The Fastest Oracle HCM Cloud Implementation Ever?

By Nandita Vijay Sinha - Originally posted on Oracle for Midsize

Growing midsize companies need fast time to value from enterprise application projects but they usually don't set out to break any speed records. In 2013, The Kamal Osman Jamjoom Group (The KOJ Group) deployed Infosys’s Oracle Fusion HCM RapidStart Solution for Oracle Accelerate in 32 days start to finish. At the time, it was the fastest implementation of Oracle Fusion HCM known to mankind. 

At Infosys, we strive to continually discover innovative, ground-breaking ways to deliver Oracle Fusion Applications so that our customers will benefit from best practices in both Cloud and on-premise deployment models.

The KOJ Group is a rapidly growing chain of 660+ retail outlets in the Middle East. Their operations span multiple franchises carrying beauty, fashion, healthcare and children’s learning and development products. 12 brands, 6 countries, 3,500 employees.

Their executive team has long realized that a talented and happy workforce is the key to their continued success and growth. In 2013, during a time of rapid growth, they decided it was business critical to automate their appraisal system  in order to reward workers appropriately and make sure the right management progression processes were in play. The end of that appraisal cycle was less than two months in the future.

The only solution that fit both their HCM requirements and  time constraints was Infosys’s Oracle Fusion HCM RapidStart Solution for Oracle Accelerate. Oracle Cloud HCM in 2013 had everything The KOJ Group needed at the time and it fit seamlessly into their all Oracle IT strategy they had embarked on in 2006. 

Based on a long relationship with Oracle, The KOJ Group trusted that Oracle was committed to HCM. And they trusted that Infosys had the experience and expertise to complete the project successfully in the tight time frame. The keys to success were strong executive commitment enabled via a steering committee and the formation of a highly efficient and collaborative project team consisting of The KOJ Group, Infosys, and Oracle experts.

An Accelerated Project Drives Fast Time to Benefit

  • Accelerated project components consisted of:

  • An Oracle Cloud instance available on Day 1,

  • Pre-built Configuration Templates used for data collection during the workshops,

  • A detailed business processes performance requirements document used for enabling the product processes a pre-built data migration solution, and

  • 800+ pre-built System Integration Test (SIT) scenarios.

Some of the results include:

  • A single HCM solution for 3,500 employees, spanning 650+ stores (today) and 6 countries, integrated to core ERP,

  • Establishment of specific and measurable employee performance goals,

  • The ability to identify and reward top performers,

  • The real time ability to check evaluation (performance appraisal) status,

  • A considerable improvement in business analytics available to managers,

  • Multi language support, and

  • Significant reductions in administrative cost. 

Synergies Drive Success

The synergies between Oracle Fusion HCM Cloud and Infosys's methodologies and rapid implementation tools resulted in The KOJ Group achieving the goals the needed from this project.

“This is an amazing project," said Rizon after the go live in 2013. Exceptional teamwork between KOJ, Oracle, and Infosys. The 1st milestone of go live in Performance Appraisal is achieved!"

"The most challenging of deadlines,” added Martin Alexander, Group Human Resources Director at KOJ. “Yet with great commitment, professionalism, teamwork, and hard work we achieved a successful implementation of the new appraisal system. I am proud to be part of this project."

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Nandita is responsible for driving growth and profitability at the Oracle Fusion HCM Center of Excellence (COE) practice at Infosys. She also leads the planning and execution of Oracle Fusion Cloud and on-premise implementation projects. 

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