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What is adaptive supply chain planning?

Supply chain planning is the central command and control component of the end-to-end supply chain. It balances supply and demand by predicting future sales and shipments, and then determining the materials requirements and resource activities that the supply chain can profitably deliver. An adaptive supply chain planning application adds the ability to monitor changes to demand and supply, and then quickly respond to these changes. Resolving supply chain issues interactively is the key to managing today’s dynamic, highly outsourced supply chains.
 

What services are available in Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud includes Oracle Planning Central, Oracle Sales and Operations Planning, Oracle Demand Management, and Oracle Supply Planning Cloud services. Planning Central provides foundational demand and supply planning capabilities while Demand Management and Supply Planning offer more advanced demand and supply planning functionality. You can start quickly with Planning Central and then seamlessly add Demand Management and/or Supply Planning. Sales and Operations Planning Cloud can be used standalone, or together with any combination of Planning Central, Demand Management, and Supply Planning. More details can be found here.

Oracle Global Order Promising Cloud and Oracle Supply Chain Collaboration Cloud are complementary services that connect to Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud.
 

What are the key benefits of Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud helps you resolve your supply chain problems quickly by ensuring decisions are faster, smarter, and demand-driven. Compared to conventional supply chain planning solutions, Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud forecasts demand more accurately, plans supply more flexibly, and responds to issues such as material shortages, resource overloads, late supplier shipments, and customer order changes as they occur. The result is a better ongoing balance of supply and demand.
 

How does Supply Chain Planning Cloud fit into Oracle SCM Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud is an integral component of an end-to-end supply chain management cloud solution, designed to keep supply chain planning and execution in synch. Supply Chain Planning Cloud collects the latest demand and supply data, plans future requirements, and releases supply recommendations to Oracle Manufacturing Cloud, Oracle Inventory and Cost Management Cloud, and Oracle Procurement Cloud applications in a closed-loop process.
 

How can I better predict demand with Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Demand Management Cloud combines proven forecasting algorithms with flexible analytics to anticipate customer demand. It gives you immediate feedback on new products, business segments, and customer behaviors that drive demand, so you can respond to these changes. Easy cloud-based deployment unified with other Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud solutions helps you to evolve quickly to more adaptive, customer-centric planning, so you can achieve and sustain better performance.
 

How can I manage material and resource shortages with Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud includes exception-based analytics that identify material and resource shortages, prioritized by their impact. Root-cause analysis pinpoints the underlying component, work center, or supplier that's the source of the problem. Intelligent recommendations then advise plan changes to resolve the shortage. You can see the impact of any changes, so you can easily trade off material and capacity constraints until you are satisfied with your plan.
 

How can I segment my supply chain planning with Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud manages supply and demand in multiple dimensions—by customer, product, organization, resource, supplier, and time. You can plan in any combination of these dimensions, at any level of detail—top-down, bottom-up, or middle-out—to model your supply chain segments. Multidimensional tree-map analytics can help you visualize each segment's planned revenue, shipments, exceptions, and other measures in context. If you want to manage your segments independently, you can also create individual plans for each segment that are scoped to the relevant part of the business.
 

How often do I run a plan using Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud supports iterative planning, so you can respond immediately to any changes in supply or demand. You can collect net changes to supply chain data and re-run a plan at any time to decide whether any adjustments are needed. You can then update the plan and release supply orders incrementally, rather than as a periodic batch. Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud also provides scheduled processes for automating regular nightly, weekly, or monthly plan runs, with automated release for routine supply orders.
 

What level of planning experience is required to use Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud is designed to simplify planning and empower planners at all experience levels. Its highly graphical, intuitive user interface engages business users in supply chain planning processes, while its guided navigation and multidimensional analytics minimize training and improve adoption.
 

Will I need to hire more planners to exploit the full value of Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud?

No. Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud is aimed at improving planner productivity, so you can do more with less. Users can view the financial, forecasting, inventory, supply, and resource status of a plan at a glance. With a single click, planners can see the related details on any topic, and begin working on issues or opportunities. Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud also encourages users to "manage by exception," automating routine tasks so more time can be spent on the critical issues that impact business performance. Planners can also work on multiple facets of a plan at the same time, tabbing back and forth among views as needed. Finally, when it’s time to run a plan, users can see results in near real time, rather than waiting for hours.
 

How can Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud help me collaborate better with planning stakeholders?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud is socially enabled, allowing planners to easily monitor and participate in broader business discussions across the end-to-end supply chain. By interacting online with sales and marketing people, buyers, production personnel, and others, they can get advance notice of customer changes, new product introductions, production problems, component sourcing decisions, and other issues. Planners can invite individuals and groups to planning-related conversations, share documents with them, chat online, or launch web conferencing to gain cross-organizational insight.
 

We're used to planning using spreadsheets. How can Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud help us evolve to a better planning process?

Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud is spreadsheet-friendly, so your team can smoothly transition and take advantage of its built-in best practices right away. You can import your sales history, current forecast, safety stock targets, sourcing rules, and other information to Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud applications, where you can operate a planning process that is more structured, integrated, and adaptive. You can focus on a subset of the data to solve problems, and promote your solutions to the plan of record rather than copy data from file to file. When needed, you can export demand and supply data to spreadsheets for offline analysis, or use direct integration to edit values in a spreadsheet. All updates are audited, and plans are archived so you can keep track of what's changed.
 

How can planners configure Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud to meet their needs?

Users can easily configure any views in all of Oracle Supply Chain Planning Cloud's services to suit their individual preferences. They can create custom pages with their own selection of graphs and pivot tables, drag and drop dimensions, select measures, and filter data to the right context. They can also modify the Plan Summary to create their own tiles and detail views. Administrators can share configurations across users so they have a common perspective.
 

Can I use Supply Chain Planning Cloud while continuing on with my existing execution systems?

Yes. Supply Chain Planning Cloud provides integration capabilities to work with any execution system. Supply Chain Planning Cloud supports the following co-existence scenarios:
  • Complete planning and execution in Oracle Cloud
  • Planning in the cloud with execution continuing in EBS/JDE/PSFT/SAP/legacy systems
  • Planning in the cloud with different independent business units on different execution systems
 
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