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Textron Hits Cruising Altitude with Oracle Consulting

Lauren Bossers
Marketing Director

Operating globally in multiple industries, including the challenging aerospace and defense sector, Textron provides complex and sophisticated solutions to its customers. Constrained by a 20-year-old on-premises, highly customized, and off-support financial management system, Textron realized it needed to move to a modern financials management solution that is easy to use with additional functionality to support future growth. Textron chose Oracle Financials Cloud applications to establish a solution that is functionally deep and scalable and to reduce extensive application upgrades. The company partnered with Oracle Consulting to ensure a fast, seamless implementation.

"Oracle Consulting provided us with a sense of value and reliability that we couldn’t find with any other partner," said Mike Skibo, Executive Director, Enterprise Business Solutions, Textron Information Services. "We knew that Oracle Consulting had the resources, tenacity, and skills necessary to get this project done on time."

Textron and Oracle Consulting embarked on a project that would enable Textron to maintain its normal course of business throughout an aggressive 14-week implementation journey. Oracle Consulting invested the time necessary to understand Textron’s business, process requirements, and unique customer reporting, guiding the Textron team as they adopted the modern best business practices inherent in the solution and tailored out-of-the-box reports. The project was completed on time and under budget, while also ensuring the ownership and adoption of Oracle Financials Cloud applications by Textron users in a short time frame.

"Because it was all one Oracle team, it was a seamless system implementation," said Kelli Gudz, Senior Finance Systems Manager at Textron. "Oracle Consulting always communicated well and made sure that our questions were answered, providing us with best practices to use in our system. Not only do they have all the resources available to them to get answers rapidly, but they are also very well-versed in Oracle applications. The consultants on the project have seen the growth of the product and how the customer is going to use it in different ways. As Textron and Oracle together, we were able to roll out a system that’s been reliable and quickly accepted."

Watch the video highlighting how Textron partnered with Oracle Consulting to successfully implement Oracle Financials Cloud here.

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