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    New Oracle Solution Provides Real-Time Even-Driven Planning, Simulation

    Oracle yesterday previewed its Oracle Rapid Planning, a new product within the Oracle Value Chain Planning solution developed to enable customers to gain rapid, predictive and actionable insight into dynamic supply chain planning decisions.

    Oracle yesterday previewed its Oracle Rapid Planning, a new product within the Oracle Value Chain Planning solution developed to enable customers to gain rapid, predictive and actionable insight into dynamic supply chain planning decisions.

    According to Oracle, Rapid Planning will combine fast, comprehensive constraint-based planning with a superior user interface supporting easy manipulation of data and quick comparison of alternative plans. The solution will complement and be integrated with other products within Oracle's Value Chain Planning solution, enabling customers to leverage their existing investments and realize value throughout the extended supply chain.

    "Today, companies need to be flexible and fast enough to quickly respond to operational challenges and mitigate business impact," said Nadeem Syed, Oracle's group VP, value chain planning applications development. "Oracle Rapid Planning will extend the value of Oracle's leading supply chain applications by providing the insight needed to instantly act on information and drive greater collaboration and business success."

    Leveraging its Web services and open, standards-based architecture, Oracle Rapid Planning customers can leverage the following functionalities to reduce supply chain decision-making time:

    --Event-driven simultaneous material and capacity planning for rapid scenario analysis and real-time evaluation of supply chain events
    --Sales and operations planning scenario simulation, integrated with Oracle's Demantra
    --Compatible and complementary capabilities to Oracle Advanced Supply Chain Planning
    --Mass edit of supply chain data, enabling customers to conduct ad-hoc, rapid scenario modeling without the need to make changes to the ERP data or transactions
    --Predictive and actionable insight via embedded analytics, a spreadsheet-style flexible user-interface, and embedded exceptions and scenario comparisons
    --Comprehensive constraint modeling to mimic real-life planner decision-making such as alternate bills of material, routings, sources and shipping methods, substitution, and lead times
    --Multi-enterprise visibility and planning, spanning internal facilities and contract manufacturers
    --Multi-planner collaboration and simulation to help speed up the analysis and decision-making process
    --Integration with ERP to help quickly translate decisions into actions and release planning recommendations directly to execution without latency

    Oracle Rapid Planning is scheduled to be generally available in calendar year 2009. Customers will be able to deploy this product with current and prior versions of the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle's Value Chain Planning applications, as well as standalone for use in heterogeneous environments, including SAP.

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