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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Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

Essentials of Oracle PLM for Retailers

With new competitors, trends, regulations, business models, markets and technologies, rapid change defines your industry. Disconnected systems cannot support how fast your retail organization needs to anticipate, respond, and adapt to new product-and service-related challenges.

Oracle PLM gives you an integrated innovation platform with the speed, oversight, and control to deliver higher quality products to market sooner. By enabling modern PLM processes for retail, you can achieve faster growth, competitive differentiation, and profitability. 

Here's a quick overview of the Essentials of Oracle PLM for Retailers:

  • Private Label Management
    Managing the innovation and commercialization of your own product lines as a retailer is no easy task. Oracle PLM provides a single version of the truth for product information, giving you greater control over costs, quality, compliance...
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Wednesday Apr 06, 2016

Select the Best Product Innovations: Bi-weekly Live Webinars

Fact: 60-80% of resources are spent on projects that will not meet objectives – a high cost for companies constrained by resources and budgets that are relying on innovation for growth.

Do your current tools give you visibility to improve success rates and achieve higher return?

Please join us for a comprehensive webcast into how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can give you better visibility into the likelihood of success or failure of a new product and empower you with the insight to prioritize and invest in the best ideas.

See how this solution will help you gain a high value, low risk, best practice approach to very quickly improve innovation performance and impact top-line revenue growth.

Please register here for the upcoming Innovation Management Webinars “How to Select the Best Product Innovations”

- 4/8/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/22/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 5/6/2016 @ 12 PM EST 

Please click here to see all available options for the Innovation Management Webcasts

Source: *Harvard Business Review, 2011

Friday Mar 18, 2016

How to Prioritize the Right IT Projects: Bi-Weekly Live Webinars

IT Organizations are under a lot of pressure to get more strategic:

  • 60% of CIOs say they want their IT organizations to focus on assisting in business innovation*

  • 90% of CEOs are promising investors more from technology** but only

  • 20% are satisfied with how quickly their IT departments respond***.

Do your current tools give you transparency with the business to align priorities and focus on higher value projects? Do you have visibility to balance IT portfolio with budgetary constraints?

Please join us for a comprehensive webcast into how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can give you better visibility into the likelihood of success or failure of a new project and transparency with the business to collaboratively choose the best, high-value projects that are achievable within IT’s budgetary and workload constraints?

See how this solution will help you gain a high value, low risk, best practice approach to very quickly improve IT performance and impact top-line revenue growth.

Please register here  for our Innovation Management Webinar “IT Project Prioritization”:

- 3/18/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/1/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/15/2016 @ 12 PM EST

- 4/29/2016 @ 12 PM EST

Please click here to see all available options for the Innovation Management Webcasts.

Sources:

* Deloitte 2015 Global CIO Survey

** PwC 19th Annual Global CEO Survey, 2016

*** Harvard Business Review, 2014

Thursday Mar 17, 2016

Aberdeen on Innovation Management: How Leaders Outperform their Peers

Recently, Aberdeen examined the results from over 600 respondents to uncover how innovation leaders compare to their peers, and the insights were pretty stunning.  According to the report, best-in-class innovators meet over 90% of their cost, launch dates, revenue and quality targets.  Best-in-class innovators are 94% more likely to monitor social media to solicit customer feedback, 45% more likely to have a standardized process for customer input, and 35% more likely to allow customers to rank portfolio ideas. And much more...

Read the Aberdeen Report on Innovation Management: How Leaders Outperform their Peers and see how your organization could benefit from the insights contained here.  You'll read Aberdeen's conclusions on why it's important to improve the ability to pick a mix of offerings that best address customer demands AND company fit, how to start optimizing your portfolio for market potential and overall corporate goals, and what steps to take to improve return on innovation investments. Read it today and share with your colleagues.

Kerrie Jordan is Director, PLM Product Marketing. Follow her @KerJordan, learn more about IM at oracle.com/innovationmanagement and more on Oracle SCM solutions in general at 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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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

Tuesday Dec 01, 2015

Oracle Innovation Management Cloud Live Demo - Friday, Dec 4

The best supply chains have a great product at the core. However, the biggest challenge for companies is selecting the right idea and converting it to a great product. Complex supply chains, alignment with corporate strategy, time and budget pressures, and fragmented processes exacerbate the problem.

Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help companies ensure each idea is evaluated from a 360 degree perspective, prior to investment, to align within a balanced portfolio of growth strategies and confirm it can be delivered within time, budget, resource constraints.

Register now for the upcoming live webcast and see how Oracle Innovation Management Cloud can help you optimize your portfolio, drive top-line revenue growth, and innovate at lightning speed. 

Friday, December 4, 2015: 12:00 p.m. ET Register

For more details on Oracle Innovation Management Cloud please click here

Monday Nov 16, 2015

Innovation Management Cloud Webcast on Nov. 20

Join this webcast and hear from Oracle partner, Kalypso, deliver a real world case study about one of the first Oracle Innovation Management Cloud implementations.

Date: November 20, 2015

Time:  11:00 a.m. CST / 9:00 a.m. PST

Webinar site & registration: http://bit.ly/1SjDMD0

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

Wednesday Oct 14, 2015

Oracle PLM Cloud: Innovate, Develop, Commercialize [Video]

Remarkably,  a recent survey showed that 90% of companies’ products are slow to market and often over budget. 84% of business leaders reported no time to make sure they are investing in the right product ideas in the first place. The pressure is on. You need to develop and deliver successful, profitable products on time.

Watch this video to see how the new Oracle PLM Cloud solution can help you innovate, develop and commercialize profitable products fast. It’s designed to speed time to market, lower costs, and give you the insight you need to invest in the right opportunities for your business.

Click here to watch the two-minute video.

To learn more about Oracle Product Lifecycle Management applications, please visit www.oracle.com/plm

Friday Sep 18, 2015

Innovation Management Cloud Reception in LA

If you are in the LA area and want to learn how to translate ideas into a winning portfolio of innovations, be sure to attend this evening reception. Attendees will learn how a systematic approach to capture, select, and invest in the right ideas can increase their return on innovation.

Date: September 24, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Location: WEST Restaurant and Lounge, Los Angeles

Register

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

Thursday Jul 30, 2015

The 6 P's of Effective Commercialization: Webcast feat. Mary Kay

In the crowded consumer goods industry, innovation is a necessity. Unfortunately, many companies are struggling to commercialize their new product initiatives effectively.

In fact, 80% of new products fail to meet expected performance levels. We've broken down the most important elements to improve your odds, in what we call the 6 P's of Effective Commercialization:

#1.  Proposals

New product ideas are just the beginning, but you have to get them off to the right start.  Establish a traceable, systematized approach to capture, develop, prioritize and generate new product ideas.

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