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A Solid Foundation for Advanced Technology Usage in Supply Chains

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Diego Pantoja-Navajas, VP, WMS Product Development

For the past decade I have debated whether advanced technological applications like “true” Supply Chain Cloud applications provide a real competitive advantage to our customers. It seems the debate is finally over. There are now hundreds of strong case studies about customers’ successful adoptions of advanced technologies and the digital transformation of their Supply Chains.

Real cloud applications are laying the foundation for innovative solutions from IoT to Blockchain. This is the future of our industry. I could not agree more with Dwight Klappich, research Vice President at Gartner, that the supply chain industry is now highly technology-centric.

One note I would add is that Oracle is in the middle of the action. Oracle has the largest footprint of Software as a Service (SaaS) SCM applications, not to mention Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in the market.  We provide these services from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia, and we are enabling companies to adopt advanced technologies like IoT, Blockchain, ChatBots, and AI.

Our cloud customers are doing much more than building proof-of-concepts with some of these technologies. They are using our technology as the secure foundation to drive innovation in core parts of their business.

Take our Cloud IoT Platform, for example. Oracle Internet of Things is a great example of Oracle technology being used as a sure foundation for technological innovation. Our IoT Fleet Monitoring Cloud solution captures real time data of fuel consumption, route management, driver performance and vehicle maintenance.

This data is then analyzed and reported in a way that makes fleet operations safer, greener and more cost-effective.  When those real time signals are combined with our WMS Cloud application based on say, trailer proximity or other variables, our yard and dock-door management modules self-adjust to the appropriate arrival and departure times. This let’s warehouses maximize yard, dock, trailer, and overall resource utilization – providing cost savings to our customers.

We are also excited to see the fast adoption of our virtual customer assistants, chatbots, AI, and blockchain platforms as many of our customers begin innovating across the supply chain in various industries, geographies and product categories.

We are experiencing an unprecedented adoption of new technologies across the supply chain industry. We at Oracle know that these advanced technologies are no longer futuristic concepts. They are reality, and every day we are committed to continuing to push the boundaries of our capabilities in order to provide and continue to develop the best-in-class, cloud-based, SCM Platform.

 

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