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Supply Chain Transformation – Oracle

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Who had the time or inclination to take on supply chain issues when business was booming? Most business leaders focused their attention on other needs – like filling orders. When it came to the supply chain, “good enough” was plenty. But today, after looking under nearly every rock to drive more value, many organizations have their supply chains in the crosshairs again.

Supply chain transformation is a business issue before it becomes a technology issue. Each change you make to the supply chain can have a direct effect on your business, so you need a team that knows the implications of change. We bring a wide range of hands-on industry experience to bear on your supply chain challenges to help make sure supply chain initiatives deliver results aligned. Learn more about the offering. 

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Go big or start small?

The supply chain is a natural place to turn to drive value, to address persistent cost pressures and to meet other emerging challenges. Facing tighter regulatory controls, companies in many industries need to improve visibility and tighten quality control. Plus, while they have worked hard to reduce costs, there is always more to be saved. Improvements in the supply chain can help companies take big steps to address all of these issues and more.

For many executives, the problem is figuring out where and how to start. Is it best to focus on smaller initiatives to gain maximum results in the minimum amount of time? Or should you look at the big picture with transformation in mind, addressing everything from forecasting to planning and execution? If your goals are limited, small steps may be warranted. But many organizations today are looking for bigger results – ones they cannot achieve by any combination of small steps. That is where supply chain transformation comes into play.

How we can help

Supply chain transformation is a business issue before it becomes a technology issue. Each change you make to the supply chain can have a direct effect on your business, so you need a team that knows the implications of change. We bring a wide range of hands-on industry experience to bear on your supply chain challenges to help make sure supply chain initiatives deliver results aligned with your company’s most important business goals.

When it is time to bring technology into the picture, our long-standing collaboration with Oracle and our ability to execute means we know how to deliver Oracle-based solutions. Today, some of the most notable case studies of Oracle supply chain technology in action are Deloitte-led projects.

Our consultative and implementation support spans the supply chain from end to end. Here are some of the services we offer:

  • Supply chain strategy and planning
  • Sourcing and procurement
  • Manufacturing excellence
  • Logistics and distribution
  • Product innovation and lifecycle management

Bottom-line benefits

  • Improved operating efficiency and financial performance
  • Stronger, more transparent relationships with key partners
  • Standardized processes to increase compliance
  • Reduced complexity across the supply chain
  • Tightly coordinated demand and supply based on the company’s production capabilities
  • Improved planning effectiveness and optimization of working capital
  • More effective decision making and analysis, requiring less time to collect data
  • Enhanced supply chain network collaboration efforts
  • Improved compliance management

Five ways to get more value

We have helped some of the largest and most successful companies in the world deliver more value from supply chains. Here are a few things we have learned along the way:

Lead with business goals. Do not let the bells and whistles of technology drive the scope of your transformation project. Stay focused on clear, well-defined business goals and bring your technology choices in line with that vision. This approach can make tough technology decisions a lot easier.

Commitment and consistency. Transformation is an all-or-nothing endeavor. Commitment and consistency are required for getting buy-in from the organization.

Build around what is built in. Oracle’s supply chain technology comes with a lot of leading business processes already built in. Make sure to use out-of-the-box capabilities in areas that are not points of differentiation for your business. It is an established way to keep costs down and remain focused on the processes and information that are most important.

Phase it in. A phased implementation by functional area is a smart way to reach your transformation project goals. Just make sure not to do it in a way that negatively affects future rollouts.

Seek industry-specific solutions. Chances are, many of the supply chain issues you are struggling with are the same ones other companies in your industry have already tackled. Lot tracking and traceability, electronic signatures, roll stock management, catch weight, rebates, charge backs, pegging, distribution – prebuilt industry-specific solutions can address issues like these in a way that reduces implementation cycle time and design risk.

Supply Chain Transformation in action

  • When a process manufacturer started a supply chain transformation initiative targeting everything from strategy and process redesign to technology implementation, we helped with each step, combining deep process industry experience with hands-on technology experience. We helped implement Oracle Value Chain Planning products including Demantra and Advanced Supply Chain Planning to address issues such as forecasting, supply and inventory planning, strategy and operations and order fulfillment. Along the way we facilitated the change aspect of the transformation by engaging with the affected client organizations and regions.
  • We helped a consumer business company implement a supply chain transformation project that streamlined end-to-end forecasting, planning and execution, achieving significant inventory reduction in the supply chain. We helped deploy a standardized, central, global strategy and operations process that connected supply chain processes, including trade promotions planning, forecasting, inventory planning, supply planning and manufacturing execution. Today, this solution helps the company closely collaborate with key retailers, as well as dynamically position supply to match volatile shifts in demand.
  • After acquiring a large competitor, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of brand-name consumer home improvement products sought to keep management of the two organizations decentralized. Technology would play a big role in the combined company’s supply chain transformation effort which was intended to increase revenue and market share without increasing SG&A costs. We helped the company look beyond technology to focus on four key areas: simplifying the information environment, designing a “build any product anywhere” network, automating product configuration and creating scalable processes.

As used in this document, “Deloitte” means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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