Oracle Demantra 7.1.1 – Improved Forecasting and Demand Management Capabilities

Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle’s Demantra 7.1.1 yesterday, expanding on its industry leading demand management functionality Oracle obtained through its acquisition of Demantra. With Release 7.1.1, Demantra also becomes part of the Advanced Planning solution within the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, giving companies the ability to accurately predict demand, shape profitability for their products and proactively manage complex global supply chains.

With this announcement, Oracle is reinforcing its commitment to bringing best-in-class products to new customers while continuing to support companies that are already leveraging Demantra solutions such as Applica, Baxter, Welch’s, Wiltons, V-Tech, and 20th Century Fox. Relying on Demantra, companies have been able to achieve higher forecast accuracy, better inventory turns, increased order fill rates and reduced price protection claims with less planning effort.

Oracle’s Demantra 7.1.1 adds new capabilities for existing and new customers including support for Oracle Fusion Middleware, improved planner productivity, enhancements to data loading and export, new demand analysis worksheets and series and data security enhancements. This latest release also enables companies to model more precise statistical forecasting, analysis and collaboration scenarios without special training or IT support.

Pre-built Integration with Oracle Applications Enables More Profitable Operations
Oracle’s Demantra 7.1.1 enables seamless, pre-configured integration with the Advanced Planning applications within the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. This effectively reduces setup, configuration and on-going maintenance costs for customers as Demantra shares the same demand and master data as the Oracle Applications. In addition, customers can rapidly extend their planning solution footprint to areas such as strategic network optimization, distribution and supply planning and inventory postponement optimization. For example, customers can simulate supply chain risk scenarios in strategic network optimization using Demantra’s consensus forecast scenarios as input, as well as drive production and distribution planning of the same demand signal; or, customers can determine their inventory postponement strategy based on the forecast and demand variability as calculated in Demantra.

The demand-driven planning capabilities in Oracle’s Demantra enable companies to sense demand at a granular level, in real-time and closer to the point of consumption. Other attributes of this integration include:

  • Preconfigured worksheets for demand analysis and waterfall analysis
  • Forecast archiving to preserve the current period’s forecast
  • Preconfigured workflows for planner notifications and approval processes
  • Access to series, levels and menus based on security settings for groups and users, and * A tightly integrated user experience.

General Availability

Oracle’s Demantra 7.1.1 is currently available as a stand-alone product or as part of the Oracle E-Business Suite or Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Customers may continue to use previous versions of Oracle’s demand planning capabilities or decide to upgrade to Demantra Demand Management.

Kevin Creel

Kevin Creel | Key Contributor

Kevin Creel is a co-founder of Inspirage and currently serves as President, Strategy and Business Development. Mr. Creel leads the global business strategy and development organizations at Inspirage. He is a recognized subject matter expert for supply chain management business process and system design. Kevin frequently presents at industry and analyst events on subjects such as cloud supply chain systems. Prior to founding Inspirage, Kevin worked for Oracle Corporation as a product manager leading supply chain systems design with a focus on high tech and configure to order products. In this design role he acted as a “voice for the customer” leveraging his 15+ years of experience in business leadership and system engineering roles in the high tech and semiconductor industries. In 2008, Kevin was recognized by the Oracle Technical Network as an Oracle ACE for his thought leadership and educational contributions within the Oracle professional and user community.