Monday Feb 15, 2016

CEO Safra Catz: We're All On The Same Journey

During last month's MSCE event in San Jose, Oracle CEO, Safra Catz took the stage to discuss the path customers can take in moving their supply chains to the cloud. She was joined by Cindy Reese, Oracle SVP Operations, who discussed Sun's supply chain transformation.This latest Forbes article includes some of the highlights of that session. Click here to read the article.  

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

Friday Feb 05, 2016

Industry 4.0 and the Transformation of the Supply Chain

The factory of the future will be unrecognizable from those of today; manufacturers must act now if they are to evolve in time

This year’s World Economic Forum at Davos was centred on the theme of ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Also known as the Industry 4.0, the term refers to the way a range of new technologies, including cloud computing, robotics, the Internet of Things, automation, mobility and many, many more are changing the way companies manufacture and distribute new products. Under the influence of these technologies, the factories of the future will be almost unrecognizable from those of today; as well as, I am willing to wager, the products and services that result from the manufacturing process.

We are quite often told that a product will be revolutionary, but in this case it is not mere hype: digitization is fundamentally changing the world around us and causing companies to look beyond just the products they make and explore the services and business models they can provide alongside them.

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Thursday Feb 04, 2016

Future Supply Chain Leaders at MSCE 2016


The 2016 Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience was one of the best yet with countless SCM thought-leading sessions, 3D Printers, Makers Zones, Cloud-insights, and much more. One of the highlights of the event was the initiation of the Oracle Future Supply Chain Leaders Program. More than 80 college seniors & graduate students with studies focusing on different areas of supply chain were in attendance this year. Lead by Chief Sustainability Officer & GVP of SCM Product Strategy, Jon Chorley and Director of Sustainability Product Strategy, Rich Kroes - The students piled into San Jose to expose themselves to greater networking opportunities, learn about the future of SCM and experience one of Oracle's most attended events. The students' energy fueled the event and Oracle plans to keep it's arms open to the Future Leaders of Supply Chain for many years to come.

Read more about the Future Supply Chain Leaders Program in a Forbes article here

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


Monday Feb 01, 2016

Eleven Tips for Modernizing Your Supply Chain

—By Margaret Harrist, Oracle Director of Content Strategy

A modern supply chain demands the support of digital technology—yet many companies are still using outdated supply chain applications and processes that lock them into archaic ways of doing business. "Supply chain has probably changed more in the last 30 years than almost any other aspect of business," said Jon Chorley, Oracle chief sustainability officer, in a recent Forbes.com article. Today, supply chain executives are looking to cloud-based applications to meet the demands of our increasingly global, customer-focused, fast-moving business environment.

Chorley offers 11 tips for modernizing your supply chain so that it meets your company's specific needs and enables you to avoid potential potholes you might not anticipate.

It's timely advice, given that a recent survey of participants in McKinsey & Co.'s Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute found that 80 percent of those executives consider digital manufacturing and design to be a critical driver of competitiveness, whereas only 13 percent rated their organizations' digital capability as "high."

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Friday Jan 22, 2016

SCM Cloud Webcast Series Continued

These webcasts will showcase live demos and serve to educate you about the latest SCM Cloud applications from Oracle. Click on the links below to see the schedule of dates for your area of interest.

General SCM Cloud webcast page

Oracle Transportation Management Cloud

Global Trade Management Cloud

Innovation Management Cloud

Product Master Data Management Cloud

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


Wednesday Jan 20, 2016

Day Passes Now Available for MSCE

If you can’t make it for the week, come for the day! Oracle is now offering a special 1 Day Pass, either Tuesday or Wednesday, for just $495. You must register for your 1 Day Pass by Sunday, January 24th. Onsite purchase price is $625.

To take advantage of this offer, one of the following promo codes must be used on the MSCE registration page:

Tuesday, January 26  - 1 Day Pass Promo Code: DPTMSCE16

Wednesday, January 27 - 1 Day Pass Promo Code: DPWMSCE16

The Day pass includes access to activities on the day of attendance including keynotes, breakout sessions, solutions pavilion, networking activities, and meals.

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

Wednesday Jan 13, 2016

Cisco's Commitment to a Sustainable Supply Chain

Watch this new Cisco video to see how Cisco leverages Oracle Supply Chain Management Applications to fulfill its commitment to managing a sustainable supply chain by embedding environmental considerations and best practices in its core business processes. Cisco was the winner of the 2015 Oracle Chief Sustainability Officer of the Year Award. These awards are presented to select companies that use an Oracle product to take an environmental lead by using green business practices to reduce costs and improve business efficiencies.

For example, a company may use Oracle Cloud Solutions to help drive down power consumption, Oracle Transportation Management to reduce fleet emissions, or Agile PLM to design more eco-friendly products.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award.

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

Monday Jan 11, 2016

Modern Supply Chain Experience - London: Feb. 2-3

This jam-packed two day Modern Supply Chain Experience event will be held during February 2 - 3, 2016 in London at the Intercontinental London – The O2. In addition to general sessions, featured tracks will include: Innovate to Product Commercialization, Plan to Produce and Procurement, Logistics with Order to Cash.

Click here for full conference and agenda details and click here for reasons to attend the conference.

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

Friday Jan 08, 2016

UX Lab at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience

Already registered to attend the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience?

Did you know we also have an Onsite Usability lab at the conference? You can participate in a feedback session on Oracle's supply chain management application offerings at the conference and test drive the SCM Cloud.

When: Tuesday, Jan 26 and Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

Hourly intervals offered between 8:00 AM & 6:00 PM

Where: The San Jose Convention Center, Conference Room 230 B

5 reasons to participate in the usability feedback session at the Modern Supply Chain Experience:

Bragging Rights - Help Oracle design their supply chain management applications

Make a difference - Provide the UX team with your in depth feedback!

Test Drive new UI - Experience the latest we have to offer!

Meet with Experts – Interact with Oracle Usability Engineers and Designers!

Be a part of the Oracle Applications User Experience community – Learn about future events and opportunities to provide feedback on our products.

Ready to participate? Be sure to have to sign up in advance. The event fills up quickly, and seats are limited!

Participation in the sessions requires your company or organization to have a Customer Participation Confidentiality Agreement (CPCA) on file. Don’t have one? Let us know, and we’ll start the process.

Check out the YouTube video to hear what Oracle customers and partners have to say about their experiences at previous usability feedback sessions.

Learn more about Oracle Applications User Experience team, visit Usable Apps.


The Key to Compliance? Build it into Product Design

Shopping has never been easier. You only have to pick up a laptop or smartphone, tap on a few buttons, and products will arrive on the doorstep within a couple of days – and from the furthest corners of the globe. To consumers, the ease of the ordering process is entirely natural, but as manufacturers can attest, it is actually the result of a highly complex supply chain. This complexity is perhaps nowhere more apparent than when it comes to international compliance.

We all know that different states and trading blocs have their own rules and regulations about what can and cannot enter their territories. If a manufacturer’s products are not compliant with the regulations of a state then the customs and excise officers of that state will stop the products entering its territory. This is well understood.

But what is less understood is exactly how much of an impact this can have on brands that are growing fast and looking to move rapidly into new markets. If not tackled correctly, global regulatory burdens could well prove an insurmountable obstacle to the effective operation of international supply chains.

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Thursday Jan 07, 2016

January Issue of Supply Chain Management Newsletter is Here!

The January 2016 edition of Oracle’s quarterly Modern Supply Chain Management newsletter is here. The newsletter includes a summary of the latest Oracle supply chain news, events, videos, customer buzz, and much more.

Click on the Subscribe button at the top of the newsletter to receive it. Click here to read the newsletter.

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

Monday Jan 04, 2016

SCM at Cloud World NY - Jan. 20

Oracle CloudWorld will be in New York on January 20, 2016. The one-day event, held at the Waldorf Astoria, will feature a supply chain cloud track, “Modernize Your Supply Chain”, sponsored by Oracle Partner Inspirage. Sessions in the track include:

- Your Path to Supply Chain in the Cloud

- Modern Manufacturing in the Cloud

- Reimagine Your Order-to-Cash Process

- Journey to the Cloud  (Inspirage Session with IDC Manufacturing Insights)

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn about Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud applications and experience demos throughout the day. Space is limited, so reserve a spot ASAP.

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

Monday Dec 14, 2015

Mapping the Next Milestones in the Supply Chain

When we look back at 2015, one of the biggest themes has been how supply chain has embraced the Cloud. That’s not to say that the sector was a stranger to the Cloud before; rather, that this year was marked by the industry starting to factor the Cloud into its wider business strategy, instead of as a technology model to explore and trial.

We’re still some way from cross-operational adoption of the Cloud. Some parts of the supply chain are inherently more Cloud-friendly than others; for example, those areas that are more used to sharing supply chain data with external organizations. In areas where businesses have traditionally outsourced operations, such as transportation, we’re seeing rapid and widespread Cloud adoption; whereas for functions such as warehousing and product lifecycle management, the Cloud is only just beginning to penetrate.

Yet the success of Cloud implementations elsewhere in the supply chain points the way to a future where it becomes a fundamental part of SCM strategy. Looking forward, then, what other developments might we expect to emerge in 2016? 

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Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

World Class Logistics Event - Paris 2015

This one day event brings together 300 supply chain and logistics professionals. The event will include multiple round tables, workshops, and networking opportunities which will focus on methods and best practices to create value throughout global logistics operations.

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Time: 8:30 - 18:30

Location: Cœur Défense, Paris

Event Info

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

Monday Dec 07, 2015

How to Stop Free Shipping Becoming a Logistical Nightmare

Let’s face it: Christmas shopping can be dreadful. The crowds that swarm high streets and shopping centres Europe-wide can make this seasonal retail experience exhausting and stressful; not least around peak shopping milestones such as Black Friday. No wonder so many of us choose to avoid the stress and do most of our shopping online. Why brave the crowds when you can go online and find the perfect gifts from the comfort of your home?

And online retailers are, for their part, doing everything they can to encourage this trend through special offers and incentives, including the offer of free delivery and returns. In fact, research recently conducted by the National Retail Federation found 93 percent of online shoppers in the US intend to use a free shipping offer when shopping for Christmas gifts this year.

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