In our previous dispatch commentary we provided general impressions from this week’s Oracle Industry Analyst World Spring event being held at the company’s corporate campus in Redwood Shores California.  In this Supply Chain Matters dispatch, we focus on briefing highlight elements of Oracle’s supply chain management support strategies.

Rick Jewell, Oracle’s senior vice president of supply chain applications development delivered an update on supply chain applications strategy, some of which we can share, and some we cannot because of non-disclosure agreements.

The core attributes of Oracle SCM remain, namely:

  • Providing a complete suite of supply chain management support.
  • Being ERP agnostic, including the support of other major ERP backbones via open applications integration architecture.
  • Providing modular applications that can be matched or mixed to customer needs.

The core Value Chain Planning (VCP) grouping of applications has undergone 8 point releases in the last 3 years. Four new planning applications have been added including service parts planning.  The Oracle Rapid Planning application has been augmented with integration to S&OP support, inventory optimization and collaborative planning needs.

Oracle Value Chain Execution has also undergone its share of enhancements including 95 new releases to Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) since the acquisition of G-Log.  By the end of the year, OTM is planned to include mobility support for information and business function access across smartphone and mobile platforms. Oracle Warehouse Management has added 42 new features including 2 industry specific solutions. Oracle Global Trade Management is a recent addition to this grouping.

Oracle Supply Chain Management’s 12.2 Release was described as imminent and includes some rather interesting new functionality including an expanded Advanced Planning Control Center, an equivalent to support for an executive-level S&OP process.  It is designed to bring together the product hierarchy dimensions of Demantra S&OP with supply and distribution planning capabilities.  The new release will also feature some long overdue simulation capabilities for Oracle Rapid Planning to support intra-day simulations of supply and demand plans.  The 12.2 release was also positioned for Oracle enhancements related to support of asset intensive industry SCM needs.

Oracle PLM and Product Value Chain comes under the umbrella of Oracle’s SCM and includes PLM/PDM support utilizing Agile PLM and Agile PLM for Process. Since the original acquisition of Agile, Oracle indicates that there have been over 500 customer-driven enhancements added.  A neat new feature is the ability to analyze the product development pipeline or simulate product demand scenarios from PLM within an overall S&OP process framework. One other highlight of Product Value Chain is the addition of enterprise quality management functionality, soon to be enhanced with the addition of some Endeca powered information discovery capabilities. Jewell was not shy in naming recent Oracle customer acquisitions in competing with SAP.

Another important highlight to share with our readers is the current direction concerning Oracle’s Fusion or cloud-based SCM offerings. Fusion is the Oracle strategy to allow applications to run in a public/private cloud as well as on-premise.

Dispatch three will address this element of Oracle’s direction.

Bob Ferrari

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