Wednesday Nov 27, 2013

Get a Number…Give A Number. I give Oracle “7”.

by Jim Lein | Sr. Principal Product Marketing Director | Oracle Midsize Programs | @JimLein

There’s a game currently making the social media rounds in which one friend assigns a random number –let’s say, “twelve”—to another friend. The assigned friend then shares twelve little known facts about themselves.

The “Get a Number…Give A Number” game reminds me that I might not know some of my friends as well as I think I do. It’s a rare occasion when I meet someone who doesn’t have opinions about Oracle. Ask yourself—what do you really know about the second largest software company on the planet? To that end, I have randomly assigned the number “seven” to Oracle (seven is a lucky number and every writer knows list-based posts must have an odd number of items just like all landscaping projects must have an add number of shrubs).

Here are seven facts you might not know about my company:

  1. My home state of Colorado ranks third in the nation for concentration of tech workers in the public sector (8.7%). Oracle is a major contributor to that statistic, having inherited multiple Colorado campuses via acquisition including JD Edwards (Denver Tech Center), Sun Microsystems (Broomfield), and BEA Systems (Boulder).
  2. More than two thirds of Oracle’s customers are midsize companies .
  3. Oracle headquarters in Redwood City occupy reclaimed tidelands and the 66 acre site was originally Marine World/Africa USA.
  4. My first boss at Oracle was a guy who I had met years before when we worked on the same floor at JD Edwards. I didn’t know what his job was back then but we had pleasant conversations at the copier (remember those things?). But I digress…
  5. Oracle wins numerous awards for philanthropy including being ranked #7 in the Silicon Valley Business Journal Corporate Philanthropy Awards.
  6. Oracle OpenWorld ‘96 (the first) featured 420 sessions and 17,200 visitors at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Many superstar acts have performed over the years at the Oracle OpenWorld Customer Appreciation Events including Elton John, Sting, Billy Joel, and (my favorite) Counting Crows but the farthest back anyone could remember was Oracle OpenWorld ’98 at which KC and the Sunshine Band, Dave Wakeling (of The English Beat fame), Asleep at the Wheel, and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies performed.
  7. Oracle’s smallest customers run the same applications as our largest customers. For example, Land o’ Lakes (14B USD, USA) runs Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and so does Felsineo (<100M USD, Italy). And Ingersoll Rand (14B USD, Ireland) runs Oracle E-Business Suite and so does PressureJet Systems (<100M USD, India). And Skanska AB (60,000 employees, Sweden) runs Oracle Taleo Talent Management and so does Be The Match (875 employees, USA). You get the picture.

If you haven’t yet guessed, this post is a thinly veiled attempt to get you interested in learning more about the kind of company Oracle is today. This is not your father’s Oracle. Today Oracle has 120,000 employees and many of us honed our skills and gained experience prior to joining Oracle at such great companies as JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Primavera, Siebel, Taleo, Eloqua, and Hyperion . That’s where we’ve been but now our heads are in the cloud. So get to know us better. If you’re not an Oracle customer now, odds are—you may soon be one.

Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Industry Best Practices + Flexibility


By Richard Garraputa, VP of Sales & Marketing, brij

Richard joined brij in 1996 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with degrees in Information Systems and Accounting. He directs brij’s overall strategies of both the business development and marketing departments.

Companies looking for new ERP systems spend so much time comparing features and functions of software products but too often short change the value of their own processes.  Company managers I meet often claim that they are implementing a new ERP system so they can perform better and faster.  When asked how, the answer is often “by implementing best practices”.  But the term ‘best practices’ is frequently used to mean ‘doing things the way everyone else does them’ rather than a starting point or benchmark to build upon by adding your own value.

Of course, implementing standardized processes across an enterprise is an important step in improving operational efficiencies.  But not all companies are alike.  Do you ever tell your customers “We are just like our competition and have no competitive differentiation”?  Probably not.  So why should the implementation of your business processes be just like your competitor’s?  Even within the same industry, companies differentiate themselves by leveraging their unique expertise and approach to business.  These unique aspects—the competitive differentiators that companies use to thrive in a crowded marketplace—can and should be supported by the implementation of business systems like ERP.

Modern ERP systems like Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne have a broad and deep functional footprint designed to integrate a company’s core operations.  But how can a company take advantage of this footprint without blowing up their implementation budget?  Some ERP vendors claim to solve this challenge by stating that their systems come pre-configured with ‘best practices’.  Too often what they are really saying is that you will have to abandon your key operational differentiators to fit a vendor’s template for your business—or extend your implementation and postpone the realization of any benefits.

Thankfully for midsize companies, there is an alternative to the undesirable options of extended implementation projects or abandoning their competitive differentiators.  Oracle Accelerate Solutions speed the time it takes to implement JD Edwards EnterpriseOne solution based on your unique business characteristics, getting your new ERP system up and running faster without forcing your business to fit a cookie-cutter solution. We’ve been a JD Edwards implementation partner since 1986 and we now leverage Oracle Business Accelerators—cloud based rapid implementation tools built and maintained by Oracle. Oracle Business Accelerators deliver the benefits of embedded industry best practices without forcing every customer in to one set of processes like many template or “clone and go” approaches do. You retain the ability to reconfigure your applications—without customization—as your business changes.

Wielded by Oracle partners with industry-specific domain expertise, Oracle Accelerate Solution implementations powered by Oracle Business Accelerators help automate the application configuration to fit your business better, faster. For example, on a recent project at a manufacturing company, the project manager told me that Oracle Business Accelerators helped get them to Conference Room Pilot 20% faster than with a traditional approach. Time savings equal cost savings.

And if ‘better and faster’ is your goal for your business performance, shouldn’t it be the goal for your ERP implementation as well?

Established in 1986, brij has been dedicated solely to helping its customers implement Oracle’s JD Edwards solutions and to maximize the value of those customers’ IT investments. They are a Gold level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork and an Oracle Accelerate Solution provider.

Friday Nov 16, 2012

Goodbye, Spreadsheets and Hello Modern ERP

Signs of the resurging economy continue to sprout, with green shoots rising across different sectors and industries. With the economy on the rebound, businesses are increasing their investment in technology to keep up with growth and evolving demands; as proof, Gartner recently increased its worldwide IT spending forecast for 2012 to $3.6 trillion, anticipating a 3 percent increase from 2011 spending.

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Tuesday Nov 06, 2012

Tap Into Tier 1 ERP

 

Your customers aren’t satisfied with so-so customer service. Your employees aren’t happy with below average salaries.

 

So why would you settle for second-rate or tier 2 ERP?

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Wednesday Sep 12, 2012

Webcast - September 20th at 9am PT/12pm ET - Nucleus Research Report: The Evolving Business Case for Tier 1 ERP in Midsize Companies

Join us on September 20th at 9am PT/12pm ET for a webcast featuring Rebecca Wettemann, Vice President of Research at Nucleus Research, and Jim Lein, Senior Director at Oracle. Together, they’ll explore the recently published note, “The Evolving Business Case for Tier 1 ERP in Midsize Companies." Register today!

Thursday Aug 16, 2012

JD Edwards ERP Products Thriving under Oracle

Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC) recently published a favorable report on Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne entitled JD Edwards ERP Products Thriving under Oracle.  In addition to a positive commentary on newly released JDE 9.1, analyst P.J. Jakovljevic cites JDE’s persistence over time as a strong customer choice. 

Click here to read the report.

Wednesday Feb 01, 2012

Oracle Partners Worldwide Deliver Expanded Portfolio of Oracle Accelerate Solutions for Midsize Companies

Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies continues to gain momentum.

Read the full press release HERE.  

Friday Jan 20, 2012

Q&A: Jim Lein, Sr. Director--Oracle Accelerate, on Practical Approaches to Cloud Computing for Midsize Organizations

Jim Lein has worked closely with hundreds of midsize organizations since joining the JD Edwards team in 1999. Now senior director of the Oracle Accelerate Program Office, he has spent more than a dozen years with a laser-sharp focus on the needs of midsize organizations—and the ways they can leverage ERP solutions to produce value for their organizations.

 Click HERE to read the Q&A in Profit Online.


Monday Nov 21, 2011

Follow Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies on Facebook

Click HERE to go our page and 'like' it.

Register for the webcast, " Modernizing Applications - The Top IT Project" Wednesday, November 30, 9:00 a.m. PT / 12:00 p.m. ET

 

Due to the realities of the 'New Normal' economy, many midsize companies are replacing or upgrading their legacy enterprise applications.

Larry Simcox, Sr. Director of the Oracle Accelerate Program Office, will lead a discussion on the 'why' and the 'how' featuring an impressive list of panelists: 

  • Eric Kimberling, President & Chairman, Panorama Consulting
  • Lyle Ekdahl, GVP & General Manager, Oracle's JD Edwards Enterprise Applications
  • Jeanne Lowell, VP, Oracle's E-Business Suite Strategy.


Click HERE to register.

Monday Nov 14, 2011

Oracle E-Business Suite and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are well positioned in Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix

 

 Both E-Business Suite and JD Edwards are ranked high for usability and functionality.

Download the report HERE.


Tuesday Sep 27, 2011

Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies is now on Facebook

 

 Like it if you'd like...

Oracle Accelerate for Midsize Companies

Monday Aug 01, 2011

Oracle Announces 83 New Oracle Accelerate Solutions for Midsize Companies Around the World

Oracle Accelerate continues to expand.

Read the press release HERE

Register for the next Oracle Accelerate webcast, "Make the Strategic Move and Accelerate Your Business Growth with Oracle ERP", Tuesday Aug 9

 

Now is the time for many Midsize Companies to move to Top Tier ERP.

 I will be presenting an update on Oracle Accelerate and we will hear about Cell Signaling's deployment of Oracle ERP from their CIO, Russ Green.

Date:
Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Time:
11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET

Click HERE to register.

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