Oracle Corp has made use of technology it gained as a result of its G-Log acquisition last year to expand its SCM footprint by developing a fresh offering, Oracle Transportation Management.
The new application is based on G-Log’s GC3 (Global Command and Control Center) product. Oracle has not tampered with the core functionality as it continues to offer the existing optimization, order entry, procurement, supply chain event management and visibility, track and trace, freight payment, and historical analysis functionality of the G-Log offering and can be bought as a standalone product. This will act as a proof point to G-Log customers that Oracle intends to continue supporting and developing the application.
An important area of change is Oracle’s intention to extend the application’s integration capabilities, particularly to ERP software, through the use of Oracle BPEL Process Manager, which is part of Oracle Fusion Middleware and is designed to speed implementation.
Key features include support for domestic and international transportation and planning; end-to-end visibility for frequently updated logistics data; and configurable workflow and automation tools to automate common, repeatable tasks such as load-building and freight-tendering. Within this there is also support for dynamic replanning or the facility to adapt new business processes in response to unexpected changes.
Rival SAP AG is also improving its transportation management solution and in October last year added a raft of new functionality based around the idea of enabling companies to sense and respond quickly and profitably to change, such as real-time visibility across the extended supply chain and embedded analytics. It is playing on its ability to provide a connected transportation solution that integrates logistics, financial and information network elements, whereas Oracle is still working on the integration of its acquired assets with its existing software.