Wednesday Sep 17, 2014

10.02.2014 We are going to say (a lot) more on Modern Best Practice


9.9.2014? Yes, Apple-I like your style when it comes to building excitement! In fact, it's inspired me.

If you're interested in substantive news that will help you grow your business, we'll be announcing some pretty interesting stuff on 10.2.2014 during our session at Oracle OpenWorld, Understanding and Adopting Modern Best Practice for Fast Time to Value

You might ask, "What is Modern Best Practice?" Think of it this way...

BEST Practice (per Wikipedia) is, "a method or technique that has consistently shown results superior to those achieved with other means".

MODERN Best Practice is flexible, supports growth and innovation and enables new ways of executing to achieve radically superior performance. Exploiting new capabilities made possible by Cloud Computing, Mobile, Analytics, Social, The Internet of Things & Big Data, modern best practice enables organizations of all sizes to achieve more, faster and with less resources.

At Oracle, we're proud to be contributing to the amazing achievements our customers are accomplishing as they adopt modern best practice.

Our Oracle OpenWorld session will feature thought leadership and practical insight on Modern Best Practice from:

  • Steve Cox, VP, Midsize, Applications Business Group

  • Fred Wilkinson, CEO of BPI OnDemand, an Oracle partner and EMEA's leading SaaS Cloud CRM Consultancy for the Small to Midsize businesses.

  • Walt Zipperman, President of DAZ Systems, Inc., a North American Oracle partner who has implemented hundreds of projects across Oracle's product portfolio

If you're attending Oracle OpenWorld, use the schedule builder to add this session to your calendar. Stay tuned to this blog for more news on Oracle and Modern Best Practice.



Session Information

And...don't miss our session highlighting Oracle's growing customers:

  • CON7281: Customer Voices: IT Strategies and the High Growth Organization
  • Wednesday, October 1, 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM, Moscone West - 3006 

 Learn more about Oracle for Midsize Companies at Oracle OpenWorld HERE

Tuesday Sep 16, 2014

What do Lyft...Fin, Feather, & Fur...Mouser Electronics...& TH March Have in Common?

The answer is...

Executives from each of these Oracle customers will be sharing their thought leadership and insight during our Oracle Open World session,

"Customer Voices: IT Strategies and the High-Growth Organization”
Wed., October 1, 2014; 10:15 am – 11:00 am; Moscone West – 3006; Session ID: CON7281

We’ve gathered a compelling assemblage of speakers across a diverse mix of industries and company life stages: 

  • Ron Storn—VP, People at the Lyft, a Bay Area company with one of the hottest brands in ridesharing that is adopting Modern Best Practice for human resource management with Oracle HCM Cloud.

We’ve asked each customer to share their perspective on:

  • Evaluating and selecting technology solutions in the 21st Century
  • The impact of growth on people, processes, and systems business
  • How adopting modern best practice enabled by technology solutions will help solve their business challenges

Personally...I expect that this eclectic mix of customers and the solutions they'll be discussing will result in the most interesting and thought session we've hosted since launching Oracle Accelerate at Oracle OpenWorld in 2006.

 I'm looking forward to it. Hope to see you there.

Register for Oracle OpenWorld; then use the Schedule Builder to plot your course


Another "Don't Miss Session, "Understanding and Adopting Modern Best Practice for Fast Time to Value

CON7282, October 2, 2014: 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm  Moscone West – 3004


Thursday Aug 14, 2014

Is An ERP Cloud Solution On Your Horizon?

Oracle recently published a whitepaper, "Is an ERP Cloud Solution On Your Horizon? Five signs you are ready to make the move", as part of our 5 Minutes on Modern Finance series.

This report features insight from Oracle ERP Cloud customers Curse Inc, California Academy of Sciences, and Tower Ventures as well as advice from Drew Scaggs, Principal at Deloitte Consulting.

Although every situation is different, we've identified five indicators that many companies have in common when they make the decision to move to ERP Cloud:

  1. You are growing quickly
  2. You're systems can't keep up
  3. Managing reporting and compliance is becoming more difficult
  4. Your business is expanding globally
  5. You need more robust systems integration 

More on this topic:

Wednesday Aug 13, 2014

EPM Investments Deliver 200% ROI over 5 years--Ovum Research Results Webcast Thursday Aug 14

How are leading companies increasing ROI, optimizing business operations, and capturing new market opportunities? According to independent research firm Ovum, they are employing Oracle Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions.

Join us for a live Webcast on August 14 to learn about the proven results Oracle EPM customers are seeing:

  • Enterprise savings exceed their investment delivering
    > 200% ROI over 5 years

  • Long-term usage delivers positive NPV in year 2 reducing cash conversion cycles and boosting productivity

  • Key best practices in implementation, users, and prioritization maximize company returns on EPM investments

Register now to discover how your organization can benefit from modern EPM technology.

Tuesday Aug 12, 2014

Hot Off the Press: Annual JD Edwards Oracle Profit Magazine Special Edition

by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize

I look forward to the annual Oracle Profit Magazine JD Edwards Special Edition almost as much as Powder Magazine's Buyers Guide and the REI Spring Catalog. First, there's a soft spot in my heart for JD Edwards since I started my technology marketing career there. The JD Edwards campus is just down the hill in the Denver Tech Center and I could see it from my home office window if there wasn't a mountain in the way. But more importantly, Profit Magazine's Editor in Chief Aaron Lazenby always assembles an interesting collection of insightful and practical information about Oracle's JD Edwards customer experiences and what's new and exciting about this enduring enterprise suite of solutions.

In this year's special edition, I especially enjoyed "It's Time to Darken the Cockpit: A shift toward usability requires a new approach to back-end systems", by Rebecca Wettemann of Nucleus Research and Lazenby's Q&A with Lyle Ekdahl, SVP and General Manager of Oracle JD Edwards, "Eyes on the  Prize: Oracle’s JD Edwards team stays focused on incremental innovation".

Here's a link to a digital version if you prefer. 

Wednesday Jul 30, 2014

Oracle’s Midsize Partners Publish 47 New Solutions for Oracle Applications Cloud

During Oracle's fiscal year that ended on May 31, 2014, 40 Oracle Partners launched 47 new Oracle Accelerate Solutions for Oracle Applications Cloud.

The 47 new industry and geography specific solutions launched by partners in Oracle’s fiscal year 2014 span the range of Oracle Applications, including Oracle Financials Cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud and Oracle Service Cloud – both part of Oracle CX Cloud, and Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud.

New Oracle Accelerate Solutions Help Midsize Organizations Adopt Modern Best Practices

Business today demands modern best practices founded on the enabling technologies of Cloud, Social, Big Data, Mobile, Analytics, and The Internet of Things. Modern best practices are flexible, support growth and innovation and enable new ways of executing.

To meet demand for flexible, modular, and enterprise grade applications that scale with growth, Oracle partners have developed new solutions that help new and existing Oracle customers realize fast time to benefit from Oracle Applications Cloud.

  • To help shorten time to hire, increase employee engagement, and streamline performance appraisals- Oracle Partners eVerge Group, Certus Solutions, Presence of IT, CSolutor, Grant Thornton, and KBACE Technologies have developed Oracle Accelerate solutions for Oracle HCM Cloud. The new solutions, offered in Australia, Europe, and the United States, are designed to enable human resources organizations in many industries and types of organizations to better acquire, manage, and nurture talent.

  • With many fast growing companies needing to replace spreadsheets and off the shelf accounting packages- DAZ, Inc., Frontera Consulting, and Inoapps created new solutions for Oracle Financials Cloud that provide midsize companies with enterprise grade financial management solutions.

Additionally, Oracle partners continued to develop new solutions tailored to the unique business requirements within industries and global regions:

  • UK partner BPI On Demand created new Oracle Sales Cloud solutions for Engineering and Construction, Insurance, Telecommunications, and Business Services

Here’s What Our Partners Are Saying

“We launched our Oracle Accelerate solution for Oracle Financials Cloud based on the insight we gained adopting it internally. Our customers want a modular, fast-track, approach to rapidly reduce costs and boost efficiency, business agility and ROI via cloud.” –Phil Wilson, Business Development & Alliances, Inoapps

“The KBACE Oracle Accelerate Solution highlights how KBACE embeds modern best practices and delivery accelerators into a proven, risk-focused, and quick time-to-value implementation methodology. The KBACE Oracle Accelerate Solution, including the Oracle HCM Cloud software, enables high-performing organizations to further differentiate themselves in the marketplace.” –Mike Peterson, President & COO, KBACE Technologies

“We adopted Oracle Financials Cloud because it gives us Tier 1 multi-language, multi-currency, and integration capabilities without the investment in hardware and infrastructure. With our Oracle Accelerate Solution, we now offer those same benefits to our customers.”—Deborah Arnold, President, DAZ Systems, Inc.

“Our customers are increasingly excited about the value of Oracle ERP Cloud with embedded analytics as well as packaged solutions such as Oracle Accelerate.” - Sean Moore, Principal. C3Biz

“We know that one of the primary benefits for customers implementing Oracle Cloud HCM is to reduce both the cost and time to deploy the applications. eVerge Group’s Accelerated Solution for Oracle Cloud HCM ensures that our customer implementations are done as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.” - John Peketz, Vice President, Marketing, eVerge Group

Oracle Releases 57 JD Edwards Mobile Applications

by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize

I read a press release the other day announcing that, since the first of the year, Oracle has released 57 new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 mobile applications optimized for smartphones and tablets. 57! That sounded like a pretty big deal to me so I called up Bob Monahan, Senior Director of JD Edwards Product Management to make sure it wasn’t a typo.

“You read it right,” said Monahan. “These are all new, purpose built or role built companion applications to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne core applications.”

Monhahan went on to explain that mobile applications feature subsets of functionality that users have licensed for a desktop or a laptop. Instead of trying to take everything you would do on a desktop or laptop and squishing it down to fit on a smaller display, Oracle had developed these applications displaying a smaller set of functionality that enables a mobile workforce to do very specific tasks on a specific device—a tablet or smartphone.

“We all know the world is moving to more mobile applications whether it’s consumer or business,” says Monahan. “But our customers don’t want or need to do everything on their mobile devices that they can do at their desktop or laptop. They want to be able to perform very specific tasks that are practical when they aren’t sitting in an office. You’re not going to walk around a warehouse with a laptop to look up inventory availability. Plus Mobile apps can leverage device properties such as camera, GPS, scratchpad, phone and voice to provide additional functionality and business value not available on a traditional desktop application.

Some examples of new mobile capability include allowing managers to quickly perform reviews and approvals , field maintenance staff can review and complete work orders on-site, and construction supervisors can enter time for employees to a job, and update the job status on the site rather than going back to the trailer to do so.”

Equally important, new technology in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 greatly simplifies how customers can quickly deploy the applications. They can download them from the Apple or Google stores. Then, IT just provides a URL that points users to an enterprise server with all their standard JD Edwards security.

Simple and practical. I like that.


Go to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Solutions for more details on what these applications do.


Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Monday Jul 28, 2014

7 Questions for Tony Kender, Head of Oracle North America HCM Sales

Tony Kender, Senior Vice President, leads Oracle’s sales operations for HCM solutions in North America, including an organization dedicated to the unique needs of midsize companies.

Q: What is the most exciting thing happening with growing midsize companies and HCM solutions?

Kender: Midsize companies are often ahead of large enterprises on the technology acceptance curve in terms of HCM cloud. Oracle offers cloud solutions across the entire applications footprint, including ERP, Supply Chain, EPM, and CX, but what I’ve seen is that HCM is often the first cloud application adopted by a midsize company.

Q: Why are midsize companies ahead of large enterprises in adopting cloud applications for HCM?

Kender: Generally, larger enterprises are not quite as agile as midsize businesses and take longer to make the move to a new platform. Often, they have big investments in existing HCM processes—a lot of inertia with people and systems around it. Midsize companies are lighter on their feet due to the way they need to operate. They’re eager to adopt HCM cloud technology because it lowers their cost, helps them innovate faster, and helps them focus on core competencies which are usually not HR and Payroll.

Q: Are midsize companies adopting HCM cloud in a piecemeal or suite strategy?

Kender: We’re seeing that midsize companies want the entire suite, not a piecemeal approach, whereas large companies are more open to a piecemeal approach. Midsize companies don’t have time to deal with three, four, or five vendors across HCM. What they want is a complete solution. If a company looks at some of our competitors across the midsize space they won’t see the full breadth of the solution spanning the whole HCM suite. For example, maybe one has a great core HR but a weak talent product. It takes years to develop a really, really strong recruiting suite. Oracle is unique in that we offer the best of breed functionality that companies require across the entire HCM lifecycle.

Q: Why is Oracle HCM Cloud so popular?

Kender: It’s simple. Oracle is driving new HCM innovation and product functionality faster than anyone in the HCM market. We have an amazing amount of investment in the development of cloud HCM founded on the experiences we’ve gained via our JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite HCM customers. We have the knowledge and experience of what an HCM system should do and we combine that with the best cloud technology.

Q: Why are growing midsize companies choosing Oracle HCM Cloud?

Kender: First, midsize companies have the same complexity as large companies but they don’t always have the same amount of resources. Oracle HCM Cloud offers the best, most innovative HCM solution, and eases customers’ worries about upgrading software or hosting it and all the IT expenses related to that. Second, we have a dedicated organization focusing just on the needs of midsize companies—marketing, sales, implementation, consulting, and training. Third, we make it easy for midsize companies to move to cloud by offering incentive programs like Customer 2 Cloud where customers can potentially redirect some of their investment in Oracle HCM on premise solutions to Oracle HCM Cloud applications.

Q: How are changing demographics of the workforce impacting HCM innovation?

Kender: Recently, I had a customer at a midsize company tell me, “If my millennial workforce can’t use this system and aren’t comfortable with it they won’t use it at all. I need the user experience to be easy and impactful. They can’t go through training.”

The Oracle HCM Cloud user experience is designed to be like using a popular social network. You don’t take a training course. You turn it on and use it. It’s like Larry Ellison said in his keynote at Oracle HCM World, “There are no classes for Facebook.”

Q: What price do midsize companies pay by not adopting an innovative HCM cloud solution?

Kender: Now more than ever, people are the key to success in midsize. And midsize companies are competing with large enterprises for talent. The ability to source the right people with capabilities like social sourcing can put a midsize company on the cutting edge of finding top talent. Often times that gives them an advantage over the recruiting practices used by larger, more established companies. Conversely, if you are still sourcing people like you did in the ‘90’s you risk losing out on the best talent. Oracle HCM Cloud helps them win the war for talent.

Then, once talent is hired, midsize companies need modern best practice for learning, development, and succession planning. You have to keep them excited, comfortable, and engaged by providing a fantastic user experience. That’s what today’s worker expects and demands and you need all that to reduce turnover because turnover is expensive and disruptive. With Oracle HCM Cloud, midsize companies can have the sophistication that large companies enjoy along the entire continuum of the HCM experience—the features and look and feel that today’s workers expect—minus the cost and complexity of on premise systems.


Learn more:

Infographic: Get Ready for a New Era of HR

Harvard Business Review Global Modern HR Survey: The Age of Modern HR

Modern HR for Dummies

Is Your Human Resource Management System Attracting a Modern Workforce? 

Oracle HCM for Midsize Companies


Wednesday Jul 23, 2014

Granite Rock: Ahead of the curve, On the road, & in the (private) Cloud


by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize

The construction industry is known to be at or near the bottom of the rock pile when it comes to technology spending. However, there are signs that construction professionals now are looking to emerging technologies—cloud, mobile, social—to improve project productivity and profitability, enhance customer services, and gain competitive advantage.

Unlike many of its competitors, 113-year old California-based Granite Rock has leveraged technology for decades to stay profitable and competitive. Steve Snodgrass, CFO and CIO, has been with Graniterock about as long as the company has been an Oracle JD Edwards customer—more than 21 years.

“I can’t think of any piece of information that our operations managers need to run their business that we haven’t been able to get them,” says Snodgrass. “That’s information across all the lines of materials we carry and tracking costs down to the work order level.”

Flipping the Switch on a Long Overdue Project

This year, Snodgrass launched a technology upgrade project—to the newest version of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne solution for Construction—that is long overdue. The project was set to go several times but postponed each time for compelling reasons; including how hard the global recession hit the construction business.

Up until now, Snodgrass has provided information to operations via a complex combination of JD Edwards applications, bolt on solutions, and expensive custom applications.

“Back when we first implemented the current system, none of the technology vendors had all the pieces we needed,” observes Snodgrass. “There’s also mentality within the construction industry that, once you install a piece of software, you’re done. It just doesn’t work that way in reality.”

The upgraded system will continue to be hosted in a private cloud by Oracle partner Velocity’s Managed Applications Services. Snodgrass and his team are looking forward to the benefits the upgrade will bring.

  • Additional functionality—20 years of enhancements

  • An more intuitive user interface

  • User Productivity Kit (UPK)—to provide more consistency in end user training.

  • Consolidating to a single data base

“We’ve been like kids standing outside the candy store window looking at all the things we can’t have,” says Snodgrass. "You might say we entered that store for a package of Life-Savers and now we realize that there are many other pieces of candy to choose from. We're very interested in exploring JD Edwards' mobile capabilities once we've completed the upgrade."

Serving Dual Roles

It’s not often you’ll find one individual that wears both the CFO and CIO hats.

“Sometimes IT guys can lose focus,” says Snodgrass. “I’m always looking at technology like, ‘If we’re going to this project is it cost effective and how is it going to benefit the company? What is the return on this? Will we sell any more products?’ That discipline works pretty well when I talk to my guys. Generally it works.”

Snodgrass and his team keep tabs on the solutions being offered by vendors catering to the construction industry. Oracle JD Edwards continues to be their first choice, both for its functionality and its ability to provide a solid technology platform for everything they do.

“JD Edwards and Oracle grew up around mechanizing processes,” says Snodgrass. “They have this deep understanding of all the business processes. The JD Edwards model works for me pretty well wherever everything is so tightly integrated. That’s really where the strength is.”

Read more about Graniterock’s technology upgrade in this Oracle Profit magazine feature, “Rock Solid”.


Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday Jun 26, 2014

When You're In Second Place You Try Harder

by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs

Last week, Oracle announced our Q4 and year end earnings for our FY14, with the headline, "Oracle Becomes the Second Largest Cloud SaaS Company in the World". It reminded me of that iconic Avis car rental ad, "When You're in Second Place, You Try Harder." That the tagline served the company well for over 50 years and was only just retired last year. According to Slate, in the very first year, that ad campaign significantly increased Avis's marketshare vs. its largest competitor.

At Oracle, we love to win, but more importantly, we love to compete. As our CEO Larry Ellison says, "I enjoy the competition, I enjoy the process of learning." When you equate competing with learning, good things happen for customers. Oracle spent over $5B on R&D in our fiscal year 2014. Becoming the Second largest Cloud SaaS Company is validation that Oracle's investments in innovation are providing customers with what they need and want. It is a significant milestone but don't expect Oracle to rest on our laurels.

United under one goal: to be #1 in the cloud

We don't need a catchy slogan to get us there. We'll accomplish our goal by offering solutions that customers love. Those solutions are highly differentiated--a modern and best of breed SaaS portfolio and PaaS on the market leading tech stack. Today, our cloud portfolio is unmatched in breadth and depth of solutions from top to bottom--applications, platform, and infrastructure.

What do YOU know about Oracle and cloud?

It's time to move to the cloud: Oracle Applications Cloud. More SaaS applications than any other vendor. Start your selection process at cloud.oracle.com.





Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Wednesday Jun 25, 2014

MedicAlert Wins Gartner Award for CRM Excellence


by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs

Founded in 1956, MedicAlert Foundation continues to thrive by remaining relevant. No small task when you consider what they do--provide emergency medical information services for its members. I've been following the MedicAlert story more closely since they completely revamped their information systems a little over a year ago.

MedicAlert COO Karen Lamoree, in the Oracle Profit magazine article, "High Alert" describe the company's mission well. “No one ever anticipates being in an emergency. But when you’re in one, you’re at your most vulnerable. When it happens, it’s really nice to have somebody who actually knows your medical information, to make sure that you get the best care. That’s what MedicAlert is all about.”

Last year, Lamoree also shared with me the human resource challenges they faced when retooling their organization around the modern best practices enabled by thier newly deployed Oracle solution, "Sustaining Modern IT & Overcoming the IT Labor Shortage in Small Town America"

MedicAlert won the Gartner award for their PUMA initiative-"Phenomenal Undertaking for MedicAlert". PUMA brings new levels of customer service to MedicAlert's +4 million members. It involved a cultural change across the entire company by eliminating silos of information establishing new standards for collaboration.

Here's MedicAlert's press release, "MedicAlert Foundation Announced as Winner of the 2014 Gartner & 1to1 Media CRM Excellence Awards"


Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday Jun 19, 2014

Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2014 Will Blow Your Mind

by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs

Maybe I shouldn't have read this report first thing on a Monday morning, Mary Meeker's Internet Trends 2014. But I did, and it blew my mind.

We've been publishing a lot of thought leadership content lately on modern best practice. Modern best practice is flexible, supports growth and innovation, and enables new ways of executing to achieve consistently superior performance. It's enabled by Cloud, Social, Analytics, Big Data, Mobile, and The Internet of Things. It's about leveraging these enablers to do things fundamentally different, sometimes without consciously realizing that we're doing so.

In our hectic kinetic connected lives we think nothing of downloading a new app or adopting a new communication channel to get what we want or make our lives easier. It's fascinating to see the collective metrics of our actions in this report.

Meeker's identifies how we are globally adopting and leveraging enabling technologies. A couple of highlights from my perspective:
  • Tablet adoption was up 52% in 2013 and growing faster than PCs ever did
  • Mobile is 25% of web usage vs 14% a year before
  • Mobile advertising revenue is up 47% and now represents 11% of total advertising spend.

Modern best practice can be doing something that you never even dreamed possible prior to adopting an enabling technology. Meeker describes this as re-imaging, like this graph relating to re-imagining communications. 

The effectiveness of any single communication channel for each of our sub groups  depends on wholehearted adoption by all members. One guy in my band doesn't use Facebook. So we all communicate via email. Friends get frustrated with me because I don't return calls or texts promptly but they forget I don't get mobile coverage at my house. .

Maybe some day we'll all have the same devices and a single universal communication channel.But for now, I'll just remind myself to be happy that we're not reliant on land lines and answering machines.


Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

Curse Inc Skips a Level by Jumping to Oracle ERP Cloud


by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs

As Brandon Byrne, VP of Finance at Curse, says, "What ESPN is to sports, we are to video games. We help gamers get the most out of their game."  I was hooked on video games in my twenties and I wish this resource would have been around to help me reach that next level on Donkey Kong or Defender.

Curse is experiencing enormous challenges brought on by growth, both in terms of increased revenue and in the number of digital media properties they manage.Oracle recently released a couple videos in which Byrne explains why Curse chose Oracle and their goals for moving to Oracle Applications Cloud.  With Oracle, Byrne says that Curse can "take a step out of the accounting software hierarchy" by skipping a second tier solution as they grow.  With Oracle Applications Cloud they get to a top tier solution sooner and that, "takes away a lot of the pain of having to do that second transition."

 A few quotes from Byrne that I really like:

  • "Accounting and finance are the customer service group for the rest of the organization. They are on the front lines driving revenue and growth."
  • "(Oracle ERP Cloud) gets us out of the knuckle head things that happen on a day to day basis with accounting and finance and let's us focus on the big things and strategies and more complex issues."
  •  "Letting Oracle provide the security is a better solution in my mind than having three guys in my IT group securing a server downstairs." 

Here are the videos:


Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

Persevering & Friday Night Big Ideas


by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize Programs

Every successful company, personal accomplishment, and philanthropic endeavor starts with one good idea. I have my best ideas on Friday evenings. The creative side of my brain is stimulated by end of week endorphins. Free thinking. Anything is possible. But, as my kids love to remind me, most of Dad's Friday Night Big Ideas (FNBIs) fizzle on the drawing board. Usually there's one barrier blocking the way that seems insurmountable by noon on Monday.

For example, trekking the 486 mile Colorado Trail is on my bucket list. Since I have a job, I'll have to do it in bits and pieces--day hikes, weekends, and a vacation week here and there. With my trick neck, backpacking is not an option. How to survive equip myself for overnight backcountry travel was that one seemingly insurmountable barrier. 

Persevering

Lewis and Clark wouldn't have given up so I explored options and, as I blogged about back in December, I had an FNBI to hire llamas to carry my load. Last weekend, that idea came to fruition. Early Saturday morning, I met up with Bill, the owner of Antero Llamas, for an overnight training expedition along segment 14 of the Colorado Trail with a string of twelve llamas. It was a crash course on learning how to saddle, load, pasture, and mediate squabbles. Amazingly, we left the trailhead with me, the complete novice, at the lead.

Instead of trying to impart three decades of knowledge on me in two days, Bill taught me two things: "Go With the Flow" and "Plan B". It worked. There were times I would be lost in thought for long stretches of time until one snort would remind me that I had a string of twelve llamas trailing behind.

A funny thing happened along the trail...

Up until last Saturday, my plan had been to trek all 28 segments of the trail east to west and sequentially. Out of some self-imposed sense of decorum. That plan presented myriad logistical challenges such as impassable snow pack on the Continental Divide when segment 6 is up next. On Sunday, as we trekked along the base of 14,000 ft peaks, I applied Bill's llama handling philosophy to my quest and came up with a much more realistic and enjoyable strategy for achieving my goal.  Seize opportunities to hike regardless of order. Define my own segments. Go west to east for awhile if it makes more sense. Let the llamas carry more creature comforts. Chill out. 

I will still set foot on all 486 miles of the trail. Technically, the end result will be the same.And I and my traveling companions--human and camelid--will enjoy the journey more. Much more.


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Jim Lein

I evangelize Oracle's enterprise solutions for growing midsize companies. I recently celebrated 15 years with Oracle, having joined JD Edwards in 1999. I'm based in Evergreen, Colorado and love relating stories about creativity and innovation whether they be about software, live music, or the mountains. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.




Tuesday Jun 10, 2014

Proven Approach to Financial Progress Using Modern Best Practice


by Larry Simcox, Sr. Director, Oracle Midsize Programs

Top performing organizations generate 25 percent higher profit margins and grow at twice the rate of their competitors.

How do they do it?

Recently, Dr. Stephen G. Timme, President of FinListics Solutions and Adjunct Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, joined me on a webcast to answer that question. I've know Dr. Timme since my days at G-log when we worked together to help customers determine the ROI of transportation management solutions. We were also joined by Steve Cox, Vice President of Oracle Midsize Programs, who recently published an Oracle E-book, "Modern Best Practice Explained". In this webcast, Cox provides his perspective on how best performing companies are moving from best practice to modern best practice. 

Watch the webcast replay and you'll learn about the easy to follow, top down approach to:

  • Identify processes that should be targeted for improvement

  • Leverage a modern best practice maturity model to start a path to progress

  • Link financial performance gaps to operational KPIs

  • Improve cash flow by benchmarking key financial metrics

  • Develop intelligent estimates of achievable cash flow benefits

Click HERE to watch a replay of the webcast.

You might also be interested in the following:

Video: Modern Best Practices Defined 

AppCast: Modern Best Practices for Growing Companies


Looking for more news and information about Oracle Solutions for Midsize Companies?


Larry Simcox

Senior Director, Oracle Midsize Programs responsible for supporting and creating marketing content ,communications, sales and partner program support for Oracle's go to market activities for midsize companies. I have over 17 years experience helping customers identify the value and ROI from their IT investment. I live in Charlotte NC with my family and my dog Dingo. The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of Oracle.

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