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MIPRO’s Highlights from the 2013 Oracle Value Chain Summit

Last month, MIPRO Consulting attended the Oracle Value Chain Summit, which brought together several leading supply chain and asset management events for the first time ever, to create one comprehensive conference. The event kicked off on a high note thanks to an entertaining and insightful interview with NFL Hall of Famer, football coach and broadcaster John Madden, whose expert insight from years of coaching and mentoring was highly relatable thanks to his sense of humor and affable demeanor.  
Interest in the Enterprise Asset Management space has been growing year after year, and the 2013 Value Chain Summit was no exception.  Attendees were eager to learn about new trends and products, share ideas and solutions, and network with one another as well as Oracle’s partner companies and summit sponsors. Within the PeopleSoft space, we were pleased to see a wide variety of industries represented, including mining, oil and gas, healthcare, real estate/property management, higher education, power generation, and municipalities.  This well-rounded industry presence led to engaging discussions around equipment and facility maintenance with Oracle software and networking among attendees.
In addition to being an event track sponsor, MIPRO had two well-attended speaking sessions at the event.  Senior Principal Consultant Steven Brenner presented tips for establishing PeopleSoft’s Asset Management application as a foundation for the PeopleSoft Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite.  Shannon Klabnik, MIPRO’s PeopleSoft Practice Director, highlighted different ways current PeopleSoft clients have configured and extended Oracle’s PeopleSoft Maintenance Management and Asset Management software to support their business and compliance needs. With MIPRO having participated in numerous successful ALM implementations, Shannon was able to draw specific examples from clients to illustrate how organizations can extend their ALM functionality and enhance their investments in the real world.
Another highlight of the event was the PeopleSoft community dinner, which provided a more relaxed setting where PeopleSoft clients could network and engage one another to discuss challenges and share ideas, solutions and opportunities. We also noticed an elevated interest in mobile technology, with a high level of desire for cost effective, scalable and maintainable mobile solutions that can be extended to employees out in the field in a connected and disconnected manner.
Even in its first year as a combined conference, the Maintenance Management presence at the event was strong and more prominent than ever before thanks in large part to the leadership of Mark Rosenberg, Jennifer Allen, Stephen Slade, David Loesch and Loida Chez from Oracle. The Maintenance Management community continues to thrive and MIPRO is happy to be a part of it.