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Oracle Corporation Acquires BigMachines

By Heather Ashton

This blog analyzes the recent acquisition of BigMachines by Oracle Corporation. The addition of BigMachines' CPQ Cloud to Oracle Cloud will enhance Oracle's configure, price and quote capabilities in its Cloud offering. The announcement should be of interest to manufacturers that are existing Oracle and BigMachines customers, as well as those who are investing in cloud-based CRM and sales tools to optimize the sales process.

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"This blog is posted on behalf of TCS, a sponsor of the IDC Pan-European Manufacturing Executive Summit 2013."

TCS’ internal research, on-field experiences and insights from industry experts – all indicate a subtle change in the way the manufacturing industry operates. This change is attributed to the ever-evolving complexity in buyer behavior, technological advancements, and competitive pressures; and is driving manufacturers to explore newer business models and focal points in industry investments.

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Oracle OpenWorld – Supply Chain

By Simon Ellis

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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SAP: Forging a path to the cloud

By Robert Parker

As enterprises adopt cloud technology and “as-a-service” applications, many often struggle to manage the transition from traditional on-premises IT infrastructure. Most IT organizations have significant investments in legacy IT infrastructure, and these systems often support mission-critical business processes. CIOs and IT managers can be reluctant to retire these systems – not just because of the resources invested in the technology, but also because of the complex and tedious process of transitioning to new products for critical business processes; especially in dealing with application integration which is made more challenging in a cloud to on-premise construct. As a result, the most common deployment model is hybrid in nature with certain "arms length" applications extensions (compensation management, indirect procurement as examples) running on the cloud and base ERP platforms running on premise.

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B2B Commerce Networks Follow the Money

By Heather Ashton

There is no doubt that the popular adage, "follow the money," is a resounding theme across businesses. On the B2B commerce side, IDC Manufacturing Insights is seeing an increased focus on following the money that exchanges hands as part of the buyer-supplier transaction for direct (and indirect) procurement. Specifically, IT suppliers are building B2B commerce networks that not only facilitate the business processes involved in finding, ordering, and receiving materials and goods necessary for the manufacture of their products, but also ensuring that the financial transaction is similarly facilitated and captured within these commerce networks.

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This blog contains highlights from CGT's 2013 Consumer Goods Business and Technology Leadership Conference and our IDC Shared Strategy report on the efficiencies, improvements, and roadblocks across the retail and consumer goods collaborative business and IT environments.

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Much of the connected vehicle discussion has centered around the technology, but increasingly we are having discussions about monetizing these opportunities. There are certainly a wide variety of services and value propositions, however, it is not clear in each case how that value will ultimately be monetized, or which products and services will deliver the greatest profits.

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Dassault Systemes has come a long way from providing siloed solutions such as CATIA, SIMULIA and DELMIA, to the manufacturing sector in India in this case, and then the ENOVIA/V6 platform tying them together, to its latest concept of 3DExpereince. The DS approach around experiences is gathering more clarity in terms of approach and technology. It can be a radical, collaborative approach in which all stake holders in the eco system – from designers who conceptualize a product to the suppliers and end users are included across all the design stages.

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