Monday Apr 14, 2014

How the Greatest Comeback in Sports History Can Change your Supply Chain

Oracle Team USA AC72 at SpeedA recent blog post at the Harvard Business Review discussed "What Business Can Learn from the Greatest Comeback in Sports History."  They presented six points, and the original article is well worth reading. I'd like to boil down their advice to supply chain specific suggestions, and here we go:

  1. Companies often create rigid networks and procedures which tend to be efficient in day to day operations, but which can fail spectacularly when upset. Just as Oracle Team USA (OTUSA) adopted cross-fit training to create all-around athletes, companies should build flexible and resilient supply chain networks that contain sufficient redundancy to continue to operate when things aren't proceeding to plan. Often, companies use network optimization software to do this work."
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Tuesday Apr 08, 2014

A Discussion with Oracle's Expert on Innovation Management

Gayle HayesA few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with our resident expert on Innovation Management, Gayle Hayes. I picked her brain on what’s going on in the world of product and service innovation and how Oracle is helping. A new phenomenon is sweeping product development – thanks to an explosion of ideation tools and techniques such as crowd-sourcing, big data, mashups, customer immersion labs, etc, finding ideas is not the problem. With so many to choose from, the biggest questions are now “which idea?” and subsequently, “how do you translate the right idea into a profitable product?"

This is precisely the challenge the new Oracle Innovation Management is designed to address. To learn more about the idea glut and how the new solution helps organizations improve return on innovation investments, read the transcript of our discussion below or stream our podcast. You can even find us on iTunes!

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Saturday Mar 15, 2014

IDC Positive Perspective of Value Chain Summit 2014

This IDC Perspective summarizes the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit, which took place in San Jose, California Feb 3~5 2014. This note includes a positive endorsement of the overall event:[Read More]

Wednesday Mar 05, 2014

Oracle Introduces In-Memory Cost Management Applications for Process and Discrete Industries

In 2013, Big Data” surpassed “Social Media” and “Mobility” as one of the most searched concepts on the Internet. Gerd Leonhard, a noted futurist, author and CEO of the Futures Agency, stated that Big Data’s economic and social importance will rival that of the oil economy by 2020. With the ever-increasing global adoption of smart phones, we are heading towards 5 billion connected devices. With the addition of other electronic devices such as sensors, wearables, and smart homes, that number is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2018. The amount of data being collected across all of these platforms is mind-boggling, and companies that realize the potential of what can be done with that data are breaking away from the pack. Those companies understand this potential and are now investing time and money into tools that can convert all that data into information that drives actionable insights. Oracle’s new In-Memory Cost Management applications for Oracle E-Business Suite offers those insights to for users in discrete manufacturing with Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries and for users in process manufacturing with Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries.

In today’s global manufacturing environment, manufacturers face a multitude of challenges due to regulatory compliance, stringent quality processes and increasing manufacturing costs. In order to accurately calculate margins and maximize profits, organizations must gather, maintain and analyze growing volumes of current and historical cost data. However, existing cost management solutions have not kept up with the exploding volumes of data across global manufacturing operations and various supply chains. To help solve this critical business need, Oracle has introduced Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries for Oracle E-Business Suite. Utilizing the extreme performance delivered by Oracle Engineered Systems, the new Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions are a combination of software and hardware that enables real-time insight across virtually all aspects of cost management, allowing organizations to maximize revenue, increase profits and optimize operational costs and working capital.

Oracle In-Memory Cost Management applications help businesses make decisions in time to capture the highest possible profits and margins, and to discover hidden opportunities to shrink operational costs. Cost accountants, operations, finance and procurement managers can use Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions to quickly perform what-if simulations on complex cost data and instantly visualize the impact of changes to their businesses. While existing cost management solutions often require long wait times for batch processes to complete on huge data sets, Oracle In-Memory Cost Management solutions run efficiently in real-time and come pre-built with critical analytical features including Cost Impact Simulator, Gross Profit Analyzer and Cost Comparison Tool.

Oracle’s Cost Impact Simulator and Gross Profit Analyzer help organizations maximize revenue and increase profits by:

  • Undertaking multidimensional cost analyses leveraging complex multi-level bills of material and routing data
  • Perform detailed ‘what-if’ cost simulations and timely analyses of costs and related inventory valuations
  • Easily assessing the impact of future margins including any potential downstream impact of unshipped orders and forecasted demand

Oracle’s Cost Comparison Tool enables users to quickly view and analyze the details of complex cost structures across multiple manufacturing locations so that businesses can reach timely decisions that allow them to identify the most profitable cost structures, simulate the enterprise-wide impact of cost changes and then propagate those savings across their enterprises. Oracle’s Cost Comparison Tool also helps businesses discover hidden opportunities to further shrink operational costs by processing and visualizing large volumes of cost element data quickly.

To help customers in discrete industries such as automotive, aerospace and defense, high tech and industrial manufacturing, Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries’ transformational suite of applications allows businesses to drive strategic cost management objectives by maximizing gross margins and profits, optimizing product cost structures through minimizing component costs, creating profitable product mixes across their global operations and finding the right products to both increase penetration in existing markets and enter new markets. Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries’ does the same thing for customers in process industries such as natural resources, life sciences, food and beverage, chemicals and consumer goods.

For more information on these products, please check out these links:


Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

That's a Wrap for the 2nd Annual Oracle Value Chain Summit

 We're pleased to feature this article by Rick Jewell on the success of the Oracle Value Chain Summit 2014.

Rick Jewell, Senior Vice President of Applications Development, Oracle

The second annual Oracle Value Chain Summit held in San Jose, California concluded earlier this month and by all accounts, it was a resounding success.

We welcomed more than 2,100 customers, partners and industry analysts from 27 different countries to the event this year. In fact, customer attendance was nearly 60 percent higher than the previous year, a clear testament to Oracle’s growing momentum in the supply chain industry. From the beginning to the end, there was a palpable energy amongst the crowds in sessions, demo areas and networking receptions.

Business users chose from more than 200 sessions from different supply chain tracks, including, 150+ customer speaking sessions, as well as keynotes that featured Oracle President Mark Hurd and best-selling author Geoffrey Moore.

Mark’s keynote covered a lot of interesting points as he explained how the combination of globalization, the explosion of data, mobility and more demanding customers has made the supply chain more complex than ever. Organizations are balancing the need to control costs while meeting customer demands; and as Mark highlighted, consumers are now more sophisticated. A missed delivery date can result in not only loss of sale, but now thanks to social, a reputation nightmare. A staggering 26% of customers will post negative feedback about products online.

Along similar lines, I presented the idea of the customer-centric supply chain and planning. In a time where it has become even harder for organizations to differentiate themselves, organizations can no longer focus on just ensuring inventory is there when customers need it but also need to optimize the overall customer experience in order to stand out in the crowd.

This is just a slice of what we talked about at the event. Presentations and collateral from the Oracle Value Chain Summit are now available for download at: http://oracle.ovcs2014.virtualcollateral.com. Use the password: ovcs2014

If you missed the event and are eager to hear how Oracle is keeping the supply chain moving at the speed of business, you can always catch the European Value Chain Summit taking place March 18 & 19 in Amsterdam. Otherwise, stay tuned for details about next year’s Oracle Value Chain Summit. 

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Early Bird Discount Extended for 2nd Annual Value Chain Summit!

Save $200 with the early bird registration, extended to Dec 20th, 2014. Hear from industry leaders on value chain transformation.

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Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Focus-On Manufacturing at the Value Chain Summit, San Jose CA Feb 3~5'14

Those interested in upgrading their Manufacturing applications technology should attend the upcoming Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose CA, Feb 3-5 '14.  The latest Focus-On MFG Agenda document is now available.[Read More]

Monday Mar 11, 2013

Pella Opens their Doors for an Exceptional Customer Excellence Event 24~25Apr13

Pella will be holding a site reference 'Open-house' on 24-25 April, 2013 at their HQ in Pella Iowa. For those considering Oracle SCM/MFG applications, it's a 'must-attend' event![Read More]

Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

Supply Chains are Shifting: Get ready for tomorrow!

Shifting supply chains will cause materials managers to update their thinking about the markets of tomorrow. New disruptive technologies and emerging economies will once again change-the-game. Get ready & tool-up![Read More]

Monday Feb 18, 2013

5th Annual Oracle Manufacturing Summit: Driving Innovation into Operations

The 5th Annual Oracle Manufacturing Summit focussed on Innovation in the Supply Chain. Participants heard case studies and best practice presentations from leading firms on their lean journey.

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7th Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit - Attendees Report Great Success!

The 7th Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit was held in San Francisco Feb 4~7, 2013. Attendees report that the event provided substantial content with customer success stories, best practices and networking. It's a 'must-attend' event for the maintenance community.[Read More]

Tuesday Dec 11, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the 7th Annual Maintenance Summit

Here are ten solid reasons to register for the 7th Annual Maintenance Summit - San Francisco, Feb 4~6 '13![Read More]

Thursday Dec 06, 2012

3 Weeks Left to Save $100 for the Oracle Value Chain Summit

The Oracle Value Chain Summit is shaping up to be broadest supply chain conference for those moving towards a Value Chain platform. Register this month and save $100 at the early bird rate. Register today![Read More]

Thursday Oct 18, 2012

Oracle Industrial Manufacturing Forum, Nov 8, W Hotel-Chicago

 Attend this exciting Industrial Manufacturing Forum in Chicago Nov 8th, 2012 and hear success stories from leading corporations who have adopted Oracle technologies. Hear from fellow customers and network with your manufacturing peers and Oracle Partners.[Read More]
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