Oracle OpenWorld – Supply Chain

By Simon Ellis – November 14, 2013
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Another Oracle OpenWorld in the books, this time almost 65,000 strong! Regardless of one’s stated focus, there was a session on just about anything Oracle, across just about any industry. In my case, the focus was Supply Chain. I had an opportunity to attend keynote sessions, specific product sessions, customer-led panel discussions, and a number of 1:1 discussions with current Oracle customers. While many of the keynote presentations were interesting, they are typically quite general and often hardware-related; not always the best source of insights for supply chains, specifically. A far better source of information were the product roadmap sessions, product discussions, and both formal, and informal, discussions with customers. As IDC Manufacturing Insights has observed in past Oracle OpenWorld events, attending customers are generally happy with the direction Oracle is taking with the supply chain, and have positive experiences with various applications. If there is a challenge for Oracle, it is in managing a massive stable of supply chain applications (and versions of applications) so that both their existing customers and prospects fully understand what is available and what can help them solve their business problems. I do think Oracle does a good job with this, though the opportunity for greater clarity through roadmap sessions and product demonstrations is always there.


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Simon Ellis

Practice Director, Supply Chain StrategiesIDC Manufacturing Insights


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