Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Built in Detroit: Shinola Brings Manufacturing Back to the U.S.A.

Manufacturing, across most verticals, is once again at a crossroads. Offshoring, nearshoring and outsourcing are all strategies that manufacturers adopted over the past decade or so, in order to increase the bottom line. However, we are starting to see the proverbial pendulum swing the other way. While profits have grown, there has been a cost, which includes the decline of the once mighty manufacturing center of Detroit. "Built in Detroit," an article published in a March 2014 issue of Time, features Shinola--a Detroit-based company established in 2012 to bring the art of watchmaking to the U.S., and is hoping to revive Detroit as a leading manufacturing center.

Read on and join the conversation! What do you think of what Shinola is doing? Is it practical? Will it work to revive Detroit? Let us know what you think in the comments section. 

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Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Product Compliance Should Not Impede Innovation

Depending on severity, product compliance issues can cause all sorts of problems from run-away budgets to business closures. But effective policies and safeguards can create a strong foundation that promotes innovation rather than stifle it. The right solution for your business should foster productivity, market penetration and competitive advantage. If you’ve been putting off a systematic approach to product compliance, today’s increasingly regulated market has made now an important time to reconsider that decision, or indecision.

Why now?  No matter what industry, companies face a litany of worldwide and regional regulations that require proof of product compliance and environmental friendliness for market access. For many companies in several industries, complying with the changing Conflict Minerals Law is...

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Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Agents of Change - The Latest Value Chain Customer Video












As new technologies, markets, and ideas converge, the world’s most successful business leaders are transforming their supply chains into modern value chains.

Check out the latest Value Chain customer video and discover how companies like Cisco, NCR, Cummins, Hologic, and Pepsi/Frito Lay are becoming more customer-centric, innovative, responsive, and empowered.

Click here to watch the video.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

How the Greatest Comeback in Sports History Can Change your Supply Chain

Oracle Team USA AC72 at SpeedA recent blog post at the Harvard Business Review discussed "What Business Can Learn from the Greatest Comeback in Sports History."  They presented six points, and the original article is well worth reading. I'd like to boil down their advice to supply chain specific suggestions, and here we go:

  1. Companies often create rigid networks and procedures which tend to be efficient in day to day operations, but which can fail spectacularly when upset. Just as Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) adopted cross-fit training to create all-around athletes, companies should build flexible and resilient supply chain networks that contain sufficient redundancy to continue to operate when things aren't proceeding to plan. Often, companies use network optimization software to do this work."
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Why Companies are Really Buying Applications in the Cloud

Everyone is talking about cloud applications.  There are different definitions of cloud, but the simplest is that an application in the cloud

  • Is managed by someone outside your organization
  • Allows users to login from their devices and use the application


It seems like a subtle difference to users. Why does it matter if their application is in their company’s data center in a faraway location or someone else’s? But in reality it can be greatly beneficial.  This article explains why companies are really buying applications in the cloud and what that means to application software vendors from a product development and sales perspective.  

Do You Agree?  Please Join the Conversation by Commenting.

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Improving Your Global Supply Chain Velocity, ITDS Approval Times Cut!

International Trade Data System (ITDS) processing and approval times for US businesses is cut from days to minutes, per Executive Order from President Obama. Will benefit businesses doing international trade per UPS CEO.[Read More]

Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

A Discussion with Oracle's Expert on Innovation Management

Gayle HayesA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with our resident expert on Innovation Management, Gayle Hayes. I picked her brain on what’s going on in the world of product and service innovation and how Oracle is helping. A new phenomenon is sweeping product development – thanks to an explosion of ideation tools and techniques such as crowd-sourcing, big data, mashups, customer immersion labs, etc, finding ideas is not the problem. With so many to choose from, the biggest questions are now “which idea?” and subsequently, “how do you translate the right idea into a profitable product?"

This is precisely the challenge the new Oracle Innovation Management is designed to address. To learn more about the idea glut and how the new solution helps organizations improve return on innovation investments, read the transcript of our discussion below or stream our podcast. You can even find us on iTunes!

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Sears to Present on Transportation & Big Data at SCOPE Spring 2014





                      If you are attending this month’s SCOPE Spring 2014 event in Chicago be sure to catch the session entitled “Business Intelligence for Transportation” taking place on Monday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Hear the Director of Logistics Systems at Sears Holdings describe how they are using Oracle solutions within their transportation management processes.

Don’t forget to also stop by the Oracle booth #412 to meet with Oracle supply chain experts.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

Monday Apr 07, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is Open!


The Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Call for Proposals is now open!

Are you making breakthough innovations with Oracle offerings? Do you have something interesting to present at this year's event?

Well, OpenWorld attendees want to hear from you.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to share your organization's expertise at one of the most important technology and business conferences of the year.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Click here to learn more about the submission process.


Friday Apr 04, 2014

Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Over the last 20 years, Supply Chain Planning has matured from a niche process for early adopters to an integral and indispensable strategic tool for competing in the global marketplace. Supply Chain Planning practices are now critical for ensuring high customer service levels at the lowest possible cost, in a business climate characterized by increased demand volatility and supply chain complexity. [Read More]

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