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Want to Get Smarter? Read These Top Finance Articles

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By Margaret Harrist, Content Strategy Director, Oracle

Organizations large and small are realizing that one of the keys to being competitive in the future is modern, agile, collaborative systems that give employees the latest capabilities but don’t tie the IT department to constant maintenance mode.

Throughout 2016, Oracle’s column on Forbes.com explored this trend. We interviewed experts in business transformation and digitization, looked at the movement from on-premises ERP to cloud, and talked with Oracle customers about why they took the leap—and how they did it successfully.

Many of those articles really struck a chord with readers, so we compiled a list of the most-read finance-related articles published on OracleVoice last year. Enjoy!

1. Shift To The Cloud Or Risk Falling Further Behind 

When you consider that Oracle ERP Cloud customers are getting the benefits of new capabilities and features every six months, you can easily see how those operating on-premises ERP systems are falling further and further behind. Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president of applications development, talks about how the cloud is changing business—and Oracle.

2. Australian Finance Group Goes All-Cloud In Bold Innovation Strategy 

By moving to the cloud and overhauling its IT systems, Australian Finance Group now is able to spend three times more of its IT budget on new, innovative projects rather than spending the majority on support and enhancements. This article takes a look at how they got there—and where they’re going from here.

3. Is Your Business Unsinkable? Think Again 

Businesses today need to explore whole new business models, not just the next generation of their existing products. Jeremiah Owyang, industry analyst and founder of Crowd Companies, discusses how new business eras are coming at us at an ever-increasing pace—and like the Titanic, even those that seem unsinkable can go down fast.

4. The Rise of the Digital CFO: The Top 5 Strategic Finance Issues for 2016 

The role of finance is changing rapidly, and CFOs have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a leading role in their company’s transformation. In this article, we explore the five biggest challenges that CFOs face in the digital age.

5. Cloud Confessions: Stop Me Before I Customize Another App 

The more an ERP application is customized, the more difficult the upgrades. And during the customization-crazy era of on-premises ERP, many of those added tweaks also cemented business processes that were the way things had always been done—rather than following best practices. Oracle’s offering of SaaS and PaaS solutions give companies the power of standardized best practices and easier upgrades as well as the capability to differentiate.

6. How Photon Pulled Off Two Big Cloud Projects On A Tight Deadline 

After a phase of rapid growth, Photon realized its ERP and HCM systems needed an upgrade. On the ERP side, the company needed more mature capabilities, better scalability, and easier upgrades—including better integration with other systems such as project and sales management. Here’s how they made the transition.

To learn more about the finance cloud technologies used in these (any many other) customer successes, please visit The Business of GO.

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