By Peter Russo, Vice President, Cloud ERP Product Marketing, Oracle
It amazes me how quickly my 6-year-old can absorb and interact with new technologies. From the past year of Zoom school, his Seesaw app presentation skills (which are starting to challenge my own), or his ability to jump into nearly any app and quickly explore new content, talking to Roku to ask for his favorite show (Cosmos).
Then he started asking me: why couldn’t you choose whatever you wanted to watch, when you wanted, when you were a kid? Why couldn’t you talk to your TV?
His jaw dropped when I explained that the TV I grew up with was built into a wooden cabinet, and it had a wired box that I had to walk up to turn a switch to see one of 37 channels. No buddy, I couldn’t watch anything I wanted to, when I wanted. The TV networks decided what was playing…. Mind blown! He couldn’t comprehend such a world!
But it got me thinking about the cable box—a relic today that everyone still had about 10 years ago.
Then, between smart TVs, better bandwidth, cloud, and subscription models, streaming arrived. And it was a completely new experience.
Let’s consider many of the on-premises ERP systems still running some of the largest businesses in the world.
Contrast that with cloud ERP:
The recent pandemic tested a number of industries to their limit for their ability to react and adapt to constantly changing market conditions. When market shifts strike, greater agility and innovation is not achieved by hosting and replicating your past in the cloud, but by embracing the forefront of what modern businesses have at their disposal with cloud ERP: a self-updating platform that constantly brings the industry’s most advanced technologies to your applications every 90 days, giving you the ability to build, innovate, automate, adapt, and leverage new business opportunities on demand.
It’s been 6 months now since I’ve joined Oracle, a company I’ve known as both a client and a competitor for over 20 years. The pace of change at Oracle itself over the past decade is astonishing—especially our own move to a SaaS business model and the customer centricity that requires. Today, we apply hundreds of new features and improvements to our cloud apps with every quarterly release, and over 80% of these are directly coming from our customers. And since we use the same solution that we sell, best practices are openly shared across our community.
I recommend checking out our Oracle@Oracle and Oracle Cloud Customer Connect programs to learn more about how we’ve transformed our own business, and how we can help you do the same. One best practice Oracle is sharing with our customers is our ability to automate and speed our reporting time; we now close our books faster than any other company on the S&P 500.
As the economy fires back up, are you prepared to compete with the pace of those already running cloud ERP? Are your enterprise apps attractive to your latest workforce and their work expectations? Don’t let your ERP make your company look like the equivalent of your grandparents’ TV console with that dusty old cable box.