Wednesday Mar 18, 2015

Services Parts Planning Seminar

Oracle and Inspirage are hosting a Services Parts Planning Lifecycle Management seminar where customers will learn how leading companies are streamlining and optimizing their service supply chain operations.

It takes place on Monday, March 23 from 5:00 p.m. – 7:20 p.m. at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA.   

Click here for event details.

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


Monday Mar 09, 2015

Promotion Optimization Institute 2015 Event

Oracle is sponsoring the Promotion Optimization Institute (POI) event which takes place April 13 – 15 in Chicago, IL.

Oracle customer, Mead Johnson, will present in a keynote session, there will be a booth showcasing Oracle solutions, as well as an Oracle and AVATA sponsored networking reception on April 13 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Eataly Chicago.

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

Thursday Feb 19, 2015

90-second videos to inspire fresh thinking about different aspects of the supply chain

Check out these new short videos for every supply chain solution area and find out how you can use Oracle’s platforms to transform your supply chain into an integrated value chain.

Oracle Product Value Chain - Overview Video

See how you can turn innovation into a structured, consistent and effective process, simplify product development and commercialize the right ideas faster, better and at a lower cost.

Oracle Value Chain Execution Solutions - Overview Video

What if you could see and respond to your entire logistics network from...

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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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Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Top 5 reasons to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit [VIDEO]

Join us in San Jose, CA from January 26 to 28 for a conference that could completely transform your organization and set you up for extraordinary success in 2015 and beyond.

Take a look at the video below! 

Here are the top 5 reasons to attend the Oracle Value Chain Summit:

5) Network with over 2,000 value chain professionals and enjoy evening receptions in an energetic and upbeat environment.

4) Get inspired after hearing thought-leading speakers like NFL legend...

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Thursday Oct 16, 2014

Healthcare: Kaiser Permanente Transforms Their Supply Chain

As the Baby Boom generation ages increasing demand, and the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape, healthcare providers are being driven to make changes to survive.With 38 hospitals in six states and 17,000 doctors and 48,000 nurses, Kaiser Permanente provides healthcare to more than 9.5 million members, and is one of the largest healthcare providers in the country.

Kaiser Permanente has been on a multi-year journey to transform their supply chain from an afterthought, to making it a critical player in the organization’s competitiveness - central to reducing costs and improving patient outcomes.  Kaiser Permanente executives presented the details of their initiative at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco in late September. Steve Banker attended the presentation and wrote up what he learned in Forbes Magazine.  Here is an example.

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Thursday Sep 25, 2014

Optimizing the Service Supply Chain: How Oracle Cut it's Sun Worldwide Spare Parts Inventory by 50%

"A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large,” Henry Ford, founder of one of the world’s largest manufacturing companies, once said. Service organizations are becoming instrumental in achieving top line growth, profitability, and customer loyalty.

Oracle Service Parts Planning enables companies to effectively manage the challenges of a multi-echelon service supply chain. You can simultaneously analyze forecast and replenishment decisions, and release execution plans. Effective Service Parts Planning also provides the statistics and optimization that service planners need to improve forecast accuracy and calculate optimal replenishment and redistribution for all service parts.

Do you need to manage a complex after sales service supply chain with its unique challenges? Would you like to improve parts availability and customer satisfaction? Could you benefit from reduced investment in service parts inventory? If yes, yes and yes, then check out this video below and learn how Oracle can help you manage your service supply chain for increased margins. In fact, Oracle cut it's own Sun worldwide spare parts inventory by 50% by using Oracle's Service Supply Chain solutions.

Learn how Oracle did it by watching this video

To learn more about Oracle's Supply Chain Management solutions, click here.

Tuesday Sep 23, 2014

Advanced Supply Chain Modeling for Risk Management

Alice asked: "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat. And this same conversation (or at least a variant of it) happens all of the time in today's commercial enterprises as they decide where to point the business and how to get there.

The past twenty-five years has seen great progress in supply chain planning capabilities, and companies continue to make progress in developing and deploying operational plans that are more and more detailed, and which have improved congruence with the financial goals and plans of the enterprise. The continual march of improvement in computer hardware and software have provided today's planners advanced supply chain models and tools that can handle large amounts of data, honoring constraints and optimizing on costs or profits. If it weren't for the real world, we might have achieved supply chain Nirvana by now. Unfortunately we live in a world where it is impossible to know the future and stuff happens. We don't really know what our customers will want, what our competitors might do, or what might happen at our suppliers.  In other words, we are trying to optimize our plans under uncertainty.

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Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

How PepsiCo/Frito-Lay uses Oracle Trade Promotions Optimization

Check out this latest video in which Boyd Smythe, Senior Director of Analytics, discusses how PepsiCo/Frito-Lay uses Oracle Trade Promotions Optimization to make big improvements in trade promotions leading to improved ROI on trade spend and increased earnings.

Click here to learn more about Oracle's Value Chain Planning solutions.

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Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Transform Your Traditional Supply Chain to Achieve Superior Financial Performance

 

An efficient, integrated value chain can be your key to gaining and maintaining competitive advantage and boosting profitability.

Download your copy of the joint Managing Automation and Oracle whitepaper, Value Chain Innovation: Transforming Traditional Supply Chains to Achieve Superior Financial Performance, and see what leading companies are gaining from the transformation.

 

Discover how you can:

- Speed time-to-market for new product innovation
- Align demand, product, and supply processes for increased value
- Reduce risk with improved agility to cope with changing environments
- Deliver greater customer value and achieve higher profit margins

See how a value chain approach can transform and optimize your traditional supply chain. Checkout this infographic and download the whitepaper.



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 Jul 02, 2014

A Successful World Cup Kick-Off

John Murphy, Supply Chain Product Marketing, Oracle

On Sunday, July 13th, when the final whistle is blown to bring the World Cup to a close in the Estádio Maracanã and the fans start their journeys home from Rio de Janeiro, many supply chain practitioners will breathe a huge sigh of relief.

Major corporations and businesses in the host cities of the World Cup in Brazil will have been preparing for the tournament from the moment it was announced that the country would host the world’s biggest sporting event. They will no doubt also have been running rigorous planning and forecasting exercises over recent weeks to make sure they can capitalize on the opportunities that will open up to them as roughly three million football fans descend upon Brazil over the course of the 32 day tournament.

As always, the World Cup promises to unify people from all over the world for a few unforgettable weeks this summer. However, with fans from so many nations attending, and games set to take place across such a wide geographical region, the experience will be anything-but unified for businesses looking to make the most of the tournament. These companies will need to be able to target potential customers based not only on their countries of origin, spoken languages and cultures, but also on the teams they support and the cities they are visiting. At the same time, they will need to segment their supply chains to generate opportunities with as many of these fans over as short a time-period as possible.

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Monday Jun 02, 2014

S&OP Best Practices That Can Help Your Organization Be More Responsive and Effective

Watch the replay of our recent Webcast to hear Christopher Neff from NCR Corporation discuss how NCR Corporation is leveraging Oracle's Real-Time Sales and Operations Planning solutions. Learn best practices that can help your organization be more responsive and effective.

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Thursday May 01, 2014

How Land O’Lakes uses Oracle’s Demand Management solution to anticipate market demand and increase margins.

An interesting case study on how Land O’Lakes’ dairy business is better able to manage demand using Oracle.  http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/profit/features/122811-landolakes-1917723.html

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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]
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