Wednesday Jul 24, 2013

Audience Questions from our Webinar - Key Procurement Issues for 2013: Going Broader and Deeper- Webinar Replay

The response was tremendous to our recent webinar with Chris Sawchuck from The Hackett Group along with Chris Nelms of Ameren.  Lots of great information along with some interesting questions some of which we captured here.  If you are interested in trends and solutions for procurement you need to view the webinar replay here or download The Hackett Group Report: Key Procurement Issues for 2013.  

 Of the borders you discussed: process, geography and information, which presents the greatest challenges? 

Chris Sawchuck: Overall we’ve made good strides in process and geography. Information, it’s the biggest challenge and also the biggest opportunity. The future of procurement is a lot about the information and the intelligence we can provide to our internal stakeholders. Our ability to harness all the aspects and turn that into intelligence that our businesses can turn around and make decisions against. How do we get our arms around all the sources of information that exist in systems both inside our companies and outside our companies as well as with the people? We need to capture this information and use it to enable the business processes that we have.

What were the biggest challenges around implementing your procurement system?

Chris Nelms: The people aspect was the biggest problem. We were able to keep the issues closed which helped. Once we decided on something we didn’t change our mind, despite pushback. That combined with trying to keep everything vanilla without a lot of customization.

What are some of the key ways companies have used to break down geographic borders to implement common processes when underlying legal systems vary greatly?

Chris Sawchuck: What I’ve seen companies do is come together to design processes in a more common way, center led. And it’s important to involve all stakeholders including finance and audit groups along with procurement. And then go out to the business and look for exceptions that can be approved exceptions. Versus having the variables that tend to exist in many organizations.

What approach did you take with suppliers to get them to use your supplier portal?

Chris Nelms: For iSupplier portal it benefits us both. It streamlines the flow and it’s really easy to use. They pick up their PO, they get a pdf of the order. We can reduce the cycle time and pay them within the agreed upon terms. Eventually you start building it into the contracts, you’re going to use iSupplier Portal. 

New On-Demand Webcast: How Leading Brands Use Product Quality as a Differentiator

Last week Oracle and Kalypso jointly held a webcast showcasing some of the inspiring ways companies leverage Agile Product Lifecycle Management applications as a foundation for comprehensive Enterprise Quality Management.  If you happened to miss it, don't fret!  The webcast is now available On-Demand.   

Why should you watch this webcast? 

Product quality is a powerful differentiator: surveys consistently prove it is a top influence in consumer buying decisions. And since technology has made quality ratings so easily accessible to the market, companies are under increasing pressure to ensure the highest possible quality and to resolve issues quickly. But many companies are not fully equipped to manage this dynamic. Is your organization prepared to confidently design quality and compliance into your new products, and quickly access, analyze and resolve problems when they surface anywhere in your value chain? To prevent poor quality from affecting great products, leading brands take a comprehensive approach to managing both supplier and product quality, deploying Product Quality Management (PQM) solutions as a part of their overall Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) roadmap. Please take a moment to watch this On-Demand Product Quality Webcast with speakers Joe Erickson of Oracle and Fred Brown of Kalypso featuring an informative discussion on how Agile PLM and PLM for Process can help your company prepare for and manage your product quality and regulatory requirements.

There's even a special offer included in the webcast... watch it today to find out! 

A Question of Logistics – How Extreme Performance Helps Organizations Manage the Unforeseeable

By Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President of Applications Development, Oracle

Globalization, demand and cost volatility, disruptions due to natural disasters, new fulfillment models, and mergers and acquisitions are just some of the reasons that supply chains and their associated logistics networks have become more complex. As a result, logistics professionals are faced with the daunting challenge of designing an optimal logistics network knowing that the best answer for today’s requirements is likely to be insufficient in short order as changes arise.

While this situation is nothing new, there has long been a need for logistics network scenario management, recent events ranging from natural disasters (Icelandic volcano, earthquake in Japan, Thailand flood) to workforce strikes, social unrest and terrorist attacks have shown that sudden and unforeseen disruptions to the supply chain can seriously impact a company’s ability to meet demand and endanger its business operations.

To help organizations perform scenario analysis, determine possible impacts on their logistics networks and plan suitable responses, Oracle has introduced Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center, a fundamentally different way to address these business challenges. Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center takes advantage of the unparalleled performance of Oracle Engineered Systems, including Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, to deliver accurate and detailed information on logistics that enables organizations to perform rapid simulations and what-if analysis of their networks using real-world operational data, rules and constraints.

With the ability to perform and analyze data from multiple simulations in near real-time, customers can take a more powerful approach to strategic and operational scenario management. This unique approach not only helps improve supply chain resiliency, but also helps organizations increase supply chain performance, cut costs and improve service levels.

Oracle continues to build out its application portfolio with the latest generation of in-memory computing to help customers make smarter decisions, reduce costs and accelerate time consuming workloads. We know it’s all about performance, and with the release of Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center, we now have an answer to today’s most challenging logistics environments.


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