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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Monday Sep 15, 2014

It’s Official - OTM and Global Trade Management are Available in the Cloud

Today Oracle officially released Oracle Transportation Management and Global Trade Management in the Oracle Cloud.   These are the same market leading applications that have been available on-premise for over 10 years. New customers will be able to deploy rapidly and leverage the power of Oracle with no up front investment. Existing customers will be able to convert their on-premise licenses to cloud. All cloud customers will benefit by using Oracle hardware and data centers.  System management, maintenance and upgrades are all included.    Be sure to read the press release.

 

You can also check out the latest Solution Brief which outlines the benefits of a cloud deployment.

Click here for the Solution Brief

 

A reminder to also register for the OTM / GTM Cloud webcast with Supply Chain Management Review taking place this Thursday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. EST

Click here to register for the webcast.

 

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

Friday Aug 08, 2014

How a TMS Can Help Reduce Costs and Improve Operations - Register for SCMR Webcast - August 14, 2 pm Eastern


Join us for a complimentary webcast to learn the results of a recent study conducted by the Supply Chain Management Review and Logistics Management. Over 500 logistics and supply chain managers gave their input on their current supply chain technology infrastructures, addressed how they tackle the transportation component, and revealed the gaps that still need to be filled in order to attain end-to-end visibility of a streamlined supply chain.

During this webcast you will gain insight on where companies are in their adoption of TMS systems, and how improving the use of technology can reduce costs and improve operations. You will also hear from AdamCloues, Logistics Specialist at Land O'Lakes on how Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) can support shippers' business objectives, and how Land O'Lakes has benefited by implementing OTM.

Presenters:

Adam Cloues, Logistics Specialist, Land O'Lakes

Ginger Conroy, Senior Director, Value Chain Execution Product Marketing,Oracle Corporation

Bob Trebilcock, Editorial Director, Supply Chain Management Review

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Can't attend the Webcast? Register anyway! We'll send you a link to the recorded session after the event.



Monday Jul 14, 2014

Why Supply Chain Risk Management is Increasingly Important

Social media tag cloudIt used to be that supply chain risk factors were mostly physical. Your supplier might have a fire, there might be an earthquake, an important shipment might get lost. But supply chain managers now need to deal with a wider array of possible disruptions to their supply chain.

Two recent news articles highlight the increased risks. As the world has become evermore interconnected, and as information expands and moves at the speed of light onto our desktops, social issues can be just as important as traditional supply chain issues. Intel recently announced that they had rid their supply chain of minerals from Congo sold by militias accused of human rights abuses. And Samsung suspended operations with a Chinese supplier who has been accused of employing under-age labor. Today, when threats to your supply chain may arrive via an act of God, or appear in an exploding flurry of Twitter messages, it is important to plan for disruption, and to have the tools in place to develop low cost strategies for dealing with disruption.

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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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Tuesday Jun 24, 2014

Improve Shipping Times like Cummins Emission Solutions

After upgrading its supply chain applications, Cummins Emission Solutions cut shipping execution times by one-third. See how you could do the same in the full report.

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?

Thursday May 29, 2014

What's Black and White and Read All Over?

What's black and white and read all over?  The Zebra case study!

 Join us on June 26th to hear how Zebra, a market leader in barcode and RFID technology is using Oracle WMS in their distribution centers.  The session is presented by Zebra, Oracle and Inspirage.

Click here to register. 

Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Agents of Change - The Latest Value Chain Customer Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As new technologies, markets, and ideas converge, the world’s most successful business leaders are transforming their supply chains into modern value chains.

Check out the latest Value Chain customer video and discover how companies like Cisco, NCR, Cummins, Hologic, and Pepsi/Frito Lay are becoming more customer-centric, innovative, responsive, and empowered.

Click here to watch the video.

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

Sears to Present on Transportation & Big Data at SCOPE Spring 2014

 

 

 

 

                      If you are attending this month’s SCOPE Spring 2014 event in Chicago be sure to catch the session entitled “Business Intelligence for Transportation” taking place on Monday, April 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Hear the Director of Logistics Systems at Sears Holdings describe how they are using Oracle solutions within their transportation management processes.

Don’t forget to also stop by the Oracle booth #412 to meet with Oracle supply chain experts.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago.

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 17, 2014

Oracle European Value Chain Summit Kicks Off Tomorrow!

 

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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]
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