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Oracle advances leadership position for supply chain planning in recent IDC Marketscapes

Tom McDonough
Sr. Director, Product Marketing, Supply Chain Planning

The Supply Chain Planning software market can be confusing for buyers.  With many options, the selection process can get bogged down with specific claims of feature superiority or analysis of how challenging integration into existing Enterprise Resource Planning or Supply Chain Management systems will be.  The IDC Marketscape provides some context for decision making, without the added layer of interpreting which company has ‘the best vision’ other analysts claim to provide.

The report highlights core strengths of Oracle's product offerings for demand management, supply planning, supply chain collaboration and sales and operations planning, not the least of which is flexibility.  The products are available as an integrated suite on the Oracle cloud or can be implemented alongside existing solutions with robust and easy to use API’s for integration. IDC offers Marketscapes for overall supply chain planning and the above-mentioned areas of specialization.  The overall supply chain planning Marketscape can be downloaded from our website here

The cloud-native architecture of supply chain planning from Oracle originates from a decision several years ago, guided by customer feedback, to invest in cloud solutions for the future. Today, Oracle focuses on its customers need for continuous innovation by driving quarterly capability updates on fully integrated planning applications which operate from a common database and a common user interface. Key competitors have grown their cloud strategy through hybrid solutions they have built or acquired, struggling with platform integration, or they offer niche supply chain planning solutions which are difficult to merge with existing platforms.

“Oracle supply chain planning cloud is purposely built for agility. The idea is to reduce complexity through simplified deployment and maintenance, enable responsiveness (quick identification of problems, guided problem resolution, iterative real-time planning, and machine learning), and empower business and supply chain planners (embedded business insights, self-service, and social collaboration)”

Simon Ellis
Program Vice President, Supply Chain Strategies

The Oracle cloud strategy allows Oracle to support rapid implementations and time to value for its customers through one of the industry’s largest and most capable partner networks. Once solutions are in place, quarterly updates provide customers unprecedented opportunities to innovate their planning solutions at rates which can ensure competitive differentiation.

In addition to the required core feature set for supply chain planning, Oracle has taken steps to provide proven innovations in machine learning, Internet of Things and advanced analytics to help customers take their planning solutions to the next level. Planning advisor, a feature in the planning products, utilizes machine learning to navigate large data sets and advise planners on top issues. This in turn is leading to faster decision making, helping planners to focus on more strategic activities rather than data consolidation and analysis.

Working with the end to end supply chain planning suite has also enabled customers who wish to focus on integrated business planning solutions to seamlessly bring finance into purpose- focused conversations supporting key business decisions.  Customers who also invest with Oracle in supply chain execution solutions such as order management, manufacturing, logistics or procurement are able to more effectively understand disruptions, rapidly evaluate the impact of proposed changes and execute plans with confidence.  But, don’t take our word for it, see what our customers are saying.

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