Oracle Unveils Transportation Management Application

Logistics management offering builds on solution acquired with G-Log, aims to help companies reduce transportation costs and cycle times

Logistics management offering builds on solution acquired with G-Log, aims to help companies reduce transportation costs and cycle times

Redwood Shores, CA — February 8, 2006 — Enterprise solution provider Oracle this week rolled out Oracle Transportation Management, an offering based upon the transportation management offering Oracle obtained through its acquisition of G-Log.

Oracle said that Transportation Management expands its supply chain footprint and delivers functionality designed to enable reduced cycle times and lower transportation costs.

The solution provider also said that the announcement of Transportation Management signaled Oracle's continued support for G-Log's customers across all industries including logistics service providers (LSPs) and Fortune 1000 companies such as DuPont.

"LSPs have been relying on G-Log since 1999 to improve transportation management processes and provide comprehensive visibility across multiple supply chains," said Evan Armstrong, president of logistics consultancy Armstrong & Associates. "G-Log's success in the LSP market gives Oracle significant momentum in this space. With Oracle Transportation Management, the name has been changed but the original vision has not been blurred."

Stand-alone with Integration

Relying on G-Log's flagship Global Command and Control Center (GC3) product as the foundation, Oracle said that Transportation Management will continue to provide a range of services including optimization, order entry, procurement, supply chain event management and visibility, track and trace, freight payment and historical analysis.

Notably, companies can purchase Transportation Management as a stand-alone product, according to Oracle.

The solution provider said it plans to extend the offering's integration capabilities through the use of BPEL Process Manager, a component of Oracle's Fusion Middleware. BPEL Process Manager is designed to help customers implement products more quickly and achieve a rapid return on their investments.

"Through the planned use of Oracle BPEL Process Manager we intend to strengthen the existing ability to support flexible integration to enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, regardless of the customers' underlying software," Jon Chorley, Oracle's vice president for product strategy. "With Oracle Transportation Management, we continue our commitment to enhance and improve our offerings so that all customers can rely on flexible operations that adapt to changing markets and shifts in customer demand."


Oracle said that Transportation Management supports all domestic and international transportation, including inbound and outbound, from simple point-to-point to complex multi-modal, multi-leg and cross-docking operations. Organizations operating in any global theater or crossing international borders can apply specific business rules and logic in conjunction with algorithms and engines designed to optimize shipments based on cost, service level and asset utilization. Built-in engines manage ratings, service times and capacity commitments and reservations, and consolidate containers, multi-stops and carriers, according to Oracle.

Also, the solution provides visibility to logistics data that are frequently updated and can be specifically tailored to the decision-making requirements of collaborative partners on a global network. In addition to gaining detailed, real-time visibility to information, users on the system can act on unexpected supply chain events — such as shipment delays or short-shipped quantities — and manage by exception, helping ensure that every shipment is delivered in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, Oracle said.

Finally, with configurable workflow and automation tools, Transportation Management can automate common, repeatable tasks such as load building and freight tendering. The solution also identifies changes in operational assumptions, including shipment arrival times, inventory availability, late orders and other information that may cause delivery or service-level problems. The applications can then dynamically re-plan or adapt new business processes to drive effective resolution. Using the automated workflow components, Transportation Management can also bring in trading partners and service providers to collaborate on solutions when desired.

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