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Lavonne Williams from our Logistics Team has been recognized on the Oracle Cloud Customer Connect Hall of Fame. The platform recognizes members who contribute to the Oracle community by sharing knowledge and assisting peers. Spotlight members are selected based on their contributions to the community including answering questions and sharing their own experiences.
Lavonne Williams is a Solution Architect at Accelalpha, where she is responsible for the overall design and successful implementation of customer transportation needs. She commented, “This role can be a challenge, but in such a fun way – solving a unique logistics puzzle on each project.” Lavonne worked as a Logistics Planner and in the Logistics IT Departments in previous positions, which gives her a unique perspective when working with customers. “My past experience has really helped me in my ability to understand customer needs from a functional perspective and translate them into a structure we can build in OTM.”
Lavonne recognizes and appreciates the value in Customer Connect: “I joined the community as soon as I learned about it. I love having a place to research questions, share ideas and overall feel integrated with the OTM community. I enjoy that the community has a variety of members ranging from partners to customers to Oracle team members. It makes for an interesting variety of solutions and suggestions.”
Lavonne is most proud of her idea ‘allowing users to approve multiple invoices at once’ becoming reality. She explained, “This is something that will benefit many end users by offering a great time savings versus having to process one by one for approval.”
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When not immersed in solving OTM logistics challenges, Lavonne embraces a different type of challenge – She can be found jumping off a cliff to swing in Switzerland, skydiving in Florida, swimming with Manta rays at night in Hawaii, bungee jumping off of a crane in Amsterdam or just having an adventure camping near home. Lavonne loves anything that gets her outdoors and active!”
Accelalpha has joined forces with Prolog Partners to create a premier business and technology consulting company. This merger is an important step in the company’s drive to expand capabilities in delivering comprehensive and holistic end-to-end solutions leveraging Oracle Cloud Applications.
Accelalpha Founder, Nat Ganesh, will continue to serve as CEO of the combined company. Both of Prolog’s founding partners, Harrison Hudgins and Alfonso Ibanez, will continue in their current leadership roles, reporting to the CEO.
The global economy has experienced a phenomenon like none other due to the unfortunate events triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the industry is witnessing extreme pressures to the logistics value chain, requiring companies to reconsider strategies that safeguard against future supply chain disruptions, including adopting digital logistics solutions. Ganesh commented, “by joining together, Accelalpha and Prolog Partners become well positioned to drive greater value for our Oracle customers, combining the most experienced thought leaders across Oracle Transportation Management (OTM), Global Trade Management (GTM), Warehouse Management (WMS), Configure Price Quote (CPQ) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.”
“Merging Prolog Partners with Accelalpha provides exceptional growth opportunities across the globe and deepens our commitment for service excellence to our clients,” commented Harrison Hudgins, Managing Partner. Alfonso Ibanez added, “Both Prolog and Accelalpha are aligned to similar goals and are culturally compatible, with a customer-first mindset. We remain deeply committed to the core mission to deliver top-quality services and superior value to our Oracle partners and our clients.”
Both companies enjoy a positive reputation in successfully completing some of the most complicated and intricate system deployments, with a 100% referenceable customer base. The merger enables Accelalpha and Prolog Partners to deliver comprehensive Oracle Cloud solutions irrespective of the level of complexity. The combined company is able to offer enhanced services and products to customers with increased efficiency, value and domain expertise.
About Prolog Partners: Established in 2017, Prolog Partners has completed more than 100 successful Oracle rollouts of WMS, OTM, and GTM Cloud software. The Prolog team possesses deep Oracle application knowledge and logistics business process expertise. In addition, Prolog and Accelalpha are aligned to similar goals and are culturally compatible, with a customer-first mindset. With strong customer ties domestically and internationally, Prolog complements the strategic growth strategies of Accelalpha.
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About Accelalpha: Founded in 2009, Accelalpha is a premier Business and IT consulting firm providing services across a breadth of industries including retail, technology, aerospace, and defense. The Company is an ‘Oracle Cloud Excellence’ partner with primary focus on providing end-to-end enterprise solutions leveraging Oracle ERP, OTM, GTM, CPQ and WMS software. Accelalpha is recognized for its rigorous, results-oriented approach in deployment of solutions that deliver tangible results in a short time frame.
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As part of the holiday season, what’s a better way to spend it than giving back to your community? Accelalpha’s team wanted to do just that, give back. In Dallas, Texas employees volunteered at Frisco Family Services. As a nonprofit, Frisco Family Services collects donated gifts to help less fortunate families shop for one another without charge during the holiday season.
Donations were sorted into age groups that included infant, toddler, elementary school, middle school, high school, and adult ages. These donations were given by individuals and corporations to help families in need. These families were able to go to Frisco Family Services to shop for gifts on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the week in Frisco, Texas over the holidays.
If you want to volunteer in your area, there are plenty of opportunities. To find out how you can help, visit the Points of Light Website for a list of different places to volunteer near you. Want to know more about Frisco Family Services? You can visit the organization’s website, here.
We also want to give a big thank you to the team for volunteering, the individuals that donated gifts, and the hard workers at Frisco Family Services that made all this possible.
As trade compliance fines go up and trade requirements perpetually change, the risk for businesses continues to grow. In today’s world, you need a robust and flexible Global Trade Management (GTM) solution to help ensure compliance and to avoid any potential violations.
However, navigating through trade compliance solutions can be tricky. And if you already have a platform, is it still optimal for your company? So, what’s the solution? How can an organization properly evaluate if the business should migrate from their current methodologies and solutions? What benefits could come from migrating?
Join Accelalpha to answer those questions – and more. Plus, hear from Keysight Technologies, about their experience migrating from Amber Road to Oracle Global Trade Management (GTM) Cloud.
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This past month Accelalpha attended an award ceremony on August 16th, recognizing students who had participated against another for contracts of employment as part of a project in Scotland known as The Recruit. Accelalpha had volunteered earlier this summer to help teach students part of the program in July.
The Recruit project is loosely based off of the TV show, The Apprentice. Where instead, 35 students from Inverclyde are put in an environment to build leadership qualities. These young minds participate in an outward bound team-building course.
Students hear from some of Scotland’s top entrepreneurs, going up against business challenges hosted by partner companies. The scholars are given the opportunity to compete for 12-month contracts of employment with some of The Recruit’s partner companies. Throughout the summer, the students write reports on the challenges they have participated in. Partner companies monitor the young adults during this time to determine who the contracts will be awarded to. The successful ‘Recruits’ are announced and the year’s winning students are awarded at a glamorous finale dinner to conclude the event.
Accelalpha was delighted to be able to provide these aspiring young people with a unique challenge day. Students are tasked with taking part in conference calls with people overseas. In the 13 years the program has been running, this is the first time that the students have been tested like this. Hosts for the day were, Taylor McGhee, Chris Larkin, and Matthew Tolan, from Accelalpha’s Gourock, Scotland office. The three started by introducing the students to Accelalpha. They explained what Accelalpha does, who our typical clients are, and walked them through what Global Trade Management (GTM) is.
The Recruit participants then moved on to an ice-breaking game to lift the students’ spirits. Accelalpha’s team then provided them with some education on basic consulting skills that they could put to good use in the afternoon’s challenge. The morning was wrapped up with a briefing on what their recruit challenge would entail.
During the challenge, students were split into four teams, each forming a consulting firm. They were then tasked with competing to win Accelalpha’s custom prize. The four student companies all specialized in developing web-based travel solutions. The challenge’s concept was for each team to gather as much information as possible. Students navigated problems and scenarios while operating their theoretical business.
Each student team participated in conference calls with two Accelalpha employees in the United States. The fake companies included Gamma Watt, ConsulNation, Operational Omega, and DecelDelta. The scholars presented their findings to Accelalpha once they gathered enough information to build a case.
Students explained how their solution would solve the problems they had identified. After which, Accelalpha’s GTM Practice Director, Joe Spear, provided feedback to the students via a video conference call. Spear also gave them some insight into the skills he developed over his career since leaving school. After much deliberation, the onsite Accelalpha team announced that Operational Omega had won the challenge.
Accelalpha was delighted to be able to provide the students with a few surprises throughout the day as well. The young adults enjoyed pizza for lunch, had an ice-cream truck come to the venue to provide dessert, and were gifted with some company-branded stationery!
Our company is honored that we were able to support such an incredible program. The dedication of these young minds is truly inspirational. After the success of this year’s challenge day, our company hopes that Accelalpha can continue to support The Recruit program in the coming years.
The US OTM SIG event that was held in Philly was a great success! Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Special Interest Group (SIG) is a part of the larger OAUG. The community, OTM SIG, has a special interest in coming together to share best practices, success techniques and lessons learned. They primarily communicate the wants and needs of the group to influence OTM/GTM product direction through yearly conferences and regular webinars.
A special thanks goes out to all of our employees and clients who attended the event and spoke for us, we appreciate all your hard work! Here are the following presentation snapshots that occurred during the event.
Session: Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud Migration
Abstract: More and more companies are looking to the cloud to help realize lower total cost of ownership, increased performance and reduced overhead for upgrades. Zebra Technologies realized these potential benefits and made the strategic decision to move to the cloud. Venkatesh Iyer, Senior Information Systems Manager, and Likian Meens, IT Business Advisor discussed their journey to the cloud, including the benefits realized, new functionality introduced and the unique strategy of migrating directly from 6.3.7 to Cloud 19A, without an on-premise upgrade!
Category: Business Value
Speaker: Venkatesh Iyer | Senior Information Systems Manager
Company: Zebra Technologies
Session: Milk-Runs “Literally” – Deriving Process Efficiencies Through Oracle Fleet Management
Abstract: Last year, we started our journey to address the issues of manual, disparate processes, lack of visibility, lack of central data repository for capturing fleet metrics. Using Oracle Transportation Management and Fleet Management has enabled us to standardize our milk-run processes across multiple locations. Every company has a different approach on addressing challenges. We looked at the three-step approach that Darigold followed to transform our fleet operations from manual processes to automated manageable processes and providing visibility to our operational strengths and opportunities.
Date: Tuesday, August 6th, 2019
Category: Business Value
Speaker: Sarah Woods | TMS Lead
Session: Successful Migration from Amber Road to GTM Cloud and the Benefits
Abstract: Trade compliance for the global enterprise has never been more challenging than it is today. Keysight technologies showed how the company has achieved significant benefits by replacing their legacy on-premise trade compliance application with Oracle GTM Cloud. Some examples of benefits achieved are: reduced cost of ownership, improved user experience, elimination of painful upgrades, and improved performance. Keysight’s GTM Cloud implementation is complex, enterprise-wide, and is used to manage compliance, content, and customs. It includes integration with AES, EU reporting, brokers, Oracle EBS, and a number of Keysight boundary applications.
Category: Business Value
Speaker: Rich Barboza | Back Office IT Solutions Manager
Company: Keysight Technologies
Session: OTM-GTM Solution Supporting US and LATAM
Abstract: The current Global Trade environment demands companies to stay on top of ever-changing regulations and continually reduce risk. More and more companies are looking to rapidly deploy an automation solution to achieve these goals. For those companies already utilizing Oracle Transportation Management, deployment of Global Trade Management is the most logical, and cost-effective, solution. BLK discussed the company’s journey building their Transportation and Trade System to support operations within the United States and Latin America as a scalable solution designed to easily deploy future capabilities. Miguel Gutierrez, BLK´s CEO, and Luis Martinez-Leon, BLK´s Chief Commitment Officer & President, outlined BLK’s successful GTM Cloud implementation in the existing OTM environment, discussing implementation successes, challenges and benefits realized.
Category: Business Value
Speaker: Miguel Gutierrez | Chairman & CEO
Company: BLK Global Logistic
Session: Performance in the Cloud – Cummins GTM Performance Journey
Abstract: Performance within any environment is critical to a successful implementation and a successful solution. This is even more important when the solution is on the cloud. While GTM Cloud provides significant benefits, it also poses a unique challenge when managing performance. Performance tuning within the cloud requires an in-depth understanding of configurations are available and what approaches need to be considered when migrating or implementing on the cloud. Sree Subramanian, Logistics IT Manager, outlined Cummins’s experience in performance tuning to support their Item Classification Automation and extensive Restricted Party Screening, screening over 8.5 million parties a day. He discussed the initial challenges, performance tuning approach and future roadmap.
Speaker: Sree Subramanian | IT Manager, Logistics IT
Bellevue, WA – May 10, 2019
Accelalpha, a leading Business and IT professional services firm, celebrates a decade of implementing niche software solutions to improve business efficiencies. Since Accelalpha’s inception in 2009, the company has been an industry leader in the implementation of Oracle ERP, Global Trade Management, Oracle Transportation Management, and Oracle Configure-Price-Quote Cloud solutions. The company recently has expanded its consulting services to Europe and the Asia Pacific.
The 10-year milestone is a grand occasion for the company. To celebrate, Accelalpha’s team donated their time by volunteering at Northwest Harvest in Kent, Washington. The work included sorting and packaging food in Northwest Harvest’s warehouse. Northwest Harvest is a statewide hunger relief agency. Their mission is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food. Accelalpha’s team helped pack 3,000 pounds of oats, which is 2,308 meals.
Concurrently to this achievement, Accelalpha is also celebrating becoming Great Place to Work-Certified™. The certification is an important accomplishment. Great Place to Work surveyed the company’s employees and analyzed their feedback, which showed 92% of employees agreed Accelalpha was a Great Place to Work.
It’s an exciting time for the company, the continued growth and success of the business will always be attributed to the employees. Over the past 10-years, Accelalpha has grown from 6 employees in the first year to more than 140 employees. Accelalpha credits the company’s teams to building structured approaches for fostering leadership and growth within the organization and driving stable advancement.
“More than the growth, we are proud of maintaining a very strong success record of 100% referenceable clientele that is one of a kind in the Industry. I would like to commend our employees for all the hard work in continuing to maintain high delivery quality and a client-first approach”, said Nat Ganesh, founder and Managing Director of Accelalpha.
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Manufacturers, suppliers and LSP’s worldwide are constantly on the lookout for new techniques to improve speed, efficiency and robustness of the supply chain. The emergence of new technologies – primarily Blockchain and IoT – are key to boosting efficiency of the supply chain at multiple levels and improve traceability, auditability and collaboration among different platforms and business units. IDC estimates that by 2019, around 20% of all IoT deployments will feature basic levels of blockchain powered services.
Accelalpha was a premium sponsor at the first edition of OTM User Conference India in September 2018. Our team had a busy couple of days interacting with partners and customers at the event, which was attended by around 120 OTM professionals from the region. Some of the companies that took part in the conference were Unilever, Kuehne + Nagel, Western Digital and GE Appliances.
Bac Ky Logistics, a major logistics services provider based in Vietnam, recently licensed Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) Cloud to boost efficiency of its business operations. The company provides a wide range of services including domestic and international trucking, river and waterway transportation, warehousing, customs clearance and other support services. The implementation of OTM Cloud is directed at giving Bac Ky access to a complete, cloud-based transportation management solution which allows for better coordination between business units, upgraded monitoring capabilities and collection of valuable data. In addition to OTM Cloud, Bac Ky has also announced its decision to implement Oracle’s Internet of Things (IoT) Fleet Monitoring Cloud Application to manage its river and domestic transportation services.