6 steps for implementing a Service Transformation Solution

  1. Integrate services into the development process. Manufacturers are looking to augment revenues by bundling products and services to create complete customer solutions. They must also manage the portfolio of solutions across channels and partners to maximize revenue and profit. Are the most-profitable customer segments well defined? Is there the capability to manage complex pricing terms and discounts across multiple contract types? For manufacturers to be able to do this, they must have integration between product development, sales, manufacturing, installation, and service/maintenance. This integration allows sales teams to identify profitable service offerings and gives field service personnel the ability to cross-sell and up-sell.
  2. Drive revenue through the market-to-revenue lifecycle. Continue reading 6 steps for implementing a Service Transformation Solution
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What is Oracle Insight methodology?

What is Oracle Insight Methodology? Before getting into it, you should know that Oracle Insight was created to be a global business strategy development practice to leverage skilled industry experts within Oracle in standards such as Supply Chain Operations Reference (SCOR) for supply chains and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) for datacenters, and a proven methodology for identifying and answering IT strategy questions.

An Oracle Insight engagement can take from 3 to 6 months and follows a 4-step methodology that is customized for each individual client.

1. Industry perspective. Oracle Insight facilitates discussions with customer executives about the trends, best practices, challenges, and opportunities particular to the customer’s business.
2. Discovery. The Oracle Insightteam visits the customer site to study capabilities—in personnel, processes, and technology—that can be leveraged in an improved strategy. The team uses proprietary Oracle intellectual property and industry-specific frameworks in its assessments. Continue reading What is Oracle Insight methodology?

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Supply Chain Best Practices

A customer changes a large order at the last minute; a key component supplier experiences a shortfall. Surviving in a fiercely competitive, volatile market means companies must be able to achieve supply/demand balance rapidly. Most companies with mature supply chain processes have demand and supply planning processes that run at a regular cadence and produce good tactical-level plans for execution. However, when immediate problems occur, the batch planning processes have too much information latency, making it difficult for companies to react rapidly and make optimal decisions.

Companies can build agile and responsive supply chains by complementing their existing planning processes with real-time rapid planning capabilities that allow them to react within minutes to unexpected supply chain events.

The ideal solution for rapid planning capabilities should allow for supply chain best practices such as mapping out “what-if” scenarios, allocating customer demand dynamically {auto allocation), prioritizing customer orders for production (clear- to-build analysis), and performing root cause analysis for demand that is late (late demand analysis), while integrating seamlessly with other planning processes:

  • What-if capabilities, which allow the assessment of alternative supply chain scenarios, simulate the impact of incremental demand forecast or capacity changes to achieve optimal supply/demand balance in a matter of minutes. While the demand-side changes are generally triggered by demand forecast quantity or product mix changes, the supply-side changes could include simulating the impact of updating product bills of material to correct lifecycle status, viewing the impact of alternate parts, or substituting components on supply/demand matching scenarios.
  • Auto allocation, the process of automatically apportioning product supply to customer orders according to a transparent set of business rules and criteria, is especially important to original equipment manufacturers when product demand exceeds product capacity or supply. Orders can be allocated based on flexible business rules to optimize profitability and maximize market share. A similar set of capabilities can be leveraged to simulate the impact of customer order request changes rapidly in order to improve customer responsiveness.
  • Clear-to-build analysis, which allows planners to quickly view and simulate whether sufficient material is available in order to take customer orders, is extremely valuable to manufacturers who produce some or all of their products in-house. In case of material conflicts or shortages, planners can simulate reallocation of on-hand material quantity across different make orders to arrive at an optimal prioritization of make orders in order to achieve company objectives.
  • Late demand analysis allows planners to identify the root cause of a late customer order and proactively develop a contingency plan to contend with a potential material or resource shortage. This capability allows planners to drill down from a sales order that is late all the way through the entire supply plan, including the extended supply chain, to quickly identify root cause for the delay and take proactive action to minimize occurrence.
  • Rapid planning capabilities provide an integrated planning approach that deals with supply/demand disruptions in near-real time. A company that complements existing planning processes and systems with these new capabilities can match demand and supply with a quick assessment of various scenarios in order to arrive at optimal decisions. The resulting supply chain plans are of high quality, promoting enterprisewide visibility, predictive and real-time analytics, transparency, and collaboration among planners and stakeholders.
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Service Models – Service Management

Sustainable Service Models in Service Management

The concept of service used to be viewed as a liability for manufacturers, who regarded it simply as a function for keeping customers up and running. Now, value-added service models and bundled service-with-product solutions can become a recurring revenue stream.

New, more-complex service models are also emerging, and manufacturers are looking to provide services beyond the products they produce to include complementary and competitive products. Some of these new services include extended warranties and performance-based contracts, which guarantee maintenance and uptime for a fixed fee. Also included are built-in upgrades, online customer service, and spare parts. Along with providing extra revenue, these types of services create customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Sustainable Service Models

In Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business, four truths act as the mental cornerstones of sustainable service models: Continue reading Service Models – Service Management

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Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications

Adding to the Oracle Virtual Machine Templates already available for dozens of Oracle products, Oracle has introduced new Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications — the first Oracle Virtual Machine Templates specifically built for Oracle Exalogic.

Oracle VM Templates are virtual machine images based on Oracle’s expertise and best practices that contain prebuilt, preinstalled, preconfigured, and ready-to-run software Oracle Virttual Machinesapplications. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Oracle VM Templates are now available for Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s JD Edwards Enterprise One, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, and Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management. Continue reading Virtual Machine Templates for Oracle Applications

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Oracle SPARC SuperCluster: Cloud and Consolidation Capabilities

Oracle has introduced new software enhancements to the Oracle SPARC SuperCluster engineered system that enable customers to consolidate any combination of mission-critical enterprise databases, middleware, and applications on a single system and rapidly deploy secure, self-service cloud services. Oracle SPARC SuperCluster can deliver 10 times application consolidation ratOracle SPARC SuperCluster: Cloud and Consolidation Capabilitiesios, using new layered, zero-overhead virtualization combined with the database offload functions of Oracle Exadata storage servers and efficient networking. Compared to customer-integrated systems, Oracle SPARC SuperCluster delivers 5 times faster time to value, cutting time for installation to production from months to weeks. Continue reading Oracle SPARC SuperCluster: Cloud and Consolidation Capabilities

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Oracle Phone Support and Product Information

For Oracle phone support and Product information, call the number for your region. Oracle provides essential support services including 24/7 technical assistance, powerful proactive support resources, and product updates. With global coverage and 50,000+ development engineers and customer support specialists, Oracle delivers complete, dependable, fully-integrated service.

COUNTRY PHONE NUMBER
U.S. and Canada 1.800.367.8674
Australia 1800.735.467
Austria 0800.29.7626
Belgium 0800.73280
Brazil 0800.901.985
China 800.810.0161
Denmark 8088.1068
Finland 0800.113.573
France 0800.905.805
Germany 0800.1.810.111
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Japan 0120.155.096
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Oracle RightNow Cloud Service Integrates Chat

The latest release of Oracle RightNow Cloud Service, part of Oracle Cloud, integrates Oracle RightNow Chat Cloud Service with Oracle Engagement Engine Cloud Service.

This live chat software provides an easy and effective way for organizations to engage customers in the purchase process or when they need assistance resolving an issue.

Oracle RightNow Cloud Service

At the core of Oracle RightNow Web Self Service Cloud Service is Oracle RightNow Customer Portal Cloud Service, which delivers out­-of­-the­box best practices for Web selfservice. With Oracle RightNow Web Self Service Cloud Service, you start with a standard template and set of widgets and then use Oracle RightNow Customer Portal Cloud Service to apply your branding and custom elements. The result: a branded, highly interactive online experience for your customers.

Customers connecting to the Web via mobile devices can also take advantage of the template and knowledge foundation within Oracle RightNow Web Self Service Cloud Service. Leveraging the capabilities and interaction patterns (such as touchscreens) of the latest mobile devices, Oracle RightNow Web Self Service Cloud Service enables companies to streamline the delivery and maintenance of customer service sites across multiple device types
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Oracle NoSQL Database llg Release 2 Increases Performance

Oracle has released Oracle NoSQL Database llg Release 2, a highly scalable, low-latency, key-value database for real-time big data workloads. A key component of the Oracle Big Data platform, Oracle NoSQL Database llg Release 2 enables organizations to easily manage high-velocity transactional data generated by Web-based applications, social media, sensors, smart meters, and communications services (white paper available).

Oracle continues to drive innovation with its unmatched technology portfolio, encompassing all aspects of data management. Oracle NoSQL Database llg Release 2 provides developers with that ‘last mile’ infrastructure to enable crucial real-time interaction between an organization’s applications and its customers. It provides a key mechanism for enterprises to maximize the value of big data.

Data is stored as key-value pairs, which are written to particular storage node(s), based on the hashed value of the primary key. Storage nodes are replicated to ensure high availability, rapid failover in the event of a node failure and optimal load balancing of queries. Customer applications are written using an easy-to-use Java/C API to read and write data.

Oracle NoSQL Driver links with the customer application, providing access to the data via appropriate storage node for the requested key. A web based console as well as command line interface is available for easy administration of the cluster. Network topology and latency aware Oracle NoSQL Database Driver working in conjunction with highly scalable, fault tolerant, high throughput storage engine enables a more granular distribution of resources and processing, which reduces the incidence of hot spots and provides greater performance on commodity based hardware.

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Oracle ADF Mobile Client

Oracle Application Development Framework Mobile Client (Oracle ADF Mobile Client), a component of Oracle Fusion Middleware that allows developers to create applications for mobile devices is based on the same programming paradigm as JavaServer Faces and uses a single Java user interface framework and tooling for all supported devices. Developers can build an application with Oracle ADF Mobile Client, deploy it to multiple devices, and extend it to new platforms without redevelopment.
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