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


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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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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Monday Mar 14, 2016

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 


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.


Monday Jan 04, 2016

SCM at Cloud World NY - Jan. 20

Oracle CloudWorld will be in New York on January 20, 2016. The one-day event, held at the Waldorf Astoria, will feature a supply chain cloud track, “Modernize Your Supply Chain”, sponsored by Oracle Partner Inspirage. Sessions in the track include:

- Your Path to Supply Chain in the Cloud

- Modern Manufacturing in the Cloud

- Reimagine Your Order-to-Cash Process

- Journey to the Cloud  (Inspirage Session with IDC Manufacturing Insights)

Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn about Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud applications and experience demos throughout the day. Space is limited, so reserve a spot ASAP.

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

Wednesday Dec 09, 2015

World Class Logistics Event - Paris 2015

This one day event brings together 300 supply chain and logistics professionals. The event will include multiple round tables, workshops, and networking opportunities which will focus on methods and best practices to create value throughout global logistics operations.

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Time: 8:30 - 18:30

Location: Cœur Défense, Paris

Event Info

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

Tuesday Dec 08, 2015

Top 5 PLM Reasons to Attend Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

The Modern Supply Chain Experience is the most important event of the year for users of Oracle's Supply Chain Management applications, including Product Lifecycle Management.  To see why this event is more popular than any other for PLM users, watch this short video to see the top 5 PLM reasons to attend in 2016.  

Register today at www.modernsupplychainexperience.com!

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing at Oracle.  Follow her on Twitter @KerJordan. Learn more at www.oracle.com/plm.


Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Modern Supply Chain Experience - Dubai: Jan. 26

Running in conjunction with the Modern Finance Experience, Modern HCM Experience and Modern Customer Experience, the Modern Supply Chain Experience will take place at the JW Marriott in Dubai, on January 26, 2016. Featured speakers include Mark Hurd and Steve Miranda.

This dynamic, educational event provides an exciting opportunity to experience four cutting-edge conferences with one trip. Click here for agenda and registration details.

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

Wednesday Nov 25, 2015

Video: All the Reasons You Can't Miss MSCE 2016

With an incredible lineup of keynote speakers, strategy and technology sessions across seven different solution areas, Modern Supply Chain Experience offers more for every supply chain professional than ever.

This short video showcases highlights from last year’s event. Enjoy a sneak peek at what’s in store for our January 25 - 27, 2016 event!

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

Thursday Nov 05, 2015

Early Bird Rate Extended for MSCE 2016

The early bird rate for the Modern Supply Chain Experience event has been extended. Be sure to register before November 15, 2015 to take advantage of the reduced rate of $695. You won’t want to miss this exciting, informative, and jam-packed three day event. Register Now

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

Monday Nov 02, 2015

SCM Cloud at Beijing Cloud World - Nov. 12

The Cloud World Beijing event, taking place at the China World Summit Wing Beijing on Thursday, November 12, will feature a session about Oracle Supply Chain Cloud entitled "The Impact of Cloud on your Supply Chain”. It will be part of the "Modernize your Back Office" track. Click here for full details (local language). Don't miss this great event!

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

Thursday Oct 15, 2015

SCM Activities at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is around the corner. Here's a reminder to check out SCM Central @ OpenWorld for the latest on Supply Chain speakers, sessions, and receptions. 

Check out the SCM Focus on Document

RSVP for the Supply Chain Networking Reception at OOW

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

Wednesday Oct 07, 2015

Inspirage Cloud Leadership Day

Attend this one day regional event, taking place in Chicago, IL on Tuesday, November 10 and join top supply chain leaders in exploring Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud offerings. Speakers from Oracle, Inspirage and IDC will discuss the importance of moving to the Cloud and attendees can select deep dive breakout sessions for their particular areas of interest.

Click here for the agenda and full event details.

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

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