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Issue Date: June 2007

Oracle bulks up .NET Tools

June 2007
Tony Baer

At Microsoft's TechEd conference in Orlando, Oracle is announcing beta versions of a couple existing tools that help .NET developers work with Oracle databases, plus a new tool for writing applications that store web session data in Oracle databases.

Delivers better forecasting and demand management capabilities.
Oracle has announced the general availability of Oracle’s Demantra 7.1.1, expanding on its industry leading demand management functionality Oracle obtained through its acquisition of Demantra.
With Release 7.1.1, Demantra also becomes part of the Advanced Planning solution within the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, giving companies the ability to accurately predict demand, shape profitability for their products and proactively manage complex global supply chains.
Demantra 7.1.1 adds new capabilities for existing and new customers including support for Oracle Fusion Middleware, improved planner productivity, enhancements to data loading and export, new demand analysis worksheets and series and data security enhancements.
This latest release also enables companies to model more precise statistical forecasting, analysis and collaboration scenarios without special training or IT support.
It also enables seamless, pre-configured integration with the Advanced Planning applications within the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. This effectively reduces setup, configuration and on-going maintenance costs for customers as Demantra shares the same demand and master data as the Oracle Applications.
In addition, customers can rapidly extend their planning solution footprint to areas such as strategic network optimisation, distribution and supply planning and inventory postponement optimisation. For example, customers can simulate supply chain risk scenarios in strategic network optimisation using Demantra’s consensus forecast scenarios as input, as well as drive production and distribution planning of the same demand signal; or, customers can determine their inventory postponement strategy based on the forecast and demand variability as calculated in Demantra.
The demand-driven planning capabilities in Demantra enable companies to sense demand at a granular level, in realtime and closer to the point of consumption. Other attributes of this integration include:
* Preconfigured worksheets for demand analysis and waterfall analysis.

* Forecast archiving to preserve the current period’s forecast.

* Preconfigured workflows for planner notifications and approval processes.

* Access to series, levels and menus based on security settings for groups and users.

* A tightly integrated user experience.
“The complexities of today’s global and decentralised business environment have placed increased pressure on companies to align their operations with strategic goals in order to be profitable,” said Oracle vice president Product Strategy Jon Chorley. “By integrating Demantra into Oracle’s Advanced Planning applications, we are giving companies the tools to better predict, shape, and respond to demand in order to uphold the operational and strategic goals of their companies.”


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