to provide the broadest and deepest supply chain capabilities in the cloud to transform supply chains into dynamic, innovative, and customer-centric digital value chains.”
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