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.

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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


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 

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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.

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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.

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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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Monday Mar 21, 2016

Industry 4.0 is a Game Changer for Manufacturers

The Manufacturer, a UK-based publication, recently joined forces with Oracle to produce an eye-opening report on how UK manufacturers are gaining competitive advantages due to their investment in Industry 4.0 technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data and analytics. The study includes in-depth interviews with decision makers across different business functions from 250 organizations based in the UK.

The understanding of the Industry 4.0 term, coined several years ago, is definitely maturing among UK manufacturers, with 69% of participants responding that they they see Industry 4.0 as a signficant business changer. Companies are embarking on their journeys and starting from different points. The report highlights adoption use cases from Oracle customers across a range of industries--all of which are using Industry 4.0 technologies to design smarter products, enable smarter manufacturing and manage smarter supply chains. Are your customers interested in finding out how the cloud can enable Industry 4.0 technologies? Make sure to send them this link so they can learn more about how Oracle can help with a modern, connected manufacturing and supply chain strategy.

Friday Mar 18, 2016

How to Prioritize the Right IT Projects: Bi-Weekly Live Webinars

IT Organizations are under a lot of pressure to get more strategic:

  • 60% of CIOs say they want their IT organizations to focus on assisting in business innovation*

  • 90% of CEOs are promising investors more from technology** but only

  • 20% are satisfied with how quickly their IT departments respond***.

Do your current tools give you transparency with the business to align priorities and focus on higher value projects? Do you have visibility to balance IT portfolio with budgetary constraints?

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 project and transparency with the business to collaboratively choose the best, high-value projects that are achievable within IT’s budgetary and workload constraints?

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

Please register here  for our Innovation Management Webinar “IT Project Prioritization”:

- 3/18/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/1/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/15/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/29/2016 @ 12 PM EST

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


* Deloitte 2015 Global CIO Survey

** PwC 19th Annual Global CEO Survey, 2016

*** Harvard Business Review, 2014

Thursday Mar 17, 2016

Aberdeen on Innovation Management: How Leaders Outperform their Peers

Recently, Aberdeen examined the results from over 600 respondents to uncover how innovation leaders compare to their peers, and the insights were pretty stunning.  According to the report, best-in-class innovators meet over 90% of their cost, launch dates, revenue and quality targets.  Best-in-class innovators are 94% more likely to monitor social media to solicit customer feedback, 45% more likely to have a standardized process for customer input, and 35% more likely to allow customers to rank portfolio ideas. And much more...

Read the Aberdeen Report on Innovation Management: How Leaders Outperform their Peers and see how your organization could benefit from the insights contained here.  You'll read Aberdeen's conclusions on why it's important to improve the ability to pick a mix of offerings that best address customer demands AND company fit, how to start optimizing your portfolio for market potential and overall corporate goals, and what steps to take to improve return on innovation investments. Read it today and share with your colleagues.

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Wednesday Mar 16, 2016

Oil Price Volatility and the Changing Dynamics of Supply Chain Management

A fast-changing oil price is making it harder than ever for businesses to plan for their supply chains

It seems like only yesterday that the price of oil was well over $100 a barrel and experts were telling us to get used to a new normal of expensive fuel. Today, courtesy of the shale gas revolution in the US, OPEC policies and the re-introduction of Iran to the market, the price stands at around $30 per barrel and all indications are that it will fall further over the course of the year.

This news is causing turmoil in the money markets. And it is also causing headaches for supply chain managers at global businesses. Indeed, it’s fair to say that oil price volatility is changing the entire dynamic of supply chain planning and execution.

The reason that oil price volatility is of such concern to businesses is that it hinders their ability to make long- and short-term planning decisions. These decisions include the strategic planning of physical distribution networks (usually long-term, strategic changes that are only reviewed every 5-15 years); transportation and supplier sourcing (usually reviewed every 2-5 years); and operational changes with regards to the mode of transport used in supply chains (these are more operational considerations and can be changed from week to week, or even order to order, based on the market costs at the time).

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