So You’ve Bought Cloud … Now What?

Migrating your supply chain to the cloud can feel like shopping for new shoes – there are multiple options that should work in theory, but in practice you might run into problems finding one that has all of the features you need and is also a perfect fit. Plus, the purchase is only the beginning, as day-to-day use might reveal issues that weren’t apparent upfront. Put through its paces (literally), a seemingly comfortable pair of shoes might prove highly irritating, just as an apparently suitable set of cloud-based apps and services could become challenging to implement.

The takeaway? Initial technology selection is just one part of the journey to a better supply chain. You also need processes for moving your systems from point A to point B, along with an expert partner capable of guiding this transition. The risks are too high to do otherwise: According to the Standish Group, only 29 percent of IT project implementations are successful, due to issues ranging from budgetary restraints to difficult integrations with legacy systems. Project success requires a customized plan backed by best-in-class supply chain management solutions

Planning for a better supply chain in the cloud

Benjamin Franklin said that failure to prepare is preparation for failure. With that in mind, it makes sense to start your cloud migration with a clear plan – more specifically, with the Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud and a business partner with demonstrated proficiency in implementing Oracle cloud apps.

Supply Chain Planning Cloud directly addresses problems with business complexity, including:

  • Not having a single version of the truth: Spreadsheet frenzy and siloed on-prem systems mean there’s no way to orchestrate a timely, informed response to shifts in supply and demand.
  • Excess or insufficient inventory: Without a central hub for supply chain data, inventories become a blind spot, capable of surprising you with excessive stock that cuts into profit margins or stock-outs that drive away customers.
  • Too much IT overhead: Outside of the cloud, running advanced simulations and generating useful analytics requires extensive involvement from IT, leading to delays and inefficiencies as already-overworked personnel juggle multiple tasks.

Because it harmonizes information across the supply and demand sides of the supply chain, this Oracle platform is an ideal starting point for a cloud migration. It serves as the informational bedrock of a highly responsive digital supply chain, providing the key infrastructure for creating accurate forecasts, monitoring performance and aligning different parts of the enterprise.

Supply Chain Planning Cloud is an ideal starting point for a cloud migration.  

Building a cloud supply chain, one app at a time

As experts in integrated supply chains, Inspirage will ensure you get off to the right start with Supply Chain Planning Cloud and can implement additional applications and services to make your implementation successful. From smart automation to management consulting, our team will assist yours in selecting, installing and supporting the right supply chain solutions.

In other words, we will make both the technologies and the processes of a modern cloud-based supply chain deliver top- and bottom-line results for your organization. To learn more, visit our Resource Center or contact our team directly.

Rob Knapp

Rob Knapp | Key Contributor

Rob Knapp is a recognized industry leader and contributes to the growth of Inspirage as Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Management. Rob joined Inspirage from Oracle where he was Consulting Vice President. He brings depth to Inspirage clients across supply chain management areas based on his experience advising many Fortune 500 firms.