Oracle has updated its Oracle Transportation Management 6.0 solution to provide improved oversight for transportation networks, ranging from small handfuls of trucks to fleets of ships. Oracle has been on a steady campaign of acquisitions and product releases in 2009, despite the moribund state of the economy. SAP and other companies have also introduced supply-chain management solutions.
updated its solution for transportation networks, one of the more complex
real-world enterprise-related activities, with Oracle Transportation Management
The solution, the next major
update after the release of version 5.5 in May 2006, is intended to provide
single-application functionality for transportation-network planning,
execution, payment and process automation; it is designed to be scalable,
whether the network in question is a handful of trucks or a fleet of multileg
Within the solution, the
company is emphasizing Oracle Fleet Management, a component that enables the
management of fleet and common carrier networks via a single platform, which
theoretically can translate into greater efficiencies and thus lowered costs
and environmental impact.
"It gives our customers the
ability to manage both their private fleet operations as well as transportation
provided by third parties," Derek Gittoes, vice president of Logistics Product
Strategy for Oracle, said in an interview. "It's unique for manufacturers to be
able to manage both their own drivers as well as the transportation provided by
third-parties; from a commercial software perspective, this has not been
Without the software, a
retail giant using a combination of their own and third-party fleets might have
an inefficient system in place where their trucks, once they deliver goods to a
particular store, head back to the distribution point empty. With the solution
in place, Gittoes says, such "dead runs" of empty trucks belonging to both the
retailer and its third-party contractors can be weeded out of the system.
The solution as a whole
offers expanded functionality for planning, execution and financial settlement.
Oracle claims that version 6.0 will boost order management capabilities,
mobile-communications and asset tracking, and utilization of drivers, among
It will also install new
capabilities for costing, payables, billables, cost accruals, revenue recognition
and claim and dispute management.
Oracle has released other
products in 2009 designed to introduce more efficiency into enterprise business
operations, as companies look to reduce their costs and streamline their
operations in the face of a massive global recession.
9 saw the release of Oracle Sourcing on Demand,
a SAAS solution to make
strategic sourcing, the process by which companies procure the best deals for
supplies, more cost-effective and efficient. Using the solution, a company's
experts can collaborate in order to arrive at the best possible price; Souring
on Demand is also validated to meet SAS70 Type II and Sarbanes-Oxley Act
Oracle has also kept up a
steady acquisition pace in 2009, including
the purchase of mValent,
a company that produces configuration management
solutions, and Relsys
, whose drug safety and risk management solutions could play a
vital part in Oracle's health care IT strategy.
Other IT companies have
introduced products that make the enterprise's supply chains increasingly
March 18, SAP
rolled out a new version of its SAP BusinessObjects Global Trade Services
, part of the SAP BusinessObjects governance,
risk and compliance solutions suite; that software was designed to automate
regulatory compliance across the supply chain.