Wednesday Jun 01, 2011

ERP – A Big Topic, A Big Webcast Planned

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is a big topic. In terms of technical footprint, implementation complexity and strategic importance it’s one of the bigger ones in the enterprise computing space.

But once you have it implemented there’s not a lot more to say about it, right? It’s there and it keeps on working. Maybe…but only if your business model, geographic footprint, processes, workforce and customer-base are the same today as they were in 1999 or the early/mid 2000’s…and if they were that probably wouldn’t be a good thing.

Understanding Your Options and Roadmap Choices

Understanding your options and what’s next from Oracle in the ERP space is the topic of our upcoming webcast on Wednesday June 8 at 11am Pacific. Join Oracle and Infosys for Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Next-Generation Enterprise Resource Planning. Whether you’re considering Oracle Fusion Applications now or just looking to stay up-to-speed on Oracle’s vision for the new standard for business the time to understand Oracle Fusion Applications is now.

By many indications the entrance of Oracle Fusion Applications—focusing for the moment on Financials, Project Portfolio Management and Human Capital Management—is giving many businesses a reason to re-examine the topic of ERP. Even organizations well satisfied with their investments in Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft and JD Edwards are taking a look today to consider the what’s, when’s & why’s behind Fusion Applications. And while we’ve only got a little less than an hour to address the topic—this webcast will be worth watching.

Reason 1) Oracle has been speaking broadly and publicly about Fusion Applications since Oracle OpenWorld 2010—but this webcast brings a 3rd party perspective, that of Infosys—with insider access to the Fusion Applications development process. Though you don't have to be an Infosys client to benefit from their experiences.

Reason 2) Business and IT trends—ranging from an increased need for business analysis at the point of decision and the adoption of social networks for work to Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). The trends that are changing the way enterprises work and how they consider new technology for business advantage.

Reason 3) By the numbers Infosys is in a unique position. In a recent webcast preparation call with Infosys’ Mukesh Nakra, Senior Program Manager and Go-to-Market Director Oracle Fusion Applications, he shared details about the firm’s investment in Oracle Fusion Applications.

  • 1,500+ person months of Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Effort
  • 500+ Infosys team members are being trained on Fusion Applications every quarter
  • Infosys’ work across the Fusion Applications Suite, including specific work on integrations and migration methodologies with other Oracle Applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite to facilitate co-existence of Fusion Applications with existing investments
  • Work with Oracle Fusion Applications Early Adopter Program customers across the suite

Hot Topics

Many of these points, including more specific details around customer engagements with Fusion Applications today are the basis for Mukesh’s presentation. In addition, we spoke in detail about some of the Infosys service offerings that have been developed using their experiences with Oracle Fusion Applications. This should be a particularly hot topic as questions around set-up and migration tools are frequently asked in Oracle events and online forums like Facebook and LinkedIn that cover Oracle Fusion Applications.

Join Oracle for the entire Inside Oracle Fusion Applications webcast series, including replays of past events, or select the topic that interests you—such as Enterprise Resource Planning with our co-hosts Infosys. We hope to see you online.


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Thursday May 19, 2011

A Busy Monday Morning – Prep for Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Next-Generation HCM Webcast

The first day back from vacation is always busy. This past Monday, after a week off for yours truly, our team had a call with Gurucharana S. of Wipro Technologies in preparation for the first installment of our Inside Oracle Fusion Applications: Partner Insights on Oracle’s Next-Generation Applications webcast series. It was a great way to get back into the swing of things on the work front.

Gurucharana is the Global HCM Competency Head of Wipro Technologies an Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Partner. The speaker, timing and topic of the live broadcast, May 24th at 8am Pacific, is perfect:

  • There is a lot of news (and some noise) in the HCM space right now—so getting a number of different perspectives is important
  • This webcast follows Oracle’s announcement last month, supported by 2 additional webcasts, about Oracle Fusion HCM and SaaS from both a business and IT perspective, with the IT session focused on clarifying some key topics around Cloud and SaaS.
  • In total, the three webcasts—including Wipro, a 3rd party with insider access—provide a comprehensive view of this increasingly hot topic

Unique and Interesting

The role of a co-development partner is both unique and interesting.

  • Unique in that only a select number of organizations are distinguished as Oracle Fusion Applications Co-Development Partners. With that distinction come significant resource and inside access commitments on the part of both Oracle and the partner.
  • Interesting in that Wipro brings an outsider’s point-of-view to the Fusion Applications go-to-market process—working side-by-side with Oracle teams in Oracle development labs on various aspects of development, for example, functional validation and technical testing.

Beyond their perspective and opinions, this experience and insight helped Wipro develop offerings that can help you today. Find out more about how their methodologies, assessment and migration tools and more are being used in client engagements during the webcast.

Milestones and Fresh Perspectives

During the call we talked about various milestones in the Wipro Co-Development story and their perspective on Oracle Fusion Applications and industry trends including:

  • A commitment of more than 60,000+ person-hours to the project
  • The development of migration tools, in this case for Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, to accelerate the adoption of and co-existence of Fusion Applications
  • A slightly different take on some of the key strategies behind and functions within Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (which is refreshing when you’ve seen, heard or presented the same content countless times yourself)
  • Setting right-sized strategies for Cloud Computing (as recent news indicates, it’s increasingly not an all-or-nothing proposition)

As you consider your personalized strategies and roadmaps for Oracle Fusion Applications—where does Fusion HCM fit in, what’s the impact on existing projects, what are the migration strategies—it’s important to get different perspectives. Please take a look at this series and if Human Capital Management software and the business of HR is key to your success consider joining Wipro and Oracle at 8am on Tuesday, May 24th.


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