Oracle Supply Chain Management

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Supply Chain Management

by Sherry Kercher

Docid: 00017889

Publication Date: 2010

Report Type: PRODUCT


Oracle’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) is part of the company’s
E-Business Suite and is one of the leaders in the SCM market. The
integrated solution is designed to meet enterprise needs for product
development, planning, procurement, manufacturing, and order fulfillment.
Oracle also offers SCM portfolio products based on the offerings of
companies it has acquired such as PeopleSoft and JD Edwards.

Report Contents:


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Oracle’s Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications offer an open,
flexible architecture in addition to integrated and modular deployment
options that address the complete supply chain lifecycle. It is also
available in cloud configurations.

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SCM is part of an Oracle E-Business Suite that also includes components
for CRM, service management, financial management, human capital
management, project portfolio management, procurement, and value chain
planning and execution. It was developed to offer increased collaboration
among customers, suppliers, and trading partners in a Web-based package.
It also integrates with Oracle enterprise software implementations for
financials, HR, and CRM.

In September 2019, Oracle reported new SCM capabilities, including a
conversational user interface that helps customers with logistics uses
cases, including checking on status, tracking deviations from plans, and
reporting incidents. Also, the Oracle Business Network was launched to
help customers connect with trading partners. With Oracle DataFox
integration, customers are able to access real-time trading partner
information. Also in September, Oracle teamed with Trinamix to develop
enterprise SCM apps as part of the latest release of Oracle SCM Cloud to
expand the availability of tools for businesses. In May 2019, Oracle
released logistics management updates to Oracle SCM Cloud that are
designed to help organizations construct and operate efficient and
flexible supply chains.

In 2020, in response to the disruptions caused by COVID-19, Oracle
released updates to Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing. These
updates are intended to assist customers in increasing collaboration
across supply networks, managing assets, and implementing long-term
planning. Specific enhancements include Oracle Logistics Digital
Assistant, Field Service Preventative Maintenance, Channel Revenue
Management Capabilities, AI Planning Advisor, and Cross-Product
Procurement Enhancements.


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Oracle’s Internet-based planning system integrates supply chain planning
with execution and leverages the Oracle single data model, affording a
single decision support tool for both supply chain and manufacturing

Oracle also offers configuration tools and installation wizards designed
to cut the system implementation timeframe from weeks to days. Oracle SCM
modules seamlessly integrate with each other or can be connected with
third party or legacy systems. SCM includes coverage for value chain
planning, product lifecycle management, advanced procurement, asset
lifecycle management, order orchestration and fulfillment, and
manufacturing. These products can be adopted on a case-by-case basis or as
part of a complete SCM suite.

It is also offered in cloud configurations: the Value Chain Execution
Cloud, Product Value Chain Cloud, and Procurement Cloud.

SCM Products

Table 1 shows Oracle’s complete family of SCM products.

Table 1. Oracle SCM Portfolio
Product Family Description Features
Oracle Product Lifecycle Management Oracle Product Lifecycle Management
applications are designed to help organizations anticipate demand,
segment customers, optimize promotions, and complete scenario
analysis. They can be deployed in a modular approach, and includes
Agile Product Lifecycle Management and Product Information
Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle
Management is designed for managing the product lifecycles from
the ideation phase to recycling and retirement. It focuses on
process efficiency, innovation, cross-functional collaboration,
closed-loop quality control, risk mitigation, and
cost-effectiveness. It includes:

  • Agile Product Collaboration
  • Agile Product Portfolio Management
  • Agile Product Cost Management
  • Agile Product Governance & Compliance
  • Agile Engineering Collaboration
  • AutoVue Enterprise Visualization for Agile
  • Agile Product Quality Management
  • Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics
  • PLM Mobile Apps for Agile

Oracle’s Agile Product Lifecycle Management for Process
applications help companies in process related industries
simplify regulatory compliance, lower cost, and reduce risk. It

  • Agile Formulation and Compliance for Process
  • Agile New Product Development and Introduction for Process
  • Agile Product Data Management for Process
  • Agile Product Supplier Collaboration for Process
  • Agile Product Quality Management for Process
  • Oracle Product Lifecycle Analytics

Agile Engineering Data Management (e6) supports product-related
enterprise processes for organizations in industrial
manufacturing sectors.

Enterprise Data Quality helps organizations provide
fit-for-purpose data that helps identify opportunities, improve
efficiency, and comply with regulations.

 Oracle Product Value Chain Cloud is designed to be a
global, integrated platform for rapidly developing and
commercializing products It includes;

  • Product
    Development Cloud
  • Oracle Product
  • Oracle
    Innovation Management Cloud
Oracle Supply Chain Planning Supply Chain Planning is designed to
offer planning processes, a global collaboration framework, and
built-in analytics for efficient decision making and continuous
monitoring of the impact of business decisions. It helps
organizations anticipate demand, segment customers for
profitability, optimize promotions, perform event-driven scenario
analysis, and manage supply chain risk. Oracle Value Chain
Planning can be deployed in a modular fashion.
  • Advanced Planning Command Center
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Demand Management
  • Demand Signal Repository
  • Global Order Promising
  • Inventory Optimization
  • Predictive Trade Planning and Optimization
  • Production
  • Rapid Planning
  • Real-Time Sales
    and Operations Planning
  • Service Parts Planning
  • Strategic Network Optimization
  • Value Chain Planning In-Memory Applications
  • Value Chain Planning for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Customers
Oracle Procurement Oracle Procurement focuses on the
“Source-to-Settle” process. It offers back-office connectivity, as
well as industry specific capabilities.
Oracle provides packaged integration of
procurement functions with financial management and ERP suites. It
offers on-demand and on-premises services in any combination. It
is an integrated suite that supports “source-to-settle” processes.
It includes:

  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Supply Management
  • JD Edwards World Distribution Management and Supplier
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Advanced Procurement
  • Oracle Fusion Procurement
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Supplier Relationship Management
Oracle Manufacturing Oracle Manufacturing was developed to
streamline the production cycle. It offers flexible production
capabilities that encompass all manufacturing modalities. Supply
chain applications support demand-driven Lean manufacturing.
Collaboration capabilities facilitate supply chain and financial
Oracle Manufacturing includes:

  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • Flow Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Operations Center
  • Oracle Mobile Supply Chain
  • Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Discrete Industries
  • Oracle In-Memory Cost Management for Process Industries
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Production Scheduling
  • Shop Floor Management
Oracle Maintenance and Order Management Oracle Maintenance helps companies
improve reliability and assets utilization with predictive and
condition-based maintenance programs and real-time equipment
analytics. It integrates with Oracle E-Business Suite to deliver
information across many departments.
Oracle Maintenance and Order Management
applications include:

  • Assets
  • General Ledger
  • Payables
  • iProcurement
  • iSupplier Portal
  • Procurement Contracts
  • Purchasing
  • Services Procurement
  • Sourcing
  • Project Collaboration
  • Project Contracts
  • Project Costing
  • Project Management
  • Project Portfolio Analysis
  • Asset Tracking
  • Complex Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
  • Enterprise Asset Management
  • Property Manager
  • Discrete Manufacturing
  • Process Manufacturing
  • Advanced Supply Chain Planning
  • Field Service
  • iSupport
  • TeleService
  • Service Contracts
Oracle Logistics Oracle’s Logistics provides processes
for logistics and fulfillment, from streamlining transport
networks and global trade management to warehouse operations.
Applications include:

  • Distributed Order Orchestration
  • Landed Cost Management
  • Oracle In-Memory Logistics Command Center
  • Inventory Management
  • Global Trade Management
  • Mobile Supply Chain
  • Transportation Management
  • Warehouse Management
  • Yard Management


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Oracle’s SCM portfolio is designed for the enterprise implementation; its
footprint is complex and focused on large organizations. SCM is NOT
considered a viable, scale-down option for SMBs, as implementations tend
to be complex and take long to get up and running, even when excluding
custom programming tasks that are required.

Key areas of implementation include: advanced procurement, asset
lifecycle management, global trade management, logistics and
transportation, manufacturing, order fulfillment, PLM, supply chain
planning, value chain execution, and value chain planning.


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Oracle’s SCM products operate on all major network operating systems,
including Windows, Solaris, Linux, and Unix. Table 2 lists the top
platforms supported.

Table 2. SCM Support Considerations
Platform Support Database Tier Platforms
  • Macintosh OS (client only).
  • Fujitsu PRIMEPOWER
  • Tru64 UNIX and 9000 Series HP-UX
  • Intel-Based Server Linux
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Solaris
  • Oracle Database
  • HP OpenVMS
  • Fujitsu-Siemens Reliant UNIX
  • IBM pSeries UNIX and z/OS
  • Solaris
  • SCO UnixWare


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Oracle’s Worldwide Support Services organization includes support
services such as:

  • Consulting – Services for business analysis,
    enterprise modeling, database design, implementation, full lifecycle
    management, systems integration, and tuning.
  • Fax On Demand – For requesting additional technical
  • Online Bulletin Boards – For communicating with
    technical staff and other users.
  • Premier Support – Product updates, fixes and
    security alerts, tax/legal/regulatory requirements, certification with
    third-party products and versions, upgrade scripts, major product and
    technology releases, and technical support.
  • Technical Support Centers – US- and UK-based,
    providing assistance in 38 countries.
  • Telephone Support – 24×7, all calls assigned to one
    of four severity levels, based on business impact.
  • Training and End-User Services – Courses for
    implementing and running SCM. Also includes online hosting services.


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The cost of Oracle’s SCM varies, depending on configuration and user
requirements. The company’s sales department develops customized quotes
for each potential customer.


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Oracle’s top SCM competition includes: SAP’s Supply Chain Management; JDA
Software’s Supply Chain Now and Supply Chain Planning; Manhattan
Associates’ supply chain and SCALE platforms; Logility’s Supply
Optimization; and Infor’s Supply Chain Management.

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About the Author

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Sherry Kercher is an editor for Faulkner Information
Services. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science,
and tracks and writes about storage, communication networks and equipment,
and Internet technologies.

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