Friday Apr 22, 2016

IoT Will Drive Revolutionary Change in Manufacturing Companies

This week, Andrew Hughes of LNS Research authored an interesting blog that included the chart below, which was produced as part of a "Metrics that Matter" survey. This survey is supported by industry group MESA, and is being executed by LNS Research. The interesting thing about this (as noted in Andrew's blog), is the fact that there is positive interest in implementing plant analytics as well as operations and manufacturing intelligence capabilities.

Hughes writes that "Analytics is the technology that most drives the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) because they will bring real applications with measurable benefit early. Manufacturing executives are looking for quick wins from their investments in new digital technologies and analytics is the field in which the easiest gains can be made. companies that are interested in Digital Transformation should be looking at plant level analytics and bring those together with the Big Data Analytics capabilities across the enterprise to demonstrate that the IoT will drive revolutionary change in manufacturing companies."

Has your organization started on the path to revolutionizing manufacturing with IoT? We'd love to hear about it in the comments section below!

Read our article: Industry 4.0 is Key to Modernize Business and Increase Competitiveness and download the Oracle-sponsored ”The Manufacturer” study about Industry 4.0 adoption.

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

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Accelerating Toward Industry 4.0 - Automakers in the Fast Lane

Having explained what Industry 4.0 means for the supply chain in his earlier blog, Lionel Albert, EMEA Manufacturing and Supply Chain Cloud Director at Oracle, takes a look at a few of the futuristic manufacturing techniques being adopted by some industries today and explains how they can be applied to other fields.[Read More]

Friday Apr 08, 2016

Why Should Manufacturers Move to the Cloud?

The North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit took place this week in Chicago. As part of that event, Oracle Chief Strategy Officer and Group Vice President for SCM Strategy, Jon Chorley, was interviewed about why the time to consider cloud is NOW for manufacturers. Read this brief to learn about the value that manufacturers gain by moving to cloud-based solutions including: IT cost reductions; greater user adoption up due to new, attractive, easy-to-use interfaces; and the ability to tap into new cloud-based technology enabled through the Internet of Things.

Supply Chain Management Report recently published a report that stated that "if you don't go digital now, your supply chain will be obsolete and your business left behind in just 5 years." Click here to see the advantages that cloud can deliver for manufacturers.

Monday Mar 21, 2016

Industry 4.0 is a Game Changer for Manufacturers

The Manufacturer, a UK-based publication, recently joined forces with Oracle to produce an eye-opening report on how UK manufacturers are gaining competitive advantages due to their investment in Industry 4.0 technologies such as the Internet of Things, big data and analytics. The study includes in-depth interviews with decision makers across different business functions from 250 organizations based in the UK.

The understanding of the Industry 4.0 term, coined several years ago, is definitely maturing among UK manufacturers, with 69% of participants responding that they they see Industry 4.0 as a signficant business changer. Companies are embarking on their journeys and starting from different points. The report highlights adoption use cases from Oracle customers across a range of industries--all of which are using Industry 4.0 technologies to design smarter products, enable smarter manufacturing and manage smarter supply chains. Are your customers interested in finding out how the cloud can enable Industry 4.0 technologies? Make sure to send them this link so they can learn more about how Oracle can help with a modern, connected manufacturing and supply chain strategy.

Thursday Feb 11, 2016

Oracle eAM in Action at Stanford

One of the highlights of MSCE 2016 for our Oracle eAM customers and for many others who attended was the site tour that was hosted by Stanford University. Nearly 50 customers and partners were able to visit Stanford's Energy Systems Innovation (SESI), which represents a transformation of university energy supply from a 100% fossil-based combined heat and power plant to grid-sourced electricity and a more efficient electric heat recovery system. This new system, along with Stanford's solar power procurement, is anticipated to reduce campus emissions approximately 68% from current levels and save 15% of the campus' potable water.

In addition, the tour group was allowed to see how Stanford uses Oracle in its Grainger@Stanford University facility, which manages over 9,000 SKUs and provides parts and supplies across the university campus for facility maintenance and the extensive construction projects taking place at Stanford.

For more information on the Stanford Site Tour and the maintenance track at MSCE, check out this blog from LNS Analyst, Dan Miklovic.

Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

The Factory of the Future: Points to Consider

We are truly living in a fascinating time where things once only dreamed about in science fiction are becoming reality: driverless cars, appliances that text you when they need servicing, home security technology that allows you to track your children’s movements from your smartphone, and home healthcare wearable technology that can alert you if your elderly loved one falls.

These are just a few of the hundreds of ways consumers are taking advantage of this new technology landscape brought to you by the Internet of Things (IoT), which enables the automated transmission of information over a network without need for human intervention. Just as the consumer world is changing at light speed with the adoption of IoT technology, the manufacturing world also is in the midst of an IoT revolution. IoT is enabling manufacturers to gain competitive advantage and lay a foundation for the factory of the future with smart connected operations, smart connected assets and the smart connected enterprise. These initiatives to modernize manufacturing plants and facilities will have a huge impact on workers and organizations.

Leading global manufacturers across various industry verticals are putting together strategies that leverage IoT technology to modernize their processes and organizations.  Analyst firm LNS Research sees four main areas for manufacturers to consider when developing their IoT strategy: connectivity, cloud, big data analytics and application development. In this recent article, "The Factory of the Future..." published by Supply and Demand Chain Executive, find out more about each of those areas individually and how they all work together to create a factory of the future. And let us know your thoughts on the Factory of the Future.

Tuesday Dec 15, 2015

What are Manufacturers Doing with the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a very hot topic in 2015. The application of IoT technology to common manufacturing processes has moved from being strictly theoretical to the new way that manufacturers are doing business today. Analyst research firm LNS Research recently posted an interesting article on 5 Strategies to Achieve Quality Improvement with the IIot, where they revealed that 37% of 685 survey respondents expect to invest in IoT over the next 12 months. But what exactly are these companies leveraging IoT for? Check out the slide below.


Read the LNS article for their take on quality improvements that can be enabled with IoT technology. And let us know what your company is doing with IoT!

Thursday Nov 19, 2015

New SCM Cloud Plan to Produce Materials Available

In a recent press release, Oracle announced the availability of two new SCM cloud products, Oracle Manufacturing Cloud and Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud. These two products, together with Inventory and Cost Management Cloud, form Oracle’s Plan to Produce solution, a comprehensive and integrated suite of supply chain cloud applications. They are designed to help industrial manufacturing and high technology companies achieve manufacturing excellence while avoiding the costs of expensive hardware and system management overhead. Plan to Produce provides integrated planning, manufacturing, and supply chain materials management with embedded analytics, and outstanding ease of use, enhancing user productivity. Desktop, tablet, mobile, scanning and social technologies are combined to provide a state-of-the-art cloud solution for manufacturing companies.

Check out the new material available on Oracle’s Plan to Produce solution:

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

SCM Cloud Article in SearchManufacturingERP

Check out this recent article by David Essex with SearchManufacturingERP. It showcases the latest SCM Cloud offerings and explains how Oracle cloud ERP is branching out into manufacturing, as well as supply and demand planning. Click here to read the full article.

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

Friday Oct 30, 2015

New SCM Product Pages on Oracle.com

The Supply Chain Management pages on Oracle.com have been updated to reflect a more modern look and user experience.

Three new tabs have been introduced to the SCM area on the corporate website; “Solutions”, “Products A-Z”, & “Get Started”, allowing you to easily find the product information you need. Take a few moments to explore all the new pages.

Check them out at 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


Friday Oct 23, 2015

Planning + Manufacturing=Plan to Produce in the Cloud

Check out this new overview video featuring Oracle SCM Cloud's Plan to Produce solution, which combines the planning capabilities available in Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud with the manufacturing capabilities in Oracle Manufacturing Cloud. Let us know what you think!

Monday Oct 05, 2015

Internet of Things Event in Las Vegas

The Internet of Things West event is taking place November 5 – 6 in Las Vegas and will cover advanced connectivity and cloud-based control of devices, equipment, facilities and enterprise operations.

Oracle will deliver the keynote session on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8:00 a.m. entitled “From Top Floor to Shop Floor: Transforming Your Supply Chain, Manufacturing and Maintenance with IoT”.  Don't miss this great event and opportunity to hear from Oracle!

Click here for session and event details

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

Thursday Aug 06, 2015

National Oilwell Varco Uses Oracle for Engineer-to-Order Manufacturing

National Oilwell Varco (NOV) is a manufacturing company that provides tools, advanced equipment, technical expertise, and operational support to the drilling and production industry. The company operates three lines of business:

1. NOV Rig Systems and Aftermarket makes and supports the world’s most advanced drilling solutions.
2. NOV Completion & Production Solutions helps well intervention service providers and oil and gas producers complete projects on target, delivering new levels of productivity.
3. NOV Wellbore Technologies integrates people, products, and technology to help producers reach new levels of efficiency and productivity, and enhance drilling performance at the rig─both on-land and offshore. It includes six lines of business: Tuboscope, WellSite Services, IntelliServ, Drilling and Intervention, Dynamic Drilling Solutions, and Grant Prideco.

NOV uses Oracle to deliver engineered-to-order products on time and under budget. In addition, NOV used Oracle to create supply chain dashboards to support the manufacturing-based business, helping to avoid production delays and ensure timely and on-budget completion of customer orders. To find out more about how National Oilwell Varco is using Oracle, check out this video and read this customer success story.


Monday Aug 03, 2015

Lifecell Implements Oracle Process Manufacturing

LifeCell, a leading developer of innovative tissue regeneration products for use in the reconstructive and orthopedic surgical procedures, has implemented Oracle Process Manufacturing and Oracle EBS 12.1.3 to redesign and streamline business processes and ensure regulatory compliance and traceability. Click here to read the complete story.

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

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