Get more with less with ERP instance consolidations!
By helle.hennings on Oct 22, 2007
What do we really mean by get more with less?
Well, think back to the early 1990s when many global corporations processed and stored data in multiple instances, perhaps due to decentralized business operations or due to operations in multiple geographies. IT maintenance cost was high in supporting multiple instances that could potentially span a variety of software applications and thus requiring many different skills from a varied pool of IT staff. Not only the cost of IT was a problem but also the ability to get a single global view of data and to prove appropriate governance, risk and control was in place.
Companies operating globally today need to be very competitive, keeping their cost low and provide their customers with consistent pricing around the world as well as a consistent interaction with their customers. This is where consolidation of ERP instances can bring tremendous benefits. Having a single instance significantly lowers your IT cost, in terms of maintenance (patching, upgrades) and getting a global view of your data. However, there are also other aspects you can consider for efficiency savings, such as streamlining your business processes and reviewing your staffing allocations (for instance centralization of functions through shared service centers).
Come to this session to learn how three companies in three different industries each consolidated their ERP instances, streamlined their business processes and achieved great benefits. These three companies are MasterCard, Symantec and British Telecom � today all on Oracle Financials Release 11i.