Covid-torn supply chains speed cloud adoption, says Oracle’s Miranda

by Jeremy

Oracle is introducing some new elements to its Oracle Fusion Cloud Supply Chain & Manufacturing (SCM) application at its Oracle Live event today. Presiding at the event will be Steve Miranda, executive vice-president, applications development, who leads Oracle applications development globally. Miranda told Computer Weekly in a briefing ahead of the event that the supplier’s customers have been speeding up “go-lives” during the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic across the board. But in technology and financial services, “companies have accelerated, and their business has sped up”, he said. “They need to fulfill demand or need to get new systems out has increased [pace].”

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Miranda mentioned supply chain companies as accelerating in adopting Oracle’s software as a service applications functionality in response to the second pandemic wave. “Whether it’s Federal Express or Unilever – companies of that sort have also seen either an acceleration or an increased demand in certain areas, driven from the pandemic,” he said.

However, he also noted that other Oracle customers had used the pandemic period to do some house cleaning, and here he cited Marriott. “They’ve seen a slowdown in terms of their overall business,” he said. “The pandemic has impacted travel and hospitality. So, they have used the time to get some new systems in place, to improve their infrastructure.

“In Marriott’s case, there was a go-live across the board in HR. Given that they didn’t have a lot of other things going on in the business, they were able to focus on some of the infrastructure assignments.”

Miranda said the pandemic has accelerated adoption for specific industries in Oracle’s supply chain technology delivered as software as a service (SaaS). “That’s not only about new features, but in the supply chain product itself,” he said. “We are seeing companies taking lessons learned from the pandemic and trying to eliminate single-source bottlenecks from their supply chain, including single-source geographies for their supply chains.

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