This IDC Manufacturing Insights Perspective summarizes the 2014 Oracle Value Chain Summit in San Jose, California. For the second year, February brought us this event with a strong complement of speakers, presentations and, most importantly, end-user manufacturers. Considerably larger in its second incarnation, the summit was a really good place to interact with thought leaders and to take the pulse of manufacturing for 2014. For us at IDC Manufacturing Insights, the Oracle Value Chain Summit is a superb event. As one attendee said to me, "At Oracle OpenWorld, only a small percentage of the conversations are really valuable because the coverage is so broad — here, all the conversations are really valuable."