Thursday Jan 16, 2014

What to Expect at the Oracle Value Chain Summit

By Rick Jewell, senior vice president of applications development, Oracle

With Oracle Value Chain Summit right around the corner, I’m getting excited thinking about all the great things this supply chain event offers. So I wanted to take some time to highlight why you won’t want to miss this annual event:

1. Exciting presenters! Not only will Oracle President Mark Hurd and best-selling author Geoffrey Moore be speaking, but attendees will also hear from featured Gartner analyst Jane Barrett and senior executives from customers, including Sonic Drive-In’s Jim Lebs and GE Appliances’ Kevin Uhls, on how they are making their supply chains modern value chains.

2. Great content. With more than 200 sessions, the Oracle Value Chain Summit will cover virtually every aspect of the value chain, including Product Value Chain (PLM), Procurement, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution and Value Chain Planning.

3. New topics! This year, the Cross Value Chain Solution Area will feature business best practices, and sessions on new technologies and trends that cover issues across the entire value chain, including value chain topics related to Oracle E-Business Suite.

4. See it in action! Best-in-class technology will be on display so you can learn how to deliver operational excellence, manage risk, streamline your production cycle, increase customer satisfaction and drive profit.

5. Hands-on experience. Develop value chain strategies by testing your ideas and getting invaluable advice from the experts in several of the intensive hands-on workshops.

6. Innovation in the supply chain. Learn how to leverage the latest technologies, including, mobile, cloud and advanced analytics, to build an information-driven value chain.

7. Fun! Come and network with the brightest professionals in the supply chain industry.

What are you waiting for? If you’re looking for an effective way to build your team’s knowledge, enhance your professional network and find a little excitement, register today and we’ll see you February 3-5 in San Jose.

Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

Oracle Global Trade Management Achieves AES Certification to Support End-to-End Customs Filing Process

By Derek Gittoes, Vice President, Value Chain Execution Product Strategy, Oracle

In global trade today, it is critical that all organizations think globally, but act locally. This is particularly true when it comes to ensuring compliance with increasingly complex regional Customs processes and procedures.

At Oracle we understand this need, which is why we are pleased that Oracle Customs Management, part of Oracle Global Trade Management, has achieved Automated Export System (AES) certification from the U.S. Census Bureau (Department of Commerce). AES is the government system that collects Electronic Export Information (EEI) required for export declarations and government statistics.

With this AES-certified solution, customers can significantly reduce their overall export spend by filing directly with the U.S. Government through Oracle Global Trade Management. Not just that, but by eliminating the need for trading partners to rekey data, organizations can ensure more accurate and timely filings, saving considerable effort, time and money.

In addition, the certification incorporates AES filing into the export workflow, enabling organizations to monitor the process through notifications and status updates. This further streamlines complex processes and procedures by giving a holistic view of Customs transactions.

Customers can start taking advantage of the certification now!

For more information on certification visit: here.


Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Early Bird Discount Extended for 2nd Annual Value Chain Summit!

Save $200 with the early bird registration, extended to Dec 20th, 2014. Hear from industry leaders on value chain transformation.

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Thursday Dec 05, 2013

Happy Birthday Laptops - You're 25 today.

The portable laptop computer is 25 yrs old today. It had a massive 20MB hard drive, 640K Ram and a 5.25 external floppy port. Happy Birthday ol' friend![Read More]

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Focus-On Manufacturing at the Value Chain Summit, San Jose CA Feb 3~5'14

Those interested in upgrading their Manufacturing applications technology should attend the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose CA, Feb 3-5 '14.  The latest Focus-On MFG Agenda document is now available.[Read More]

CFOs and Supply Chain Executives: Vastly Different Priorities, But Very Closely Linked

By Jon Chorley, Chief Sustainability Officer and Group Vice President of SCM Product Strategy & PLM, Oracle

With the financial pressures that most organizations have had to navigate in recent times, the role of the CFO has been put under the spotlight. And as our global research study with Accenture pointed out, these pressures have seen the CFO’s role evolve from financial leader to corporate strategist and change agent.

In this expanded role CFOs are wearing many hats, but have you ever thought about how the goals of supply chain executives and the CFO are now intrinsically linked?

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Friday Nov 15, 2013

Oracle European Value Chain Summit 2014 - Registration Now Open

Registration for the European Value Chain Summit is now open.

Date:  March 18 – 19, 2014
Location:  Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue:  Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam City Centre

Join us for a thought leadership forum to explore how new solutions encompassing social, mobile, analytics, and the Cloud are helping companies transform their business through modern value chains.

The Oracle European Value Chain Summit brings together thought leaders, executives, business process owners along with industry and technology experts in an intimate and interactive setting.

The Summit will feature industry keynotes, strategic presentations and customer case studies across three complementary solution areas: Value Chain Planning, Value Chain Execution, and Enterprise Product Lifecycle Management. Hands-on workshops and solution demonstrations will complement the program for immediate user experience.

Register early to secure your spot at the Summit.

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Oracle Outsourced Repair Solution: The “Control Tower” for the Reverse Supply Chain

By Hannes Sandmeier, Vice President of cMRO and Depot Repair Development

Smart businesses are increasing their focus on core competencies and aggressively cutting costs in their supply chains. Outsourcing repairs can enable a business to focus on what they do best and most profitably while delivering top-notch customer service through partners that specialize in reverse logistics and repair. A well managed “virtual service organization” can deliver fast turn times, lower costs and high customer satisfaction. A poorly managed partner network can deliver disaster for your business.

Managing a virtual service organization requires accurate, real-time information and collaboration tools that enable smart, informed and immediate corrective action. To meet this need, Oracle has released the Oracle Outsourced Repair Solution to provide the “control tower” for managing outsourced reverse supply chain operations from customer complaint through remediation to partner claim settlement. The new solution provides real-time visibility to return status, location, turn time, discrepancies and partner performance. Additionally, its web portals allow partners and carriers to view assigned work, request parts, enter data, capture time and submit claims.

Leveraging the combined power of Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca, the Oracle Outsourced Repair Solution provides a comprehensive set of tools that range from quick online partner registration to partner claim reconciliation, from capturing parts and labor to Oracle Cost Management and Financials integration, and from part requisition to waste and hazmat controls.

These tools empower service operations managers to:

· Increase customer satisfaction Ensure customers are satisfied by holding partners accountable for the speed and quality of repairs, and taking immediate corrective action when things go wrong

· Reduce costs: Remove waste from the repair process using accurate job cost and cost breakdown data

· Increase return velocity: Users have the tools to view all orders in flight and immediately know the current location, status, owner and contact point for repairs so as to be able to remove bottlenecks, resolve discrepancies and manage escalations

The Oracle Outsourced Repair Solution further demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to helping supply chain professionals and service managers deliver high customer satisfaction at the lowest cost.

For more information on the Oracle Outsourced Repair Solution, visit here

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Join us! Oracle Manufacturing Industries Forum, Chicago Thurs. Nov.14'13

Attend the 6th Annual Manufacturing Forum at the Westin River North in Chicago, Nov 14, 2013. Hear from top executives on how they navigated the road to transformation.

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Thursday Oct 24, 2013

Oracle Global Trade Management LinkedIn Group

We created a new Oracle Global Trade Management LinkedIn group.  If you're wondering what the latest trends are in the area of trade join today!

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014 - Early Bird Registration Now Open

Get the Best Rate on the Biggest Supply Chain Event of the Year. Register Now and save $200.

Join more than 1,000 of your peers at the Value Chain Summit to learn how smart companies are transforming their supply chains into information-driven value chains. This unparalleled experience will give you the tools you need to drive innovation and maximize revenue.

Date: February 3-5, 2014
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Click here to learn more

Thought-Leading Speakers
Top minds and tech experts across industries will share the secrets of their success, firsthand. Prepare to be inspired by speakers like Geoffrey Moore, business advisor to Cisco, HP, and Microsoft and best-selling author of six books, including Crossing the Chasm.

Customized Experiences
Choose from more than 200 sessions offering deep dives on every aspect of supply chain management: Product Value Chain, Procurement, Maintenance, Manufacturing, Value Chain Execution, and Value Chain Planning.

Unrivaled Insight & Solutions
Hands-on workshops, product demonstrations, and interactive breakouts will showcase new value chain solutions and best practices to help you:
-  Grow profit margins
-  Build products – faster and cheaper
-  Expedite delivery
-  Increase customer satisfaction

You don't want to miss this once-a-year event.
Register Now to secure the Early Bird rate of $495 - the lowest price available.

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

PeopleSoft 9.2 Supply Chain Management Training – Now Available

Who Should Consider Training?

The PeopleSoft 9.2 Supply Chain Management training is primarily intended for implementation project team members. Training is geared towards team members involved in new implementations, as well as new team members for existing implementations. For customers who are upgrading to Release 9.2 from a previous version of the product, the 'PeopleSoft Supply Chain Solutions 9.2 New Features' course is recommended.

The primary candidates for implementation training are configuration or functional implementers.  Ideally configuration implementers are dedicated business users who will manage the implementation project for a specific application. These dedicated business users need to understand the business requirements associated with setting-up the application. Other project team members that should consider training include: super users, business analysts, reporting specialists, and administrators.  

Implementation consultants, who are often employed by Oracle partners that provide implementation services, are also prime candidates for training.

When Should You Receive Training?

Project team training is critical at the start of a new implementation, including configuration training on the core application modules being implemented.   Early project team training is recommended to begin the process of aligning the expertise within your company, as well as with that of any consultants that may be assisting you.  One of the goals is to understand the functionality most relevant to complete your end-to-end business processes.  Other goals are to identify any additional development work that may be necessary to customize your applications and to ensure integration between different modules within the overall business process.

As for new team members, ideally they should be trained right away to help bring them up to speed so that they can start performing their job efficiently and effectively.

What will Training Help You Do?

Training can provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure a smooth, rapid and successful implementation of your PeopleSoft applications in support of your organization’s financial management processes. This includes step-by-step instruction for implementing, using, and maintaining your applications. Training will also better help you understand the application and configuration options so that you can make improved decisions during implementation.

What Training is Available?

Courses are now available for most PeopleSoft Supply Chain Management applications.  Accelerated courses, which combine content from two courses, are also available for more experienced team members. Available courses include:


New Features and Delta Courses
PeopleSoft Supply Chain Solutions Rel 9.2 New Features


Primary Functional Training
PeopleSoft Purchasing Rel 9.2
PeopleSoft eProcurement Rel 9.2
PeopleSoft Inventory Rel 9.2

Accelerated Courses
PeopleSoft Purchasing / Inventory Accelerated Rel 9.2
PeopleSoft Purchasing / eProcurement Accelerated Rel 9.2


Where Can I Learn More?

-  See all of the available PeopleSoft 9.2 Supply Chain Management training

-  You can also watch a short video that provides an overview of the available PeopleSoft training.


Tuesday Sep 24, 2013

New Aberdeen Whitepaper - Using PIM to Drive Business Performance

Inside and outside the corporate firewall, there has never been a greater demand for product data.

Download a free copy of the latest Aberdeen Group whitepaper entitled: “More Data, More Channels, Fewer Problems: Using PIM to Drive Business Performance” and discover how best-in-class companies that are leveraging PIM solutions are experiencing fewer product recalls, more perfect shipments, and higher levels of customer satisfaction.  

Find out how you can:

  • Speed time-to-market and reduce failure costs for new product introductions
  • Reduce stock-outs and eliminate under/over ordering with accurate product data
  • Reduce risk with improved management of product regulatory compliance
  • Improve customer service and enable a seamless multi-channel commerce experience
  • Leverage a cloud-based PIM solution as a lower cost, faster-deployment alternative

Click here to download the paper

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

Don't Miss Fusion Product Hub Sessions at OpenWorld 2013

Oracle OpenWorld is just a few days away. Interested in learning about Oracle's Fusion Product Hub solution? Then you won't want to miss the following sessions and demo pods, be sure to check them out.

CON9012 – Effective Multichannel Commerce with Product Information Management 
Featured Customer Speaker: Pampered Chef
5:00pm-6:00pm  @ Moscone West – 2009

CON8747 – Oracle Fusion Product Hub: The Foundation for your Enterprise Product Information Management
Featured Customer Speaker: O’Reilly Media
3:30pm-4:30pm  @ Moscone West – 2022

CON8991 – Enabling Commercialization for Your Product Value Chain with Oracle Product Hub
Featured Customer Speaker: NCH
12:30pm-1:30pm  @ Moscone West – 2011

Demo Pod:
Oracle Fusion Product Hub @ Workstation ID: W-0077 Moscone West

Friday Sep 13, 2013

Check out Distributed Order Orchestration Sessions at OpenWorld 2013

Travelling to San Francisco for this year's Oracle OpenWorld event?  Interested in learning about how you can improve your order orchestration and fulfillment operations?

Then you won't want to miss the following sessions featuring Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration.  Pre-register to ensure your spot!

CON4094: Real-Time Integration between ATG, Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration and ERP
Date: Monday, Sep 23, 2013 
Time: 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Moscone West - 2011

CON8738: Beyond Order Orchestration: Plan & Execute with Allocation & Backlog Management
Date: Thursday, Sep 26
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Moscone West - 2022

CON8737: Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management: Overview, Strategy and Roadmap
Date: Monday, Sep 23
Time:  4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Location: Moscone West - 2003


Also be sure to visit the Oracle DemoGrounds and see Fusion DOO in action:

Distributed Order Orchestration & Global Order Promising – Demo ID: 3413   
Location:  Moscone West - W-001


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