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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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 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 Jul 20, 2015

Press Release: Order Fulfillment in the Cloud

To help companies support their complete quote-to-cash process in the cloud, Oracle announced the expansion of the Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud with two new products, Oracle Order Management Cloud and Oracle Global Order Promising Cloud.

Read the full Press Release  or check out some recent coverage of this new release:

  • Read CIO: “Oracle Extends Cloud Suite to Cover Entire Order-Fulfillment Process

    Read Supply Chain Matters: "Oracle Expands Supply Chain Management Public Cloud into Order Fulfillment"


Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

New Supply Chain Reference Brochure

The SCM Reference Brochure contains links to over 300 customer reference assets including videos, testimonials and case studies and covers the following areas: Planning, Manufacturing, Logistics and Fulfillment, Product Development and Maintenance. 

It also includes a library that categorizes these assets by region, country, industry and organization name. Check it out today.

For more information on Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm 

Thursday Mar 20, 2014

Order Fulfillment Challenges in Retail and Manufacturing

A recent survey report entitled “From Customer Orders through Fulfillment: Challenges and Opportunities in Manufacturing, High-Tech & Retail” showcased how supply chain executives are tackling their order fulfillment challenges. 

Don’t have time to read the full report?

Not to worry, the key findings for the Retail and Manufacturing sectors are now available in an infographic format.

Infographic: Overcoming Order Fulfillment Challenges in Retail

Infographic: Overcoming Order Fulfillment Challenges in Manufacturing

Thursday Mar 21, 2013

New Order Fulfillment Survey Report

As a consumer it has never been easier to go shopping.  You can always go to the store or shop on-line, or shop online and pick up at the store.  You can get instant information about product availability, shipment costs, shipping updates, arrival dates on your computer, phone or tablet. This can be done anytime and anywhere across the globe.  More than likely you will be loyal to any brand that offers shopping options, flexibility and good prices.

What you may not realize is that it is becoming more and more difficult for companies across industries to offer these options not only for consumers, but between businesses as well.  The explosion of order and delivery channels, the complexity of global supply chains and the rising expectations of customers are forcing the need to build seamless order management process across many different systems around
the world.

A new report which surveyed 589 top supply chain executives in manufacturing, high-tech and retail businesses around the globe gives a good sense of how well companies in these key sectors are meeting the order management challenge and where they need to improve their game.

So if want to know about what the people that make your shopping easier are worried about you can access the Challenges and Opportunities in High-Tech, Manufacturing and Retail - From Customer Orders Through Fulfillment report below.

Happy reading.

Click on the link below to read the full report.   

www.oracle.com/goto/FusionDOOSurvey

Monday Nov 12, 2012

Latest Fusion DOO White Paper - Overcoming Order Management Complexity in Global Organizations

Check out this latest Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration white paper entitled “Overcoming Order Management Complexity in Global Organizations”. 

Discover how Oracle Fusion DOO enables large, complex organizations to streamline their order management processes and take advantage of lower costs, higher margins, and improved customer service.

Click here to read the whitepaper.

Wednesday Nov 07, 2012

New Podcast Available - Fusion DOO for Multi-Channel Retail

Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration can help retailers standardize their order and fulfillment processes across all channels. 

Listen to the latest podcast entitled “Unify Sales and Fulfillment in Multi-Channel Retail with Fusion DOO” and discover how Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration can deliver value to retail customers and also hear real world examples of how customers are using it today. 

Click here to listen to the podcast.

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