Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Agents of Change - The Latest Value Chain Customer Video












As new technologies, markets, and ideas converge, the world’s most successful business leaders are transforming their supply chains into modern value chains.

Check out the latest Value Chain customer video and discover how companies like Cisco, NCR, Cummins, Hologic, and Pepsi/Frito Lay are becoming more customer-centric, innovative, responsive, and empowered.

Click here to watch the video.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

How the Greatest Comeback in Sports History Can Change your Supply Chain

Oracle Team USA AC72 at SpeedA recent blog post at the Harvard Business Review discussed "What Business Can Learn from the Greatest Comeback in Sports History."  They presented six points, and the original article is well worth reading. I'd like to boil down their advice to supply chain specific suggestions, and here we go:

  1. Companies often create rigid networks and procedures which tend to be efficient in day to day operations, but which can fail spectacularly when upset. Just as Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) adopted cross-fit training to create all-around athletes, companies should build flexible and resilient supply chain networks that contain sufficient redundancy to continue to operate when things aren't proceeding to plan. Often, companies use network optimization software to do this work."
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Why Companies are Really Buying Applications in the Cloud

Everyone is talking about cloud applications.  There are different definitions of cloud, but the simplest is that an application in the cloud

  • Is managed by someone outside your organization
  • Allows users to login from their devices and use the application


It seems like a subtle difference to users. Why does it matter if their application is in their company’s data center in a faraway location or someone else’s? But in reality it can be greatly beneficial.  This article explains why companies are really buying applications in the cloud and what that means to application software vendors from a product development and sales perspective.  

Do You Agree?  Please Join the Conversation by Commenting.

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Improving Your Global Supply Chain Velocity, ITDS Approval Times Cut!

International Trade Data System (ITDS) processing and approval times for US businesses is cut from days to minutes, per Executive Order from President Obama. Will benefit businesses doing international trade per UPS CEO.[Read More]

Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

A Discussion with Oracle's Expert on Innovation Management

Gayle HayesA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with our resident expert on Innovation Management, Gayle Hayes. I picked her brain on what’s going on in the world of product and service innovation and how Oracle is helping. A new phenomenon is sweeping product development – thanks to an explosion of ideation tools and techniques such as crowd-sourcing, big data, mashups, customer immersion labs, etc, finding ideas is not the problem. With so many to choose from, the biggest questions are now “which idea?” and subsequently, “how do you translate the right idea into a profitable product?"

This is precisely the challenge the new Oracle Innovation Management is designed to address. To learn more about the idea glut and how the new solution helps organizations improve return on innovation investments, read the transcript of our discussion below or stream our podcast. You can even find us on iTunes!

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Sears to Present on Transportation & Big Data at SCOPE Spring 2014





                      If you are attending this month’s SCOPE Spring 2014 event in Chicago be sure to catch the session entitled “Business Intelligence for Transportation” taking place on Monday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Hear the Director of Logistics Systems at Sears Holdings describe how they are using Oracle solutions within their transportation management processes.

Don’t forget to also stop by the Oracle booth #412 to meet with Oracle supply chain experts.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is Open!


The Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is now open!

Are you making breakthough innovations with Oracle offerings? Do you have something interesting to present at this year's event?

Well, OpenWorld attendees want to hear from you.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your organization's expertise at one of the most important technology and business conferences of the year.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Click here to learn more about the submission process.


Friday Apr 04, 2014

Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Over the last 20 years, Supply Chain Planning has matured from a niche process for early adopters to an integral and indispensable strategic tool for competing in the global marketplace. Supply Chain Planning practices are now critical for ensuring high customer service levels at the lowest possible cost, in a business climate characterized by increased demand volatility and supply chain complexity. [Read More]

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Oracle Maintenance Summit in Barcelona!

As we are transitioning from a very long and cold winter to a more gentle spring, something for you to look forward to is the upcoming 3rd Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit, taking place April 29-30 in Barcelona, Spain, and hosted by Oracle partner Viziya. Need some extra convincing to attend this important event? Check out the list below to see why the Oracle Maintenance Summit is not to be missed![Read More]

Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Innovation Management Is Here!


Oracle Debuts Innovation Management Application

Oracle Corp. has introduced Oracle Innovation Management, an application that

helps users to manage their product portfolios.

According to the vendor, the tool enables “bottom-up” innovation, allowing all partners to                      participate in product invention and definition.

At the same time, it offers top-down financial-impact analysis and strategic-fit visibility to                     portfolio owners, during and after investment decisions. Users can more easily create,                              refine and evaluate product concepts for cost, risk, customer requirements and design goals.

They can also define and manage product-development projects in the context of their                           overall product portfolios. Oracle Innovation Management integrates with Oracle’s Agile                          Product Lifecycle Management, to help streamline the process of moving concepts through                           the design, development and manufacturing phases.

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Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

Successful Oracle European Value Chain Summit in Amsterdam

Over 350 attendees, coming from 22 different countries, found their way to the Mövenpick hotel in Amsterdam for a great 2-day program.  More than 40 presentations were provided by Oracle’s executive Jon Chorley, external gurus, partners, Oracle experts and many customers.  There were 3 tracks:  Value Chain Execution, Value Chain Planning and Enterprise PLM. The customer sessions from companies like Smithers-Oasis, DHL, McDonalds, Uponor, IKEA, Marel, CummingsSennheiser, Belron (and many more) were very popular.

If you weren't able to attend, see some of what you missed in this video

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

Order Fulfillment Challenges in Retail and Manufacturing

A recent survey report entitled “From Customer Orders through Fulfillment: Challenges and Opportunities in Manufacturing, High-Tech & Retail” showcased how supply chain executives are tackling their order fulfillment challenges. 

Don’t have time to read the full report?

Not to worry, the key findings for the Retail and Manufacturing sectors are now available in an infographic format.

Infographic: Overcoming Order Fulfillment Challenges in Retail

Infographic: Overcoming Order Fulfillment Challenges in Manufacturing

Monday Mar 17, 2014

Oracle European Value Chain Summit Kicks Off Tomorrow!


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Saturday Mar 15, 2014

IDC Positive Perspective of Value Chain Summit 2014

This IDC Perspective summarizes the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit, which took place in San Jose, California Feb 3~5 2014. This note includes a positive endorsement of the overall event:[Read More]

A Blog about how Oracle helps organizations transform their supply chains into more holistic and integrated value chains that cover the three key operational pillars; Demand, Supply and Product.


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