Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

India-Based Poultry Producer Suguna Foods Manages Risk and Saves Costs with Oracle

Founded in 1984, Suguna Foods Ltd. is a leading producer of broiler chickens in India and is one of the top-10 poultry companies worldwide. With more than 60% of the country’s poultry produced through Suguna Foods’ contract-farming model, the company has helped to protect over 20,000 rural farmers from market risks, such as daily fluctuations in broiler pricing, to provide farmers with consistent incomes and improve their livelihoods. With the upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, Suguna has realized a number of improvements including:[Read More]

Tuesday Feb 03, 2015

Mobility in Manufacturing: Points for Consideration

Clearly, we are living in a mobile world. At the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit last week, if you looked in any session room or in the hallways, you could see people on their mobile devices doing things like checking email, tweeting, taking pictures and arranging their schedules. During the sessions, there were some fascinating presentations and demos across all Value Chain solution areas on using mobile technology to perform critical business tasks such as managing and maintaining remote assets, reporting equipment issues and providing status reports on inventory.

During one of the Manufacturing solution area keynotes, Mobility in Manufacturing, LNS Research President and Principal Analyst Matthew Littlefield presented on industry trends. He closed out the session with a few recommendations that companies might want to consider as they develop their mobile strategies:

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Thursday Jan 29, 2015

Closing Remarks on Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015

Wow, it’s hard to believe another Oracle Value Chain Summit has come and gone. What a whirlwind of a week! From Oracle’s Glenn Seninger’s Welcome on Monday afternoon to yesterday’s final track sessions, the San Jose Convention Center was thrumming with everything product and supply chain.  And it doesn't have to end here...

The entire Oracle team is thrilled and humbled by the outpouring of customer, sponsor, analyst, staff, and speaker support. We were delighted to see so many attendees this year, especially given the harsh weather conditions elsewhere making travel difficult. This community is clearly dedicated to forging new connections, sharing best practices, and exploring the future of value chain excellence.

Oracle’s CEO Mark Hurd perhaps said it best in his keynote on Tuesday morning: “I have incredible respect for people who actually run supply chains.” And for good reason. Supply chain leaders are at the forefront of...

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Tuesday Dec 02, 2014

Mobile Technology is Revolutionizing the Manufacturing Environment

In 1876, in the midst of the industrial revolution, inventor Alexander Graham Bell succeeded in making the first telephone call. 97 years later, in 1973, the first mobile call was made. Since then, it is an understatement to say that mobile technology has grown by leaps and bounds. Mobile technology is leading another industrial revolution--one in which manufacturing processes and procedures can be greatly managed and executed from devices small enough to fit into a pocket.[Read More]

Monday Nov 03, 2014

Give Us Your Thoughts About Oracle Designs: Participate in the Onsite Usability Lab at OVCS 2015

Want to impress your colleagues? Your manager? Imagine being able to say to them "So, did I ever tell you about the time I helped Oracle design some of their hot applications?" Yes, that opportunity is coming up--at the Oracle Value Chain Summit!  The Oracle Applications User Experience team will host an onsite usability lab at the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit. You can participate and give us your thoughts about proposed designs for Oracle Value Chain applications. Regardless of your job title, we can offer you a session that might interest you. Your feedback will directly affect the usability of Oracle applications to make them intuitive, easy to use. You’ll make a difference. And that should score you points with peers, friends, and family. 

When: Tuesday, January 27-Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center 

If you’re interested in participating, you must sign up in advance. Space is limited. Participation 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. This event fills up quickly, and seats are limited. In order to reserve a spot for yourself and your colleagues, please email alisa.hamai@oracle.com with the subject line: OVCS 2015: Sign me up for Oracle User Feedback Sessions.

Want to learn more about Oracle Applications User Experience team? Visit www.oracle.com/usableapps.

This program is managed by Oracle Corporation. Participants will be selected and contacted directly by the members of Oracle Applications User Experience team for participation and scheduling.


Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

Life Changing Analytics: Leveraging Data to Optimize Manufacturing Operations

A new report, commissioned by Wipro and published by the Economist Intelligence Unit titled "Manufacturing and the Data Conundrum: Too Much? Too Little? Or Just Right" examines how manufacturers are using integrated data collection and analysis to improve production throughput, reduce costs and improve quality. The research is based on a survey of 50 C-Suite executives from manufacturers in North America and Western Europe. The report revealed that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it. Read on for more information on Oracle's Manufacturing Analytics.[Read More]

Sunday Aug 24, 2014

Top Ten Reasons to Attend the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit

Need justification to attend the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit? Check out these Top Ten Reasons you should register now for this event![Read More]

Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Beginner's Guide to Asset Performance Management Acronyms

As someone who is new to the Maintenance landscape, I was simultaneously amused and thankful for a recent blog authored by Greg Goodwin of LNS Research, "20 Asset Performance Management Acronyms You Need to Know." For anyone new to this product space, the alphabet soup of acronyms can get overwhelming, so read on to understand the meaning behind the acronyms. And if you're an ALM expert, read on for a refresher.[Read More]

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Key SCM Initiatives Over Next Twelve Months Include Visibility, BI and Integrated Business Planning

Gartner, in conjunction with Supply Chain Digest, recently published their seventh annual supply chain study, which is based on survey input from almost 500 SC Digest readers. One of the more interesting charts in the report was named Supply Chain Digest's Supply Chain Graphic of the Week (posted below). This chart identifies the top key supply chain initiatives as:

1. Visibility
2. Enhanced business intelligence
3. Integrated business planning

These are three initiatives that are directly addressed with Oracle Supply Chain Management solutions, including Oracle Manufacturing Operations Center, Oracle Endeca, Oracle Manufacturing, Oracle Value Chain Planning and Oracle Agile PLM. For more information on this report, check out this Supply Chain Digest article: Insight from the 2014 Gartner Supply Chain Study. Are you hearing similar things from your customers? 

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Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

Dates Announced for Oracle Value Chain Summit 2015!

Join thousands of professionals at the third annual Oracle Value Chain Summit, hosted next year January 26 - 28, 2015.  This must-attend supply chain and product lifecycle management event of the year will be located in the San Jose Convention Center, just as the very successful 2014 event.  More details will be coming shortly.  To be the first in-the-know, sign up here to get notified by email when registration opens.



Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

Lack of Transparency in the Supply Chain Results in Inconsistent Reporting on Conflict Minerals

May 31, 2014 was the official deadline for U.S.-listed companies to disclose use of conflict minerals to the SEC. Of the estimated 6,000 companies that were required to file audits of their tin, gold, tungsten or tantalum in their products, only 1,300 filed reports, and these results have revealed the ongoing challenges that many manufacturers are having complying with this legislation.

An article authored by IDC analyst Heather Ashton,"Conflict Minerals Reporting Passes a Notable Milestone" notes that many leading companies such as Intel, Apple and HP filed their reports ahead of the deadline, but other companies are struggling with trying to trace their supply chain back to raw materials, especially as many non-U.S. based suppliers have no legal requirement to comply with the law since they are not U.S.-listed companies. This has resulted in widely varying levels of reporting from company to company. Check out the full article here. Are your customers experiencing the same pains?

Monday May 19, 2014

Oracle Customers and Oracle SCM Applications Among the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners

Oracle customers and Oracle SCM applications are well-represented among the 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award winners. The Manufacturing Leadership Awards, now in their 10th year, honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Nominations are entered into specific categories and evaluated by a panel of expert judges. Winners within the Supply Chain Leadership category include Oracle customers Blue Bell Creameries, Cummins Inc., Emerson, Motorola and WMS Gaming. Oracle also won in this category for Logistics Supplier Collaboration, Transition Supply Chain and for the Oracle-Intel Lean Supply Chain Optimization Initiative. Read on for more about these awards and the winners.[Read More]

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Built in Detroit: Shinola Brings Manufacturing Back to the U.S.A.

Manufacturing, across most verticals, is once again at a crossroads. Offshoring, nearshoring and outsourcing are all strategies that manufacturers adopted over the past decade or so, in order to increase the bottom line. However, we are starting to see the proverbial pendulum swing the other way. While profits have grown, there has been a cost, which includes the decline of the once mighty manufacturing center of Detroit. "Built in Detroit," an article published in a March 2014 issue of Time, features Shinola--a Detroit-based company established in 2012 to bring the art of watchmaking to the U.S., and is hoping to revive Detroit as a leading manufacturing center.

Read on and join the conversation! What do you think of what Shinola is doing? Is it practical? Will it work to revive Detroit? Let us know what you think in the comments section. 

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Friday Apr 04, 2014

Oracle Named a Leader in Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Supply Chain Planning System of Record

Over the last 20 years, Supply Chain Planning has matured from a niche process for early adopters to an integral and indispensable strategic tool for competing in the global marketplace. Supply Chain Planning practices are now critical for ensuring high customer service levels at the lowest possible cost, in a business climate characterized by increased demand volatility and supply chain complexity. [Read More]

Monday Mar 31, 2014

Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Oracle Maintenance Summit in Barcelona!

As we are transitioning from a very long and cold winter to a more gentle spring, something for you to look forward to is the upcoming 3rd Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit, taking place April 29-30 in Barcelona, Spain, and hosted by Oracle partner Viziya. Need some extra convincing to attend this important event? Check out the list below to see why the Oracle Maintenance Summit is not to be missed![Read More]
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