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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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.


Wednesday Jan 06, 2016

Video: Oracle Procurement Cloud

Hear customers at CyraCom International, Transit Wireless, and Rancon Group describe how they are using Oracle Procurement Cloud to control employee spending, streamline their procure-to-pay cycle, source more effectively, and reduce supplier risk. Watch the video and see why the Director of Supply Chain at Transit Wireless feels like a kid in a candy store. Click here.

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

Monday Dec 14, 2015

Mapping the Next Milestones in the Supply Chain

When we look back at 2015, one of the biggest themes has been how supply chain has embraced the Cloud. That’s not to say that the sector was a stranger to the Cloud before; rather, that this year was marked by the industry starting to factor the Cloud into its wider business strategy, instead of as a technology model to explore and trial.

We’re still some way from cross-operational adoption of the Cloud. Some parts of the supply chain are inherently more Cloud-friendly than others; for example, those areas that are more used to sharing supply chain data with external organizations. In areas where businesses have traditionally outsourced operations, such as transportation, we’re seeing rapid and widespread Cloud adoption; whereas for functions such as warehousing and product lifecycle management, the Cloud is only just beginning to penetrate.

Yet the success of Cloud implementations elsewhere in the supply chain points the way to a future where it becomes a fundamental part of SCM strategy. Looking forward, then, what other developments might we expect to emerge in 2016? 

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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

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

Tuesday Oct 27, 2015

Oracle Announces New SCM Cloud Applications

This is the week for Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco. Besides bringing together 40,000 Oracle customers, partners and experts, OpenWorld is exciting for announcing new technologies and products. This year is very big for supply chain as many upgrades to the Supply Chain Management Cloud were announced including two entirely new applications: Manufacturing Cloud, and Supply Chain Planning Cloud. The Oracle SCM Cloud is now the first offering that supports all common business processes:

  • Source to Settle (including Procure to Pay and full direct material support)

  • Ideas to Commercialization (for both manufactured and purchased products)

  • Order to Cash (and with Oracle CX Cloud, to extend to marketing, sales and quoting)

  • Plan to Produce (combining planning, manufacturing and fulfillment)

For more information about this exciting development, check out the press release: New Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud Offerings Address Needs of Modern Value Chain


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

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

Monday Sep 28, 2015

OTM SIG Conference Interview: Dow Chemicals

Watch this interview with Alok Chandra, Solutions Architect at The Dow Chemical Company during the OTM SIG Conference, which took place in Philadelphia from August 9 – 12. Alok speaks about Dow Chemical's global deployment of Oracle Transportation Management, the benefits they have seen, and their future plans.

Click here to watch the video

For more Oracle SCM videos, visit our YouTube Channel here

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

Wednesday Sep 23, 2015

Demystifying the Cloud: Cloud Adoption Webcast from Inspirage

Attend the second installment of the "Demystifying the Cloud" webinar series from our Partner, Inspirage. Supported by IDC research, this webinar will outline the challenges that companies are facing in terms of flexibility, speed and cost that support supply chain business and IT executives who are making the move towards Cloud-based applications.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 9:00 am PST | 12:00 noon EST

Register

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

Monday Sep 21, 2015

Gartner Market Guide: Trade Promotion Management

Read the new Gartner Market Guide for Trade Promotion Management and Optimization report. In addition to a market overview to see how Oracle is evaluated against other technology providers.

Click here for the full report

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

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

Wednesday Sep 16, 2015

Putting the "S" in S&OP Webcast

Attend this Oracle and AVATA webcast and discover how to integrate Salesforce.com funnel information and Oracle supply chain data for stronger strategic and tactical planning.

Date: October 7, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM PST/12:00 PM EST

Register

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


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