Wednesday May 25, 2016

The Next Transportation Industry Disrupter – Hybrid Semi’s. All Hype or Reality?

Nikola One - Hybrid Electric Semi

The Next Industry Disrupter – Hybrid Semi’s. All Hype or Reality?

I have to admit that I have been a car and truck geek since I was a little boy. I was an Air Force brat growing up and when we traveled to our family’s home on holidays to Knoxville Tennessee I was always amazed by all the big rigs on the road. Always wondering where they were going and what they were hauling. This love of trucking led me to my current role at Oracle on the Supply Chain Cloud go to market team.

CNG Electric Hybrid Semi

I recently received a news feed about a new hybrid semi that is coming to market with big promises for cost savings. The company is Nikola Motor Company, a Utah based startup, who recently unveiled a compressed natural gas-electric hybrid semi. In my opinion hybrid semi’s are the next big disrupter in the trucking industry. I am very excited about this new technology and when tied to state of the art logistics and transportation optimization solutions like Oracle Transportation Management Cloud the savings potential will be a game changer.

According to Nikola Motor Comapany’s website the no idling Nikola One will be fitted with a 6x6 100% electric drive that will run at half the cost per mile than current diesel engines. The Nikola One will also offer thirty seven hundred feet pounds of torque, two thousand horsepower and a twelve hundred mile range between refueling. The hybrid will use CNG to power its turbine battery chargers. Also unique about this company is their planned 1,500 CNG filling stations across the United States and Canada where they will provide their own fuel (Nikola Motor Company also owns natural gas drilling company) at a discount rate of $1.50 per DGE of natural gas.

How can Nikola Motor Company guarantee $1.50 per DGE of natural gas for its customers?

According to their website, Nikola owns the rights to its own natural gas wells along with the Nikola One fleet that transports the natural gas from the wells to the stations. With 7 wells on a single property, Nikola can pump out millions of gallons of clean natural gas each day. Nikola plans on having more than 5 well sites for redundancy throughout the United States. Complete vertical integration removes market uncertainties and allows Nikola Motor to control its own prices and keep them that way for Nikola customers. Nikola bypasses all the gas companies, liquifies the gas on site, then delivers it to the station through its fleet of electric trucks. Providing their customers with company owned filling stations is right out of another automotive disrupter’s playbook – Tesla Motors.

Huge Savings Potential when tied to Oracle Transportation Management

It will be interesting to see how the hybrid semi-truck industry evolves over the coming years. I look forward to the substantial cost savings when these trucks are matched with Oracle’s Transportation Management Cloud products via our customers. Feel free to comment below.

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Friday May 13, 2016

Oracle at Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference

Oracle is a Platinum sponsor at next week’s Gartner Supply Chain Executive Conference taking place May 17 – 19, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ.

If you will be at the event, be sure to attend the Oracle Solution Provider session which will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. in Grand Canyon C. The panel session will feature customer speakers from Telogis, Panduit and GE Digital who will be discussing their current and future strategies for supply chain cloud applications within their organizations.

Be sure to also stop by Oracle booth #205 to meet with solution experts and see the latest SCM product demos.

Visit the Gartner site for further Event Information

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm


Wednesday May 11, 2016

How the Cloud Helps Businesses of all Sizes Improve Management of Supply Chains

With the latest version of Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud hitting the market now, Lionel Albert gives us a run-down of the new features, why it’s so important for business apps to be as user-friendly as their consumer counterparts and how the Cloud creates a compelling case for mid-sized companies and established enterprises to invest in an end-to-end solution…

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Monday May 09, 2016

Market Study: The Future of SCM in the Cloud

If you have been reading my blog recently you have noticed I am following the modern business transformation that is currently taking place and its impact on our supply chains. Cloud applications are a key technology enabler to modern business transformation, also called digital transformation. I recently attended a market study webcast (Replay available here) that was published by Inspirage Management Consulting Services, an Oracle Platinum Level member in the Oracle Partner Network (OPN). The downloadable market study focuses on the future of supply chain in the cloud. Inspirage conducted a quantitative survey and executive interviews of over 200 supply chain leaders.

The survey was looking to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the key challenges supply chain leaders face today?
  2. How are supply chain business and IT executives thinking about the cloud to address these challenges?
  3. In which areas are businesses adopting cloud solutions today? What is their strategy for the next 3 – 5 years?
  4. What concerns do they have that would prevent them from leveraging cloud technologies?

Here are some key findings I thought you would find interesting and also a link to the webcast replay.

  • Costs of Cloud: 81% of respondents stated that they hope to use cloud-based applications to not only improve internal operations but also reduce costs and inefficiencies.
  • Integration: Lack of system integration, forecast accuracy and demand variability, supply chain complexity, data integrity and lack of visibility across the supply chain were the top 5 obstacles for achieving supply chain goals and objectives. Ease of integration was listed as one of the top 3 important attributes in a new cloud solution along with security and total cost of ownership.
  • Security: The top challenge to organizations use of cloud is security or privacy risks. Some companies are new seeing better security in the cloud versus what they can provide themselves via their on premise solutions. One thing that raised my eyebrow was the fact that 33% of respondents indicated that they do not have a security strategy in place for cloud solutions.
  • Agility: Supply chain leaders want solutions that are not only deployed quickly but are also highly responsive for a distributed workforce and can scale easily. 23% of respondents indicated drivers of cloud computing want better scalability and availability and 13% responded the need for faster time to market for new product development and innovation.
  • Application Strategy: According to the study Inspirage expects to see a 46% increase in public cloud adoption over the next 3 years. Midsize companies are slightly more aggressive adopters of cloud with 57% using some form of cloud today moving to a strong majority of 82% using some form of cloud computing by 2018.

As you can see from this study it is not a question of if your company will be adopting supply chain cloud solutions but when you will be adopting supply chain cloud applications.

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Friday Apr 22, 2016

IoT Will Drive Revolutionary Change in Manufacturing Companies

This week, Andrew Hughes of LNS Research authored an interesting blog that included the chart below, which was produced as part of a "Metrics that Matter" survey. This survey is supported by industry group MESA, and is being executed by LNS Research. The interesting thing about this (as noted in Andrew's blog), is the fact that there is positive interest in implementing plant analytics as well as operations and manufacturing intelligence capabilities.

Hughes writes that "Analytics is the technology that most drives the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) because they will bring real applications with measurable benefit early. Manufacturing executives are looking for quick wins from their investments in new digital technologies and analytics is the field in which the easiest gains can be made. companies that are interested in Digital Transformation should be looking at plant level analytics and bring those together with the Big Data Analytics capabilities across the enterprise to demonstrate that the IoT will drive revolutionary change in manufacturing companies."

Has your organization started on the path to revolutionizing manufacturing with IoT? We'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Read our article: Industry 4.0 is Key to Modernize Business and Increase Competitiveness and download the Oracle-sponsored ”The Manufacturer” study about Industry 4.0 adoption.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Accelerating Toward Industry 4.0 - Automakers in the Fast Lane

Having explained what Industry 4.0 means for the supply chain in his earlier blog, Lionel Albert, EMEA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Cloud Director at Oracle, takes a look at a few of the futuristic manufacturing techniques being adopted by some industries today and explains how they can be applied to other fields.[Read More]

Wednesday Apr 13, 2016

TOP 100 LOGISTICS IT PROVIDER - 2016

Oracle Supply Chain Management Named Top 100 Logistics IT Provider

Congratulations to the entire Oracle Supply Chain Management team on being selected by Inbound Logistics as a Top 100 Logistics IT Provider for 2016. Oracle was selected by the editorial staff from over 300 applicants. This award continues to show Oracle’s commitment to building and developing best-in-class supply chain applications for our customers and demonstrates that Oracle’s logistics technology solutions are a best fit for their readers. Look for our listing in the upcoming April Issue of Inbound Logistics.

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Monday Mar 21, 2016

Industry 4.0 is a Game Changer for Manufacturers

The Manufacturer, a UK-based publication, recently joined forces with Oracle to produce an eye-opening report on how UK manufacturers are gaining competitive advantages due to their investment in Industry 4.0 technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data and analytics. The study includes in-depth interviews with decision makers across different business functions from 250 organizations based in the UK.

The understanding of the Industry 4.0 term, coined several years ago, is definitely maturing among UK manufacturers, with 69% of participants responding that they they see Industry 4.0 as a signficant business changer. Companies are embarking on their journeys and starting from different points. The report highlights adoption use cases from Oracle customers across a range of industries--all of which are using Industry 4.0 technologies to design smarter products, enable smarter manufacturing and manage smarter supply chains. Are your customers interested in finding out how the cloud can enable Industry 4.0 technologies? Make sure to send them this link so they can learn more about how Oracle can help with a modern, connected manufacturing and supply chain strategy.

Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

Webcast: Modern High Tech Supply Chain Management in the Cloud

Whether you are in Semicon, OEM, Outsource Manufacturing, Distribution, or Software, you’ll come away from this webcast with an understanding of how your organization can benefit from new ways to run your supply chain more efficiently in the cloud.

Join Oracle Supply Chain leaders on Thursday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET to learn how to:

- Achieve global, real-time product collaboration
- Seamlessly integrate your end to end processes with your contract manufacturer
- Analyze forecast and supply chain plan recommendations and prioritize actions

Register for the webcast

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm



Monday Mar 14, 2016

Webcast: Modern CPG Supply Chain Management in the Cloud

Join Oracle Supply Chain leaders for a webcast on Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET to learn how to improve the success of new product introductions, increase agility and efficiency of your supply chain and gain early insights to results with analytics.

Whether your role includes brand marketing, trade management or operations and distribution, you’ll come away from this webcast with an understanding of how your organization can benefit from new ways to manage demand planning, supply planning, and global order promising to run your supply chain more efficiently in the cloud.

Learn how Oracle’s modern Supply Chain Management Cloud can help you:
- Capture, collaborate on, and commercialize ideas
- Achieve integrated multi-channel order capture and fulfillment
- Analyze forecast and supply chain plan recommendations and prioritize actions

Register for the webcast.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/scm

Modern Supply Chain Event in Munich April 19 - 20

The Central European Modern Supply Chain Experience is taking place in Munich during April 19 – 20. This jam-packed 2 day event will be held at the MOC Veranstaltungscenter.

Attend and learn about supply chain best practices and latest trends, as well as the latest Oracle SCM Cloud offerings. There is NO COST to attend but space is limited. 

Click here for full conference and agenda details.


To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/scm 


Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

The Factory of the Future: Points to Consider

We are truly living in a fascinating time where things once only dreamed about in science fiction are becoming reality: driverless cars, appliances that text you when they need servicing, home security technology that allows you to track your children’s movements from your smartphone, and home healthcare wearable technology that can alert you if your elderly loved one falls.

These are just a few of the hundreds of ways consumers are taking advantage of this new technology landscape brought to you by the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables the automated transmission of information over a network without need for human intervention. Just as the consumer world is changing at light speed with the adoption of IoT technology, the manufacturing world also is in the midst of an IoT revolution. IoT is enabling manufacturers to gain competitive advantage and lay a foundation for the factory of the future with smart connected operations, smart connected assets and the smart connected enterprise. These initiatives to modernize manufacturing plants and facilities will have a huge impact on workers and organizations.

Leading global manufacturers across various industry verticals are putting together strategies that leverage IoT technology to modernize their processes and organizations.  Analyst firm LNS Research sees four main areas for manufacturers to consider when developing their IoT strategy: connectivity, cloud, big data analytics and application development. In this recent article, "The Factory of the Future..." published by Supply and Demand Chain Executive, find out more about each of those areas individually and how they all work together to create a factory of the future. And let us know your thoughts on the Factory of the Future.

Friday Jan 08, 2016

UX Lab at Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience

Already registered to attend the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience?

Did you know we also have an Onsite Usability lab at the conference? You can participate in a feedback session on Oracle's supply chain management application offerings at the conference and test drive the SCM Cloud.

When: Tuesday, Jan 26 and Wednesday, Jan 27, 2016

Hourly intervals offered between 8:00 AM & 6:00 PM

Where: The San Jose Convention Center, Conference Room 230 B

5 reasons to participate in the usability feedback session at the Modern Supply Chain Experience:

Bragging Rights - Help Oracle design their supply chain management applications

Make a difference - Provide the UX team with your in depth feedback!

Test Drive new UI - Experience the latest we have to offer!

Meet with Experts – Interact with Oracle Usability Engineers and Designers!

Be a part of the Oracle Applications User Experience community – Learn about future events and opportunities to provide feedback on our products.

Ready to participate? Be sure to have to sign up in advance. The event fills up quickly, and seats are limited!

Participation in the sessions requires your company or organization to have a Customer Participation Confidentiality Agreement (CPCA) on file. Don’t have one? Let us know, and we’ll start the process.

Check out the YouTube video to hear what Oracle customers and partners have to say about their experiences at previous usability feedback sessions.

Learn more about Oracle Applications User Experience team, visit Usable Apps.


Wednesday Jan 06, 2016

Video: Oracle Procurement Cloud

Hear customers at CyraCom International, Transit Wireless, and Rancon Group describe how they are using Oracle Procurement Cloud to control employee spending, streamline their procure-to-pay cycle, source more effectively, and reduce supplier risk. Watch the video and see why the Director of Supply Chain at Transit Wireless feels like a kid in a candy store. Click here.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications visit www.oracle.com/scm

Tuesday Jan 05, 2016

What to expect in the biggest PLM event of the year at the Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

The biggest PLM event of the year is almost here! Come January 25-28, 2016 we'll be celebrating our 4th annual Modern Supply Chain Experience (previously Value Chain Summit), in San Jose, CA with over 2,000 PLM and Supply Chain leaders, partners, experts and students.

We have so many reasons to be excited this year about the Modern Supply Chain Experience. Watch this short video on the Top 5 PLM reasons to attend the event, for the rest 100 reasons, please keep reading:

Knock-out keynote speakers

Don’t miss your chance to hear.......

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