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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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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Friday Nov 06, 2015

Oracle Value Chain Summit 2016 Renamed Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016

Have you heard? The Oracle Value Chain Summit 2016 was renamed in 2016 - Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016.  Oracle's vision, commitment, leadership and innovation in Supply Chain Management is more front and center than ever before.

Now in it's fourth year, the Modern Supply Chain Experience hosts over 2,000 Supply Chain leaders, partners, students and experts.  With roots in several supply chain related user conferences, this premier conference pulls together the best of the best from Planning, Logistics and Order Management, Product Lifecycle Management, Manufacturing, Maintenance and Procurement.

The Early Bird Registration Rate has been extended to November 15, but time is running out.  Don't miss this opportunity to attend the biggest Oracle supply chain event of 2016. Register today!

Monday Oct 12, 2015

Modern Supply Chain Management Newsletter

The October 2015 edition of Oracle’s quarterly Modern Supply Chain Management newsletter is here. The newsletter includes a summary of the latest Oracle SCM news, product releases, events, customer stories, analyst and thought leadership reports, and more.

Check out the “Event Spotlight” section at the top of the newsletter showcasing SCM Central at Oracle OpenWorld and the upcoming Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 event.

Click on the Subscribe button at the top of the newsletter to receive it. Click here for the Newsletter.

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

Thursday Aug 27, 2015

Oracle MSCE 2016 Call For Papers: Enter Now to Attend as a Speaker

Time is running out to submit your presentation abstract to speak at the top supply chain event of the year. The Call for Papers for the Oracle Modern Supply Chain Experience 2016 (previously Oracle Value Chain Summit) is open now until September 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PT. We are accepting submissions on all supply chain related topics, with a focus on emerging technologies, captivating supply chain trends, and real-world experience. Accepted abstracts will be offered the opportunity to speak in a session during the MSCE 2016, and invited to attend the conference with an all-access, complimentary speaker pass.

So what's your story? Let the supply chain world know by submitting your abstract before September 7!

Visit www.modernsupplychainexperience.com for more information about the event, and www.oracle.com/scm to learn about transforming your supply chain with Oracle.

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Friday Jul 31, 2015

Preview: SCM Central @ OpenWorld

Our content preview series continues with a spotlight on SCM Central @ OpenWorld -- a destination and program tailored specifically to the Supply Chain Management industry. If you work in SCM, you'll want to take a look at the agenda and opportunities this program will offer.

Located this year in Moscone West, SCM Central will feature dedicated general sessions and track sessions, networking opportunities, and an area in the exhibition hall just for SCM.

Why attend SCM Central? Here are a few reasons:


To uncover best practices from Oracle customers that are gaining a sustainable advantage and driving innovation by transforming their traditional supply chains into integrated value chains.

To find out how to reduce costs while improving customer service and supporting expansion in new markets and product lines.

To hear about Oracle's latest product offerings with Oracle Transportation and Global Trade Management Cloud Service, Oracle Product Value Chain solutions including Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud, and more.

Take a look at some of the sessions for SCM professionals:

Oracle Sustainability Innovation Awards and Executive Panel Discussion

Jon Chorley, CSO & Group Vice President, SCM Product Strategy & PLM, Oracle

Jeff Henley, Executive Vice Chairman, Oracle

In this session, Oracle Executive Vice Chairman of the Board Jeff Henley, Chief Sustainability Officer Jon Chorley, and other Oracle executives honor select customers with the 2015 Oracle Sustainability Innovation Award. This award recognizes customers and their partners that rely on Oracle products to support their sustainable business practices to reduce their environmental impact while improving business efficiencies and reducing costs. The awards presentation is followed by a panel discussion in which customers and Oracle executives discuss how these award-winning organizations are embracing environmental initiatives as a central part of their business strategy and how information technology plays a pivotal role.

Order-to-Cash with Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud: Keynote Session

Derek Gittoes, Vice President, SCM Product Strategy, Oracle

Oracle’s order-to-cash cloud solution provides an end-to-end flow that connects your sales, fulfillment, and finance organizations. Integration of these key business functions improves order accuracy, drives fulfillment efficiency, and eliminates billing errors, leading to more profitable sales and increases in customer satisfaction and retention. This session includes an overview of business and technology trends, capabilities, and associated business benefits of recent product releases, as well as a review of enhancements on the product roadmap. This is the cornerstone session for the Order-to-Cash and Logistics tracks.

We're also finalizing some top-notch customer sessions. Check back in late July for a more complete list of sessions--and even more reasons to attend SCM Central @ OpenWorld. If you need help convincing your manager to send you to Oracle OpenWorld, be sure to download our customizable justification email.


See you in San Francisco!

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

Monday Jul 27, 2015

Modern Supply Chain Management Newsletter

The July 2015 edition of Oracle’s quarterly Modern Supply Chain Management newsletter is here. The newsletter is distributed to 180K global subscribers and includes a summary of the latest Oracle SCM news, product releases, events, customer stories, analyst and thought leadership reports, etc.

Check out the “Special Announcement” section at the top of the newsletter showcasing the latest SCM Cloud release.

Click on the Subscribe button at the top of the newsletter to receive it. Click here for the Newsletter.

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

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Modern Supply Chain Management Newsletter - June 2014 Edition

 

The June 2014 edition of Oracle’s Modern Supply Chain Management Newsletter is now available.

This quarterly newsletter includes a summary of the latest Value Chain news, event, stories, thought leadership reports, etc. and is your one-stop-shop for all things Supply Chain from Oracle. 

Click here to access the newsletter.

Also, be sure to subscribe to receive future editions of the newsletter.

For more information about Supply Chain solutions from Oracle visit www.oracle.com/scm

 

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Introducing Oracle Supply Chain Event Management

We're honored to publish an article from guest author, Steve Tonas... Enjoy! 

Introducing Oracle Supply Chain Event Management

By Steve Tonas, Vice President, E-Business Suite Development, Oracle

It’s no secret that managing a supply chain is an incredibly complex and risky process. Global competition, increasing customer expectations and shifting business models are just a few of the factors that supply chain management professionals have to navigate as they seek to build and operate world class value-chains that can support profitable growth.

To help customers tackle these challenges, we have introduced Oracle Supply Chain Event Management for the Oracle E-Business Suite. Based on Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Supply Chain Event Management helps organizations manage complexity and risk by providing visibility into events across every link of the extended supply chain. And this doesn’t just include events within your organization. With its advanced analytics, the new solution can also correlate external events to help organizations stay on top of all activities that could impact the supply chain process.

Managing risk and complexity is obviously important, but what if we could also simplify processes? Well, with Oracle Supply Chain Event Management, that’s exactly what we are able to do. The new release includes preconfigured event tracking templates for order fulfillment and spare part orders, while also allowing customers to take advantage of built-in extensions for Oracle JDeveloper. The extensions enable customers to quickly and easily design, edit and generate an end-to-end event tracking application with situation detection and targeted alerts.

By simplifying processes and reducing supply chain risk and complexity, Oracle Supply Chain Event Management helps organizations increase customer satisfaction, reduce costs and improve collaboration. Customers are happier as they have real-time updates into their order status and ultimately receive less late shipments, while end-to-end visibility into supply chain events reduces costs by supporting faster decision making and real-time action. Effective collaboration through context-aware responses and notifications help make all this possible by ensuring appropriate action can be taken to avoid any escalations.

Of course this isn’t the only solution Oracle offers for supply chain executives. In fact, Oracle Supply Chain Event Management builds on the existing Oracle Supply Chain Management applications portfolio, which provides a comprehensive solution to power information-driven value chains.

For more information on Oracle Supply Chain Event Management, please visit:
http://www.oracle.com/us/products/applications/ebusiness/event-management-1955590.pdf

Monday Feb 18, 2013

7th Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit - Attendees Report Great Success!

The 7th Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit was held in San Francisco Feb 4~7, 2013. Attendees report that the event provided substantial content with customer success stories, best practices and networking. It's a 'must-attend' event for the maintenance community.[Read More]

Monday Feb 13, 2012

GTM at ICPA

Global Trade Management @ ICPA 2012

The GTM team will be at the International Compliance Professional Associations Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA March 18-22.

Oracle is a sponsor and will have a booth at the conference as well as an evening reception.

http://icpainc.org/conferences/atlanta/


Thursday Jan 12, 2012

Logistics at NRF in New York - Jan 15-18

Oracle SCM's logistics capabilities will be highlighted at the Oracle Retail booth in New York at NRF's 2012 event. From chairman-level sponsorship to a two-story booth, Oracle Retail will have a flagship presence at the National Retail Federation (NRF) BIG Show, taking place in New York's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, January 15 – 18, 2012. With all 20 of the world's top global retailers as customers, Oracle will demonstrate how our solutions help you create superior customer experiences and drive profitable growth. Visit Oracle at booth #1319 to: - Discover how Oracle Retail solutions, including merchandising, planning, optimization, supply chain, in-store operations and web commerce, can help you fuel profitable growth across traditional, mobile, and online commerce channels. - Learn about Oracle’s complete, open and integrated suite of business applications, server and storage solutions that are engineered to work together to optimize every aspect of your business. - Explore how to provide superior experiences your customers are demanding – and align them with smarter internal decisions and processes – to build an experience platform tuned to your specific business strategy and growth objectives. Oracle is unmatched in our ability to help retailers gain insight, optimize operations, and connect customer interactions, regardless of channel or lifecycle stage.

Thursday Apr 08, 2010

Value Chain Planning in Las Vegas

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Friday Apr 02, 2010

Oracle Supply Chain Sessions at Collaborate 2010

Oracle SCM executives will be presenting more than thirty sessions at the Collaborate 2010 Oracle Users' Group Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 18-22.

Charles Phillips, President of Oracle will give a keynote address on Monday "Transforming Customer Value -- Delivering Highest Customer Service."

A list of the Oracle SCM sessions to be presented at Collaborate 2010 is presented after the break...


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