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A Strategic Look at Apps

by Alan Joch

August 2015

As CIO of Stewart & Stevenson (S&S), Paul Krueger has devised an IT strategy that divides resources into three main categories: strategic, commodity, and legacy.

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    Stewart & Stevenson

    Headquarters: Houston, Texas

    Industry: Oil and gas

    Employees: More than 2,000 worldwide

    Oracle solutions: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne solutions, Oracle Hyperion solutions, Oracle Business Intelligence

Paul Krueger

    CIO

    Length of tenure: Two years

    Education: BA in business administration, University of Iowa; MS in information systems, DePaul University

    Personal quote/mantra: “Business strategist and Harvard Professor Michael Porter once said—and I am paraphrasing here—‘If a company had unlimited funds and resources, there would be no need for a strategy.’ Leading the development of a realistic roadmap for IT that is flexible and supports the business is the value of a CIO. Properly prioritizing funding while leading and enabling the right resources to deliver the roadmap is how the CIO succeeds.”

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“Strategic applications are those where we’re going to continue to make investments in skills development, where we’ll be looking for strong partner relationships, and where we’ll really be focusing our efforts for mobile apps,” he says.

Krueger also looks at mobile apps from a hierarchical point of view. His preference is to implement mobile software offered by one of S&S’s vendors, which means that preferred enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps come from Oracle or one of its certified partners.

The reason: Because these apps come tested for reliability and are designed to integrate closely within the existing Oracle’s JD Edwards platform, S&S will be able to devote IT staff resources to other projects that directly support business goals.

“This makes mobility much more cost effective and a lot easier to implement, and we reduce our downtime,” Krueger says. “And because many of the JD Edwards apps that are available today can be used ‘out of the box,’ mobility can be an extension of our current ERP platform.”

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