Eye on Oracle

Jan 11 2013   4:05PM GMT

New year, new releases from Oracle

Lena Weiner Lena Weiner Profile: Lena Weiner

I’ve sometimes wondered if companies, customers and developers feel like it’s New Years’ when looking at a new release of an old product. Here’s a chance to do everything all over again. Old edition glitchy? Bad user interface on it? Got a big wish-list from the end users? Here’s your chance to start over—not unlike New Years.

So, it’s not unfitting that Oracle released the latest versions of both Oracle Transportation Management and Oracle Global Trade Management so soon after the beginning of the new year, on Monday, Jan. 7. The new versions are designed to work with Oracle Fusion Applications, which will be a nice plus for everyone who uses Fusion or those in non-heterogeneous IT shops.  Some new features in this version of Oracle Transportation Management include carrier bid optimization and management, fleet management, BI enhancements and new dashboards.  Oracle is touting the major benefits of Oracle Transportation Management to be reduced transportation costs, increased customer service levels and improved environmental sustainability (how the heck an ERP system leads to greater environmental sustainability is beyond me, but um, sure, if they say so, I guess).

Oracle markets Oracle Global Trade Management as a first-of-its-kind supply chain management system. That sounds a little more revolutionary than it may be, but at least they aren’t suggesting it will reverse the aging process or cure cancer (or lead to greater environmental sustainability, for that matter).  This version introduces Oracle Customs Management, which is intended to help users “manage customs clearance screenings,” enhanced tariff visibility for duties and taxes and new license management features. Supposed benefits organizations adopting this product might expect include accelerated cash flow, streamlined processes due to automation, better visibility of trade data and most other benefits expected of supply chain management program adoption.

I’d be curious to know if any of our readers are using the newest releases of these two Oracle products. If so, what kind of experience are you having with them? Are they easier to use, less glitchy, more bloated? Have you actually found any indications that they really do lead to greater environmental sustainability? I want to hear about it! Either leave a comment on this blog, or send an email to Editor@SearchOracle.com

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