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17 Dec
Accelalpha’s 2021 Predictions to Help you Navigate the New Year

2020 was a year that no one would have predicted, or for that matter, ever imagined. While we all hope 2021 is a better year, there will be lasting impacts on businesses, from how companies manage their supply chains to how they will operate in a world with less face-to-face interaction in areas such as sales.

We do believe 2020 was a pivotal year in moving companies forward in embracing cloud-based solutions to help them manage integral parts of their business. As we look to the new year, Accelalpha’s experts have made predictions on business and technology trends that will define 2021. We would love to hear your thoughts on these and learn about any trends that you have identified. 

2021 Predictions

Our Predictions

Devang Bhavsar

Devang Bhavsar

Partner, CX-ERP Practice

Devang Bhavsar

Devang leads the CX-ERP Practice at Accelalpha. He has over fifteen years of experience leading business transformation through cutting-edge technologies.
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“Covid-19 has drastically changed the way B2B buyers and sellers interact, limiting face-to-face time and driving a heavier reliance on digital commerce. In 2021, we believe that many B2B companies will invest in self-service capabilities to empower their customers and differentiate themselves in the marketplace.”

Vignesh Pratap

Vignesh Pratap

Partner, Consulting & Delivery

Vignesh Pratap

Vignesh manages Consulting, Delivery and Strategic accounts in the North American region.
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“The pandemic has raised the need for enterprise digitalization and a centralized platform to manage data for decision making. Many organizations will undertake ERP upgrades or move to ERP Cloud with the focus on having seamlessly integrated systems & easy access to data analytics!”

Manu Gupta

Manu Gupta

AVP, Consulting Services

Manu Gupta

Manu is a leader in the Supply Chain and IT services industry. He is passionate about enabling efficiency, profitability, and success for his customers, team, and himself.
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“2021 will be the year of IoT in Logistics. IoT devices will be leveraged heavily by companies to enable shipment tracking that monitors freight conditions such as temperature and humidity. “

Trevor Hildebrand

Trevor Hildebrand

VP, Consulting Services

Trevor Hildebrand

Trevor Hildebrand has over 25 years of supply chain and logistics experience with a focus on helping companies to transform their business processes and operations through technology innovation.
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“In 2021, we will see an increased adoption of logistics cloud solutions as organizations seek greater supply chain flexibility and agility. Companies will be more focused on logistics “what-if” scenario modeling to reduce costs and plan for the unexpected. “

Alfonso Ibanez

Alfonso Ibanez

Partner, Logistics WMS Practice

Alfonso Ibanez

Alfonso is a partner at Accelalpha and leads the company’s WMS Practice. Alfonso leads teams focused on helping our customers get the most out of their supply chain and logistics projects.
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“The logistics and supply chain market will have a big area of focus regarding retailers and e-commerce companies. More than ever, brick and mortar will need to make aggressive strategic moves in their supply chain and logistic networks to keep their operations alive for another 2-3 years. The leadership, culture, and mindset of CIOs and CFOs will need to evolve to transform companies with the right technology platform and emerging technological advancements.”

Manoj Turlapati

Manoj Turlapati

Partner, Logistics Practice

Manoj Turlapati

Manoj leads the Logistics Practice, overseeing OTM and GTM implementations at Accelalpha. He has over 20 years of industry experience in transforming logistics business operations using IT as an enabler.
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“The volume of shipping needs for organizations has increased in markets across wholesale and retail. As a result, there has been a boom within the logistics industry, leading to higher costs for shippers. In 2021, organizations will look for opportunities to invest in strategic initiatives that reduce logistics costs and global trade compliance risk yet still offer fast service, supply flow, and support for positioning products close to their customers.”

Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma

Practice Director, EPM Practice

Rahul Sharma

Rahul Sharma is a value-driven modern finance and analytics leader with 13 years of combined consulting experience.
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“In 2021, there will be a push to create no-touch AI and Machine Learning based forecasts. These system-generated forecasts will substantially reduce the time of manually adjusting calculations for operations and strategic plans. However, businesses will still rely on Financial Analyst (FA) generated numbers until AI forecasting is more accurate in comparison.”

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14 Dec
A Crisis, A Partner, The Opportunity: Accelalpha Guide to Supply Chain Resilience

The fact is, if you are a supply chain professional in the 2020s then there are only two possibilities regarding your business. Either your business has just completed a total technology transformation, or you are about to embark on one.

That’s it. There is no third path. Any other choice is a choice for obsolescence in an increasingly disruptive world. 

Covid-19 has stormed through the marketplace and laid bare the discrepancies among business processes and the gaps between supply and demand. 

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Accelalpha Guide to Supply Chain Resilience

And before Covid-19 there were trade wars, and there was Brexit, and there were hurricanes, and there were fires.  Basically, the last five years brought disaster after disaster – disruption after disruption – and most businesses held things together with scotch tape and crossed fingers because supply chains were considered cost centers that needed to be managed as efficiently as possible.

But then Covid-19 arrived and it made it clear that 2020 would be different; 2020 would be a clutch year. In fact, according to Fortune, so far this year, 94% of Fortune 1000 companies have reported a disruption to their supply chain. The fact is, the way business has been getting done cannot continue, and any discrepancies between manufacturers and customers needs to be mollified. Supply chains have to mature. They have to evolve from being cost centers to being business differentiators.

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For over a decade now, Oracle has been building a cloud-based, seamless, end-to-end supply chain solutions that place customers at the center.  And as an Oracle Certified Cloud Excellence Implementer, Accelalpha has performed numerous successful implementations of their software. If a person were to look at companies that are the most successful today, they would find that the most successful ones are the same ones that spent that last five years transforming their industries by relying on modern cloud-based solutions to become more adaptable and resilient to change.

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Accelalpha played a large role in getting some of these companies to a new level of maturity. As a leader in solving critical business challenges through a unique combination of industry insight, cloud application depth and an unmatched level of implementation experience and industry domain expertise, Accelalpha partnered with Fortune 1000 clients across a range of industries and worked collaboratively with our clients to develop holistic solutions tailored to their unique needs. 

In the fall of 2020, we interviewed key practitioners of the Accelalpha team as well as technologists from our technology partner, Oracle, to discuss what resiliency means to them and what the path toward resiliency looks like. Here is what we learned:

Resilience Defined

According to Alfonso Ibanez, Accelalpha’s Logistics WMS Practice Partner, resilience can be defined as how well a company is prepared to manage unexpected events and how efficiently a supply chain can react and adjust their processes to keep orders fulfilled without affecting end customers. “If you can fulfill a customer’s request during any unexpected event, then you have resilience!”

Oracle technologists have a similar definition. Jeff Stiles, VP of Product Marketing states, “Supply chain resiliency is defined by the ability to adapt – the ability to flexibly source, more accurately sense demand and align supply chain execution with shorter planning cycles.”

All interviewees agree that in the pre-Covid-19 world supply chain leaders may have nodded in agreement with this definition, but rarely acted on it. 

“It was only sophisticated organizations or those who had been burned and knew first-hand that a Plan B was critical that were making this investment,” says Derek Gittoes, VP of SCM Product Strategy at Oracle.

Undertaking the Resilience Journey

Once it became clear that supply chains had to pivot quickly to meet a rapidly changing operating environment, businesses began investing in updating their technologies to cloud based solutions that could make them nimbler and more reactive.  But, a supply chain is big and it impacts a lot of things, so where should a business begin?

According to Srini Rajagopal, Senior Director of Logistics Product Strategy at Oracle, ”Companies should look at the supply chain from when a product is manufactured all the way through settlement. They should look at storage and transportation costs and see how those can be reduced.”

“Covid-19 was a tipping point.  Today – resiliency is black or white.  Either you go for it or you shut down your business in two or three years,” says Alfonso Ibanez. “Culture, leadership, the desire to want to make the change. If the CIO and CFO are not on board then it will never happen.”

Culture and especially leadership are a big part of getting started on a resilience journey – and leadership begins with the courage of decision makers to make the change. Jeff Stiles, VP of Product Marketing at Oracle stated it clearly, “Leadership is needed, and so is courage – including the courage to establish common processes where it makes sense.  I say courage because everybody thinks they are unique.  Customers tell us that standardizing their business practices is a key to being able to quickly adapt to changing business and market conditions.

According to Manoj Turlapati, Logistics Practice Partner at Accelalpha, “You need to look at culture and make sure everyone on the team understands what the overall goal is for organization and that if the organization benefits from the evolution everyone does. It is a key part of change management.”

In addition to accepting the need for change and presenting ideas to the organization, according to Trevor Hildebrand, Accelalpha VP of Consulting Services, what is required is “a thorough review of current processes and an evaluation of existing technologies and tools to help understand where the gaps are from a technology tool perspective and filling those gaps with the right solution.”

Summing up the ideas from our practitioners and technologists – here is the Accelalpha path for businesses undertaking a transformation journey:

  1. Establish a culture of leadership and socialize the need for change
  2. Determine and prioritize the fragile areas in a supply chain and identify ways to standardize business process leveraging best practices
  3. Commit to a technology transformation and select and leverage available cloud-based solutions and technology that are enablers
  4. Select a technology partner and team with deep domain expertise and experience and a track record of successfully configuring tools and processes
  5. Focus on change management to help move your organization along the journey to supply chain resilience

A Partner Who Knows the Terrain

Make no mistake – there are plenty of pitfalls. However, almost all of them have to do with change management and the depth of domain and technology expertise. 

Most supply chains have been doing things a certain way for thirty years or they have bespoke solutions for standard problems. By working with a partner who is aware of industry best practices and knows how to leverage technology a lot of the customizations that create havoc when things go wrong can be bypassed. 

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“The best partners can design road maps for your business. They can point out the opportunities. They know how to adapt the best industry standards.  There’s a lot of change management involved in updating a supply chain and a good partner can help navigate that,” says Ibanez.

“Partners bring intellectual capital to a project,” says Stiles. “Ultimately, Oracle is a service provider. We build software. Partners are key at actually mapping success and solutions.  They are responsible for that. They differentiate based on their capabilities to deliver and their competencies, knowledge, and experience in industries and domains.”

“Evaluate the people,” recommends Gittoes. “What is the experience of the people your partner would bring?  Have they done this kind of work before? You are buying experience, and people who knew what the pitfalls are, are the ones you want. Taking shortcuts to save a few dollars means you’ll pay for it twice.  Why pay for it twice?”

At Accelalpha our management team is made up of supply chain industry experts with decades of experience in their respective fields. Many of our consultants boast an average of more than 10 years of industry experience with multiple full cycle project implementations under their belt. We are committed to helping clients achieve supply chain resiliency and this is the first in a series of articles and webinars where we will be informing and educating the industry on how to navigate this journey successfully. 

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29 Oct
Welcoming Rahul Sharma to Accelalpha
Launching a Next Generation Enterprise Performance (EPM) Practice

We are excited to welcome Rahul Sharma as the Practice Director for Accelalpha’s Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solution. He brings over 15 years of combined consulting experience leading business process re-engineering across various industries. With Rahul overseeing Accelalpha’s EPM team, we are now able to provide world class EPM support. 

“More than ever, businesses are evaluating the best ways to standardize processes, drive productivity, and move away from their manual operations. To thrive in increasingly complex operating environments, organizations need financial systems that support greater insight and more rapid closes.  Accelalpha’s new EPM practice provides next generation EPM solutions that leverage advanced tools such as AI, machine learning,  and more,” commented Rahul Sharma, EPM Practice Director.

Rahul has led and worked in various areas of business process digitization and analytics for Fortune 500 companies in the manufacturing, oil, IT, retail, and life science industries. He has honed his expertise streamlining complicated business processes, leading multifaceted engagements, and enabling organizational transformation through analytic roadmap strategies. His areas of focus are Enterprise Performance Management (EPM), Planning (FP&A), Global Reporting, Master Data Management, Data Governance, and Business Intelligence.

To learn more about our EPM Practice

20 Oct
Accelalpha Named Fortune Best Small and Medium Workplace in 2020
Accelalpha Named to Fortune’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces™ 2020 List

Bellevue, Washington – Accelalpha, a premier consulting firm that solves critical business challenges and drives improved business performance through insight and technology, has been honored by Great Place to Work® and Fortune as one of the 2020 Best Small and Medium Workplaces™. The rankings are based on confidential survey feedback representing more than 189,000 employees working at small- and medium-sized businesses in the United States.

Great Place to Work®, a global people analytics and company culture research firm, evaluated more than 60 elements of team members’ experience on the job. These included the extent to which employees trust leaders, the respect with which people are treated, the fairness of workplace decisions and how much camaraderie there is among teams.

The rankings reward companies that best include all employees, no matter who they are or what they do for the organization. Accelalpha also earned the designation as a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Company in 2020.

“Our inclusion on this list further recognizes our focus and investment in building a strong culture based on employee ownership and commitment,” said Nat Ganesh, CEO of Accelalpha. “That commitment translates to a highly satisfied client base and projects that deliver their desired impact. Additionally, we are dedicated to continuing our investment in building Accelalpha, our team and our culture – and to ensuring that we are a trusted partner of choice for our clients.”

93% of employees at Accelalpha say it is a great place to work compared to 59% of employees at a typical U.S.-based company.

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Typical Company59%

Source: Great Place to Work® 2019 U.S. National Employee Engagement Study.

About Accelalpha: Accelalpha is a leader in solving critical business challenges by seamlessly blending industry insights, specialized domain expertise and cloud application depth to help companies build supply chain resiliency, optimize sales and commerce, modernize procurement processes and realize the benefits of the cloud. As a longtime strategic partner of Oracle, we work collaboratively with our clients across a range of industries including high-tech, retail, food and beverage, life sciences, manufacturing and wholesale to develop holistic solutions tailored to their unique needs. Our rigorous, business outcome-focused approach to developing solutions allows us to deliver tangible results in a shorter time frame. The result is a highly satisfied and referenceable client base.

About Great Place to Work:  Great Place to Work® is the global authority on workplace culture. They help organizations quantify their culture and produce better business results by creating a high-trust work experience for all employees. Emprising®, their culture management platform, empowers leaders with the surveys, real-time reporting, and insights they need to make data-driven people decisions. They recognize Great Place to Work-Certified™ companies and the Best Workplaces™ in the U.S. and more than 60 countries, including the 100 Best Companies to Work For® list published annually in Fortune.

For More Information

Contact: Matt Christianson 

Phone: + 1 (360) 609-6779 

Email: matt.christianson@accelalpha.com 

14 Jul
Oracle Cloud Customer Connect Hall of Fame: Lavonne Williams

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. 

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You can check out Lavonne’s Member Spotlight below and view the full Hall of Fame here

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.”

More About Lavonne

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!”

You can also view Lavonne’s Oracle Cloud Customer Connect Hall of Fame here
19 Apr
Prolog Partners, the leader in Oracle Cloud Warehouse Management Solutions, merges with Accelalpha

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. 

To learn more about Prolog Partners

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.

To learn more about Accelalpha

31 Dec
Frisco Holiday Giveback
Frisco Holiday Giveback

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. 

Frisco Holiday Volunteer Group
Pradeep Bolar, Ramu Gutha, Pradeep Prabhu,
Austin Pessel, & Tarun Nekkanti

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.

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Pradeep Bolar, Ramu Gutha, Pradeep Prabhu,
Austin Pessel, & Tarun Nekkanti

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.

22 Oct
Accelalpha Webinar
Webinar: Replacing Trade Compliance Legacy Solutions

Details

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.

What You’ll Learn

  • How Oracle GTM can decrease trade compliance risk
  • How to reduce the cost of ownership with Global Trade Management
  • How Oracle GTM can improve your business's performance
Rich Barboza

Rich Barboza

Manager, IT Solutions

Keysight Technologies

Joe Spear

Partner, Global Services

Accelalpha

26 Aug
The Recruit Program Community Giveback

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.

Recruit Award Ceremony

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.

09 Aug
2019 OTM SIG US

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
Company: Darigold

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.

Category: Functional
Speaker: Sree Subramanian | IT Manager, Logistics IT
Company: Cummins

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