supply chain

Five Ideas: Supply Chain

Gain more control over marketplace volatility

July 2011

The August issue of Profit magazine just became available online.“This issue highlights Oracle customers who are dealing with a similar kind of volatility—in this case, the kind that comes with the post-New Normal marketplace. But for our customers, the stakes are much higher, and they do not have the luxury of discovering the forces that shape their products along the way,” says Aaron Lazenby, Profit's editor-in-chief. “Instead, many customers in this issue of Profit showed us how extending their idea of what 'supply chain management' means in order to gain more control over volatility is helping them do new and exciting things in their businesses.” Learn more about these customers and about Oracle's newest solutions for managing your supply chain in today's marketplace.

“When the downturn happened, we were able to very quickly identify our problem spots. We were pulling shipment and booking data into Oracle's Demantra applications in real time.” —Kai Hypko, senior director of Supply Chain Systems and Strategy at Plantronics.

“With Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning, we were able to make quantum leaps in our order completion rates. We ended 2010 at about 85 percent, and we’re approaching 90 percent now—all through better use of the toolset.” —Wes Howe, Tecumseh’s global director of Purchasing and Supply Chain Management until mid-2011

“The impact of technology-driven sustainability spans the entire value chain by allowing for global design team collaboration; global manufacturing coordination; and low-cost, energy-efficient supply chain and logistics execution.” —Harshad Khatri, senior director for Industry Strategy and Insight at Oracle

“Operations and supply chain planning need to continuously work toward right-sized inventories, meeting service level agreements, and providing customer demand responsiveness. This entails a complex process, but the eco-impact is tremendous, as is the potential working capital for inventory and other cost savings that can be achieved.” —Guy Schlacter, director of High Technology Industry Marketing and Strategy at Oracle

“ARIMA is particularly effective for examining historical supply chain behavior to forecast demand and supply needs based on seasonal or business-cycle variations...ARIMA provides more-accurate time-series forecasts when analyzing complex trends compared to classic models, such as moving average and exponential smoothing” —Fred Ciochetto, solution specialist for Oracle Crystal Ball


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