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Oracle Value Chain Summit Scores Huge Success with Best Practices Presentations

The second-annual Oracle Value Chain Summit drew thousands of attendees to hear supply chain professionals discuss the best practices they use to make their organizations more efficient and reduce expenses. Glenn Seninger, Oracle group vice president, explains why this approach to real-world issues was so important for summit-goers this year.

Q: This year's summit attracted a surge of attendees compared to last year—what was the key to its success?
A: We believe it was the result of having Oracle customers present best practices case studies in a convenient venue where attendees could network and share ideas with peers. This year's summit featured more than 100 Oracle customers who discussed what their organizations learned as they made their software and implementation choices. They addressed a wide range of areas, from product value chains, procurement, and maintenance to manufacturing, value chain execution, and value chain planning. Also, more than 50 partners participated in the exhibition area, presenting their solutions, offerings, and success stories about Oracle implementations.

By the way, we're now making recordings of the presentations and other sessions available on demand. Use the password ovcs2014.

Q: What types of companies delivered these presentations?
A: The summit included small, midsize, and large companies to provide a wide variety of perspectives about supply chain initiatives. Customers included Sonic Drive-In and GE Appliances, among many others.

Q: What other events at the summit resonated with attendees?
A: This year's event also featured presentations from a senior Gartner analyst and Geoffrey Moore, the noted author and business advisor. Oracle President Mark Hurd shared his Oracle perspective with the audience. The summit also included members of Oracle's development and strategy teams, who discussed Oracle's product roadmaps.

Q: What will this year's success mean for the 2015 Oracle Value Chain Summit?
A: We'll definitely stick with this winning formula, emphasizing customer presentations and real-world best practices. But based on some of the feedback we heard from attendees, we're already considering ways to tweak next year's program, including hands-on training sessions and other new resources. Stay tuned.

Follow Oracle Value Chain on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Download presentations from the most recent Oracle Value Chain Summit. Use the password: ovcs2014.

Read a third-party review of the summit.

And don't miss the Oracle European Value Chain Summit, slated for March 18 and 19 in Amsterdam. Register today.

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