Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

Cloud: Arguably the biggest business trend at definitely the year’s biggest Oracle PLM event

Want to learn everything about what is possibly today’s biggest business trend? From board rooms to meeting rooms to business lunches, everyone is talking about the Cloud. Cloud computing has grown from a $77 billion market in 2010 to an estimated $210 billion in 2016. Oracle’s CEO Mark Hurd wrote last week about How Cloud Computing Is Revolutionizing Business and noted “Cloud computing is triggering a stunning shift in how businesses operate. I believe that the companies that will thrive in this new world will be those that embrace cloud computing”

So when it comes to PLM, what could a modernized product development function do for you, what does one look like, and how do you make it happen?...

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Thursday Jan 15, 2015

New Interactive E-Book for Value Chain Execution

This interactive E-Book highlights how Oracle Value Chain Execution solutions can help you manage today’s logistics and compliance challenges. Flip through it and discover a new Yard Management solution, as well as Oracle Cloud offerings for Transportation and Global Trade Management.

Click here for the E-Book

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


Wednesday Dec 31, 2014

Looking Forward to 2015's Greatest Oracle Supply Chain Event

As we move into 2015, we're getting more and more excited about Oracle's top annual supply chain user conference - Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose, California, January 26-29.  2015 is shaping up to be our best year yet, with more sessions, attendees, networking, activities, and customer presenters.  That's why we want to make sure you have all the details to prepare for the best experience possible!

Complete Schedules of Each Solution Area

Interested in everything Maintenance at the Summit? Everything VCE, VCP, or any of the other solution areas?  You can get the full list of sessions, demos, speakers, workshops and more, consolidated by solution area by downloading the attendee brochures.  These brochures contain the most comprehensive information about each solution area, some even featuring exclusive events that you won't find on the official Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015 event website.  They are updated regularly, so bookmark your favorites and keep checking back for the latest details as we get closer to the event.

And of course, don't forget to register by January 23 to take advantage of $100 off and group discounts.  Local hotels are already filling up fast, so make your travel plans sooner rather than later!

Tuesday Dec 16, 2014

Ever Wonder How Santa Claus Runs His Supply Chain? [VIDEO]

Ah, the holidays. A time of festive decorations! Parties! Peace and goodwill! Gift buying and wrapping and mailing! Cookie-making! Caroling! Stress!

If that’s how you feel, imagine how Santa feels once the calendar hits December 1. He has naughty-and-nice lists to track, wishes to fulfill, a huge team of elves to oversee, reindeer to train, and highly complex logistics to nail down by December 24.

In short, he manages a massive supply chain every year – and he does it without a hitch. Because he has been pulling off this feat for hundreds of years, we went behind the scenes to find out just how Santa handles it all.

The following video gives a sneak peek into...

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Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Top 5 reasons to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit [VIDEO]

Join us in San Jose, CA from January 26 to 28 for a conference that could completely transform your organization and set you up for extraordinary success in 2015 and beyond.

Take a look at the video below! 

Here are the top 5 reasons to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit:

5) Network with over 2,000 value chain professionals and enjoy evening receptions in an energetic and upbeat environment.

4) Get inspired after hearing thought-leading speakers like NFL legend...

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Monday Nov 03, 2014

Give Us Your Thoughts About Oracle Designs: Participate in the Onsite Usability Lab at OVCS 2015

Want to impress your colleagues? Your manager? Imagine being able to say to them "So, did I ever tell you about the time I helped Oracle design some of their hot applications?" Yes, that opportunity is coming up--at the Oracle Value Chain Summit!  The Oracle Applications User Experience team will host an onsite usability lab at the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit. You can participate and give us your thoughts about proposed designs for Oracle Value Chain applications. Regardless of your job title, we can offer you a session that might interest you. Your feedback will directly affect the usability of Oracle applications to make them intuitive, easy to use. You’ll make a difference. And that should score you points with peers, friends, and family. 

When: Tuesday, January 27-Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center 

If you’re interested in participating, you must sign up in advance. Space is limited. Participation 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. This event fills up quickly, and seats are limited. In order to reserve a spot for yourself and your colleagues, please email alisa.hamai@oracle.com with the subject line: OVCS 2015: Sign me up for Oracle User Feedback Sessions.

Want to learn more about Oracle Applications User Experience team? Visit www.oracle.com/usableapps.

This program is managed by Oracle Corporation. Participants will be selected and contacted directly by the members of Oracle Applications User Experience team for participation and scheduling.


Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

New Global Trade Management Report – Download it Today!

Managing customs and compliance isn’t merely about restricted party screening lists and HS codes anymore. These days, compliance professionals need to familiarize themselves with the technology that is empowering the most robust global trade management programs.

Yet many struggle to understand how dynamics like supply chain convergence and cloud-deployed applications might affect their companies. Be sure to check out this report by American Shipper, entitled “Hype or Reality? How Supply Chain Convergence and Cloud Impact Global Trade Management Usage”, which delves into how global trade practitioners view these emergent trends, and whether they will have an impact on investment in technology and what type of system they may choose to invest in.

Highlights of the report include:
•Whether shippers and logistics service providers see supply chain convergence as an important initiative.
•The extent to which departments across a company shares supply chain-related data.
•Current and planned usage of cloud-based GTM applications.
•Expectations and concerns about cloud-deployed solutions

Click here to download the report.

To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, click here

Thursday Oct 16, 2014

Healthcare: Kaiser Permanente Transforms Their Supply Chain

As the Baby Boom generation ages increasing demand, and the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape, healthcare providers are being driven to make changes to survive.With 38 hospitals in six states and 17,000 doctors and 48,000 nurses, Kaiser Permanente provides healthcare to more than 9.5 million members, and is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country.

Kaiser Permanente has been on a multi-year journey to transform their supply chain from an afterthought, to making it a critical player in the organization’s competitiveness - central to reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.  Kaiser Permanente executives presented the details of their initiative at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco in late September. Steve Banker attended the presentation and wrote up what he learned in Forbes Magazine.  Here is an example.

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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Want In Depth Information on Oracle Value Chain? Subscribe to the Newsletter


The September 2014 edition of Oracle’s quarterly Modern Supply Chain Management newsletter is here.

This newsletter reaches over 180K global subscribers and includes a summary of the latest Value Chain product information.  This is a great source of consolidated information.  Topics include:  Events, News, Press Releases, Training, Customer Stories and more.

This link will take you to the current edition and allow you to subscribe or forward the newsletter.

Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Optimizing the Service Supply Chain: How Oracle Cut it's Sun Worldwide Spare Parts Inventory by 50%

"A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large,” Henry Ford, founder of one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, once said. Service organizations are becoming instrumental in achieving top line growth, profitability, and customer loyalty.

Oracle Service Parts Planning enables companies to effectively manage the challenges of a multi-echelon service supply chain. You can simultaneously analyze forecast and replenishment decisions, and release execution plans. Effective Service Parts Planning also provides the statistics and optimization that service planners need to improve forecast accuracy and calculate optimal replenishment and redistribution for all service parts.

Do you need to manage a complex after sales service supply chain with its unique challenges? Would you like to improve parts availability and customer satisfaction? Could you benefit from reduced investment in service parts inventory? If yes, yes and yes, then check out this video below and learn how Oracle can help you manage your service supply chain for increased margins. In fact, Oracle cut it's own Sun worldwide spare parts inventory by 50% by using Oracle's Service Supply Chain solutions.

Learn how Oracle did it by watching this video

To learn more about Oracle's Supply Chain Management solutions, click here.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Advanced Supply Chain Modeling for Risk Management

Alice asked: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. And this same conversation (or at least a variant of it) happens all of the time in today's commercial enterprises as they decide where to point the business and how to get there.

The past twenty-five years has seen great progress in supply chain planning capabilities, and companies continue to make progress in developing and deploying operational plans that are more and more detailed, and which have improved congruence with the financial goals and plans of the enterprise. The continual march of improvement in computer hardware and software have provided today's planners advanced supply chain models and tools that can handle large amounts of data, honoring constraints and optimizing on costs or profits. If it weren't for the real world, we might have achieved supply chain Nirvana by now. Unfortunately we live in a world where it is impossible to know the future and stuff happens. We don't really know what our customers will want, what our competitors might do, or what might happen at our suppliers.  In other words, we are trying to optimize our plans under uncertainty.

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Monday Sep 15, 2014

It’s Official - OTM and Global Trade Management are Available in the Cloud

Today Oracle officially released Oracle Transportation Management and Global Trade Management in the Oracle Cloud.   These are the same market leading applications that have been available on-premise for over 10 years. New customers will be able to deploy rapidly and leverage the power of Oracle with no up front investment. Existing customers will be able to convert their on-premise licenses to cloud. All cloud customers will benefit by using Oracle hardware and data centers.  System management, maintenance and upgrades are all included.    Be sure to read the press release.

 

You can also check out the latest Solution Brief which outlines the benefits of a cloud deployment.

Click here for the Solution Brief

 

A reminder to also register for the OTM / GTM Cloud webcast with Supply Chain Management Review taking place this Thursday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Click here to register for the webcast.

 

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

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

How PepsiCo/Frito-Lay uses Oracle Trade Promotions Optimization

Check out this latest video in which Boyd Smythe, Senior Director of Analytics, discusses how PepsiCo/Frito-Lay uses Oracle Trade Promotions Optimization to make big improvements in trade promotions leading to improved ROI on trade spend and increased earnings.

Click here to learn more about Oracle's Value Chain Planning solutions.

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Friday Aug 08, 2014

How a TMS Can Help Reduce Costs and Improve Operations - Register for SCMR Webcast - August 14, 2 pm Eastern


Join us for a complimentary webcast to learn the results of a recent study conducted by the Supply Chain Management Review and Logistics Management. Over 500 logistics and supply chain managers gave their input on their current supply chain technology infrastructures, addressed how they tackle the transportation component, and revealed the gaps that still need to be filled in order to attain end-to-end visibility of a streamlined supply chain.

During this webcast you will gain insight on where companies are in their adoption of TMS systems, and how improving the use of technology can reduce costs and improve operations. You will also hear from AdamCloues, Logistics Specialist at Land O'Lakes on how Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) can support shippers' business objectives, and how Land O'Lakes has benefited by implementing OTM.

Presenters:

Adam Cloues, Logistics Specialist, Land O'Lakes

Ginger Conroy, Senior Director, Value Chain Execution Product Marketing,Oracle Corporation

Bob Trebilcock, Editorial Director, Supply Chain Management Review

Click Here to Register

Can't attend the Webcast? Register anyway! We'll send you a link to the recorded session after the event.



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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