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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Friday May 06, 2016

Optimize and Integrate Your Manufacturing, Planning and Fulfillment Processes with Oracle Manufacturing Cloud

Knowing what’s happening—or what’s not happening—is critical to your manufacturing organization and to your business. But in addition to visibility, you also need an integrated supply chain so you can communicate situations quickly and efficiently to other supply chain stakeholders, such as procurement and order management. And you need more information. Not just more data, but more insight into your processes so you can leverage the systems and analytics for visibility, agility, customer responsiveness, and the complex global accounting of today’s business environment. Download this new executive brief that details Oracle's new cloud solutions for manufacturing, planning and fulfillment. 

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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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

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:

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

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 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

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

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Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

Webcast: S&OP in the Cloud

Invite your customers to attend this joint Inspirage and Oracle webcast on how customers can bring scalable enterprise Sales & Operations Planning into their organization in less than 4 S&OP business cycles.

Date: Wednesday, August 5, 2015

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

Click here to register

Wednesday Apr 22, 2015

Transformation of the Healthcare Supply Chain

While the supply chain at a high tech company might be focused on squeezing out every penny, healthcare providers need 100 percent resource inventory availability in order to deliver uncompromising care. Healthcare providers that focus on optimizing value from the supply chain can achieve this goal and drive better patient outcomes.

Read how companies like Kaiser Permanente and NGHA are leveraging Oracle planning solutions to improve their forecasting processes.         Click here for full article

For more information on Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm

Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

New Supply Chain Reference Brochure

The SCM Reference Brochure contains links to over 300 customer reference assets including videos, testimonials and case studies and covers the following areas: Planning, Manufacturing, Logistics and Fulfillment, Product Development and Maintenance. 

It also includes a library that categorizes these assets by region, country, industry and organization name. Check it out today.

For more information on Oracle Supply Chain Management applications, visit www.oracle.com/scm 

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

Oracle Sponsoring SCOPE Spring 2015

Oracle is sponsoring the SCOPE Spring 2015 event, which takes place at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel during April 26-28th, 2015.

Oracle customer Global Industrial will deliver the keynote address on Tuesday, April 28, entitled "Demand-Driven Procurement and Replenishment: Modernize to Thrive".  

Dennis Gerard, VP of Operations will discuss how Oracle Demantra helps modernize replenishment planning and allows buyers and inventory analysts to forecast demand across multiple channels, optimize inventory and streamline purchasing requirements.          Event Information

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

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

Webcast - Accelerate M&A and Divestitures

During this webcast you’ll hear from Avata and Oracle experts discuss how other customers have leveraged Oracle Value Chain Planning solutions to assess supply chain synergies, enter new markets and build risk-resilient supply chains.  John Stamm, Director Sales Operations at CSR, will also discuss how Oracle Demantra assisted in the pre / post acquisition activities.

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

Time: 9:00 AM PST (12:00 PM EST)

Registration Link

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

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