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 May 06, 2016

Optimize and Integrate Your Manufacturing, Planning and Fulfillment Processes with Oracle Manufacturing Cloud

Knowing what’s happening—or what’s not happening—is critical to your manufacturing organization and to your business. But in addition to visibility, you also need an integrated supply chain so you can communicate situations quickly and efficiently to other supply chain stakeholders, such as procurement and order management. And you need more information. Not just more data, but more insight into your processes so you can leverage the systems and analytics for visibility, agility, customer responsiveness, and the complex global accounting of today’s business environment. Download this new executive brief that details Oracle's new cloud solutions for manufacturing, planning and fulfillment. 

Monday May 02, 2016

Global Trade Management Webcast Featuring Lumentum - May 5, 2016

Oracle and partner Accelalpha are hosting a webcast on Global Trade Management in the Cloud which will showcase how the solution helps companies achieve improved auditability of their trade compliance operations.  

Oracle customer Lumentum, who has recently gone live with the Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud solution, will be the featured speaker. If you are involved global trade and compliance, you won’t want to miss this webcast!

Date: May 5, 2016

Time: 12:30 p.m. PST    Register

Monday Apr 25, 2016

Industry Disruption! Is Your Supply Chain Ready?

Oracle Industry Connect

Earlier in April, Oracle executives hosted Oracle Industry Connect, a conference where industry peers shared modern best practices, deep-domain expertise and insights about mission-critical applications that are core to the success of their business. Leaders from communications, education and research, energy and utilities, engineering and construction, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, life sciences, project intensive and retail industries attended to learn how best to solve large, complex business problems and explore engaging thought leadership.

Disruption and Cloud - The Big Themes

At the conference, disruption was a big theme, as was cloud computing's ability to help companies stay agile. Cloud computing provides a modern platform for companies to leverage in order to react to industry disruption. Cloud computing can help a retailer orchestrate orders from a highly distributed omini-channel experience or help a manufacturing company change product pricing dynamically or instantly find alternative products to substitute or even provide value added services tied to your Order to Cash or Plan to Produce business processes. Having a modern, agile cloud computing platform allows you to achieve profitable production planning, order fulfillment and supply chain execution to meet your customers’ demands.

Click here to learn more about what's disrupting industries, and get advice from smart leaders, including Oracle's own experts, on how to stay nimble.

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To learn more about Oracle Supply Chain Management 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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Friday Apr 08, 2016

Why Should Manufacturers Move to the Cloud?

The North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit took place this week in Chicago. As part of that event, Oracle Chief Strategy Officer and Group Vice President for SCM Strategy, Jon Chorley, was interviewed about why the time to consider cloud is NOW for manufacturers. Read this brief to learn about the value that manufacturers gain by moving to cloud-based solutions including: IT cost reductions; greater user adoption up due to new, attractive, easy-to-use interfaces; and the ability to tap into new cloud-based technology enabled through the Internet of Things.

Supply Chain Management Report recently published a report that stated that "if you don't go digital now, your supply chain will be obsolete and your business left behind in just 5 years." Click here to see the advantages that cloud can deliver for manufacturers.

Friday Apr 01, 2016

Telogis Improves Orders with Oracle Order Management Cloud

Telogis is a cloud-based Mobile Enterprise Management (MEM) software platform provider that enables companies to connect, optimize and automate vehicles, people and the work that’s being done outside the four walls.

This latest video showcases how they are using Oracle Order Management Cloud within their ERP Financials Cloud to optimize their order entry and auditing processes. Click here to watch the video.

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



Wednesday Mar 30, 2016

Panduit Optimizes Global Freight Spend with Oracle Transportation Management Cloud

Panduit is a global manufacturer of physical infrastructure equipment that supports power, communications, computing, control, and security systems. The company recently deployed the Oracle Transportation Management Cloud solution and as a result has reduced transportation spend by 15%, cuts overhead costs by 20%, and optimized their entire global transportation network.  Click here to read the complete story.

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






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

Tuesday Feb 23, 2016

New SCM Cloud eBook

Download the latest SCM Cloud eBook to learn why supply chain leaders are moving their SCM applications to the cloud. Read how cloud can help throughout every step of the supply chain process, from design, planning, procurement, and manufacturing through to execution and delivery. Click here for the eBook.

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

Tuesday Feb 09, 2016

How to Close the Innovation Gap

When you hear the word “innovation” it is likely that what first comes to mind is a new ground breaking technology.   The reality is that there are many types of innovation and the inspiration for those innovations can come from many sources. Incremental innovation, most common, improves a current offering; process innovation improves how you produce or deliver a product; service & business model innovation improves customer interaction & experience; frugal innovation delivers more with less –targeting lower cost offerings typically to emerging markets, and the most publicized type of innovation, radical, breakthrough, disruptive innovation which significantly changes what the market and customer expects.

With so much input, filling the innovation funnel with ideas isn’t a problem for most companies– feeding the funnel with a balanced and steady stream of good ideas that are both achievable AND align with product, business and company strategies presents the greatest challenge. Lacking a collaborative, disciplined, systematic approach to selecting the best ideas that are translated into achievable, profitable offerings continues to challenge even the most notable companies.

Therein lays the greatest challenge to closing the ‘innovation gap’ – the gap that exists between what executives establish as strategy and expect versus what their organizations deliver.

In the following article published by Techzone360, Gayle Hayes, Senior Director of Product Strategy and Julia Vagdati, PLM Product Marketing Lead, discuss the strategies to close the Innovation gap, increase ROI and drive profitable growth in your organization. Click here to read the full article.

Friday Jan 15, 2016

Innovation has Never Been More Complex; or Rewarding

In the past, innovative businesses had it easy. The pace of change was much slower and first mover advantage was, as a result, more important. Not so today. Let’s face it: even with patent protection, products are largely becoming commoditized. If a brand launches a cool new product it’s now just a matter of months before competitors are able to launch similar products. Globalization and technology innovation is, by and large, commoditizing consumer products.

Brands are reacting to this change by innovating in a different way; namely: through business model and service innovation. Today products are less important in delivering value to businesses; it’s the service wraps and ancillary revenues that count.

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