Thursday Oct 16, 2014

Healthcare: Kaiser Permanente Transforms Their Supply Chain

As the Baby Boom generation ages increasing demand, and the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape, healthcare providers are being driven to make changes to survive.With 38 hospitals in six states and 17,000 doctors and 48,000 nurses, Kaiser Permanente provides healthcare to more than 9.5 million members, and is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country.

Kaiser Permanente has been on a multi-year journey to transform their supply chain from an afterthought, to making it a critical player in the organization’s competitiveness - central to reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.  Kaiser Permanente executives presented the details of their initiative at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco in late September. Steve Banker attended the presentation and wrote up what he learned in Forbes Magazine.  Here is an example.

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Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

Life Changing Analytics: Leveraging Data to Optimize Manufacturing Operations

A new report, commissioned by Wipro and published by the Economist Intelligence Unit titled "Manufacturing and the Data Conundrum: Too Much? Too Little? Or Just Right" examines how manufacturers are using integrated data collection and analysis to improve production throughput, reduce costs and improve quality. The research is based on a survey of 50 C-Suite executives from manufacturers in North America and Western Europe. The report revealed that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it. Read on for more information on Oracle's Manufacturing Analytics.[Read More]

Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Hologic Speeds Launch of Innovative, Life-Saving Technology

In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we'd like to take a moment to highlight the inspirational success that Hologic has been achieving in its commitment to providing women and their families with extraordinarily powerful care. Hologic, a global medical device company introduced the world's first 3-D Mammography system, which is able to detect early-stage cancers and reduce false-positive diagnoses compared to traditional 2-D mammogram diagnoses. This innovative technology helps patients and their caregivers make better decisions with more accurate information, delivering peace of mind to women and their families and helping to save lives.

Oracle's Agile Product Lifecycle Management solution provided an integral application platform to help Hologic get its life-saving technology to market fast. In this video premiered during Oracle OpenWorld earlier this month, Dave Rudzinsky, SVP and CIO of Hologic, discusses how Hologic's mission is supported by an enterprise Agile PLM platform helping Hologic to launch high quality innovations quickly. Watch the video above, directly on YouTube, or the Oracle Media Network.

Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

Don't Miss the Super Saver Rate for the 2015 Value Chain Summit

Are you planning to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose next January?  If you are but have yet to register, you may want to do so before Friday, October 10, that way you can take advantage of the Super Saver Rate and save $400.00 off the registration cost.


The OVCS is really 7 Summits in 1, so you can choose from more than 150 sessions offering deep dives on every aspect of supply chain management: Product Value Chain, Value Chain ExecutionValue Chain PlanningProcurement, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Cross Value Chain

Attend and you’ll learn about the latest industry trends, best practices, case studies, and product strategy insights.

Click here to register today.


Click here to learn more about the Summit 

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

  

 

Thursday Oct 02, 2014

OTM and GTM in the Cloud Webcast - Watch the Replay

If you missed last week’s webcast, Finally! Transportation and Trade for Everyone, no need to fret as the webcast replay link is now available. 

Simply click on the link to watch the webcast at a time that suits you best.

Hear from Oracle Vice President, Derek Gittoes, as he discusses the evolution of logistics applications to the Cloud, the corresponding benefits that can be achieved, as well as Oracle’s newly released Transportation and Global Trade Management solutions in the Cloud.

Kathy Moore, CEO of Eminent Group also discuss best practices for transitioning to the Cloud and case studies of customers that have transformed their transportation operations by making the transition.

 To learn more about Oracle Transportation and Global Trade Management in the Cloud, read the Solution Brief or check out the eBook.

Visit www.oracle.com/scm to learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications.

 

 

 

Wednesday Oct 01, 2014

New Oracle SCM Cloud Solutions for PLM and Innovation Management

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is in full swing this week, and there’s some exciting news for the PLM and SCM communities coming out today – Oracle announced new Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud solutions, including Oracle Innovation Management Cloud and our first PLM cloud application called Oracle Product Development Cloud. These new solutions work together with Oracle Product Hub and Oracle Project Portfolio Management to provide a collaborative, connected, and disciplined approach to manage the entire value chain.

That means you get faster, more cost-effective access to an integrated innovation, development and commercialization solution than ever before, with the security, connectivity and personalization benefits of the Oracle Cloud!

Read today’s press release: New Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud Solutions Enable Organizations to Rapidly Deliver Higher-Value Products

Too often organizations have to search for product data lost among disconnected...

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Want In Depth Information on Oracle Value Chain? Subscribe to the Newsletter


The September 2014 edition of Oracle’s quarterly Modern Supply Chain Management newsletter is here.

This newsletter reaches over 180K global subscribers and includes a summary of the latest Value Chain product information.  This is a great source of consolidated information.  Topics include:  Events, News, Press Releases, Training, Customer Stories and more.

This link will take you to the current edition and allow you to subscribe or forward the newsletter.

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Optimizing the Service Supply Chain: How Oracle Cut it's Sun Worldwide Spare Parts Inventory by 50%

"A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large,” Henry Ford, founder of one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, once said. Service organizations are becoming instrumental in achieving top line growth, profitability, and customer loyalty.

Oracle Service Parts Planning enables companies to effectively manage the challenges of a multi-echelon service supply chain. You can simultaneously analyze forecast and replenishment decisions, and release execution plans. Effective Service Parts Planning also provides the statistics and optimization that service planners need to improve forecast accuracy and calculate optimal replenishment and redistribution for all service parts.

Do you need to manage a complex after sales service supply chain with its unique challenges? Would you like to improve parts availability and customer satisfaction? Could you benefit from reduced investment in service parts inventory? If yes, yes and yes, then check out this video below and learn how Oracle can help you manage your service supply chain for increased margins. In fact, Oracle cut it's own Sun worldwide spare parts inventory by 50% by using Oracle's Service Supply Chain solutions.

Learn how Oracle did it by watching this video

To learn more about Oracle's Supply Chain Management solutions, click here.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Advanced Supply Chain Modeling for Risk Management

Alice asked: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. And this same conversation (or at least a variant of it) happens all of the time in today's commercial enterprises as they decide where to point the business and how to get there.

The past twenty-five years has seen great progress in supply chain planning capabilities, and companies continue to make progress in developing and deploying operational plans that are more and more detailed, and which have improved congruence with the financial goals and plans of the enterprise. The continual march of improvement in computer hardware and software have provided today's planners advanced supply chain models and tools that can handle large amounts of data, honoring constraints and optimizing on costs or profits. If it weren't for the real world, we might have achieved supply chain Nirvana by now. Unfortunately we live in a world where it is impossible to know the future and stuff happens. We don't really know what our customers will want, what our competitors might do, or what might happen at our suppliers.  In other words, we are trying to optimize our plans under uncertainty.

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Thursday Sep 18, 2014

Unique by Design: The Noble Energy Story

The Oracle Oil & Gas team recently released this video featuring Noble Energy of Houston, Texas. Noble Energy was the 2013 Winner of the Oracle Oil & Gas Industry Excellence Award. This transformational video details Noble Energy's use of Oracle products, which includes Oracle ALM and includes some of the following quotes:

On Sustainability and Maintenance: Oracle enables Noble Energy's "Integrated Development Plan. This is something that can create tremendous value. It really enables us to see cost efficiencies both on the drilling completion and facilities side and on the operating side too. What it does for our community and areas is that it reduces our footprint, reduces emissions, it takes trucks off the road. IDP is a master plan that enables sustainable, responsible growth with less equipment and fewer facilities."
On Project Management and BI: Oracle "makes these sorts of projects possible, to do them on-time, on-budget, or ahead of time or under budget. And without that analytical capability to bring it all together and manage it and redirect and shift, the probability of over-runs and delays and not meeting your objectives, in my experience, goes up.

Forward this video to your customer and prospects! 

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Monday Sep 15, 2014

It’s Official - OTM and Global Trade Management are Available in the Cloud

Today Oracle officially released Oracle Transportation Management and Global Trade Management in the Oracle Cloud.   These are the same market leading applications that have been available on-premise for over 10 years. New customers will be able to deploy rapidly and leverage the power of Oracle with no up front investment. Existing customers will be able to convert their on-premise licenses to cloud. All cloud customers will benefit by using Oracle hardware and data centers.  System management, maintenance and upgrades are all included.    Be sure to read the press release.

 

You can also check out the latest Solution Brief which outlines the benefits of a cloud deployment.

Click here for the Solution Brief

 

A reminder to also register for the OTM / GTM Cloud webcast with Supply Chain Management Review taking place this Thursday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Click here to register for the webcast.

 

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

Friday Sep 12, 2014

What Not to Miss at Oracle OpenWorld SCM Central

Will you be at Oracle OpenWorld 2014?  Do you plan to visit SCM Central taking place at The Westin Market Hotel? Are you wondering what to see focus on during the event?  If so, be sure to check out this quick video which highlights the SCM activities to focus on while in San Francisco.  

The SCM lineup includes SVP Rick Jewell’s Executive Keynote, 60+ sessions, a self paced iPad solution experience area, demo pods, a Meet the SCM Experts area, three SCM receptions and much more.

Click here to watch the video.

Visit the SCM Central at OpenWorld page.

Learn more about Oracle Supply Chain solutions.

 

 

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Finally! Transportation and Trade for Everyone via the Cloud. Attend the Webcast to Learn More.

No one can dispute that transportation management and global trade management systems help companies run their logistics operations more efficiently. When offered in the Cloud, such systems enable rapid deployment and minimal investment allowing companies to save money and run their businesses more efficiently.

By now you’ve hopefully heard that Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management will soon be available in the Cloud.

 

  To learn more, attend this webcast which will look at the evolution of logistics solutions to the cloud, discuss the corresponding benefits customers can achieve, as well as introduce Oracle’s new OTM and GTM Cloud solutions. 

Date: Thursday, September 18
Time: 2:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. PST)

Register Here

Thursday Sep 04, 2014

SCM in the Cloud: Transportation Management is a Great Place to Start


Computing is moving to the cloud, and supply chain applications are no exception.  Some applications are more cloud friendly than others.  Forbes recently blogged about an SCM World study that classifies applications based on their cloud friendliness.  As you can see, a TMS is about as cloud friendly as you can get.  To read the blog post, go here.

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

NCR Improves Focus on the Customer with Oracle Demantra

NCR ATMNCR is a survivor.  They have managed to reinvent themselves when necessary, and to remain a vibrant and innovative company. In the past few years, NCR has made a number of strategic acquisitions and has transformed themselves into what they call a hardware enabled software company.

During this transformation, NCR has also used some some software (Oracle Demantra Demand Management, and Real-time Sales and Operations Planning) to help them with their growth and to enable a customer-centric supply chain that puts the customer first, understands what motivates them and what their needs are, and then enabling them to be more successful.

Watch this new video, and see how NCR transformed its forecasting and planning processes with Oracle VCP to improve customer service, reduce freight and inventories and increase the utilization of capital resources by 30 percent.

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