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Oracle Cloud ERP: An Integrated Innovation Engine

Cloud ERP provides your business with a broad suite of tools that simplifies your IT environment and improves your efficiency, allowing you to be more innovative. CSS is an Oracle Platinum Cloud Select Implementation partner for solution integration, and our solutions are featured on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

 

Overview

Cloud: Where Ease, Agility and Choice Meet

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    Faster Integration Times

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    Quicker response times to market

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    Provides the right option for your business: public, private, hybrid

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    Embeds business intelligence

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    Enriches social capabilities and easy access via mobile devices

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    Delivers measurable results

Empower Your Business with Cloud & CSS Services For:

  • Contracts
  • Enterprise Performance Management (EPM)
  • Financials
  • Inventory
  • Procurement
  • Project Portfolio Management (PPM)
  • Purchasing
  • Service Cloud
  • Sourcing
  • Supplier Qualification Management (SQM)
  • Supply Chain Planning

The CSS Oracle Advantage

Our consultants combine the very best in Oracle wisdom with hands-on, deep industry and application knowledge to keep your business moving forward. As one of the first in the Oracle Partner community to market an integrated hybrid Cloud offering for on-premise applications, our hybrid and stand alone Cloud implementation options bring strategic, modern solutions to your organization.

Integrating Cloud ERP and On-Premise

When it comes to implementing Cloud ERP, you’ll want our experience on your side. Leveraging our own unique approach and Modern Best Practices from Oracle, we’ve implemented Cloud ERP as a stand-alone solution across industries, or integrated in a co-exist environment with JD Edwards and E-Business Suite, to create a holistic solution that’s tailored to your business needs.

Oracle Cloud ERP FAQs

What’s the best approach to moving ERP applications to the Cloud?
No two transitions are alike, so it’s important to focus on your own opportunities and challenges, rather than comparing your situation to what happened with another company. It’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of various types of Cloud computing (public, private, and hybrid), and then strategically make decisions about what to house, where. It’s crucial to educate your leadership team and get buy-in for the transition so they can champion the transition’s benefits. 
 
Here are a few more details. Until recently, the size of a company, its industry, and the business need for moving from Capex to Opex drove the approach in regards to moving ERP applications to the Cloud. Customers who implemented this at a business-unit level were quicker to adopt the Cloud, as did customers who did not need their ERP to have deep vertical functionality, primarily using it at a manufacturing or payroll level. Large enterprise customers have traditionally/initially used a hybrid Cloud to prove internally that the Cloud could work for their business before expanding to a more transformational model.
What are the benefits of moving ERP applications to the Cloud?
In general, when you transition your enterprise resource planning applications to the Cloud, your company has ready access to a broad suite of business tools, which provides for a more streamlined IT environment. This, in turn, boosts your business’s efficiency and facilitates innovation. Applications housed in the Cloud can be more efficiently integrated, with quicker time to market for products and services. You can embed business intelligence and enrich social capabilities, with the Cloud delivering measurable results. 
 
This transition allows companies to move away from large transformation implementations and upgrades, also removing capital expenses at the hardware, technology, and support levels. This move allows them to focus on their core businesses without needing business analysts and large IT staffs to support their ERP. For IT professionals, this move reduces their need to support, patch, and administer overly complex and often heavily modified ERPs. The ownership of performance, security, tuning, globalization, translation, and so forth now falls on the software provider. Because Cloud ERP is not customizable—rather, it’s extensible—upgrades and updates happen much faster and more cheaply.
What’s the best way to plan the transition?
It’s important to plan for enough resources, including but not limited to financial costs. Although moving ERP to the Cloud can ultimately save the company significant amounts of money, companies need to plan for costs associated with the transition. It’s also important to ensure enough dedicated staff and determine how much in-house expertise is available and what Cloud consultation services are needed. Reasonable timelines need created, with change management strategies carefully laid out and then implemented.
 
From an implementation perspective, of course, Cloud ERP isn’t much different from its on-premise counterparts when it comes to resources needed for the project. That includes having the right internal subject matter experts available, the right executive alignment, and the ability to have the following in place: organizational change management, project management, and the appropriate structure. And, of course, the right system implementer is critical. What’s different is the cadence of Cloud projects, as they run much faster. This is because the customer is “renting” and not “buying,” so the software vendor can rapidly provision the solution in days to weeks, so projects start much more quickly.
How can disruption to existing operations be minimized?
Having a rock-solid, experienced, and professional transition team is vital. Careful planning is also crucial, which includes communicating the process clearly throughout the organization in job-specific ways, implementing change management strategies from the start, and more. It’s also important to back up all data, ensure high levels of security, divide the transition in stages that make sense for your company, test assumptions, and implement in phases. It’s also important to continue to clearly communicate and adjust the timeline as needed.
 
Here’s something else to consider. The initial implementation is not what’s genuinely impactful to the operations teams. Rather, it is the ongoing change of Cloud. In the traditional world of on-premise, patching schedules and upgrades could be controlled and scheduled when the business wanted them. In Cloud, you are always on the latest release and your upgrades happen several times a year. Therefore, what can minimize the impacts are more around the ongoing training, testing, and organizational change management.
What is the biggest mistake organizations make when moving their ERP applications to the Cloud?
The biggest mistake may be seeing this implementation as a one-and-done process, without investing significantly enough in ongoing change management. Yes, the benefits of moving ERP to the Cloud can be enormous; and, yes, the technology can hugely streamline and optimize operations, but only if change management successfully occurs in key areas, including people and processes. Too often, the transition is seen as a technological change, but that’s really one leg of a three-legged stool. 
 
As a second part of this issue, some organizations don’t take true “ownership” of the solution when the product is implemented. Due to the rapid implementation and ongoing updates, if the company’s power users and change agents aren’t heavily involved throughout the project, there is not a large training window at the end. The projects that are successful, then, are not successful because the executive team is forcing adoption, but because of the ground-up involvement of end users since day one.
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