Next week, Supply Chain Matters will be providing coverage of Oracle’s annual OpenWorld customer conference being held in San Francisco.

We have attended this conference for many prior years and it seems that with every passing year, Oracle’s complete transformation to a Cloud based technology provider takes on additional meaning.  This year’s OpenWorld will reflect the assimilation of NetSuite’s SuiteConnect conference after Oracle acquired the mid-market focused Could ERP provider in July of 2016. Oracle’s financial performance thus far has pointed to significant momentum in Cloud ERP adoption and deployments. 

In prior coverage of OpenWorld, we have focused on the supply chain management area where the enterprise tech provider continues to make progress in its broader development and deployment of Oracle SCM Cloud suite. We were the first to declare after the 2015 Open World conference that from our lens, Oracle had developed one of the broadest cross-functional supply chain management, public cloud based applications suite available in the marketplace. Many other analysts have now joined in that view. Oracle has since been addressing broader cross-functional supply chain, procurement and product management applications support along with deeper vertical industry business support needs particularly in the all-important supply chain planning, sales and operations planning (S&OP), WMS and supply chain execution area. Release 13 of Oracle SCM Cloud included such progress. For the latter WMS and customer fulfillment area, Oracle announced the acquisition of Cloud based provider LogFire just prior to last year’s OpenWorld. Next week, LogFire customers gain the opportunity to take-in the OpenWorld experience.

One of the most anticipated aspects of this year’s conference was initially shared at Oracle’s Fiscal Q2 financial performance update. Oracle Founder and CTO Larry Ellison indicated that the company will announce the next generation of the Oracle database and described the release of a totally-autonomous database technology predicated on a foundation of machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. In-essence, Oracle declares the new Cloud based database will not require a human to either manage or tune the application.  This announcement has significant implications for enterprise software technology as well as supply chain management focused software applications. Next week, we will be sharing additional details along with our initial insights as to implications.

Stayed tuned to Supply Chain Matters all next week for continued dispatches from the 2017 Oracle OpenWorld conference.

Bob Ferrari

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