Friday May 13, 2016

Oracle at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Oracle is a Platinum sponsor at next week’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference taking place May 17 – 19, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ.

If you will be at the event, be sure to attend the Oracle Solution Provider session which will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Grand Canyon C. The panel session will feature customer speakers from Telogis, Panduit and GE Digital who will be discussing their current and future strategies for supply chain cloud applications within their organizations.

Be sure to also stop by Oracle booth #205 to meet with solution experts and see the latest SCM product demos.

Visit the Gartner site for further Event Information

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm


Wednesday May 11, 2016

How the Cloud Helps Businesses of all Sizes Improve Management of Supply Chains

With the latest version of Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud hitting the market now, Lionel Albert gives us a run-down of the new features, why it’s so important for business apps to be as user-friendly as their consumer counterparts and how the Cloud creates a compelling case for mid-sized companies and established enterprises to invest in an end-to-end solution…

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Monday May 09, 2016

Market Study: The Future of SCM in the Cloud

If you have been reading my blog recently you have noticed I am following the modern business transformation that is currently taking place and its impact on our supply chains. Cloud applications are a key technology enabler to modern business transformation, also called digital transformation. I recently attended a market study webcast (Replay available here) that was published by Inspirage Management Consulting Services, an Oracle Platinum Level member in the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). The downloadable market study focuses on the future of supply chain in the cloud. Inspirage conducted a quantitative survey and executive interviews of over 200 supply chain leaders.

The survey was looking to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the key challenges supply chain leaders face today?
  2. How are supply chain business and IT executives thinking about the cloud to address these challenges?
  3. In which areas are businesses adopting cloud solutions today? What is their strategy for the next 3 – 5 years?
  4. What concerns do they have that would prevent them from leveraging cloud technologies?

Here are some key findings I thought you would find interesting and also a link to the webcast replay.

  • Costs of Cloud: 81% of respondents stated that they hope to use cloud-based applications to not only improve internal operations but also reduce costs and inefficiencies.
  • Integration: Lack of system integration, forecast accuracy and demand variability, supply chain complexity, data integrity and lack of visibility across the supply chain were the top 5 obstacles for achieving supply chain goals and objectives. Ease of integration was listed as one of the top 3 important attributes in a new cloud solution along with security and total cost of ownership.
  • Security: The top challenge to organizations use of cloud is security or privacy risks. Some companies are new seeing better security in the cloud versus what they can provide themselves via their on premise solutions. One thing that raised my eyebrow was the fact that 33% of respondents indicated that they do not have a security strategy in place for cloud solutions.
  • Agility: Supply chain leaders want solutions that are not only deployed quickly but are also highly responsive for a distributed workforce and can scale easily. 23% of respondents indicated drivers of cloud computing want better scalability and availability and 13% responded the need for faster time to market for new product development and innovation.
  • Application Strategy: According to the study Inspirage expects to see a 46% increase in public cloud adoption over the next 3 years. Midsize companies are slightly more aggressive adopters of cloud with 57% using some form of cloud today moving to a strong majority of 82% using some form of cloud computing by 2018.

As you can see from this study it is not a question of if your company will be adopting supply chain cloud solutions but when you will be adopting supply chain cloud applications.

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Friday May 06, 2016

Optimize and Integrate Your Manufacturing, Planning and Fulfillment Processes with Oracle Manufacturing Cloud

Knowing what’s happening—or what’s not happening—is critical to your manufacturing organization and to your business. But in addition to visibility, you also need an integrated supply chain so you can communicate situations quickly and efficiently to other supply chain stakeholders, such as procurement and order management. And you need more information. Not just more data, but more insight into your processes so you can leverage the systems and analytics for visibility, agility, customer responsiveness, and the complex global accounting of today’s business environment. Download this new executive brief that details Oracle's new cloud solutions for manufacturing, planning and fulfillment. 

Monday May 02, 2016

Global Trade Management Webcast Featuring Lumentum - May 5, 2016

Oracle and partner Accelalpha are hosting a webcast on Global Trade Management in the Cloud which will showcase how the solution helps companies achieve improved auditability of their trade compliance operations.  

Oracle customer Lumentum, who has recently gone live with the Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud solution, will be the featured speaker. If you are involved global trade and compliance, you won’t want to miss this webcast!

Date: May 5, 2016

Time: 12:30 p.m. PST    Register

Monday Apr 25, 2016

Industry Disruption! Is Your Supply Chain Ready?

Oracle Industry Connect

Earlier in April, Oracle executives hosted Oracle Industry Connect, a conference where industry peers shared modern best practices, deep-domain expertise and insights about mission-critical applications that are core to the success of their business. Leaders from communications, education and research, energy and utilities, engineering and construction, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, life sciences, project intensive and retail industries attended to learn how best to solve large, complex business problems and explore engaging thought leadership.

Disruption and Cloud - The Big Themes

At the conference, disruption was a big theme, as was cloud computing's ability to help companies stay agile. Cloud computing provides a modern platform for companies to leverage in order to react to industry disruption. Cloud computing can help a retailer orchestrate orders from a highly distributed omini-channel experience or help a manufacturing company change product pricing dynamically or instantly find alternative products to substitute or even provide value added services tied to your Order to Cash or Plan to Produce business processes. Having a modern, agile cloud computing platform allows you to achieve profitable production planning, order fulfillment and supply chain execution to meet your customers’ demands.

Click here to learn more about what's disrupting industries, and get advice from smart leaders, including Oracle's own experts, on how to stay nimble.

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Friday Apr 22, 2016

IoT Will Drive Revolutionary Change in Manufacturing Companies

This week, Andrew Hughes of LNS Research authored an interesting blog that included the chart below, which was produced as part of a "Metrics that Matter" survey. This survey is supported by industry group MESA, and is being executed by LNS Research. The interesting thing about this (as noted in Andrew's blog), is the fact that there is positive interest in implementing plant analytics as well as operations and manufacturing intelligence capabilities.

Hughes writes that "Analytics is the technology that most drives the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) because they will bring real applications with measurable benefit early. Manufacturing executives are looking for quick wins from their investments in new digital technologies and analytics is the field in which the easiest gains can be made. companies that are interested in Digital Transformation should be looking at plant level analytics and bring those together with the Big Data Analytics capabilities across the enterprise to demonstrate that the IoT will drive revolutionary change in manufacturing companies."

Has your organization started on the path to revolutionizing manufacturing with IoT? We'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Read our article: Industry 4.0 is Key to Modernize Business and Increase Competitiveness and download the Oracle-sponsored ”The Manufacturer” study about Industry 4.0 adoption.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm

Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Essentials of Oracle PLM for Retailers

With new competitors, trends, regulations, business models, markets and technologies, rapid change defines your industry. Disconnected systems cannot support how fast your retail organization needs to anticipate, respond, and adapt to new product-and service-related challenges.

Oracle PLM gives you an integrated innovation platform with the speed, oversight, and control to deliver higher quality products to market sooner. By enabling modern PLM processes for retail, you can achieve faster growth, competitive differentiation, and profitability. 

Here's a quick overview of the Essentials of Oracle PLM for Retailers:

  • Private Label Management
    Managing the innovation and commercialization of your own product lines as a retailer is no easy task. Oracle PLM provides a single version of the truth for product information, giving you greater control over costs, quality, compliance...
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Friday Apr 15, 2016

Accelerating Toward Industry 4.0 - Automakers in the Fast Lane

Having explained what Industry 4.0 means for the supply chain in his earlier blog, Lionel Albert, EMEA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Cloud Director at Oracle, takes a look at a few of the futuristic manufacturing techniques being adopted by some industries today and explains how they can be applied to other fields.[Read More]

Wednesday Apr 13, 2016

TOP 100 LOGISTICS IT PROVIDER - 2016

Oracle Supply Chain Management Named Top 100 Logistics IT Provider

Congratulations to the entire Oracle Supply Chain Management team on being selected by Inbound Logistics as a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 2016. Oracle was selected by the editorial staff from over 300 applicants. This award continues to show Oracle’s commitment to building and developing best-in-class supply chain applications for our customers and demonstrates that Oracle’s logistics technology solutions are a best fit for their readers. Look for our listing in the upcoming April Issue of Inbound Logistics.

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Friday Apr 08, 2016

Why Should Manufacturers Move to the Cloud?

The North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit took place this week in Chicago. As part of that event, Oracle Chief Strategy Officer and Group Vice President for SCM Strategy, Jon Chorley, was interviewed about why the time to consider cloud is NOW for manufacturers. Read this brief to learn about the value that manufacturers gain by moving to cloud-based solutions including: IT cost reductions; greater user adoption up due to new, attractive, easy-to-use interfaces; and the ability to tap into new cloud-based technology enabled through the Internet of Things.

Supply Chain Management Report recently published a report that stated that "if you don't go digital now, your supply chain will be obsolete and your business left behind in just 5 years." Click here to see the advantages that cloud can deliver for manufacturers.

Wednesday Apr 06, 2016

Select the Best Product Innovations: Bi-weekly Live Webinars

Fact: 60-80% of resources are spent on projects that will not meet objectives – a high cost for companies constrained by resources and budgets that are relying on innovation for growth.

Do your current tools give you visibility to improve success rates and achieve higher return?

Please join us for a comprehensive webcast into how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can give you better visibility into the likelihood of success or failure of a new product and empower you with the insight to prioritize and invest in the best ideas.

See how this solution will help you gain a high value, low risk, best practice approach to very quickly improve innovation performance and impact top-line revenue growth.

Please register here for the upcoming Innovation Management Webinars “How to Select the Best Product Innovations”

- 4/8/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/22/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 5/6/2016 @ 12 PM EST 

Please click here to see all available options for the Innovation Management Webcasts

Source: *Harvard Business Review, 2011

Friday Apr 01, 2016

Telogis Improves Orders with Oracle Order Management Cloud

Telogis is a cloud-based Mobile Enterprise Management (MEM) software platform provider that enables companies to connect, optimize and automate vehicles, people and the work that’s being done outside the four walls.

This latest video showcases how they are using Oracle Order Management Cloud within their ERP Financials Cloud to optimize their order entry and auditing processes. Click here to watch the video.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm



Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Panduit Optimizes Global Freight Spend with Oracle Transportation Management Cloud

Panduit is a global manufacturer of physical infrastructure equipment that supports power, communications, computing, control, and security systems. The company recently deployed the Oracle Transportation Management Cloud solution and as a result has reduced transportation spend by 15%, cuts overhead costs by 20%, and optimized their entire global transportation network.  Click here to read the complete story.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm






Wednesday Mar 23, 2016

Digital – Not Just for CFOs. The Digital Supply Chain is Here!

I recently read an article by Chris Schmidt in CFO Magazine  regarding the digital CFO and it made me think about supply chain leaders. The article was focused on how IT is reshaping the role of the Chief Financial Officer. IT is also reshaping the role of supply chain practitioners and I would argue that at an even greater rate due to all the operations supply chain experts touch.

Even though excel spreadsheets still run a large portion of supply chain operations, the digital transformation is upon us. Key technology enablers like Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud are changing the way you run your day to day operations. It’s not a question of if these enablers will impact you but when and supply chain experts ought to be prepared.

As supply chain experts, it is in our best interest to stay current on the latest technology trends. In the CFO Magazine survey:
•    50% of respondents expressed that the usability gap between consumer technology and finance technology is expected to be closed in 3 to 5 years. Is your supply chain ready for a similar shift?
•    Also interesting in the survey was that over 75% of respondents indicated they are either early adopters (20%) or staying current (56%) with modern digital technology vs. only 69% or respondents five years ago.

What does this mean to supply chain? It is important to remain current and understand the technology shift that is shaping the way supply chain operations are executed.  Remaining up to date on these technology trends is imperative, otherwise you may be opening up your company to risk or even worse, losing the competitive advantage your supply chain provides for your organization.

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