Oracle Sun’s one-year supply chain transformation

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When Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems, the software vendor became a manufacturing company overnight. Within a year Sun moved from make-to-stock to 100 per cent make-to-order in 12 months, radically changing the supply chain model and improving business performance, and simultaneously launching a whole new line of product.

Delegates at the Extended Supply Chain conference in April will have the opportunity to hear how this was achieved from Jon Chorley, vice president, supply chain and sustainability product strategy, Ewan Burgess, director, supply chain development, at Oracle.

Chorley and Burgess are just part of a stellar line up of speakers at Extended Supply Chain which takes place at the Park Plaza Victoria in London from 5th-6th April.

An Claes, director supply chain innovation & performance management at Nike, will explain how it goes about being responsive to market demand. She will consider the importance of a strong vision and innovation agenda, as well as an aligned point of view across all supply chain functions.

And she will talk about developing a consistent way to engage and cascade those priorities throughout the layers of the organisation.

Lourens Schouwink, chief financial officer of Samsung Benelux, will be giving the CFO perspective on aligning supply chain strategy with the overall business strategy. He will look at the relationship between Finance & Supply Chain at Samsung Electronics, integrating supply chains to enhance financial performance, understanding the cultural differences of working for an Asian enterprise and how this can proactively effect the supply chain, and emerging global trends and the consequences for the extended supply chain.

David Warrick, Microsoft’s GM manufacturing and supply chain, EMEA and Asia Pacific, will explain the strategy for developing an out-sourced supply chain.

Dr John Gattorna, who developed the concept of dynamic supply chain alignment, will be explaining how people drive supply chains at the conference.

He will introduce his dynamic alignment framework which ties the enterprise to its demand and source markets, and help to inform how we should be designing and operating contemporary supply chains.

John Gattorna will also be running a post-conference workshop entitled: “Designing and implementing New Age supply chains”.

And there will also be a pre-conference S&OP day: The Evolution of S&OP – Aligning people, processes and business strategy.

Other speakers include:

Prof Alan Waller, visiting professor, international SCM, Cranfield School of Management.

Jo Verbeek, VP supply chain, Staples

Martin Jarvis, chief executive officer, D1 Oils

Nigel Lomas, director of supply chain, News International

Rick Hamilton, VP technical services, Cisco Services

Roddy Martin, SVP global supply chain, Competitive Capabilities International

Bill Hutchinson, director of global logistics and fulfilment, Dell

Yves Kerstens, VP supply chain & information technology, Bridgestone Europe

Dave Powell, S&OP director Europe, Kimberly-Clark

Alastair Charatan, director supply chain programme, Travis Perkins

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