Monday Sep 21, 2015

Gartner Market Guide: Trade Promotion Management

Read the new Gartner Market Guide for Trade Promotion Management and Optimization report. In addition to a market overview to see how Oracle is evaluated against other technology providers.

Click here for the full report

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Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

Putting the "S" in S&OP Webcast

Attend this Oracle and AVATA webcast and discover how to integrate funnel information and Oracle supply chain data for stronger strategic and tactical planning.

Date: October 7, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST


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Wednesday Sep 09, 2015

Oracle Gold Partner AVATA Enables S&OP in 90 Days

Oracle Gold partner, AVATA has extended their Express Solutions Suite by adding "S&OP/Integrated Business Planning Express" a hosted solution that will allow companies to rapidly establish their initial S&OP/IBP cycle.  The solution is built entirely from Oracle applications and is hosted to minimize investment and implementation time.

Attend the Webinar on September 22, 2015 to learn how AVATA's S&OP/IBP Express will allow for a rapid deployment enabling your first S&OP/IBP cycle within 90-days.

To learn more about the solution, download the solution brief.

To register for the Webinar on Tuesday September 22, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT, use this registration link.

Monday Aug 31, 2015

Grupo Arcor Improves Demand Management with Oracle

Groupo Arcor, Argentina’s largest food company has 20,000 employees in Latin America and is the world’s leading manufacturer of hard candies.

By leveraging Oracle Demantra Demand Management and Oracle Cloud Services they have improved demand visibility, plant capacity utilization, and customer service to meet a demanding international market. Click here to watch the video.

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Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

Webcast: S&OP in the Cloud

Invite your customers to attend this joint Inspirage and Oracle webcast on how customers can bring scalable enterprise Sales & Operations Planning into their organization in less than 4 S&OP business cycles.

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Time: 9:00 am PST | 12:00 noon EST

Click here to register

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Transformation of the Healthcare Supply Chain

While the supply chain at a high tech company might be focused on squeezing out every penny, healthcare providers need 100 percent resource inventory availability in order to deliver uncompromising care. Healthcare providers that focus on optimizing value from the supply chain can achieve this goal and drive better patient outcomes.

Read how companies like Kaiser Permanente and NGHA are leveraging Oracle planning solutions to improve their forecasting processes.         Click here for full article

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Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Optimizing Sales & Trade Planning and Delivering New Proficiency in Your Value Chain With Oracle

 - Is your brand growing?

 - Are you cannibalizing your own products or your competitors?

 - Are you just moving volume from 1 week to the other?

A comprehensive trade management process facilitates the alignment of account teams, trade marketing, finance and supply chain stakeholders. Without an integrated process there is a disconnect cross the value chain consisting of sales, marketing, trade marketing, finance and operations which leads to missed opportunities, poor performance of promotions and too much or too little inventory in the channels to meet category and brand objectives. The account managers may plan a campaign with a certain set of expectations for volume and margin but they may end up being ineffective and a poor use of trade funds. In addition, incremental volume due to events may not be Optimizing Sales & Trade Planning communicated to supply chain that may place insufficient or excess inventory into distribution resulting in a waste of promotional spend.

Check out this recent whitepaper to  review best practices and how Oracle helps companies achieve an optimized sales & trade planning process.

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Webcast - Accelerate M&A and Divestitures

During this webcast you’ll hear from Avata and Oracle experts discuss how other customers have leveraged Oracle Value Chain Planning solutions to assess supply chain synergies, enter new markets and build risk-resilient supply chains.  John Stamm, Director Sales Operations at CSR, will also discuss how Oracle Demantra assisted in the pre / post acquisition activities.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM PST (12:00 PM EST)

Registration Link

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Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Services Parts Planning Seminar

Oracle and Inspirage are hosting a Services Parts Planning Lifecycle Management seminar where customers will learn how leading companies are streamlining and optimizing their service supply chain operations.

It takes place on Monday, March 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.   

Click here for event details.

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Monday Mar 09, 2015

Promotion Optimization Institute 2015 Event

Oracle is sponsoring the Promotion Optimization Institute (POI) event which takes place April 13 – 15 in Chicago, IL.

Oracle customer, Mead Johnson, will present in a keynote session, there will be a booth showcasing Oracle solutions, as well as an Oracle and AVATA sponsored networking reception on April 13 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Eataly Chicago.

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Friday Feb 06, 2015

Transforming the Healthcare Supply Chain

Healthcare transformationAs the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape healthcare providers are being driven to transform how they deliver services. Providers are searching for ways to make healthcare more affordable, by reducing operational costs and creating efficiencies across their supply chains.

Demand and inventory management provide one of the most direct and compelling opportunities for improvement in the healthcare supply chain. On average, one-half of inventory holdings in a hospital are inactive, and ten percent are obsolete. Inventory in the supply chain represents forty percent of a hospital system’s operating expense. A five percent improvement in forecast accuracy can drive a four day reduction in inventory while improving service by insuring that the right items are on hand when they are needed.
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Friday Dec 05, 2014

Is S&OP as Obsolete a Name as MRP II?

End of the road for S&OP?S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning) has been around for years as an essential enabler for customer centric supply chains and a key tool for strategic execution. But many firms are wary of implementing S&OP fearing long and painful cross functional transformations that will need strong executive sponsorship for success.

Is the supply-and-demand legacy associated with S&OP keeping supply chain practioners from enlisting executive support to fully realise its benefits? Perhaps we should be talking about executive concerns instead of mid-level manger concerns?[Read More]

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Shale Oil & Gas Producers Transform Supply Chains

As the world price of oil approached and exceeded $100 per barrel, the economics of energy production using advanced technologies became more attractive. In the United States, thanks to technological innovations in extraction of hydrocarbons from shale (fracking), we have a boom in natural gas and oil production. However, this increase in supply is putting pressure on prices and oil has now fallent in to the mid $80 range.  This is causing a major profit squeeze for producers and they are looking at ways become more efficient.

Steve Banker of ARC Research has been looking into this problem. In a recent article for, he says:

"In the process of doing research in this area—I talked to 45 subject matter experts on this value chain—I came to the conclusion that the single biggest opportunity to improve cash flows in this value chain will be based on implementing a form of integrated business planning specific to shale oil & gas. Oracle and Accenture have teamed up to create a solution set for shale oil & gas focused on doing better integrated business planning. Oracle will focus on software, Accenture on change management and implementation."

You can read the entire article here: Declining Oil Prices makes it Imperative for Shale Oil Companies to improve their Value Chains.

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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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

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