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Four New Partners Join NetSuite Partner Program to Drive Growth, Customer Success

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:45
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Four New Partners Join NetSuite Partner Program to Drive Growth, Customer Success ERA Consulting Group, Smartbridge, Softengine and Vibrant to Build Cloud ERP Practices with NetSuite

SUITECONNECT—NEW YORK, N.Y.—Feb 13, 2018

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERPHRProfessional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that four new partners have joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Program. ERA Consulting Group, Smartbridge, Softengine and Vibrant Inc. have teamed with NetSuite to launch new cloud ERP practices to help clients accelerate growth while improving efficiency and insights into business operations. The new partner relationships come amid continued strong demand for cloud-based business management as organizations unshackle themselves from outdated legacy applications and costly in-house infrastructure to improve performance and profitability with the greater business agility of cloud systems. With consulting, implementation and optimization services spanning a range of industries, the new partners are positioned to rapidly expand their client base while enjoying the high margins and recurring revenue available through the NetSuite Solution Provider Program.

“Our four new partners deliver deep industry-specific expertise and a proven track record of excellence in helping their clients meet and exceed business objectives,” said Craig West, Oracle NetSuite Vice President of Alliances and Channels. “We’re delighted to welcome them aboard and look forward to long and prosperous relationships that help customers grow, realizing the transformative advantages that NetSuite offers.”

ERA Consulting Group Targets Growing Cloud Opportunities in Canada

ERA Consulting Group (www.groupe-era.com), an IT services firm based in Montreal, Quebec, is launching its NetSuite practice to address rising demand for cloud-based business management solutions among Canadian organizations. ERA Consulting, created in 2004, is expanding its long-term relationship with Oracle around the JD Edwards ERP system by adding NetSuite to its technology portfolio. The firm, with 100 clients, is focused on the manufacturing, distribution and services industries, making NetSuite an ideal fit for ERA’s target of small to midsized customers. ERA employs 40 ERP specialists with subject matter expertise in areas ranging from finance to HR, inventory, planning, manufacturing and logistics. With NetSuite’s offerings for unified commerce, ERA Consulting also sees opportunities in the retail industry as it looks to build on its continued growth.

“As a cloud solution, we’re able to implement NetSuite faster so that clients can focus on optimizing and growing their business,” said Benoit Gagnon, ERA Consulting CEO. “Canada has been traditionally a bit behind the U.S. in cloud adoption, but we have seen a shift as more organizations are rapidly embracing cloud solutions, and it will only go up from here.”

Smartbridge Expands on Oracle JD Edwards Expertise by Adding NetSuite

Smartbridge (www.smartbridge.com), a Houston-based services firm that simplifies business transformation, is introducing cloud ERP into its broad portfolio through its NetSuite partner relationship. The 15-year-old company views NetSuite as aligning with its focus areas of ERP and supply chain, as well as systems integration, business intelligence, advanced analytics, enterprise mobility and digital transformation. In addition, NetSuite fits well with Smartbridge’s key industries of manufacturing, distribution, food service, oil and gas, and facility services. An Oracle JD Edwards partner, Smartbridge is expanding its Oracle relationship by offering NetSuite cloud ERP along with ongoing support and enhancements for JD Edwards. With NetSuite, Smartbridge will provide food service operators and Houston-based SMBs with the agile and flexible solutions they need to grow and innovate. Smartbridge’s core customer base, including some of the largest global restaurant chains and Fortune 500 facility services businesses, are also seeking the simplification of cloud ERP solutions for acquisitions, divestitures and managing franchises.

“Our intention is to provide cloud-based enterprise solutions to help our customers succeed by growing our ERP practice around NetSuite with BI, integration and enterprise mobility as natural extensions,” said Sanat Nileshwar, Director, Enterprise Systems at Smartbridge. “NetSuite’s single database and real-time information has generated a lot of interest in the market for modern, innovative companies that want to get out of managing infrastructure and application hairballs.”

For more information about Smartbridge’s NetSuite practice, visit http://www.Smartbridge.com/NetSuite.

Softengine Broadens Solutions Portfolio with NetSuite Cloud ERP

Softengine (www.softengine.com), an ERP and business process solutions provider based in Woodland Hills, Calif. has joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Program to broaden its portfolio and meet growing customer demand for cloud-based business management. Founded in 1996, Softengine is a longtime SAP Gold level partner. The company has expertise in a range of industries including wholesale distribution, manufacturing, food production, retail, apparel and nonprofits. Softengine will align that industry expertise with the NetSuite SuiteSuccess methodology and its tailored vertical offerings to deliver impactful industry-specific solutions. With many fast-growing businesses among its hundreds of clients, Softengine views NetSuite as a good fit to help companies accelerate growth while improving business efficiency and visibility. The firm will focus on NetSuite cloud ERP, and offer implementation and optimization services in areas including CRM and ecommerce.

“We’re continually looking at growing our business and we felt we could make even more progress by creating a NetSuite practice. We want to offer the best platforms as we see them on the market, and NetSuite is one of them,” said Gil Lasman, General Manager at Softengine.

Vibrant, Inc. Aims New NetSuite Practice at Fast-Growing Companies

Vibrant, Inc. (www.vibrantinc.com), a full-service IT provider based in Princeton, N.J., is focusing its new NetSuite practice on growing companies that need the scalability, agility and on-demand data access that cloud business management solutions deliver. Founded in 2000, Vibrant has extensive experience implementing such enterprise solutions as Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle JD Edwards, Oracle eBusiness Suite and Microsoft Dynamics. The company, with operations across the U.S. and in India, chose to join the NetSuite Partner Program after evaluating other solutions including Workday and SAP Business ByDesign. Key targets for Vibrant’s NetSuite practice include fast-growing companies, and organizations in the life sciences, retail and manufacturing industries. Seeing strong market recognition of NetSuite’s leadership in cloud business management, Vibrant’s services will cover financials / ERP as well as ecommerce, CRM, and HR to deliver a complete end-to-end cloud environment.

“Looking at our target segment of growing companies, NetSuite is a perfect fit as a cloud solution with low up-front investment that grows as the business grows,” said Pannala Suresh, Vibrant founder. “NetSuite’s multi-functional scope and tight integration means a company could start with financials and scale into supply chain, sales, marketing and HR as they grow.”

Launched in 2002, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program is the industry’s leading cloud channel partner program. Since its inception, NetSuite has been a leader in partner success, breaking new ground in building and executing on the leading model to make the channel successful with NetSuite. A top choice for partners who are building new cloud ERP practices or for those expanding their existing practice to meet the demand for cloud ERP, NetSuite has enabled partners to transform their business model to fully capitalize on the revenue growth opportunity of the cloud. The NetSuite Solution Provider Program delivers unprecedented benefits that include highly attractive margins and range from business planning, sales, marketing and professional services enablement, to training and education. For more information about the NetSuite Solution Provider Program, visit www.netsuite.com/partners.

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Oracle NetSuite
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About Oracle NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.

Follow Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit’s Cloud blogFacebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Brightpoint Health remains committed to New York’s neediest after more than 25 years

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:30
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Brightpoint Health remains committed to New York’s neediest after more than 25 years Nonprofit leverages NetSuite software donation, pro bono volunteers to grow, further its mission

SUITECONNECT—NEW YORK, N.Y.—Feb 13, 2018

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Brightpoint Health, a New York-based nonprofit is using NetSuite OneWorld to expand and further its mission to bring compassionate health care and services to New York’s underserved, coordinating behavioral health, primary care and social services.

Founded in 1990 during the AIDS epidemic, Brightpoint Health began as a 66-bed residential facility in the Bronx, serving people living with AIDS who were also struggling with substance abuse. The organization was able to provide comfort and support to thousands of patients, many of whom had been rejected by their families and communities. As AIDS became a treatable condition, Brightpoint expanded its program to provide medical and dental care, behavioral health care, substance abuse treatment and referrals, even as it continues to offer Adult Day Health Care services for its HIV-positive clients. Today, Brightpoint serves more than 30,000 New Yorkers annually across all five boroughs. Among the clients it serves, over 80 percent are recipients of Medicaid and about 70 percent are homeless. For many clients, in addition to instability due to poverty and inadequate housing, their health challenges often include multiple chronic medical and behavioral problems. As a Federally-Qualified Health Center, no one is turned away, regardless of whether or not they have insurance.

“We’re serving the population that needs us the most and putting the patient at the center,” said Dr. Barbara Zeller, chief clinical officer, Brightpoint Health.

To achieve that goal, Brightpoint strives to maintain continuous engagement with clients so they can develop the tools to care for themselves, manage their medical and behavioral challenges, and transform their health and their lives for the better.

“Just to be able to come here and see the doctor, it lightens my load a lot,” said Ebony Towns, a Brightpoint patient. “It helps to know that people actually care still. They care.”

In 2013, Brightpoint began a concentrated expansion effort, opening 11 new sites in a five-year period. As part of that expansion, it invested significantly in its Quality Management Department, seeking to become a data-driven organization with an electronic health record for primary care, behavioral health and dental services. That year, Brightpoint served 4,735 patients, including 2,510 new patients, for a total of 23,357 visits.

Amidst that expansion, Brightpoint quickly determined that its existing DOS-based financial system could no longer meet its needs. After surveying other health care practices and evaluating Microsoft Dynamics GP, Brightpoint selected NetSuite OneWorld for its breadth of functionality, reporting, real-time view of operations and multi-subsidiary management to help manage the organization’s four subsidiaries. Month-end close, which once took 90 days, can now be done in 15 days. The comprehensive view of the organization also allows management to make informed decisions, whether that’s merging an outside physician’s practice into the organization or devoting additional resources to specific locations. In the first two years after implementing NetSuite OneWorld, revenue went up 33 percent and visits went up 77 percent, while the organization continued to open new locations. Now with 13 health centers and multiple service locations, Brightpoint served close to 34,000 patients in 2017 with 188,790 visits.

As a nonprofit, Brightpoint qualified for a donation from Oracle NetSuite Social Impact, which makes available free and discounted software to qualified nonprofits and social enterprises. It has also taken advantage of Suite Pro Bono, where NetSuite employees provided their time and expertise to help Brightpoint Health with NetSuite training and customizations. Brightpoint was also the nonprofit that received technical expertise from NetSuite customers, partners and employees during the Hackathon 4Good at SuiteWorld17. That’s allowed Brightpoint to funnel more of its resources toward helping those in need.

“We’re very mission focused,” said Zeller. “NetSuite gives us the support and visibility into operations to continue to serve the neediest New Yorkers.”

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About Oracle NetSuite Social Impact

Founded in 2006, Oracle NetSuite Social Impact is empowering nonprofits to use NetSuite to further their mission, regardless of their ability to pay. More than 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises around the world are supported by NetSuite Social Impact, which provides software donations to qualified organizations. The program also includes Suite Pro Bono, under which NetSuite employees provide their expertise to help nonprofits with training and customizations to make the most of the platform. To learn more about NetSuite Social Impact, please visit www.netsuite.com/socialimpact and follow on Twitter at @NS_SocialImpact.

About Oracle NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries.

For more information, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Food and Beverage Manufacturers Primed for Growth, Positioned for Success with NetSuite

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:15
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Food and Beverage Manufacturers Primed for Growth, Positioned for Success with NetSuite Innovative Manufacturers Aspire Group, Dyla and The PUR Company Ready Themselves for Growth with NetSuite’s Industry Cloud Solution

SUITECONNECT—NEW YORK, N.Y.—Feb 13, 2018

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that three food and beverage manufacturers have implemented the NetSuite SuiteSuccess Manufacturing edition, enabling their businesses to grow, scale and adapt to change at the pace of modern business. Aspire Food Group, which raises crickets for a wide variety of uses including high protein snacks and food additives, Dyla, maker of Forto all natural ready-to-drink coffee shots and Stur water flavor enhancers, and PUR, a fast-growing manufacturer of aspartame-free gum, were all able to take advantage of NetSuite’s decades of experience with thousands of manufacturers to get their businesses up and running quickly with a leading cloud ERP system.

Food and beverage manufacturers like Aspire, Dyla and PUR confront a wide array of challenges that can hinder growth and customer satisfaction. Consumers increasingly demand more choice and information around the ingredients they’re consuming from GMO-free, to locally sourced and other health-based requirements. Meanwhile, governments are imposing stricter regulations and manufacturers still confront increased global competition and complex supply chains. As they seek to address these challenges, food and beverage manufacturers are concerned about the time and capital required to fix their back-end systems. However, they realize that the ability to rapidly adapt and scale is critical to their success. Companies looking to overcome these challenges to grow and diversify can be held back by entry-level systems that do not have the functionality to manage business at scale, or older, on-premise systems built before the internet that cannot take full advantage of the cloud. NetSuite SuiteSuccess for Manufacturing delivers a unique set of processes, activities and systems specifically designed to deliver rapid value. It provides customers with a strong foundation to transform their business with a pre-configured solution and methodology.

Aspire Food Group Grows from Idea to Prize to Enterprise

In 2013, five MBA students from McGill University came up with an idea to help solve the problem of food insecurity, which ultimately won the Hult Prize Competition, besting 10,000 other teams from around the world. That prize-winning idea gave birth to Aspire Food Group (www.aspirefg.com), a social enterprise specializing in farming insects for human consumption. Crickets and palm weevils, the two insect species Aspire is currently raising and researching, provide an excellent source of protein without the resource-intensive demands of other proteins like beef or chicken. With a palm weevil facility in Ghana and a cricket-raising facility in Austin, Texas, Aspire is focused not only on raising awareness around the possibilities of insect-based protein, but developing a way to farm insects year-round in an efficient and scalable manner. The company currently provides cricket-based additives for protein powders, flavored and roasted whole crickets, which are currently being sold at sports stadiums, as well as a handful of restaurants and other food service customers. As demand for its products emerged quicker than the company anticipated, it soon discovered that its existing financial management system based on QuickBooks and Excel spreadsheets would not keep up with its growth. It selected NetSuite after an extensive selection process and in just four months went live using SuiteSuccess for Manufacturing to run financials, CRM and inventory management. As a result, the company is now efficiently processing payments with the click of a button, tracking customers and invoices and it has substantially improved its budgeting process. Reports that used to take six hours to create are now done in under an hour. Aspire has plans to implement additional manufacturing functionality to better track the costs associated with the manufacturing process and livestock processes in a second phase.

“A year from now, I know the volume of orders is only going to increase and our capacity to track the business is going to be critical,” said Abir Syed, Aspire’s Director of Finance. “I wanted to get ahead of it and NetSuite and SuiteSuccess ensured we have a scalable, modern system in place quickly to continue our growth without interruption.”

Specialty Drink Manufacturer Manages Rapid Growth with NetSuite

Dyla LLC saw rapid growth after its Forto ready-to-drink coffee shots and Stur water flavor enhancers struck a chord with a market thirsty for more natural alternatives to energy-boosting and healthy drinks. The West New York, NJ-based company saw growth of 500 percent year-over-year in 2017, becoming one of the fastest growing businesses in New Jersey. As Forto expanded across airports and convenience stores, and Stur attracted major retailers, running two separate businesses on QuickBooks wasn’t sustainable. Dyla’s operations team spent half its time in spreadsheets synchronizing inventory, order and customer information, even manually entering EDI transactions. After a comprehensive evaluation process, Dyla selected NetSuite over SAP and Microsoft Dynamics, swayed by its ease of use, customization and cloud architecture that would allow real-time information sharing by its employees located throughout the U.S. With SuiteSuccess, Dyla went live on NetSuite in May 2017 in just 90 days to manage contract manufacturers, a distribution hub and 117 SKUs across the two brands and tens of thousands of locations. Just a month after go-live, Dyla had processed a record number of orders processed in the same period the year before. With NetSuite, Dyla has streamlined its month-end close from five days to three hours and automated communication with 3PL providers.

“We have grown 500 percent year-over-year because we were able to put our resources into selling the product, not the backend,” said Justin Lawrence, Head of Supply Chain/Operations and Finance, Dyla LLC.

Aspartame-free Gum Maker Sweetens its Business Growth

Founded in 2010 with a business plan based on direct contact with retail locations, The PUR Company saw its business explode as demand for its aspartame-free gum grew. The company expanded rapidly, from 33 retail partner locations in its first month to 500 only a few months later. But, as it grew beyond Canada to the US, UK, Australia and Germany, PUR knew it would need a modern system to manage that growth and adapt to future business demands. When new leadership was hired to advance the company to its next stage of growth, they quickly determined that the company needed to replace its existing QuickBooks and Excel-based processes. After evaluating SAP, The PUR Company selected NetSuite and implemented it in just 100 days with SuiteSuccess. The PUR Company now has complete traceability across products in its Toronto warehouse while the unified ERP and CRM gives better insights into customer service and sales strategy. Meanwhile, OneWorld lets PUR transact in Canadian and US dollars and Swiss franc. NetSuite can continue to scale as the company grows while NetSuite’s unified platform combines financial, inventory and customer data – vital for a company heavily focused on customer loyalty.

“NetSuite is helping us transition our dreams into realities by building a better organization that is more structured and organized and advanced, bringing science to our art,” said Jay Klein, Founder and CEO of The PUR Company.

SuiteSuccess is the culmination of a multi-year transformation effort to combine the NetSuite unified suite, 20 years of industry leading practices, a new customer engagement model, and business optimization methods into a unified, industry cloud solution. SuiteSuccess was engineered to solve unique industry challenges that historically have limited a company’s ability to grow, scale and adapt to change. Most ERP vendors have tried to solve the industry solution problem with templates, rapid implementation methodologies, and custom code. NetSuite took a holistic approach to the problem and productized domain knowledge, leading practices, KPIs, and an agile approach to product adoption. The benefits of this are faster time to value, increased business efficiency, flexibility, and greater customer success.

The key components of SuiteSuccess for Manufacturing include:

  • Tailored roles with built-in workflows specific to wholesale distribution such as supply chain manager, warehouse operations and production manager.

  • Industry leading best practices built into the system spanning inventory utilization and visibility, order orchestration and more.

  • More than 150 Pre-built KPIs and reports, giving manufacturers real-time insight into the business from Day 1.

For more information on SuiteSuccess for Manufacturers, visit: http://www.netsuite.com/portal/services/suitesuccess/manufacturing.shtml

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Oracle NetSuite
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About Oracle NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.netsuite.com.

Follow Oracle NetSuite’s Cloud blog, Facebook page and @NetSuite Twitter handle for real-time updates.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Steiner Sports Scores Big Victories in Crowded Sports Marketing

Tue, 2018-02-13 08:00
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Steiner Sports Scores Big Victories in Crowded Sports Marketing Adding Collectibles Business to Unique Sports Experiences Drives Growth for Leader in the Field

NEW YORK, N.Y.—Feb 13, 2018

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Steiner Sports, a company specializing in sports memorabilia and sports marketing, has implemented NetSuite to help drive business growth. Steiner Sports is using NetSuite for financials, inventory management, order managements, ecommerce and point of sale (PoS).

Equipped with only $4,000, a Macintosh II computer and one intern, Brandon Steiner founded Steiner Sports in 1987. The business has since grown to become the largest company of its kind, even as demand for sports-related marketing has exploded. It is now a part of the Omnicom Group.  Brandon Steiner’s love of sports, particularly the New York teams, and the persistence and patience to wait outside of stadiums, arenas and parking lots for the chance to approach star athletes, eventually turned into a successful business. The core of Steiner Sports’ value proposition allows companies to leverage its expertise, existing relationships, and $25 million annual athlete procurement spend to create marketing efficiencies, and maximize limited marketing budgets. Sports memorabilia and collectibles went on to become a significant part of the Steiner Sports business as clients began to ask for autographed items.

Steiner Sports now works with more than 2,000 athletes and counts more than 100,000 SKUs of collectible inventory worth more than $20 million. Steiner Sports notably purchased the old Yankee Stadium when it was demolished in 2008 selling items off in pieces, everything from the actual seats to bathroom fixtures to the dirt on the old ballfield.

“We have sold millions of dollars’ worth of dirt from the old Yankee Stadium,” said Kelvin Joseph, Steiner Sports COO and CMO.

Similar to how the meet and greet promotions that Steiner once created sparked demand for memorabilia, current clients are often seeking an experience with athletes, such as a selfie or having them speak at an event. Its long history in the market and focus on personal relationships and helping clients to grow through sports is what helps Steiner Sports stand out in a crowded marketplace, according to Joseph.

As the company grew and expanded beyond professional services and into a B2C business with its collectibles, the previous Microsoft Dynamics AX system it was using no longer met its needs. Steiner Sports had heavily customized the system to help it manage diverse customers that ranged from the Fortune 500 to small businesses to consumers buying collectibles. Steiner Sports selected NetSuite for its cloud-based architecture and regular, painless updates. In addition, NetSuite’s unified platform, real-time visibility and focus on customer success were key differentiators.

“NetSuite’s business model of really caring about its customers and helping them to grow was attractive,” Joseph said. “It’s in NetSuite’s best interest for their customers to grow and to grow with them. That’s what makes it authentic.”

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Oracle Argus Supports E2B(R3) Exchange with the European Medicines Agency’s Enhanced EudraVigilance System

Tue, 2018-02-13 03:00
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Oracle Argus Supports E2B(R3) Exchange with the European Medicines Agency’s Enhanced EudraVigilance System Leading pharmacovigilance platform provides life sciences companies with a fully compliant safety reporting solution to meet new regulations and standards

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 13, 2018

Oracle Health Sciences today announced that the latest release of Oracle Argus, the company’s safety and pharmacovigilance software, fully supports E2B(R3) exchange with the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) enhanced EudraVigilance (EV) version 8. Both Oracle Argus cloud and on-premise deployments have been tested and are fully compliant with the new EV system.

November 22, 2017 marked the go-live date for the new EudraVigilance upgrade that introduced the E2B(R3) standard for the electronic transmission of individual case safety reports (ISCRs) in Europe. The support of the new standard was one of a series of enhancements introduced to achieve full functionality with the requirements set out in Regulation (EC) No 726/2004.

Oracle Argus is a platform that enables biopharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and contract research organizations (CROs) to make faster and better safety decisions, optimize global compliance, and easily integrate with the Oracle Health Sciences Empirica platform for signal management. Argus automates and streamlines the entire multi-vigilance lifecycle for drugs, vaccines, and devices from clinical trials through post-marketing surveillance.

“We designed Argus to ensure that our life sciences customers will always be compliant with the latest regulations anywhere in the world, and to give the best possible protection to their sensitive safety data and ultimately to patients,” said Steve Rosenberg, SVP and General Manager, Oracle Health Sciences.

“Global compliance is a critical requirement, and in advance of this release, we held a customer pilot, participated in an EMA pilot, and performed EMA compliance testing,” he continued. “We develop each new version of Argus only after a thorough review of all relevant and upcoming regulations that will affect our customers, such as the recent adoption of E2B(R3) by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency (PMDA) in Japan.”

Oracle Health Sciences tested its recent version of Oracle Argus directly with the EMA to ensure it met the European requirements for E2B(R3) and to give its life sciences customers peace of mind knowing that they are compliant with the new safety reporting standard. Unlike solutions that require heavy customization, Oracle Argus provides deep and integrated safety functionality out of the box, scales to millions of cases, and easily aligns with users’ safety and business processes. The platform enables organizations to simplify processes, reduce cycle times, and make in-stream decisions, while enabling collaborative workflows within and across the company to ensure the highest level of patient safety in both clinical development and post-marketing.

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Oracle Demonstrates Advances in Autonomous Cloud, Extending Autonomous Capabilities Across Entire Cloud Platform

Mon, 2018-02-12 07:04
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Oracle Demonstrates Advances in Autonomous Cloud, Extending Autonomous Capabilities Across Entire Cloud Platform Self-driving services use AI and machine learning to help organizations lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights

Oracle CloudWorld, NEW YORK—Feb 12, 2018

Oracle President of Product Development Thomas Kurian demonstrated the latest advances in Oracle Cloud Platform, expanding its Oracle Cloud Platform Autonomous Services beyond the Oracle Autonomous Database, to make all Oracle Cloud Platform services self-driving, self-securing and self-repairing. With its enhanced suite of autonomous Cloud Platform services, Oracle is setting a new industry standard for autonomous cloud capabilities. Oracle is applying AI and machine learning to its entire next-generation Cloud Platform services to help customers lower cost, reduce risk, accelerate innovation, and get predictive insights.

As organizations focus on delivering innovation fast, they want a secure set of comprehensive, integrated cloud services to build new applications and run their most demanding enterprise workloads. Only Oracle’s cloud services can automate key operational functions like tuning, patching, backups and upgrades while running to deliver maximum performance, high availability, and secure enterprise IT systems. In addition, to accelerate innovation and smarter decision making, Oracle Cloud Platform is incorporating additional autonomous capabilities specific to application development, mobile and bots, app and data integration, analytics, security and management. 

“The future of tomorrow’s successful enterprise IT organization is in full end-to-end automation,” said Kurian. “At Oracle, we are making this a reality.We are weaving autonomous capabilities into the fabric of our cloud to help customers safeguard their systems, drive innovation faster, and deliver the ultimate competitive advantage with smarter real-time decisions.”

Oracle’s autonomous capabilities are integral to the entire Oracle Cloud Platform, including the world’s first autonomous database unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld. The Oracle Autonomous Database uses advanced AI and machine learning to eliminate human labor, human error and manual tuning delivering unprecedented availability, high performance and security at a much lower cost. Multiple autonomous database services, each tuned to a specific workload, will be available in 2018, including Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse Cloud Service for analytics, Oracle Autonomous Database OLTP for transactional and mixed workloads, and Oracle Autonomous NoSQL Database for fast, massive-scale reads and writes.

In addition to the Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Platform autonomous capabilities for application development, mobile and bots, integration, analytics, security and system management, are scheduled to be available in the first half of calendar year 2018. Oracle Cloud Platform services all share foundational autonomous capabilities including:

  • Self-Driving to Lower Costs and Increase Productivity: Eliminate human labor to provision, secure, monitor, backup, recover and troubleshoot. Automatically upgrade and patch itself while running. Instantly grow and shrink compute or storage without downtime.
  • Self-Securing to Lower Risk: Protect from external attacks and malicious internal users. Automatically apply security updates while running to protect against cyberattacks, and automatically encrypt all data.
  • Self-Repairing for Higher Availability: Provide automated protection from all planned and unplanned downtime with up to 99.995 percent availability, resulting in less than 2.5 minutes of downtime per month including planned maintenance.
 

Examples of additional autonomous capabilities being added to functional areas across the rest of the Oracle Cloud Platform include: 

Application Development

  • Automated artifact discovery, dependency management, and policy-based dependency updates increasing code quality and developer productivity
  • Automated identification and remediation of security issues throughout the CI/CD pipeline significantly reducing security risks
  • Automated code generation with single button deployment enabling rapid application development even by line of business users
 

Mobile and Bots

  • Self-learning chatbots observing interaction patterns and preferences to automate frequently performed end-user actions freeing up time for higher productivity tasks
  • Unsupervised, smart bots using machine learning to learn from user conversations enabling fluid, contextual conversations
  • Automated caching of API calls to the nearest data center in real time for lowest latency responses based on end user location
 

Application and Data Integration

  • Self-defining integrations automate business processes across different SaaS and on-premises apps
  • Self-defining data flows with automated data lake and data prep pipeline creation for ingesting data (streaming and batch)
 

Analytics

  • Automated data discovery and preparation
  • Automated analysis for key findings along with visualization and narration delivering quicker real time insights
 

Security and Management

  • Machine learning-driven user and entity behavior analytics to automatically isolate and eliminate suspicious and malicious users
  • Preventative controls to intercept data leaks across structured and unstructured data repositories
  • Unified data repository across log, performance, user experience and configuration data with applied AI/ML, eliminating need to set and manage performance and security monitoring “metadata” such as thresholds, server topology, and configuration drift
 

Oracle today also demonstrated a single Oracle Digital Assistant for users to interact across Oracle’s SaaS and PaaS services including analytics. Oracle Digital Assistant provides centralized connection for the user to converse across the user’s CRM, ERP, HCM, custom applications and business intelligence data and uses AI to intelligently correlate data and automate user behavior. Oracle Digital Assistant capabilities include:

  • Integration to speech-based devices like Amazon Echo (Alexa), Apple Siri, Google Home and Speech, Harman Kardon (Cortana), and Microsoft Cortana
  • Deep neural net based machine learning algorithms to process the message from the voice based devices to understand end user input and take action
  • Intelligent routing to the Bot with the knowledge to process the end user input
  • Deep insights into user behavior, context, preferences and routines that is used by the Oracle Digital Assistant to self-learn to recommend and automate across all data sets on behalf of the user
 

“Platform as a Service has become a critical component of the cloud delivery model to help drive business agility and innovation for enterprises,” said Saurabh Sharma, Principal Analyst, Ovum. “With Oracle revealing its AI and machine learning-based Autonomous PaaS, Oracle is bringing productivity gains, cost reduction and human error reduction to the forefront of enterprises looking for possible ways to drive faster innovation. Oracle Cloud Platform’s autonomous PaaS capabilities will let enterprises scale, back-up, upgrade, diagnose, correct and secure enterprise PaaS cloud services.”

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Oracle Protects Customers with Industry’s Strongest and Most Comprehensive Cloud Guarantee

Mon, 2018-02-12 07:00
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Oracle Protects Customers with Industry’s Strongest and Most Comprehensive Cloud Guarantee Only cloud provider offering SLAs for enterprise-grade cloud performance, manageability, and availability

Oracle CloudWorld, NEW YORK—Feb 12, 2018

Oracle today expanded the breadth and depth of its enterprise service level agreements (SLAs), delivering a superior experience for customers and helping enterprises that want to shift critical workloads to the cloud today.  Building on the strength of its recently announced, industry-leading 99.995 percent availability guarantee for Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle today unveiled the industry’s first end-to-end financially backed cloud warranty for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).  With these comprehensive SLAs, Oracle is now the only cloud infrastructure provider offering guaranteed service levels across performance, manageability, and availability: the three key characteristics defining how enterprises measure cloud infrastructure providers.

“No cloud provider in the world can match what Oracle guarantees,” said Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development, Oracle. “Our competitors offer narrow commitments and countless exclusions in fine print while Oracle’s SLAs deliver an industry first: guaranteed performance, manageability and availability in the cloud.”

Enterprise customers require critical business applications to perform at consistent and reliable levels.  For example, they need to know back office applications are not going to bog down as they are trying to close the quarter or doing strategic analysis. In addition, enterprises expect to have the ability to immediately add resources if they need extra compute power for urgent business intelligence or to handle spikes in demand.

Oracle’s new SLAs are an integral part of the company’s strategy to deliver the best cloud infrastructure for enterprise production workloads. These industry-first SLAs provide reassurance to customers that want to shift workloads to the cloud and require not only continual availability, but also consistent performance and the ongoing ability to manage and modify the cloud infrastructure that runs their mission-critical applications and databases. In addition, Oracle plans to extend these SLAs to all of its Oracle Cloud Platform Autonomous Services including those for database, application development, mobile and bots, application and data integration, analytics, security and management.

“Customers expect service level commitments for uptime to mean that their applications are not only available, but manageable and performing as expected, regardless of where that application may be located,” said Al Gillen, GVP, Software Development and Open Source, IDC. “Unfortunately, many cloud SLAs don’t make that broad commitment. Oracle’s revised SLAs provide customers the guarantees they need to allow them to run mission-critical enterprise applications in cloud environments with confidence.”

Under terms of the new performance SLA, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure guarantees it will deliver more than 90 percent of published performance every day in a given month.  If it falls below that level for even as few as 44 minutes a month, customers may claim service credits according to Oracle’s terms of service. By contrast, other vendors offer no guarantees around performance. Their cloud resources can be delivering 1 percent of published performance targets, and the customer must continue to pay full price for the degraded services.  As the only cloud infrastructure provider guaranteeing performance, manageability, and availability within its SLAs, Oracle provides the most protection for customers and meets the needs of enterprises who want to shift critical workloads to the cloud today.

N2N Services is onboarding production customers of Illuminate, their API management platform and cloud integration gateway, to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. “With prior cloud providers, we had limited leverage when it came to dedicated infrastructure,” said Kiran Kodithala, chief executive officer, N2N Services. “With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we not only have the ability to have dedicated bare metal infrastructure, but we also have an end-to-end cloud service guarantee, ensuring we have full access and control over our cloud infrastructure services as well as consistent performance.”

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Oracle Cloud Growth Driving Aggressive Global Expansion

Mon, 2018-02-12 06:15
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Oracle Cloud Growth Driving Aggressive Global Expansion Significantly expands its current regional cloud infrastructure footprint to deliver Oracle Cloud services to an increasing number of customers and partners

Oracle CloudWorld, NEW YORK—Feb 12, 2018

Driven by strong customer demand for its cloud services worldwide, Oracle today announced plans to significantly expand its modern cloud infrastructure footprint. The company’s rapid expansion plans include the opening of 12 new datacenter regions and increase the breadth and depth of Oracle Cloud services available across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. With this news, Oracle continues its industry leadership position, delivering a complete and integrated portfolio of cloud services (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) and new services in security, Blockchain, and Artificial Intelligence. 

“The future of IT is autonomous. With our expanded, modern data centers, Oracle is uniquely suited to deliver the most autonomous technologies in the world,” said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd. “As we invest, our margins will continue to expand. And with our global datacenter expansion, we are able to help customers lower IT costs, mitigate risks and compete like they never have before.”

The regional expansion of Oracle’s cloud footprint will include locations in Asia including China, India, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, and South Korea; Europe including Amsterdam and Switzerland; and North America including two in Canada and two new US locations to support U.S. Department of Defense workloads.

Since launching Oracle Cloud, the company has seen an ever-growing set of customers, across the Global 2000, as well as small and medium businesses. Organizations continue to turn to Oracle at record-rates to build, deploy, and extend game-changing applications and run business-critical workloads in a low-latency, highly available, reliable and secure cloud environment. Today, customers in more than 195 countries are running their most demanding applications on Oracle Cloud Platform and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Oracle Recognized as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites by Gartner

Thu, 2018-02-08 14:42
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Oracle Recognized as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites by Gartner Positioned as a Leader for its ability to execute and completeness of vision

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif.—Feb 8, 2018

Oracle today announced that it has been named a Leader in Gartner’s first-ever 2018 Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites. The company was evaluated for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Traditionally, configure, price, quote (CPQ) technology was viewed only as a selling tool. However with increased customer expectations and sales reps forced to do more with less, CPQ technology has transformed into a key enabler driving improved buying experiences and high quality customer experiences. Designed with artificial intelligence capabilities and pre-packaged integrations to customer experience (CX) and ERP systems, Oracle CPQ Cloud is one of the only extendable enterprise-grade cloud solution supporting the complete quote-to-cash process—from customer inquiry to order fulfillment enabling businesses to increase sales productivity and improve margins.

“In today’s competitive landscape, customer experience needs to be a part of an organization’s DNA. Oracle CPQ Cloud enables a modernized sales process resulting in an unprecedented customer experience through all channels, while increasing user adoption and average deal size and volume,” said Ken Volpe, senior vice president of applications development, Oracle. “We believe Gartner’s recognition of Oracle’s position as a Leader in this space reflects our investments and reinforces our commitment to helping our customers achieve greater efficiency in their sales process.”

Of the 11 vendors Gartner evaluated for the Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites, Oracle was named a Leader based on the evaluation of its ability to execute, including Product or Service, Overall Viability, Sales Execution/Pricing, Market Responsiveness/Record, Marketing Responsiveness/Record, Marketing Execution, Customer Experience, and Operations, and its completeness of vision, including Market Understanding, Marketing Strategy, Sales Strategy, Offering (Product) Strategy, Business Model, Vertical/Industry Strategy, Innovation, and Geographic Strategy.

According to Gartner, vendors positioned as Leaders “have the ability to execute their vision through products, services and demonstrated, solid business results in the form of revenue and earnings. Leaders have significant successful customer deployments in a wide variety of industries, and with multiple proof points for deployments of more than 500 users. They demonstrate consistently above-average customer experience satisfaction. Leaders are often the vendors against which other providers in the market measure themselves.”

Oracle CX Cloud Suite empowers organizations to take a smarter approach to customer experience management and business transformation initiatives. By providing a trusted business platform that connects data, experiences and outcomes, Oracle CX Cloud Suite helps customers reduce IT complexity, deliver innovative customer experiences and achieve predictable and tangible business results. The Oracle CX Cloud Suite includes Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud.

Download Gartner’s 2018 Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites

*Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Configure, Price and Quote Application Suites,” Mark Lewis, Melissa A. Hilbert, 29 January 2018.

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Oracle Hospitality Sponsored Research Explores the State of the Central Reservation System Globally

Wed, 2018-02-07 08:00
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Oracle Hospitality Sponsored Research Explores the State of the Central Reservation System Globally h2c Report “The Next Generation Central Reservation System” Audits 90 Chains Across Europe, The Middle East and Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Feb 7, 2018

Oracle Hospitality announced today the findings of a global research study – conducted by analyst firm h2c ­­– surveying more than 90 hotel chains to assess the state of central reservation systems (CRS) and the improvements needed to prioritize IT development and, ultimately, enhance guest service.

Commissioned by Oracle Hospitality, h2c’s research scope focused on an online survey and expert interviews with hotel chains in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, the Americas and Asia Pacific – representing more than 11,000 properties and 1.7 million rooms worldwide. The primary objectives: determine chains’ satisfaction level with their current CRS solution, identify missing features and functionalities, and seek recommendations to achieve improvements.

“Today’s guests increasingly demand a hassle-free journey. The findings of the h2c report clearly indicate that the hotel industry is challenged to meet such expectations,” said Laura Calin, vice president strategy and solutions management, Oracle Hospitality. “At Oracle, we’re working diligently with our customers to simplify and integrate solutions, making it easier to leverage technology to attract new guests and win the loyalty of existing ones.”

Among the most significant findings: dissatisfaction with CRS is common among hotel operators, with one third of respondents reporting they are missing more than 30% of required functionality. Furthermore, half of all chains reported missing at least one key CRS functionality.

Although respondents readily cited their CRS deficiencies, many struggled to identify means to remedy shortcomings. Such issues underscore the need for technology providers/CRS vendors to collaborate with clients to truly understand problems before driving innovation with new features.

Based on the findings, h2c forecasts that PMS and CRS solutions will continue to merge in the future, either in the form of hybrid solutions or as entirely new hotel management platforms.

The following are some of the key highlights from The Next Generation Central Reservation System – Implications for Future CRS Developments:

  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM) poses the largest demand for CRS integration. Small and medium-sized hotel groups, with or without full-fledged loyalty programs, are under intense pressure to improve their guest experience to better compete with the personalization capabilities of global chains. CRS integration is minimal and even non-existent in some regions, making it a critical priority for CRS vendors to address – either with a proprietary product or a third-party integration.

  • Internet booking engine (IBE) reservations are the greatest value driver, but underperforming. Though hotel chains are changing their online sales policy (including price disparity and/or offering free benefits) to compete against OTAs, the IBE needs to facilitate more sophisticated business rules. Such trends are mandating a reinvention of the IBE, which would enable more e-commerce functionality such as discounting packages.

  • Future distribution management tasks will shift to non-CRS systems. From the hoteliers’ perspective, some key CRS tasks such as availability and rates (ARI) management, will likely migrate to other systems in their IT portfolio or become part of a still-to-be-developed platform solution.

A full copy of the report can be found here.

Oracle will convene a global community of hospitality leadership at Oracle Industry Connect April 10-11, 2018 in New York, NY. Oracle Industry Connect provides attendees with intimate peer networking opportunities in addition to over 30 customer-led presentations with themes including how to move to the cloud to accelerate innovation and reduce IT complexity, mine data to gain insights and competitive advantages and capitalize on mobility to empower staff and serve guests. To learn more about Oracle Industry Connect 2018 and register to attend visit: www.oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect/

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Oracle Hospitality brings 35 years of experience in providing technology solutions to food and beverage operators. We provide hardware, software, and services that allow our customers to deliver exceptional guest experiences while maximizing profitability. Our solutions include integrated point-of-sale, loyalty, reporting and analytics, inventory and labor management, all delivered from the cloud to lower IT cost and maximize business agility.

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Our Mission: H2c inspires success in hospitality commerce. Our passion to translate marketplace complexities into actionable strategies shapes our relationships. The goal: clients are confidently in control.” For more information, please visit our website.

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Assemble Systems and Oracle Construction and Engineering Offer Model-based Scheduling for Construction

Wed, 2018-01-31 11:00
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Assemble Systems and Oracle Construction and Engineering Offer Model-based Scheduling for Construction Construction industry to benefit from timeline simulation and BIM data integration with Oracle’s Primavera P6 schedules

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 31, 2018

Assemble Systems, a Gold level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN), today announced a model-based scheduling integration with Oracle’s Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management scheduling software. Oracle’s Primavera P6 is the de facto standard and a leader in planning and scheduling for the Commercial Building and the Engineering, Procurement and Construction industry. Oracle customers will be able to enhance the value of their Primavera P6 implementation and improve their construction projects by leveraging Building Information Model (BIM) data through this integration.

Assemble’s integration with Primavera P6 enables construction managers to combine the baseline schedule and the BIM data to communicate construction sequencing to owners and other partners. Market research indicates that 4D schedule simulation is helpful with its ability to marry highly detailed scheduling to design and construction models. However, it is often viewed as too complex and difficult to share across project teams, due to the constantly changing nature of the models, activities, and other schedule data used. The new integration will allow users to easily create simulations, cost-loaded schedules, micro-schedules, and manage constant project changes.

“BIM has been playing an increasingly vital role in the evolution of the construction industry, however there has been a need to bring the same efficiencies from BIM to scheduling processes. We are pleased to work with Assemble to bring this combination of scope and schedule to our Primavera P6 customers,” said Andy Verone, Vice President Product Strategy, Oracle Construction and Engineering.

“I’m proud of our innovative development team who built this integration to provide our customers with another powerful tool from the Assemble Cloud,” said Donald Henrich, Assemble CEO. “Assemble focuses on combining data from models, drawings, and point clouds and making connections to existing customer systems including Oracle’s Primavera P6.  We are very happy to team with Oracle Construction and Engineering to drive the construction industry forward.”

The integration was unveiled at the Construction CPM Conference in New Orleans this week.  If you would like to learn more about the Assemble and Oracle integration, contact the Assemble team today here.

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Assemble Systems provides a SaaS solution that acts as a HUB consuming Building Information Models, drawings, and point clouds. This solution enables construction professionals to condition, query, and connect the data to key workflows. These workflows include bid management, estimating, project management, scheduling, site management, and finance. Today, Assemble is used by over 195 companies including one fourth of the ENR 400 and at over 1,000 construction offices and sites around the world. To learn more about Assemble Systems, visit www.assemblesystems.com.

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Philippine Nonprofits Amplify Social Impact with NetSuite

Wed, 2018-01-31 08:00
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Philippine Nonprofits Amplify Social Impact with NetSuite Zuellig Family Foundation, the Philippine Council for NGO Certification and Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. Improve Efficiency and Transparency with Oracle NetSuite Social Impact

SAN MATEO, Calif. and MAKATI CITY, Philippines—Jan 31, 2018

Oracle NetSuite, one of the world’s leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERPHRProfessional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced three nonprofit customers in the Philippines that have streamlined mission-critical processes while saving significant time and costs by moving to NetSuite. The Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF), the Philippine Council for NGO Certification (PCNC) and Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. are among a growing number of Philippine nonprofits and social enterprises that have improved operational and financial efficiency, transparency for donors, regulatory reporting and capacity for informed, data-driven decision making since graduating from entry-level business applications to NetSuite. By eliminating labor-intensive manual work, nonprofits are freeing up resources to better focus on their social missions across the Philippines in such areas as healthcare, education, business development, disaster relief and alleviation of poverty.

Zuellig Family Foundation, PCNC and Grupo Kalinangan are supported by the Oracle NetSuite Social Impact group, which makes available free and discounted software licensing to qualified nonprofits and social enterprises. The program also includes Suite Pro Bono, wherein NetSuite employees volunteer their time and expertise to help nonprofits with training and customizations to make the most of NetSuite. More than 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises globally use Oracle NetSuite Social Impact offerings, including Philippine organizations like Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, American Chamber Foundation Philippines, Cartwheel Foundation, Virlanie Foundation, Microventures Foundation, BagoSphere and Theo & Philo. To learn more about Oracle NetSuite Social Impact, please visit www.netsuite.com/socialimpact.

ZFF Improves Healthcare Delivery with Leadership Training

Zuellig Family Foundation (www.zuelligfoundation.org) has provided local training to improve healthcare in nearly 650 rural municipalities across 32 provinces since its founding in 2008. Established and funded by the Zuellig family, whose patriarch, Frederick Zuellig, emigrated from Switzerland in 1901 to establish trading companies in the Philippines, ZFF focuses on training local leaders to address healthcare issues. More than 2,000 leaders have participated in ZFF’s health leadership and governance training programs, applying their insights to improve healthcare at the local level. Based in Parañaque City with 80 full-time employees, ZFF partners with other organizations such as USAID, UNICEF and MSD Merck for Mothers, with funding rising 35 percent since 2013 to $196.8 million USD in 2016. NetSuite helps ZFF better manage its financials, gaining speed and visibility and eliminating time-consuming manual work the nonprofit experienced with its previous application. ZFF estimates PHP1.65 million in annual savings and cost avoidance compared to an SAP solution it evaluated before selecting NetSuite, going live in 2015. With those savings in licensing, IT infrastructure, IT personnel and bookkeeper, ZFF is better able to focus resources on improving rural healthcare.

“NetSuite has simplified and facilitated our compliance with reporting requirements by supporting internal controls and providing accurate, real-time reporting with a complete set of audit trails,” said Wesley Villanueva, Manager. “We have greater accountability and transparency and can generate real-time reports that aid in decision-making.”

PCNC Drives Effectiveness, Accountability with NGO Certifications

The Philippine Council for NGO Certification (www.pcnc.com.ph), a nonprofit that certifies NGOs as meeting organizational standards for financial management and transparency, helps improve accountability and effectiveness of nonprofits involved in education, healthcare, poverty alleviation and other missions. Created in 1997 by a consortium of NGO networks, PCNC currently certifies approximately 450 NGOs with a “Seal of Good Housekeeping,” based on evaluations conducted by more than a hundred volunteer evaluators on six criteria including mission, goals and financial management. That gives donors confidence that funding will be used for its intended purpose. Based in Manila with eight employees, PCNC also helps match NGOs with communities in need, improving local outcomes across the nation. Since going live in 2016, NetSuite has been playing a critical role by giving PCNC new capabilities to track and segment NGOs by mission, regions and other characteristics, helping bring together NGOs and beneficiaries. PCNC also uses NetSuite for automated communications, such as notification emails to NGOs six months before certification expires, and intends to use NetSuite LightCMS for a more modern website. NetSuite technical support and Suite Pro Bono volunteers have been instrumental in helping PCNC make the most of its system.

“What used to take a day of gathering and aggregating data now takes minutes,” said Luis Morales, PCNC Executive Director. “We’re saving a lot of time with the ability to generate data very easily and that means less cost and less manual work. We didn’t realize what we were missing with NetSuite. NetSuite really knows how to work with nonprofits.”

Grupo Kalinangan Advocates Preservation of Filipino Heritage

Grupo Kalinangan, Inc. (www.grupokalinangan.org), an organization founded in 2015 in Makati City, develops and deploys IT tools, services and support systems for local government and grassroots communities for improved cultural heritage management in the Philippines. Bringing together advocates and practitioners from allied fields including social science, architecture and IT, GKI is building a data platform and map of Philippine history and culture, while implementing projects and activities aligned with understanding how to better preserve and promote Philippine culture and heritage through big data and analytics. A key focus area for GKI, with five board members and about 50 volunteers, is the use of data exchange, analytics and software such as Arches, an open-source GIS tool to collect and share data, heightening awareness of the importance of Filipino heritage. GKI, being an early adopter of technology, has always embraced modern applications to streamline its own operations. Replacing a free Wave Accounting application with NetSuite, which went live in 2016, NetSuite helps GKI save time and money in managing financials, preparing annual reports, and improving transparency for donors and in government filings. Despite Grupo Kalinangan’s initial concern that NetSuite would be too complicated, the system has proven to be easy to use, especially with the training provided by Suite Pro Bono volunteers over a six-week period. As a more cost-efficient organization, GKI can put full focus on heritage without needless overhead.

“We’ve definitely improved our processes with NetSuite and its capabilities,” said Karl Aguilar, Corporate Treasurer. “We can focus on the most important things for our organization without getting bogged down by problems and complicated financial processes. NetSuite does the work for us.”

Addressing Modern Challenges with Modern Cloud Technology

Nonprofits and social enterprises in the Philippines and elsewhere see transformational improvements by using NetSuite for functions such as accounting, donor and project management, online commerce, fund-raising and marketing. At the same time, NetSuite helps nonprofits address key pain points such as tight budgets, limited IT resources and increasing competition for funding. Benefits include:

  • Efficient financials and operations. Nonprofits eliminate error-prone, paper-based processes, dramatically reducing labor and cost and channeling savings into social impact programs.
  • Real-time visibility. Management can easily track revenue vs. expenses, fund-raising effectiveness and project status, enabling informed decisions on priority focus areas and complete tracking of results.
  • Greater transparency. Grant accounting at a line-item level helps nonprofits track how, when and where a grant is spent on any given project, helping to meet exacting donor requirements.
  • Regulatory reporting. Nonprofits speed up and simplify external audits as well as reporting to regulatory bodies, publicly documenting key financial metrics used by prospective donors to assess a nonprofit’s worthiness of funding.
  • Increased fund-raising effectiveness. Organizations gain a 360-degree view of their constituents and can utilize email marketing tools for personalized outreach and building long-term relationships.
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Founded in 2006, the Oracle NetSuite Social Impact group is empowering nonprofits to use NetSuite to further their mission, regardless of their ability to pay. More than 1,000 nonprofits and social enterprises around the world are supported by NetSuite Social Impact, which makes available free and discounted software licensing to qualified organizations. The program also includes Suite Pro Bono, under which NetSuite employees provide their expertise to help nonprofits with training and customizations to make the most of the platform. To learn more about NetSuite Social Impact, please visit http://www.netsuite.com/socialimpact.

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Oracle NetSuite pioneered the Cloud Computing revolution in 1998, establishing the world’s first company dedicated to delivering business applications over the internet. Today, it provides a suite of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), HR and omnichannel commerce software that runs the business of companies in more than 100 countries.

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Miroglio Fashion Deploys Oracle Retail Omnichannel Solutions in 7 Months

Tue, 2018-01-30 08:00
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Miroglio Fashion Deploys Oracle Retail Omnichannel Solutions in 7 Months Italian Fashion Company Offers Customers a Rich Shopping Experience with Oracle Retail Xstore and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 30, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that Italian fashion company Miroglio Fashion deployed the Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement to drive innovation and create connections between product, data and people. The Italian fashion retailer operates more than 1,100 stores, six commerce sites and 2,400 wholesale outlets in 34 countries and has 12 distinctive womenswear brands as Elena Mirò, Fiorella Rubino, Motivi and Oltre.

“As the consumer continues to evolve, our business must follow and innovate. With Oracle Retail, our physical and digital locations can now operate as part of a network to better serve our customer with unified stock management and unified shopping experiences across channels. Customers are empowered to engage with our brand as they choose,” said Hans Hoegstedt, CEO of Miroglio Fashion.

Miroglio Fashion launched the Retail 4.0 program as an initiative to foster innovation, drive efficiency and increase performance. With the help of Oracle Retail Consulting, Miroglio Fashion implemented Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service and Oracle Retail Customer Engagement. In 2013, Oracle quickly declared Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service as the strategic Omnichannel platform to deliver more innovation to the market.

“We needed speed, efficiency and reliability to execute toward the vision of our Retail Innovation Program. Our leadership team declared explicit business targets. We designed the roll-out and a progressive migration process in advance of the implementation,” said Francesco Cavarero, Group Chief Information Officer, Miroglio Fashion.

“We are thankful for the collaboration with the IT and business leadership teams of Miroglio Fashion. The clarity and focus of the project and commitment to a vanilla implementation allowed my team to deliver on-time and on-budget in seven working months,” said Lou Frio, Vice President of Global Consulting, Oracle Retail. “Miroglio Fashion leverages a remote deployment process to keep an aggressive yet healthy pace for the rollout.”

Oracle will convene a global community of retail leadership at Oracle Industry Connect April 10-11, 2018 in New York, NY. Oracle Industry Connect provides attendees with intimate peer networking opportunities in addition to over 30 customer-led presentations on adapting to market changes, simplifying operations and empowering authentic brand experiences. To learn more about Oracle Industry Connect 2018 and register to attend visit: www.oracle.com/oracleindustryconnect/

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About Miroglio Fashion

Miroglio Fashion is the company in the leading textiles and apparel Miroglio Group—founded in 1947—which is specialized in womenswear. Today it is the number three company in Italy in this market. It creates, produces and distributes 12 brands through 1,188 branded sales outlets, 6 e-commerce websites and a wholesale network of 2,400 stores.

Miroglio Fashion’s growth path draws on the qualities that have made Italian entrepreneurship great, such as focusing on people, distinctive brand offerings, attention to detail, and an intimate, humane shopping experience, all backed up by latest generation technology.

www.mirogliofashion.com

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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Office Depot Pivots to a New Future with Oracle Cloud Applications

Mon, 2018-01-29 07:00
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Office Depot Pivots to a New Future with Oracle Cloud Applications Leading office products retailer to modernize its legacy systems in the cloud and accelerate omnichannel business success

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 29, 2018

Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading omni-channel provider of business services, products and technology, selected Oracle Cloud Applications to modernize its IT systems and transform its business processes to meet the demands of today’s digital economy. By enhancing the performance and outcomes of key supply chain, HR, and financial management functions with Oracle Cloud Applications, Office Depot will be able to accelerate its omnichannel growth, simplify its IT infrastructure, and lower its costs.

To enable strategic business model changes and achieve future growth plans, Office Depot needed a comprehensive solution that could enhance its current infrastructure and extend its existing IT investments. After a competitive review, Office Depot selected Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud, Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, and Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud to speed time to market and control costs.

“Office Depot is pivoting away from being a traditional office products retailer to a broader omnichannel services and products company and that causes a lot of complexity given our existing technology,” said Damon Venger, senior director, IT Applications, Office Depot. “We evaluated multiple vendors, but only Oracle could deliver the end-to-end solutions we needed. Oracle Cloud applications continue to evolve and expand—ensuring they can grow with us over time. This was important when looking for a company that could be a true partner and understand our unique business needs.”

To support high-order volumes and a large range of products, Office Depot chose Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud for an end-to-end business solution that can help get products to market faster and offer real-time insight into day-to-day logistics, procurement, and forecasting. With Oracle HCM Cloud, Office Depot will be empowered with insightful and actionable data to manage its global workforce for a more positive and consistent employee experience worldwide, while eliminating individual and disjointed point solutions. Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) Cloud will help transform the finance function —from planning to financial close — to enable data-driven, strategic decision making, timely and accurate financial reporting, and lower IT complexity.

“Office Depot continues to digitally transform its business to better serve the needs of its constituents — from employees to customers,” said Steve Miranda, executive vice president of applications development, Oracle. “With Oracle Cloud Applications, the company will be well equipped to capitalize on new opportunities for growth, while delivering a differentiated, compelling service to its customers.”

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About Office Depot, Inc.

Office Depot, Inc. is a leading provider of office supplies, business products and services delivered through an omnichannel platform.

The company had 2016 annual sales of approximately $11 billion, employed approximately 38,000 associates, and served consumers and businesses in North America and abroad with approximately 1,400 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – with a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, BizBox, CompuCom®, Complete Office and Grand&Toy®. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL®, Foray®, Brenton Studio®, Ativa®, WorkPro®, Realspace® and Highmark®.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “ODP.”

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Leader Grupo Martí Deploys Suite of Oracle Retail Technology, Improving Customer Experience

Tue, 2018-01-23 09:58
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Leader Grupo Martí Deploys Suite of Oracle Retail Technology, Improving Customer Experience A Leading Provider of Sporting Goods in Mexico Gains Single View of Inventory and Operations

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 23, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that a leading provider of sporting goods in Mexico, Grupo Martí has deployed Oracle Retail technology to make goods available to consumers in stores faster. As part of their implementation project, Grupo Martí has implemented Oracle Retail Merchandise operations management suite, Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management and Oracle Retail Allocation. With Oracle Retail at the core, Grupo Martí can enhance inventory control to drive better merchandise decision-making and improve the experience for consumers, helping ensure the right products are in the right stores at the right time.

Grupo Martí operates over 200 stores under seven brands including: Tiendas Martí, Martí Outlet, Martí Digital, Clubes Sport City, Restaurantes City Café, Emoción Deportiva and Smart Fit. As a leading sporting goods retailer in Mexico, Grupo Martí’s business model is highly dependent on managing large volumes of inventory. Prior to deploying Oracle Retail, Grupo Martí was managing merchandise through their ERP system, but found that it could not scale to meet the demand of today’s omnichannel environment. Grupo Martí started an evaluation of solutions to support retail business with minimal operational changes. Grupo Martí selected Oracle Retail for their ability to deliver an easy to implement solution with breadth, depth and retail rich business capabilities for a modern, digital organization. Retail Consult, Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum level member, was a key player in the success of the Martí Lombardi project.

“One of the most important outcomes of the project was simplifying our business processes with a flexible and powerful tool – made possible with a seasoned implementation partner. The combination of Oracle Retail solutions with Retail Consult skills helped to empower the Martí team and made the project viable.” said Alejandro Oropeza, CIO of Grupo Martí.

As a result of a successful implementation with Retail Consult and Oracle Retail, Grupo Martí is experiencing positive impacts in budget optimization, order tracking, vendor communications, as well as allocation of products in the right sizes, colors and quantities to stores. Accelerated purchase process and optimized product delivery is key: historically it had taken three to four months to get products into stores and this can now be accomplished in a matter of weeks. Martí’s information is now organized to provide better visibility to make more informed decisions that impact operations and inventory.

“Martí immediately noticed positive results, due to more efficient processes, control, and visibility. Budget optimization, order tracking, and vendor communications have all improved,” said Manuel Martin, CEO, Grupo Martí. “From day one, we experienced an accelerated purchasing process to get the right product into our stores in weeks instead of months.”

"The Oracle Retail suite of solutions was a perfect fit for Grupo Martí because they needed broad, Retail-specific functionality that could be implemented quickly and integrated with their existing ERP system.  As well, Oracle's technology platform has rich capabilities that make the integrations easy to implement and help keep them protected for future upgrades,” said Silvia Gomes, partner, Retail Consult. “With Oracle, we are confident that we can deliver all aspects of a client's solution to make them successful."

“Offering the right product, at the right moment, in the right time is key for driving loyalty. Inventory control is crucial to offer consistent customer shopping experience and engagement,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “We are seeing sports retailers worldwide looking for improving their operations and we are proud to work with Grupo Martí in Mexico in this transformational journey.”

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About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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GRDF Begins World’s Largest Gas Smart Meter Roll-out Underpinned by Oracle Technology

Tue, 2018-01-23 08:00
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GRDF Begins World’s Largest Gas Smart Meter Roll-out Underpinned by Oracle Technology Leading French gas distributor will deliver smart metering to 11 million users by 2022, with the help of Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management

DistribuTECH, San Antonio, TX.—Jan 23, 2018

Leading French distribution system operator (DSO), GRDF, launched the world’s largest roll-out of smart gas meters, powered by Oracle technology in May 2017. GRDF, which serves 90% of France’s gas market, has selected Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management to help it deliver smart metering services to 11 million customers as part of its gas smart meters programme. 

The announcement follows an 18 month trial, which received regulatory approval from the French government in April 2017. GRDF has now begun the full-scale replacement of its 11 million mechanical meters with new smart devices. GRDF’s project is one step toward achieving this end. Its aim is to replace all current gas meters within 5 years. This large-scale industrial program will benefit customers and cities by boosting their energy efficiency.

Using Oracle Utilities Meter Data Management (MDM), GRDF is currently upgrading the natural gas transmission network to make it an effective tool for the energy transition. Eventually, it will be digitized and connected to provide four major features: integrating locally-produced renewable gas, improving safety and performance for the natural gas supply, providing customers and cities with data they can use in their efforts to manage energy demand and creating bridges to other networks so that they can take advantage of the storage capacity and flexibility of the natural gas network. In anticipation of the clean energy package, the transition to smart metering will also help GRDF respond to new European regulation.

Edouard Sauvage, CEO at GRDF said “replacing 11 million mechanical meters with smart devices takes more than just a new IT infrastructure. This is a major transformation for GRDF and for France, and we needed a technology partner that could help us to continue delivering the highest standard of service to our customers.”

Rodger Smith, general manager and senior vice president for Oracle Utilities said “the French gas market has a clear roadmap for the transition to digital service delivery and the move to smart metering is an integral part of this evolution. The configurability and strength of Oracle Meter Data Management make it ideally suited to that end. With this roll-out and its investment in Oracle, GRDF is setting a new tone for the relationship between French utilities, their customers and the network.”

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

About GRDF

GRDF is the leading manager of natural gas transmission networks in France, GRDF distributes natural gas each day to more than 11 million customers to ensure that they have gas when they need it, regardless of their supplier. This convenient, affordable, comfortable, and modern source of energy enables people to heat their homes, cook, and get around. To provide this public service, GRDF builds, operates, and maintains the largest transmission network in Europe (198,886 km) and develops it in more than 9,500 municipalities while ensuring the safety of people and property, as well as high-quality distribution.

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Oracle Utilities’ New Low Voltage Network Management Capability Provides Instant Visibility into Low Voltage, Secondary Mesh, Underground Networks

Tue, 2018-01-23 08:00
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Oracle Utilities’ New Low Voltage Network Management Capability Provides Instant Visibility into Low Voltage, Secondary Mesh, Underground Networks Oracle Utilities’ Innovative Network Management System now features out-of-the-box low voltage capability

DistribuTECH, San Antonio, TX.—Jan 23, 2018

Oracle Utilities today announced that it has added unique, low voltage network management capabilities to its Oracle Utilities Network Management System, providing distribution network operators with increased visibility and management of low voltage, secondary mesh, underground networks. Oracle Utilities is one of the only providers offering detailed analysis and modeling capabilities that are available out-of-the-box.

While utility distribution operators have had visibility into their high and medium voltage networks, they haven’t had the same level of near real-time operational visibility into the underground low voltage, and secondary mesh networks used in many cities.

Oracle understands that the historically high reliability and inherent redundancy of the underground networks meant that operator visibility was not a high priority. Today, however, utilities are seeing more disruptions and failures in downtown underground low voltage/secondary networks due to aging infrastructure and the addition of intermittent distributed renewable resources at the edge of the grid.

For cities, visibility is becoming an increasingly important consideration in order to continue to improve reliability. One major North American city, for example, has a vast underground distribution network that carries 86 percent of the total load via low voltage, secondary lines. This level of visibility is just as important for smaller city networks. Many European and Asian utilities also carry electricity to customers via extensive low voltage networks that typically don’t have the visibility and accountability of HV or MV networks. In the dynamic network of the future, visibility is becoming almost a requirement and added priority alongside reliability and redundancy.

The new Low Voltage Network Management capability in the Oracle Utilities Network Management System provides modeling, analysis and ongoing management and optimization of complex mesh and low voltage networks, helping operators monitor faults and resolve them in an automated fashion. By better modeling and managing these networks, utilities can manage the low voltage edge of the grid as part of their core operations, enabling them to: reduce recurring crew visits for fault and outage resolution; better forecast load and plan accordingly; help identify which assets are approaching the end of their lifecycle and need to be replaced; and improve overall system reliability and customer satisfaction.

“Underground low voltage network assets continue to age, and their reliability and resiliency has been further challenged by the inherent intermittency of distributed energy resources. As utilities strive to place a strong emphasis on customer-centricity, these new challenges are creating a dire need for more visibility, control and proactive maintenance and optimization of low voltage networks. Oracle Utilities Low Voltage Network Management capability is unique in its ability to respond to these needs, agnostically, either within our Oracle Utilities Network Management  Solution or alongside others’ distribution management products,” said Rodger Smith, general manager and senior vice president, Oracle Utilities.

“As we continue to see more disruptions and failures in underground low voltage secondary networks in cities around the globe, the need for near real-time visibility into network performance is becoming more critical. Oracle Utilities is in a unique position to provide such detailed low voltage network management visibility which will enable utilities to provide a safe, secure and reliable power supply for years to come and to increase flexibility to support growth in their cities,” said John Villali, Research Director for IDC Energy Insights.

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Oracle Health Sciences Study Reveals Top Challenges and Opportunities for RTSM/IRT Solutions

Wed, 2018-01-17 08:00
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Oracle Health Sciences Study Reveals Top Challenges and Opportunities for RTSM/IRT Solutions Study of clinical trial professionals involved in RTSM/IRT reveals poor integration with other clinical platforms, slowness to build, and inability to support study changes as top issues

Redwood Shores, Calif.—Jan 17, 2018

Oracle Health Sciences today announced the results of a new study, conducted in partnership with Informa Engage, which reveals the top challenges and frustrations for clinical trial professionals with current Randomization and Trial Supply Management/ Interactive Response Technology (RTSM/IRT) systems, as well as opportunities for improvement. Among the many findings, the study revealed the top three challenges in RTSM/IRT for over 70 percent of respondents: integration with other platforms, slowness to build, test and deploy new trials, and lack of flexibility and inability to support study changes.

Clinical trials are known for being complex and lengthy, and trial set up can account for a large portion of the time. Exploring the reasons for delay, the study found that 92% of respondents reported having to make changes to their RTSM/IRT systems due to study changes, and on an average of two times per study. Given these results, it’s no wonder that over half of the respondents believe they could conduct more trials if they were able to leverage self-service capabilities to build new trials and make mid-study changes on their own.

In addition, the survey revealed that the most anticipated change in RTSM/IRT within the next five years is the integration of IRT into the eClinical platform, followed by accelerated trial builds, and completely self-service solutions, which reflects a desire for the top current challenges to be addressed in the next generation of RTSM/IRT platforms.

“When you’re developing software to help people with a specific business process, such as clinical research, it’s important to stay in tune with the market to ensure you’re always innovating to address their top challenges and delighting them with a solution that makes their job easier,” said Steve Rosenberg, general manager, Oracle Health Sciences. “The findings from this research confirm the pain points that we address with our new Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management Cloud Service and that we are aligned with what the market wants in a modern RTSM/IRT solution.”

Oracle recently announced Oracle Clinical One, a cloud-based eClinical environment that is intended to redefine the way technology supports clinical research. Its first module, Clinical One Randomization and Supplies Management, was designed with self-service in mind, enabling clinical teams to design, validate and deploy a study in days with the click of a button, effectively addressing the issues identified in this study.

The study, whose goal was to identify the top challenges facing users of RTSM/IRT solutions, highlights many of the issues important to clinical operations and trial management professionals. Data was gathered via an online survey completed by 254 professionals in clinical operations, trial management and related functional areas with direct involvement in both Clinical Trial Operations and RTMS/IRT solutions.

** Images from Informa Engage October 2017 Oracle Health Sciences Survey

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The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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River Island Creates Single View of Inventory with Oracle Retail Planning

Tue, 2018-01-16 08:00
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River Island Creates Single View of Inventory with Oracle Retail Planning Fashion Retailer Aligns Planning Practices Across its Business Models

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 16, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that River Island deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning to support their Omnichannel growth and digital transformation. River Island operates a global portfolio of over 320 stores across the UK and Ireland and internationally throughout Asia, the Middle East and Europe. With a global footprint and multiple web, franchise and wholesale operations River Island required new tools to make more accurate and impactful inventory decisions for continued growth.

River Island had the vision and courage to become an Omnichannel retailer before it was vogue. River Island operates an award-winning online fashion retail site, employs one of the biggest in-house design teams on the British high street and maintains a deep commitment to nurturing new talent which have enabled the brand to become one of the most successful fashion retailers in the UK. As River Island experienced continued growth in the UK and internationally they understood the value and necessity of a single view of order and inventory to scale their business.

“We knew that Omnichannel was the future and had to make a strategic move. We partnered with Oracle to get there. A single view of inventory is the key to fulfilling demand and operating more effectively,” said Doug Gardner, Chief Information Officer, River Island. “Through this transformation, we needed to change the way our business worked. People had to come together and properly go through the design of the implementation.”

As an early adopter of Omnichannel planning, River Island partnered very closely with the Oracle Retail Consulting team to align towards business objectives correctly. Together, River Island established more-consistent and accurate planning processes to better understand how merchandise was performing across channels.

“Sometimes you have to have the courage to level set in the middle of an implementation. You want to get it right because you need a foundation to operate with going forward,” said Gardner. “By implementing Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning correctly, we are now about to evaluate profitability, reduce markdowns and follow a single version of the truth for the whole business.”

“In our 2017 global consumer research ‘Retail in 4 Dimensions,’ we found that 43% of consumers are now shopping both online and in-store every week. The multichannel shopper spent nearly twice as much as a single channel shopper this fall. River Island took notice of these trends early and shifted their strategies to be more nimble and agile in the face of shifting consumer demands,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “Retail has advanced at an unprecedented pace with an evolution of strictly brick and mortar retail to a complex Omnichannel world where purchasing online and collecting orders how, where and when one wants has become the standard.”

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Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

About Oracle Retail

Oracle provides retailers with a complete, open, and integrated suite of best-of-breed business applications, cloud services, and hardware that are engineered to work together and empower commerce. Leading fashion, grocery, and specialty retailers use Oracle solutions to anticipate market changes, simplify operations and inspire authentic brand interactions. For more information, visit our website at www.oracle.com/retail.

About Oracle

The Oracle Cloud offers complete SaaS application suites for ERP, HCM and CX, plus best-in-class database Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) from data centers throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information about Oracle (NYSE:ORCL), please visit us at www.oracle.com.

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Luxury Retailer Chalhoub Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Point of Service

Mon, 2018-01-15 11:50
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Luxury Retailer Chalhoub Modernizes the Customer Experience with Oracle Point of Service Xstore Point-of-Service Delivers a Highly Personalized, Mobile Customer Experience In-Store

NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE – New York—Jan 15, 2018

Today, Oracle announced that luxury retailer Chalhoub has successfully deployed Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to modernize its customer experience. Chaloub’s Oracle Retail Xstore implementation is the first in the Middle East and the result of a six-month installation process in partnership with Logic Information Systems. The project for the Dubai storefront included deployment of more than 100 registers, 60 of which are mobile, bringing mobile checkout, integrated payment systems and improved store operations to the brand.

Chalhoub started as a family business licensing foreign brands in Damascus, Syria in 1955. It now runs a network of 650 retail stores with fashion and cosmetic lines including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin across the Middle East. Today the Chalhoub Group employs more than 12,000 people in 14 countries.

“With the help from Logic and Oracle, we migrated from the Oracle Retail Point of Service to latest version of Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service. We can now deliver a modern mobile experience to our customers. By implementing Xstore, we are also empowering our store associates. The goal is to provide a highly personalized and engaged customer experience at the world's finest shoe metropolis, Level Shoes,” said Olivier Leblan, Group Chief Information Officer, Chalhoub.

“The Point of Service system must allow retailers to transact and interact with consumers as they choose. Whether using a traditional register, portable solution, tablet or handheld, it's point of service.,” said Ray Carlin, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail. “As our Retail in 4D research shows, more than half (52 percent) of retailers said they are arming their store employees with mobile technology. Congratulations to Chalhoub for deploying a modern customer experience.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Chalhoub and Oracle. Together we delivered on the vision to drive a better customer experience for Level and to establish a foundation to support Chalhoub,” said Saad Khan, General Manager of the Middle East, Logic Information Systems. “We look forward to the continued momentum for the Oracle Retail Xstore platform across the Middle East and Asia. We found the solution to be a great fit for the region.”

To learn more about Chalhoub’s implementation of Oracle Retail technology register here for a webinar on Tuesday February 20.

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Oracle Retail at NRF 2018

Oracle Retail will be showcasing the full suite of Oracle Retail solutions and cloud services at the National Retail Federation Big Show Jan. 14-16, 2017, in New York City at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center. Oracle Retail will be located at booth #3521. For more information check out: www.oracle.com/retail

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