Earlier in August, at their Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Special Interest Group, Oracle announced that beginning with their next fiscal quarter, both OTM and Global Trade Management (GTM) would be available via the Oracle cloud.
Although the days of cloud offerings being 'dumbed down' versus traditional alternatives are largely behind us, it is still important to note that OTM/GTM delivered via the cloud is identical in depth and breadth of functionality and features to their on-premise version (the only exception being Fleet Management, that will be available in the next release). As Oracle states on (https://cloud.oracle.com/transportation_and_trade) their public website:
Oracle Value Chain Execution - Modern Transportation and Global Trade Reduce costs, increase efficiency, and ensure compliance
- Deliver Excellent Service - Optimize routing to improve delivery times and seamlessly collaborate with customers, suppliers and partners
- Go Global - Manage your operations centrally, execute locally and scale to support your growing global organization
- See Into Your Supply Chain - Embedded analytics allow you to see all your transportation and trade information on a single platform from any device
- Simplify with Cloud - Deploy rapidly, reduce costs, and stay connected
Cloud is taking the supply chain by storm; not just from a total cost of ownership (TCO) perspective, but as IDC Manufacturing Insights correctly anticipated some years ago, as a fundamentally better way to both acquire and maintain current, critical IT capabilities to manage said supply chain. Oracle is certainly not the first company to move their supply chain execution capabilities to the cloud, but given their place amongst the leaders in transportation management, this move is a significant one.
Oracle's implementation strategy is a simple one: 'enable a rapid, cost-effective deployment of core OTM/GTM functionally in 8-10 weeks by leveraging a strong ecosystem of partners to create pre-packaged implementation accelerators'. Not all implementation partners will be ready to go on day one, but notable services firms like CSC, Inspirage, MavenWire, Eminent Group, Accelalpha and Capgemini, along with Oracle's own internal consulting arm, will be; followed by others subsequently. Like other vendors 'rapid implementation' programs the initial installations will be, as noted above, just 'core' functionally, with additional capabilities enabled over time.
The impending availability of OTM/GTM via the cloud is a welcome, and inevitable, move by Oracle; it brings the industry-leading OTM functionality into what has increasingly become a standard set of delivery mechanisms - both on-premise and cloud.