5 customers who streamlined their application landscape, and how they benefitted

May 11, 2022 | 4 minute read
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By Thomas “Mac” McAdams, Sales Manager – Oil & Gas, Mining, Construction, Wholesale Distribution, Inoapps

It’s becoming more and more common to see a tipping point where companies start to move away from buying a new software application for each unique business requirement. Helping to drive this change is the availability of a complete suite of cloud solutions for the back office—specifically, the Oracle Cloud Applications portfolio of solutions for finance, HR, and supply chain.

Oracle Cloud Applications are built on a common data model, and they’re designed to work together seamlessly. You can move all of your critical business processes to Oracle Cloud, and standardize and simplify your business at the same time, with fewer systems and integrations. This not only limits the number of vendors, software companies, and staff required to support your application portfolio—it provides additional benefits like greater visibility into your operations, cost savings, and efficiency gains. Let’s look at five examples:

  1. A recent energy customer implemented Oracle Cloud ERP, SCM, HCM and EPM while removing 14 legacy systems (spanning HR, tax, asset management, and reporting solutions), which more than justified the business case of moving to the cloud.
  2. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations, and assessments in England. Ofqual’s legacy HR and finance systems were reaching end of life and needed to be replaced. Inoapps was selected to implement Oracle Cloud Financials and Oracle Cloud HCM, along with the recruitment and onboarding modules. Ofqual experienced process efficiencies resulting from a single integrated solution for all finance and HR data, as well as faster access to real-time cross-functional reporting and improved insight across the organization.
  3. A construction and engineering customer was able to better plan their project supply chain after implementing Oracle Cloud Procurement. This helped with vendor negotiations, pricing, and supplier recommendations based on the scale and location of the project.
  4. One of our global construction customers that went live on Oracle Cloud HCM is completely modernizing their global employee experience, standardizing their processes, and providing self-service for employees—leading to a better employee experience and improved retention.
  5. A higher education customer sought to transform their back-office systems and rationalize several hundred business applications they used daily. Inoapps recommended an Oracle Cloud solution and worked with the university to remove many of their third-party applications.

Think your business is different? Think again.

If you think you have too many unique and custom processes for a unified cloud solution to handle, you are not alone. Many of our customers started their journey believing that their business processes were too unique to eliminate the need for multiple systems. However, by understanding the full range of capabilities and business processes delivered by Oracle Cloud and focusing on areas of business value and cost reduction, you begin to see that deploying your key business processes in the cloud will be achievable and beneficial to your bottom line.

To confirm whether your organization and system landscape is a good candidate for simplification, here are a few steps to take as part of your preliminary readiness assessment:

  • Identify truly unique business processes requiring separate systems and integrations; you might be surprised to discover that you don’t have any
  • Determine the actual cost of supporting these processes and systems against the value to the core business
  • Outline any changes to the organic business model and/or industry since these systems were implemented

 The readiness assessment helps you to:

  • Confirm and outline your existing business processes
  • Identify process and/or system improvements along with any gaps or risks
  • Understand the business value of simplifying your systems and processes
  • Identify vendors, integrations, and applications that can be phased out after simplifying your landscape with Oracle Cloud
  • Analyze how beneficial a move to the cloud will be for your organization

A simplified landscape provides greater efficiency

How many times a day do your employees ask, “Which system do I need to use to get this piece of information?” Users are requiring more data to conduct their business, and legacy application landscapes cannot keep up with the increasing pace. With Oracle Cloud, the answers to the questions you need are easy to find, and once-manual processes are automated—leading to faster, more efficient operations.

Any time you want to simplify or change the way business is done, you need to consider the politics of change. It’s vital to have a clear and well-defined business case to evaluate the opportunities, improve processes, and discover a wide range of benefits from system simplification. It’s equally important to have a strategy in place before executing it. Our experienced team can help you:

  • Assess your overall system landscape
  • Compare it against potential cloud or hybrid solutions
  • Recommend a new, simplified portfolio with a clear path to the cloud and documented benefits
  • Advise you how to prepare and present your business case

Simplifying your system landscape is a significant undertaking, but well worth the result. Contact Inoapps to learn more.

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