Friday Mar 30, 2012

New Thinking for Supply Chain Analytics. PLM for Process. And Untangling Services Complexity.

The first edition of the quarterly Oracle Information InDepth Value Chain and Procurement Transformation newsletter has just been published. It’s a solid round-up of news and analysis from the fast-moving world of global supply chains and supply management.  As the title of this post implies, the latest edition covers a wide array of great topics. But the story on supply chain analytics from Endeca is especially interesting. Without giving away the ending, it explores new ways of thinking about the value of information and how to exploit it for supply chain improvement.

If you enjoy this edition, think about opting-in via the subscription link. It is an easy way to keep up with the latest and greatest.

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Another live GTM customer!

Graco went live with GTM last week with the help of Oracle Consulting Services (OCS).  This marks another important milestone as more and more customers are adopting AND implementing Oracle Global Trade Management.  Congratulations to Bob Hart and team from OCS for leading Graco to success.  

Thursday Mar 22, 2012

Oracle Supply Chain at Pella Showcase, April 24-25, 2012

Oracle Supply chain products are highlighted at the Pella Showcase in Pella Iowa, April 24-25 2012. It's a 'must  get-to' event for those considering expanding their supply chain to drive fullfillment excellence. Register at 1-800 820-5592 x10281[Read More]

Oracle Fusion Applications Data Sheets Are Now Available

For customers chomping at the bit for more information on Oracle Fusion applications, there is good news. We’ve just published  a complete library of data sheets for Oracle Fusion Applications. Included are SCM applications like Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration, Fusion Inventory Management, and Fusion Product Hub. And customers interested in sourcing and procurement should review documents that address Oracle Fusion Sourcing ,Oracle Fusion Procurement Contracts, Oracle Fusion Purchasing, Oracle Fusion Self Service Procurement, and Oracle Fusion Supplier Portal.

Wednesday Mar 21, 2012

It’s On! Oracle Open World 2012 Opens Call for Papers is Open

Oracle OpenWorld is among the world’s largest industry events for good reason. It offers a vast array of learning and networking opportunities in one of the planet’s great cities.  And one of the key reasons for its popularity among procurement and supply chain professionals is the prominence of presentations by customers.

 

If you’d like to deliver a presentation based on your experience, now is the time to submit your abstract for review by the selection panel. The competition is strong: roughly 18% of entries are accepted each year from more than 3,000 submissions. Review panels are made up of experts both internal and external to Oracle. Successful submissions often (but not exclusively) focus on customer successes, how-tos, or best practices.

What’s in it for you? Recognition, for one thing. Accepted sessions are publicized in the content catalog, which goes live in mid-June, and sessions given by external speakers often prove the most popular. Plus, accepted speakers get a complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld with access to all sessions and networking events─ that could save you up to $2,595!

 

Be sure designate your session for inclusion in the correct track by selecting  “APPLICATIONS: Supply Chain Management” or “APPLICATIONS: Sourcing and Procurement” from the Primary Track drop down menu.

 

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

Monday Mar 19, 2012

There’s a New Blog in Town

New information on FUSION available!  Hear from this new sheriff.[Read More]

Wednesday Mar 14, 2012

Is there 'Conflict Material' in your Supply Chain? ..Gold in your circuits?

For the last decade, trade in 'conflict minerals' has fueled human rights abuses and promoted insecurity in the African Congo (DRC). The Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, passed by the US Congress July 2010, includes a provision – Section 1502 – aimed at stopping the national army and rebel groups  from illegally using profits from the minerals  trade to fund their fight. Section 1502 is a disclosure requirement that calls on companies to determine whether their products contain 'conflict mineral's – by carrying out supply chain due diligence – and to report to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The most commonly mined minerals are cassiterite, wolframite, coltan, and gold, extracted from the Congo and passed through a variety of intermediaries before being purchased by multinational electronics companies. These minerals are essential in the manufacture of a variety of devices, including consumer electronics as mobile phones, laptops and MP3 players. Minerals mined in Eastern Congo pass through the hands of numerous middlemen as they are shipped out of Congo, sourced through neighboring countries such as Rwanda or Burundi, to East Asian processing

Do you know where your source marterials originate?  Do you have control of your supply chain? Every supply chain executive should be aware of the Conflict Materials clause and have transparancy into their product components.

source info: http://www.globalwitness.org/library/dodd-frank-acts-section-1502-conflict-minerals

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_minerals

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

From the BUNCH to the SHOWMEs - You've heard of them!

The computer industry continues to evolve. With M&A, success and failures, the key names are shifting.  Do business with firms that will be in it for the long haul.[Read More]

Monday Mar 12, 2012

Is there 'Pink Slime' in your Supply Chain? Yuck or Holy Cow!

Food processors use least cost formulation to produce ground beef. The media reports that 6% of lean finely textured beef (LFTB) goes into ground meat and hamburgers at some locations.  Called 'pink-slime' by one writer, some fast food chains are updating their ingredients.  Consumers have a right to know what they are buying or eating.[Read More]

Friday Mar 09, 2012

PeopleSoft Procurement and Payables User Groups Combined

The Supplier Relationship Management  PeopleSoft User Group (SRM PUG) and PeopleSoft Accounts Payable Special Interest Group (PSAP) have been combined into one organization, the Source to Settlement PeopleSoft User Group (S2S PUG). As the name implies, S2S PUG is comprised of PeopleSoft/Oracle customers who work with modules related to the source to procurement as well as payment processes.

To learn more or to get involved visit the S2S PUG Website for information about conferences, board meeting notes, history, presentations, and other content.

To get the ball rolling, the S2S PUG is hosting its first combined conference. RECONNECT is being held August 27–29 at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, Connecticut. This conference replaces the LINK and SRM PUG conferences and gives customers a great opportunity to get involved and educated.

Wednesday Mar 07, 2012

What it takes to be in the Fortune Top 50?

Companies need to work both hard and smart to get into the Fortune Top 50. Does Luck count? New tools and technologies are being adopted to assume this admired-leadership position. What can other firms do to move to the top of the list?[Read More]

Monday Mar 05, 2012

"Why the Future of America is China?"

Dr Jones' book 'Chinamerica' provides a valuable backdrop for those interested in learning about the trade relationship between US and China.  China is the unstoppable growing manufacturing powerhouse with enormous appetite for raw materials.[Read More]

APL leveraging OTM

APL's video on ShipmentOptimizer, their new solution offering which, at its heart leverages Oracle Transportation Management.  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-cpiaaDcE8

Friday Mar 02, 2012

Global Supply Chains are High Risk? Time to Bring Production Closer to Home Markets!

America has an opportunity to return to manufacturing prominence by adopting a national policy to support local production.  Supply chain risk support such a movement.[Read More]

Are You a Member?

User groups provide unique value in the Oracle ecosystem. They help customers network, share best practices, and learn more about the Oracle products we use to transform our businesses. And user groups also offer unique opportunities to provide input into product direction by providing direct access to development and engineering organizations. 

 

But which user group is best for you? It can be hard to tell because groups can cross technology, application, industry, and even geographical boundaries. Although the variety may seem daunting, there's an easy way to get up to speed. "Are You a Member Yet" is a quarterly newsletter published by the International Oracle User Group Community (IOUC). It publics who's doing what in our communities and can guide you to getting involved with the most relevant groups.  Check out the February 2012 edition here

 

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