Running mission-critical applications in the cloud offers a host of significant business benefits, according to participants in a panel discussion called “Shift to SaaS” at Oracle Industry Connect 2017.
That presentation, now available on demand, features several executives discussing their organizations’ successes in improving project outcomes with cloud-based solutions.
Panelist Rick Morris, senior vice president, construction at Bell Partners, explained that the commercial real estate investment firm is using Oracle Textura Payment Management Cloud Service to improve subcontractor payment. Textura Payment Management automates invoicing, compliance, and payment processes for greater efficiency and visibility.
Having a cloud-based application benefits the company by making its staff more efficient. “I didn’t want people to do IT…I wanted them to do their work, to manage projects, and have visibility into projects,” Morris said.
He added that because the SaaS application can be accessed by authorized users wherever they are working, stakeholders can collaborate much more effectively. For example, if a billings issue arises, field staff and project management teams can all see and discuss the relevant information. “They can respond very quickly and everybody doesn’t have to come to the same room to meet.”
Collaboration is Key
John Hartman, director at global engineering firm CH2M Hill, said his organization uses Oracle’s Primavera Unifier, in the cloud to enable collaboration on large projects. “Collaboration is a huge part of what drives the value that the client and stakeholders will see,” Hartman says. “It’s not just about costs or schedules; it’s doing the right things at the right times, and that all ties back to collaboration. If we can put it into the cloud, it allows everybody to collaborate more seamlessly.”
For example, CH2M manages a program with a government agency that involves about 350 projects a year. “We use Unifier for change management,” Harman explains. “This allows the client to request changes and for us to respond in a consistent way,” which enhances the level of trust for both parties.
Another panelist, Zoran Dabic, director of program delivery at Alectra Utilities Corp., discussed business benefits the company has realized from moving to Oracle Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management in the cloud.
The panel was moderated by Andy Verone, vice president of product and industry strategy for Oracle Construction and Engineering.
To hear the full, detailed discussion, including recommendations on measuring costs and ROI, view the entire panel discussion on demand.