Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Beginner's Guide to Asset Performance Management Acronyms

As someone who is new to the Maintenance landscape, I was simultaneously amused and thankful for a recent blog authored by Greg Goodwin of LNS Research, "20 Asset Performance Management Acronyms You Need to Know." For anyone new to this product space, the alphabet soup of acronyms can get overwhelming, so read on to understand the meaning behind the acronyms. And if you're an ALM expert, read on for a refresher.[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 29, 2014

Transform your Supply Chain with Blended Logistics Sourcing

 

Are you getting true value from your logistics outsourcing contracts?

In this paper, MIT’s Dr. Mahender Singh explains why outsourcing transportation and logistics needn’t be an either/or decision - revealing the benefits major organizations like Unilever are achieving with a blended sourcing approach.

Click here to download the paper.

 

Thursday Jul 24, 2014

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015 - Call for Papers is Now Open!

The 3rd annual Oracle Value Chain Summit will take place during January 26 - 28, 2015 at the San Jose Convention Center

Do you have a compelling story to share with your supply chain colleagues? The Call for Papers for this must-attend supply chain and product lifecycle management event is now open, so be sure to submit your session abstract before the deadline date of Monday, August 25, 2014.

All chosen speakers will receive a complimentary pass to the event.

Click here to submit your session abstract.   

Tuesday Jul 22, 2014

Supply Chain Management Reception at Oracle OpenWorld 2014

Are you attending this year’s Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco, September 28 – October 2?

If so, you are invited to attend the wildly-popular Supply Chain Management Reception.

Date:  Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Location: The City Club of San Francisco
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

The City Club of San Francisco is the city’s premier business and social club, known for its inspired art deco surroundings, impeccable service and outstanding cuisine. Talented jazz vocalist Lori Carsillo will provide entertainment throughout the evening and a professional cigar roller will be available to roll a cigar especially for you.

Escape the OpenWorld crowds to mix and mingle with your supply chain friends and colleagues.

Seating is extremely limited so please register early.

Click here to learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management solutions.

Thursday Jul 17, 2014

Don't Miss the OTM Special Interest Group User Conference in Philadelphia

The OTM SIG, scheduled for August 10-13, is quickly approaching.  If you haven't registered yet, what are you waiting for?  This customer led event will be a great chance to meet with other OTM and GTM customers and to share information about successes and lessons learned.  There will also be a great party at Cube Libre.  

Click here to register for the SIG.

Click here to register for the party. 

Monday Jul 14, 2014

Why Supply Chain Risk Management is Increasingly Important

Social media tag cloudIt used to be that supply chain risk factors were mostly physical. Your supplier might have a fire, there might be an earthquake, an important shipment might get lost. But supply chain managers now need to deal with a wider array of possible disruptions to their supply chain.

Two recent news articles highlight the increased risks. As the world has become evermore interconnected, and as information expands and moves at the speed of light onto our desktops, social issues can be just as important as traditional supply chain issues. Intel recently announced that they had rid their supply chain of minerals from Congo sold by militias accused of human rights abuses. And Samsung suspended operations with a Chinese supplier who has been accused of employing under-age labor. Today, when threats to your supply chain may arrive via an act of God, or appear in an exploding flurry of Twitter messages, it is important to plan for disruption, and to have the tools in place to develop low cost strategies for dealing with disruption.

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Harnessing Big Data in the Retail / CPG Supply Chain

Oracle offers a breakthrough in computing performance needed for addressing the most challenging demand and replenishment planning for Retail/CPG supply chains. This is the result of bringing together hardware and software engineered together to provide extreme data throughput performance.

The result is reduced planning cycle time and data latency; increased application availability and transaction scalability; increased user satisfaction via improved response time; and lower total cost of ownership and faster time to value.

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Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Transform Your Traditional Supply Chain to Achieve Superior Financial Performance

 

An efficient, integrated value chain can be your key to gaining and maintaining competitive advantage and boosting profitability.

Download your copy of the joint Managing Automation and Oracle whitepaper, Value Chain Innovation: Transforming Traditional Supply Chains to Achieve Superior Financial Performance, and see what leading companies are gaining from the transformation.

 

Discover how you can:

- Speed time-to-market for new product innovation
- Align demand, product, and supply processes for increased value
- Reduce risk with improved agility to cope with changing environments
- Deliver greater customer value and achieve higher profit margins

See how a value chain approach can transform and optimize your traditional supply chain. Checkout this infographic and download the whitepaper.



Key SCM Initiatives Over Next Twelve Months Include Visibility, BI and Integrated Business Planning

Gartner, in conjunction with Supply Chain Digest, recently published their seventh annual supply chain study, which is based on survey input from almost 500 SC Digest readers. One of the more interesting charts in the report was named Supply Chain Digest's Supply Chain Graphic of the Week (posted below). This chart identifies the top key supply chain initiatives as:

1. Visibility
2. Enhanced business intelligence
3. Integrated business planning

These are three initiatives that are directly addressed with Oracle Supply Chain Management solutions, including Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, Oracle Endeca, Oracle Manufacturing, Oracle Value Chain Planning and Oracle Agile PLM. For more information on this report, check out this Supply Chain Digest article: Insight from the 2014 Gartner Supply Chain Study. Are you hearing similar things from your customers? 

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Monday Jul 07, 2014

PLM, Product Value Chain, and My Backyard Garden

It’s July and as the temperatures rise here in the US, I’m looking forward to summertime cook-outs, vacations, and sipping a cool beverage poolside. Summer is my favorite season, so every Spring I enjoy the anticipation by trying my hand at gardening. But looking in the backyard now, while all my neighbors’ gardens are flourishing, mine only shows a handful of green tomatoes, unhealthy squash, and fist-sized watermelons. This happened last year, too. After all that springtime effort and investment, this is maddening!

My Fruit & Vegetable Development Problem

My garden can be described with one word: meh. My frustration reminds me of the challenges that product development executives share with us in early meetings – unable to achieve their expected return, inconsistent product information, can’t produce the final product on time nor on budget, not sure what caused defects, no way to tell if a project is bad and needs refocusing or abandoning, and so on.

What’s Happening?

Growing delicious vegetables from seed takes more than... [Read More]

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

A Successful World Cup Kick-Off

John Murphy, Supply Chain Product Marketing, Oracle

On Sunday, July 13th, when the final whistle is blown to bring the World Cup to a close in the Estádio Maracanã and the fans start their journeys home from Rio de Janeiro, many supply chain practitioners will breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Major corporations and businesses in the host cities of the World Cup in Brazil will have been preparing for the tournament from the moment it was announced that the country would host the world’s biggest sporting event. They will no doubt also have been running rigorous planning and forecasting exercises over recent weeks to make sure they can capitalize on the opportunities that will open up to them as roughly three million football fans descend upon Brazil over the course of the 32 day tournament.

As always, the World Cup promises to unify people from all over the world for a few unforgettable weeks this summer. However, with fans from so many nations attending, and games set to take place across such a wide geographical region, the experience will be anything-but unified for businesses looking to make the most of the tournament. These companies will need to be able to target potential customers based not only on their countries of origin, spoken languages and cultures, but also on the teams they support and the cities they are visiting. At the same time, they will need to segment their supply chains to generate opportunities with as many of these fans over as short a time-period as possible.

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