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 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

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

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Transforming the Healthcare Supply Chain

Healthcare transformationAs the Patient Protect and Affordable Care Act changes the landscape healthcare providers are being driven to transform how they deliver services. Providers are searching for ways to make healthcare more affordable, by reducing operational costs and creating efficiencies across their supply chains.

Demand and inventory management provide one of the most direct and compelling opportunities for improvement in the healthcare supply chain. On average, one-half of inventory holdings in a hospital are inactive, and ten percent are obsolete. Inventory in the supply chain represents forty percent of a hospital system’s operating expense. A five percent improvement in forecast accuracy can drive a four day reduction in inventory while improving service by insuring that the right items are on hand when they are needed.
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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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Friday Dec 05, 2014

Is S&OP as Obsolete a Name as MRP II?

End of the road for S&OP?S&OP (Sales and Operations Planning) has been around for years as an essential enabler for customer centric supply chains and a key tool for strategic execution. But many firms are wary of implementing S&OP fearing long and painful cross functional transformations that will need strong executive sponsorship for success.

Is the supply-and-demand legacy associated with S&OP keeping supply chain practioners from enlisting executive support to fully realise its benefits? Perhaps we should be talking about executive concerns instead of mid-level manger concerns?[Read More]

Wednesday Nov 12, 2014

Shale Oil & Gas Producers Transform Supply Chains

As the world price of oil approached and exceeded $100 per barrel, the economics of energy production using advanced technologies became more attractive. In the United States, thanks to technological innovations in extraction of hydrocarbons from shale (fracking), we have a boom in natural gas and oil production. However, this increase in supply is putting pressure on prices and oil has now fallent in to the mid $80 range.  This is causing a major profit squeeze for producers and they are looking at ways become more efficient.

Steve Banker of ARC Research has been looking into this problem. In a recent article for logisticsviewpoint.com, he says:

"In the process of doing research in this area—I talked to 45 subject matter experts on this value chain—I came to the conclusion that the single biggest opportunity to improve cash flows in this value chain will be based on implementing a form of integrated business planning specific to shale oil & gas. Oracle and Accenture have teamed up to create a solution set for shale oil & gas focused on doing better integrated business planning. Oracle will focus on software, Accenture on change management and implementation."

You can read the entire article here: Declining Oil Prices makes it Imperative for Shale Oil Companies to improve their Value Chains.

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.


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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Tuesday Sep 30, 2014

Want In Depth Information on Oracle Value Chain? Subscribe to the Newsletter


The September 2014 edition of Oracle’s quarterly Modern Supply Chain Management newsletter is here.

This newsletter reaches over 180K global subscribers and includes a summary of the latest Value Chain product information.  This is a great source of consolidated information.  Topics include:  Events, News, Press Releases, Training, Customer Stories and more.

This link will take you to the current edition and allow you to subscribe or forward the newsletter.

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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Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

NCR Improves Focus on the Customer with Oracle Demantra

NCR ATMNCR is a survivor.  They have managed to reinvent themselves when necessary, and to remain a vibrant and innovative company. In the past few years, NCR has made a number of strategic acquisitions and has transformed themselves into what they call a hardware enabled software company.

During this transformation, NCR has also used some some software (Oracle Demantra Demand Management, and Real-time Sales and Operations Planning) to help them with their growth and to enable a customer-centric supply chain that puts the customer first, understands what motivates them and what their needs are, and then enabling them to be more successful.

Watch this new video, and see how NCR transformed its forecasting and planning processes with Oracle VCP to improve customer service, reduce freight and inventories and increase the utilization of capital resources by 30 percent.

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 Aug 13, 2014

Planning Data Quality Webcast - Sept. 4, 2014

Data is the lifeblood that powers the supply chain in today’s highly connected and competitive marketplace. Accurate Information has replaced inventory as the means to provide exceptional service in a cost effective manner. Planning Data has become a critical component of the supply chain, a valuable asset that must be carefully managed to avoid the risk of data quality problems negatively impacting the customer.

Timely, Reliable, Accurate and Complete planning data can provide your business with a competitive advantage. Learn How Oracle Sun leveraged these principles to achieve results like:

  • More than 90% of planned orders released without manual intervention
  • Over $100M reduction in manufacturing WIP
  • Finished good reduction of 9.7%
  • Spare parts inventory reduced 50% ($400 M)
  • Service backorder reduced by 50%
  • Standardized and accurate lead times
  • On-time shipments improved to 100%
Join Oracle and Oliver Wight on an exclusive webcast where you can learn about best practice methodologies and tools that will get your planning data correct.  The webcast will be held on September 4, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm EDT.  Register now.

 

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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