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

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.

 

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

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]

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

What MLB Season Scheduling Means to Your Supply Chain

For the entire history of Major League Baseball from its founding in 1869 until 2004, the game schedules were developed by hand.

Great strides in operations research were made in World War II with the adoption of linear programing techniques, and great armies and navies were deployed and supplied using the new science of operations research, but baseball scheduling was more complex than that, and still done by hand.  In the 1960s computing power exploded, with IBM placing powerful machines in most major corporations, but baseball scheduling was too hard, and it was still done by hand. Thirty years on, microprocessors brought down the cost of computing so that you could easily buy sixty-four or one-hundred twenty-eight, or two-hundred and fifty-six computers and set them all to working on the same problem. But the programmers still couldn't come up with a better schedule than Henry and Holly Stephenson could generate by hand.

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Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Oracle Introduces In-Memory Cost Management Applications for Process and Discrete Industries

In 2013, Big Data” surpassed “Social Media” and “Mobility” as one of the most searched concepts on the Internet. Gerd Leonhard, a noted futurist, author and CEO of the Futures Agency, stated that Big Data’s economic and social importance will rival that of the oil economy by 2020. With the ever-increasing global adoption of smart phones, we are heading towards 5 billion connected devices. With the addition of other electronic devices such as sensors, wearables, and smart homes, that number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2018. The amount of data being collected across all of these platforms is mind-boggling, and companies that realize the potential of what can be done with that data are breaking away from the pack. Those companies understand this potential and are now investing time and money into tools that can convert all that data into information that drives actionable insights. Oracle’s new In-Memory Cost Management applications for Oracle E-Business Suite offers those insights to for users in discrete manufacturing with Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries and for users in process manufacturing with Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries.

In today’s global manufacturing environment, manufacturers face a multitude of challenges due to regulatory compliance, stringent quality processes and increasing manufacturing costs. In order to accurately calculate margins and maximize profits, organizations must gather, maintain and analyze growing volumes of current and historical cost data. However, existing cost management solutions have not kept up with the exploding volumes of data across global manufacturing operations and various supply chains. To help solve this critical business need, Oracle has introduced Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries for Oracle E-Business Suite. Utilizing the extreme performance delivered by Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions are a combination of software and hardware that enables real-time insight across virtually all aspects of cost management, allowing organizations to maximize revenue, increase profits and optimize operational costs and working capital.

Oracle In-Memory Cost Management applications help businesses make decisions in time to capture the highest possible profits and margins, and to discover hidden opportunities to shrink operational costs. Cost accountants, operations, finance and procurement managers can use Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions to quickly perform what-if simulations on complex cost data and instantly visualize the impact of changes to their businesses. While existing cost management solutions often require long wait times for batch processes to complete on huge data sets, Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions run efficiently in real-time and come pre-built with critical analytical features including Cost Impact Simulator, Gross Profit Analyzer and Cost Comparison Tool.

Oracle’s Cost Impact Simulator and Gross Profit Analyzer help organizations maximize revenue and increase profits by:

  • Undertaking multidimensional cost analyses leveraging complex multi-level bills of material and routing data
  • Perform detailed ‘what-if’ cost simulations and timely analyses of costs and related inventory valuations
  • Easily assessing the impact of future margins including any potential downstream impact of unshipped orders and forecasted demand

Oracle’s Cost Comparison Tool enables users to quickly view and analyze the details of complex cost structures across multiple manufacturing locations so that businesses can reach timely decisions that allow them to identify the most profitable cost structures, simulate the enterprise-wide impact of cost changes and then propagate those savings across their enterprises. Oracle’s Cost Comparison Tool also helps businesses discover hidden opportunities to further shrink operational costs by processing and visualizing large volumes of cost element data quickly.

To help customers in discrete industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, high tech and industrial manufacturing, Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries’ transformational suite of applications allows businesses to drive strategic cost management objectives by maximizing gross margins and profits, optimizing product cost structures through minimizing component costs, creating profitable product mixes across their global operations and finding the right products to both increase penetration in existing markets and enter new markets. Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries’ does the same thing for customers in process industries such as natural resources, life sciences, food and beverage, chemicals and consumer goods.

For more information on these products, please check out these links:


Friday Feb 28, 2014

Who's Talking about OVCS? Here's Your Media Round-up.

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 in San Jose! Hallways were abuzz with new ideas, cool product stories, and reconnecting with colleagues.  We were reluctant to see it end, but the media has kept it going with photos, recaps, and insights.  Here's a round-up of all the commentary so far.



Photos -
Attendees were pretty Twitter-happy at #OVCS this year!  Enjoy all the great photos shared during the week.
OVCS Photo Album (Facebook)


Summary -
This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective summarizes the entire event, even including attendee feedback.
Perspective: Oracle Value Chain Summit
(IDC)

Key Takeaways- Independent PLM consulting firm CIMdata shares their thoughts on key topics after attending the event.
CIMdata's Commentary on Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 - Innovation Management, Customers, Product Value Chain, and more.
(CIMdata)

Big Data - ARC posts an article in Forbes on key executive issues discussed at the Summit.
President of Oracle Speaks on Big Data at Oracle Supply Chain Conference
(Forbes)

In Memory and Innovation Management - Supply Chain Management Review shares an article highlighting new product launches including Oracle Innovation Management, during the Summit.
Oracle In-Memory Cost Management Launched
(SCMR)

Cloud, Innovation, Mobile, and Darned Spreadsheets - SupplyChainBrain summarizes the most talked about topics at the Summit in an article by Robert Bowman.
Notes from the Oracle Value Chain Summit
(SupplyChainBrain)

PLM Perspective - Oracle's Shane Goodwin recounts in this blog entry a growing vibrancy in the Agile PLM community and how the enterprise solution has expanded to become, for many businesses, their go-to foundation for product development and innovation.
Impressions from OVCS 2014 - Agile PLM as a Platform
(Oracle)


Executive Voice -
Oracle's Rick Jewell concisely reviews the headlining topics covered throughout the Summit.
That's a Wrap for the 2nd Annual Oracle Value Chain Summit
(Oracle)


I hope you enjoyed the reading!  And if you missed us in San Jose, I hope you'll consider joining us at the Oracle European Value Chain Summit in Amsterdam on March 18-19, 2014!

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

That's a Wrap for the 2nd Annual Oracle Value Chain Summit

 We're pleased to feature this article by Rick Jewell on the success of the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014.

Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President of Applications Development, Oracle

The second annual Oracle Value Chain Summit held in San Jose, California concluded earlier this month and by all accounts, it was a resounding success.

We welcomed more than 2,100 customers, partners and industry analysts from 27 different countries to the event this year. In fact, customer attendance was nearly 60 percent higher than the previous year, a clear testament to Oracle’s growing momentum in the supply chain industry. From the beginning to the end, there was a palpable energy amongst the crowds in sessions, demo areas and networking receptions.

Business users chose from more than 200 sessions from different supply chain tracks, including, 150+ customer speaking sessions, as well as keynotes that featured Oracle President Mark Hurd and best-selling author Geoffrey Moore.

Mark’s keynote covered a lot of interesting points as he explained how the combination of globalization, the explosion of data, mobility and more demanding customers has made the supply chain more complex than ever. Organizations are balancing the need to control costs while meeting customer demands; and as Mark highlighted, consumers are now more sophisticated. A missed delivery date can result in not only loss of sale, but now thanks to social, a reputation nightmare. A staggering 26% of customers will post negative feedback about products online.

Along similar lines, I presented the idea of the customer-centric supply chain and planning. In a time where it has become even harder for organizations to differentiate themselves, organizations can no longer focus on just ensuring inventory is there when customers need it but also need to optimize the overall customer experience in order to stand out in the crowd.

This is just a slice of what we talked about at the event. Presentations and collateral from the Oracle Value Chain Summit are now available for download at: http://oracle.ovcs2014.virtualcollateral.com. Use the password: ovcs2014

If you missed the event and are eager to hear how Oracle is keeping the supply chain moving at the speed of business, you can always catch the European Value Chain Summit taking place March 18 & 19 in Amsterdam. Otherwise, stay tuned for details about next year’s Oracle Value Chain Summit. 

Friday Feb 14, 2014

Want a New Revenue Source? Look at your Product Returns! WHAT?

Leading companies are converting warranty returns into profitable business lines with effective service recovery techniques.  Hear this informative webcast and learn more.
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