As transformational IT has increasingly become a business imperative, implementation partners have been looking to strengthen their value proposition for their customers. To differentiate themselves from transactional service providers, the more proactive partners are evolving their offerings and approaches, thereby becoming more strategic than they had been in the past.
While IT leaders can maximize the opportunity arising out of this shift by leveraging the partners’ strategies and advanced capabilities, it’s important for them to maintain focus on the risks. Here’s a look at how implementation providers are evolving and how CIOs should approach partnering with them for mutual success.
There is a perceptible change in the way implementation partners are now approaching their clients as compared to earlier, and it is all about becoming a strategic partner for transformational change.
“A partner now enters an account with a broader area of engagement in mind. The discussions may be around a specific project with a CIO, such as implementing a typical solution like Oracle or SAP ERP, but the partner’s core agenda is to bring about an extensive and comprehensive transformation of the client’s IT infrastructure,” says Harnath Babu, CIO at KPMG.
“As the project progresses, the partner discusses the CIO’s pain points and what could alleviate them. This could invariably lead to the partner’s scope getting expanded into, but not limited to, managing emerging technologies, enhancing cost and operational efficiencies, bringing about automation, application development, or improving the system of records,” he says. “Implementation partners are clearly moving from the earlier point approach to a transformation approach.”
Sharing an example of this as it unfolded at KPMG, Babu says, “We engaged with a system integrator to help us with L1/L2 support. In a short time, we scaled it to L3. We found that we could also leverage the partner for managing our infrastructure. Next, we asked the partner to help us with POD development as it was a big challenge to find skilled resources,” says Babu. “So, what started as an L1/L2 service engagement, eventually led to infrastructure management and resource augmentation.”
The POD, or product oriented delivery, is a software development model that entails building small, self-sufficient cross-functional teams that take care of specific requirements or tasks for a project.
Takeaways for CIOs from this trend: Leveraging one partner instead of many frees up CIOs and their teams from more boilerplate deployments, allowing them to focus on what is core to the business. “An implementation partner looks at the total value generated from an account. Therefore, if a CIO gives value to the partner, the latter will reciprocate. This will give CIOs the confidence of having a strong partner behind them. There can then be a project director to manage the project on a day-to-day basis and the CIO can intervene only when there is budget or strategy involved,” says Babu.
With the aim of adding value to their customers, implementation partners are increasingly realizing the importance of building technological expertise.
“To keep pace with the market and stay relevant, implementation partners are building on human capital and expertise. For instance, most partners lacked competency in cloud as there wasn’t much requirement related to it in the past. However, as cloud is gaining a strong traction, they have also upped the ante,” says Subramanya C, global CTO at business process management company Sagility (formerly HGS Healthcare).
So, when Subramanya decided to move the company’s SAP, SharePoint portal, intranet, and other applications to the cloud, he roped in a partner who had a Center of Excellence on cloud and 12 to 15 subject matter experts (SME) on the technology.
“Partners with such capabilities were not seen in the past,” he says. “More than 100 servers had to be migrated in a few weeks. Immense planning, resources, and mitigation of risk were involved in the project. However, the partner’s strong technical expertise, which formed the basis of the center of excellence, made sure that the project got completed smoothly and as per the scheduled plan,” says Subramanya.
Takeaways for CIOs from this trend: Although implementation partners can provide deeper expertise than they could in the past, IT leaders should not be complacent when enlisting it. “For complex projects, like ours, strong governance is required from the enterprise technology leader’s end,” Subramanya says. “IT leaders can outsource a task or an activity to a partner and their SME, but they can’t outsource their responsibilities. Therefore, we ensured a strong governance framework was in place while implementing this project. We also had our own SME working in close collaboration with the partner’s experts.”
The evolution of technology, driven by modernization of applications and services, is catalyzing collaboration among system integrators.
As Archie Jackson, head of special initiatives, IT, and security at digital transformation company Incedo says, “I have seen system integrators coming together to offer solutions, a trend that wasn’t visible in the past. Today, products don’t work in silos. One product has multiple linkages with other products, and it orchestrates and expands into other areas. For instance, a security solution today is not limited only to the network. It is connected to end point and applications, too. Therefore, one project could spill over to another. A partner, however, may not have the expertise or the bandwidth to execute everything, which leads to collaboration with other partners.”
Incedo was in talks with a partner some time back for implementing managed links for connectivity. The end-to-end managed service would have offered remote connectivity to access corporate network from anywhere in the world.
“During the conversations, the partner suggested he could bring another implementation partner to enhance the cybersecurity of the links. It came across as a logical fit because the links had to be secure, but I had not seen a partner collaborating with another one like this in the past,” says Jackson. Takeaways for CIOs from this trend: One implementation partner bringing another partner may help a CIO, but it could also increase the cost of the project. “This is a good option only if a CIO wants to build capability. The primary partner will build his margin into the project for which he is getting the second partner, thereby increasing the cost for the CIO. If CIOs have the capacity to architect a solution more efficiently, they should do so in-house,” says Jackson.
With Oracle CloudWorld in Las Vegas kicking off, the on-going battle with third party support provider Rimini Street is once again making the news. On October 10th Oracle said it had informed the court that it is prepared to proceed with a bench trial “because it is the most efficient path to ending Rimini’s illegal conduct, including its longstanding and continuing violations of Oracle’s copyrights.”
Oracle offers three support stages for its enterprise software, tools and databases: Premier Support, Extended Support, and Sustaining Support. In Oracle’s words, these “deliver maximum value by providing you with rights to major product releases so you can take full advantage of technology and product enhancements.”
Premier Support provides a standard five-year support policy for Oracle Technology products; Extended Support provides for an additional three years, and Sustaining Support is indefinite technical support.
In its Magic Quadrant report for cloud database management products, Gartner warned that Oracle’s on-premises products are often perceived to be expensive and difficult to manage, and customers continue to raise concerns about contract negotiations. In fact, Oracle recently increased maintenance charge from 5% to 8% of the original contract value.
Fixes, updates, and critical patch updates created during Premier Support and Extended Support are the only fixes available when the product reaches Sustaining Support. One needs to question why people continue to buy support, if the only patches they are entitled to are the ones that have already been published.
The challenge for many IT leaders is that while they may wish to continue running Oracle, especially if it is part of a core system of record, such as the Oracle relational database, they are being encouraged, or worse, coerced, into upgrading. One of the big benefits of third-party support contracts is that they separate software from maintenance and support.
But Oracle contracts stipulate that technical support may not be discontinued for a single program module within a custom application bundle. In effect, buying the best Oracle deal bundle will mean the customer remains tied in to paying full maintenance fees on all products in that bundle, even if some are replaced with non-Oracle products or third party support is used.
Rimini Street originally ended up on the wrong side of Oracle IP (intellectual Property) in 2010 and in October 2015, a jury found that Rimini Street infringed 93 copyrights.
While Oracle claims Rimini downloaded its IP illegally, customers paying Oracle for maintenance have every right to obtain fixes, patches and documentation, so long as these things remain on their own systems. What Oracle’s latest actions show is that it remains deadly serious about putting the knife into third party maintenance and support.
Successful implementations completed for major healthcare networks
ALPHARETTA, Ga., Oct. 4, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ - Alithya Group inc. (TSX: ALYA) (NASDAQ: ALYA) ("Alithya") proudly announces the successful completion of seven Oracle Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) project go lives this year, reflecting the continued strong performance of the company's dedicated Oracle practice. The seven completed implementations focused on the digital transformation of critical processes including payroll, performance, and other core human resources solutions, laying the foundations for future growth and efficiency.
Alithya's reputation as a trusted advisor for the implementation of Oracle Cloud solutions that connect and transform organizations continues to grow, with more than 3,500 Oracle ERP, EPM, HCM, SCM, and Analytics projects completed to date for more than 1,200 customers. Alithya's Oracle Cloud HCM implementation team relies on deep HR experience to guide clients on their journeys to Strengthen human resources, talent and workforce management, payroll, and HCM analytics processes.
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"The completion of seven Oracle Cloud HCM projects so far in this calendar year is a significant achievement, particularly in a challenging economic climate. These implementations, as well as numerous Oracle Cloud ERP and EPM implementations, reflect the level of trust that our clients place in Alithya's unparalleled Oracle expertise in enterprise business application deployment."
Alithya is a trusted North American leader in strategy and digital transformation, employing a dedicated and highly skilled workforce of 3,900 professionals in Canada, the United States and internationally. Alithya's strategy is based on a plan of accelerated organic growth and complementary acquisitions to create a global leader. The company's integrated offer is based on four pillars of expertise: business strategies, enterprise cloud solutions, application services, and data and analytics.
About the Alithya Oracle Practice
Combining implementation and advisory services, Alithya's dedicated Oracle Practice helps customers manage their organizations more efficiently by connecting financial, operational, human resource, and supply chain planning across all business levels. Alithya has been a certified Oracle Partner for 25 years, and the Practice is supported by more than 300 certified consultants and multiple Oracle ACEs. Alithya also contributes in an advisory role to the Oracle Product Development team. In 2022, Alithya was named an Oracle Partner of the Year finalist for the Game Changer Award for ERP/EPM Service Delivery.
To learn more about Alithya, visit www.alithya.com.
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Offering helps organizations with accelerated, risk averse transformations by providing access to Oracle products, implement and support for a predictable monthly fee
NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte today announced the launch of its Oracle MyCloud ERP offering that can help fast growth and private clients accelerate business transformation enabled by Oracle's modern integrated SaaS Cloud platform. Backed by Deloitte's proprietary industry accelerators and methodologies, the offering helps organizations to get up and running quickly on an Oracle Cloud platform while eliminating the barriers of talent constraints and high upfront costs, which are often associated with ERP implementations. The bundled subscription offering allows organizations to access Oracle Cloud products as well as Deloitte implementation and support services for a consistent monthly fee. This enables companies that are focused on growth to manage their cash flows and to continue to allocate their limited time and resources toward expansive activities.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to use Deloitte intellectual property and knowledge to serve growth and private clients as they scale and drive their businesses forward. This offering demonstrates our commitment to this market and our desire to assist the leaders of tomorrow," said John Steele, U.S. Oracle offering leader and principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP.
For those interested in exploring Cloud ERP™ further, the starting place is a TruNorth Assessment. A quick, collaborative and effective approach that takes approximately three weeks. Deloitte helps prospects to envision the desired future state, identify transformation opportunities, and develop strategies and roadmaps for the journey.
Experience Deloitte's MyCloud firsthand
Deloitte is pleased to be the Global Sponsor of Oracle CloudWorld in Las Vegas, Oct. 17-20, 2022. This new global conference will bring people together to share ideas, develop in-demand skills and learn about cloud infrastructure and applications. Connect with Deloitte professionals at the CloudWorld Hub and attend a theatre presentation on MyCloud ERP enabled by Oracle Cloud.
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As your business grows, you may invest in a greater number of software solutions to keep your operations moving forward. Businesses that reach this point often find it’s easiest to streamline all of their systems ‒ including accounting and financial management ‒ into one convenient enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform like Oracle NetSuite.
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As part of its robust ERP offering, Oracle NetSuite offers an intuitive cloud financial management solution that allows businesses to track their financial data and automate many essential accounting functions. Like any highly-rated accounting software, it offers reporting, planning, and billing features and easily integrates with other software, including Oracle’s suite of business solutions. It can also be used seamlessly with multiple currencies, so it’s a great option for growing companies with a global customer base.
If your business wants to expedite its accounts receivable and payable, accelerate deal closings, and keep up with financial compliance obligations, while taking advantage of a full suite of powerful business management features, Oracle NetSuite is an ideal accounting solution within an ERP platform.
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Because they can perform a wide range of complex business management functions, ERP platforms are typically priced on a custom basis. Factors such as business size, annual revenue and desired features all affect the cost of the software. Oracle NetSuite is no different, and to get an accurate price estimate, you’ll need to contact an Oracle sales representative. The sales rep will walk you through all the available features of the platform, including inventory management, financial management, point of sale, customer relationship management (CRM) and human capital management software
Based on our research, Oracle NetSuite pricing includes a $999 monthly licensing fee, plus a per-user fee that starts at $99 a month. While this base price can be used as an estimate, your costs may vary significantly depending on your specific business needs.
Because of its high price point, Oracle NetSuite is likely not well suited for a smaller business with simple accounting and bookkeeping needs. However, if your business is growing internationally and you anticipate needing an ERP platform to manage everything, this can be an excellent accounting solution that sets you up for financial success as your company grows. Thanks to NetSuite’s integrated ecosystem, you can save time and money that would otherwise be spent managing multiple software solutions from different vendors.
Key takeaway: Oracle NetSuite’s price varies depending on the different software modules required, the size of your business, its annual revenue and the number of orders your company processes.
Oracle NetSuite’s financial management solution offers a wide range of useful accounting features. Here’s more about how NetSuite can help growing businesses:
With Oracle NetSuite, your business can seamlessly combine its core finance and accounting functions with strong compliance management. This ERP’s financial management solution offers real-time access to your financial data to help you drill into important details, resolve delays, and generate compliance statements and disclosures for your stakeholders.
NetSuite provides the following basic accounting functions to streamline and simplify your financial processes:
Whether your business operates on a transaction, subscription, usage-based or hybrid model, Oracle NetSuite can help you manage your billing operations. It fully integrates into the platform’s advanced revenue management and compliance functions.
Businesses with financial reporting obligations can use NetSuite to easily comply with accounting standards, including ASC 605, 606 and IFRS 15. Using the platform’s rule-based event-handling framework, you can easily automate numerous revenue management and reporting functions, such as forecasting, allocation, recognition, reclassification and auditing.
NetSuite’s planning, budgeting and forecasting functions allow your business to plot out its financial future based on real-time analytics. Use your business data to forecast revenue, plot out what-if scenarios and develop accurate budgets. Oracle’s powerful reporting and analytics tools also allow you to gain a more complete picture of your business at any time to make better informed decisions about your finances.
If your business plans to expand its borders and go global, you need a financial management solution that helps you manage your international transactions and compliance obligations. Oracle NetSuite’s powerful financial engine gives you maximum transparency and visibility into your business across countries and in real time so you can manage your operations at the local and global level.
To make it easier to run an international business, NetSuite offers a variety of language interfaces to overcome language barriers and a multicurrency management system that supports over 190 different forms of currencies and automatically accounts for the current exchange rate for real-time conversion.
With Oracle NetSuite, your business will always be audit-ready. This ERP platform supports your company’s governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) programs so you can handle increasingly complex regulatory, operational, and compliance challenges as you scale.
The platform can also establish a sustainable risk management and compliance process for your company so you can anticipate major risks before they happen.
Oracle NetSuite offers seamless integration with all its ERP solutions and integrates with many leading business software providers. If you use other vendors to manage your operations, you can use NetSuite’s open APIs to introduce new integrations.
To take advantage of these integrations, businesses can hire a NetSuite dedicated implementation team for an additional fee. The team not only helps set up the ERP platform itself, but also assists with any additional integrations and project management planning.
Want to use Oracle NetSuite as part of a larger ERP solution? Your financial management processes will integrate seamlessly with Oracle’s full suite of products. This is helpful if you’re trying to gain a more holistic view of your business’s financial transactions, budgets and forecasts.
Here are a few additional useful functions you’ll find within Oracle NetSuite.
Stay on top of your warehouse ordering. This solution helps you ensure ideal quantities of each item you sell by automatically analyzing historical sales and logistics data. NetSuite can determine the best reordering time frame for each product and replenish stock to an optimal threshold when it runs low.
NetSuite helps companies with every sales or work order while providing real-time visibility into every step of the production process. This ERP’s end-to-end manufacturing software solution can help you run your entire business and make better-informed decisions.
NetSuite helps you seamlessly manage each point in your supply chain, regardless of where your physical product is manufactured or stored.
NetSuite helps businesses with inbound logistics, outbound logistics, and inventory management, streamlining your warehousing operations and helping you minimize costs for on-time delivery. The built-in warehouse management solution enables you to manage your distribution operations using customized user-defined strategies and advanced real-time updates and integrations.
With Oracle NetSuite, it’s easy to purchase goods and services for your business quickly and at the best prices. Real-time information helps you better understand your company spend and vendor performance while automation and workflow integrations deliver a more accurate procure-to-pay process.
Manage your team and your human resources processes with NetSuite’s HCM solution, SuitePeople. This solution allows you to streamline employee onboarding and information collection for new hires while also giving visibility into your workforce operations.
Did you know? Oracle NetSuite offers several key tools that are critical for financial management, including basic accounting functions, billing, revenue recognition, planning and reporting, GRC, and more.
For growing international businesses, Oracle NetSuite offers a robust, all-in-one ERP solution that puts your most valuable business data into a single platform. NetSuite’s full product suite allows your organization’s various departments and systems to operate harmoniously and in real time so every person in your company is always up to date.
Key takeaway: Oracle NetSuite provides just about every feature you could want in an ERP, allowing for a seamless single solution for managing all your operations.
In terms of accounting software, NetSuite may be prohibitively expensive for smaller businesses. Additionally, it may offer far more functionality than your business needs at this point in its growth, and you don’t want to pay for features you’ll never use.
Ultimately, NetSuite is ideal for midsize and large businesses operating a complex operation, as this ERP solution performs best when all of the modules are used in conjunction with one another.
Tip:The high price tag of Oracle NetSuite may be too much for small businesses with less complex financial management needs.
Oracle NetSuite delivers top-notch customer service across its entire ERP platform, including its financial management solution. The company’s educational resources give users the opportunity to learn about NetSuite’s full range of products and stay updated on any new features or capabilities.
NetSuite offers 24/7, real-time support for industries via phone, email and a built-in chatbot on its website. The automated chat functionality can answer simple FAQs or connect you with a customer service representative.
Key takeaway: Oracle NetSuite’s customer service is on a par with what you would expect from a world-class ERP solution, so you can count on being able to find answers to your questions and concerns.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Petrofac, one of the world’s leading energy services providers, has implemented Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications Suite to enhance its operations and support the company’s ongoing expansion. Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Management Planning (EPM), and Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) will help Petrofac integrate core business processes across its global operations, generate real-time insights, and better support its growing workforce. Petrofac has implemented Oracle ERP Cloud for its Asset Solutions business unit with deployment underway for the company’s Engineering and Construction business unit.
With offices in 29 countries, Petrofac’s portfolio spans the design, construction, maintenance and optimisation of oil, gas, petrochemical, new and renewable energy infrastructure. Petrofac needed to automate and streamline its key business processes across all verticals, manage resources more effectively, and better align the business behind its expansion plans.
“In an evolving market environment, we needed more adaptability and resilience while continuing to innovate and serve our customers,” said George Eapen, Group Chief Information Officer, Petrofac. “Oracle Fusion Applications gives us real-time access to critical data, enabling us to increase efficiency, manage and reduce risk, build an adaptable and resilient supply chain, and Strengthen our employee experience.”
With Oracle Fusion Applications, Petrofac can connect operational data across its HR, sales, finance, and procurement functions to Strengthen management insights, accelerate decision-making, and realize a faster time to value. Moving business processes to Oracle Fusion Applications will also help the company eliminate manual processes, enhance supplier communications, boost transparency, and create a single user experience and data model.
“The energy sector is experiencing change at a rapid pace as advancements in technology pave the way for the future of clean energy,” said Leopoldo Boado Lama, senior vice president, Business Applications, ECEMEA, Oracle. “By leveraging Oracle Fusion Applications, Petrofac can gain valuable business insights and accurately forecast revenues to make better decisions, while gaining a competitive advantage with the latest innovations and emerging technologies.”
Over 11,000 organizations turn to Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud HCM applications to run their businesses. Oracle Cloud ERP offers a comprehensive set of enterprise finance and operations capabilities, including financials, accounting hub, procurement, project management, enterprise performance management, risk management, subscription management, and supply chain management & manufacturing. Oracle Cloud HCM delivers market leading capabilities for human resources, talent management, workforce management, payroll, and the award winning employee experience platform, Oracle ME. Oracle Fusion Applications’ self-updating platform provides customers with the industry’s most advanced technologies every 90 days, giving organizations the ability to build, innovate, automate, adapt, and leverage new business opportunities on-demand.
The Oracle Fusion Applications implementation with Petrofac is being managed by Oracle Consulting.
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The cuts affected workers at Oracle offices in Redwood City, Calif., home to the tech giant’s former headquarters. The jobs that were affected included data scientists, application developers, marketing certified and software developers.
Oracle has laid off more than 200 of its workers in California months after reports surfaced that the tech giant was considering “thousands” of job cuts on the heels of its $28 billion Cerner acquisition.
The Austin, Texas company cut 201 jobs in total on Oct. 3 from its Redwood City, Calif. office, according to its Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filed in California. The job cuts took effect Oct. 3 and was received by the California Employment Development Department Sept. 30, according to the WARN.
In a letter to the state obtained by CRN, Oracle said the layoffs would be permanent and said that its Redwood Shores campus would not be closing as a result of the job cuts. Oracle formerly housed its headquarters in Redwood City, but moved it to Austin at the end of 2020.
Among the jobs cut in this round, according to the Aug. 4 letter to the state from Anje Dodson, senior vice president of human resources at Oracle: data scientists, application developers, marketing certified and software developers.
CRN has reached out to Oracle for comment.
As of this past May, Oracle employed approximately 143,000 full-time employees, of which about 48,000 are based in the U.S. and the rest internationally, according to a regulatory filing.
Oracle closed its acquisition of healthcare digital information system provider Cerner in June. The company began to notify employees of layoffs in early August, according to a report in The Information at the time. That matches with the date on the WARN notice, which states that this crop of employees received notification about the layoffs on August 4.
The company is the No. 1 employer in Redwood City, Calif. with over 6,500 workers there, according to the city.
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LONDON, Oct. 10, 2022 (PR Newswire Europe via COMTEX) -- LONDON, Oct. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- SharpCloud, a powerful visual tool for strategic business alignment, today announced that it has become an Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) member. As a partner member, SharpCloud delivers data-driven visualization and collaboration solutions to ensure project-led enterprise companies can align project work to their long-term business goals. SharpCloud complements Oracle's Enterprise level project management product system (Oracle Primavera Cloud, Oracle Primavera P6 EPPM, Oracle Primavera Unifier, Oracle Aconex, Oracle Textura, Gateway, Primavera Analytics).
SharpCloud is a unique business alignment platform that supports both top-down and bottom-up decision-making discussions, through its ability to dynamically visualize cost and schedule information across multiple views so that users can see the relationships of their work to goals. SharpCloud provides a shared workspace that connects data and people and ensures a greater connection between strategy design and delivery.
Organizations around the world waste roughly $2 trillion a year due to the ineffective implementation of business strategy, according to PMI's 2018 Pulse of the Profession(R)study.
"This PMI study supports our understanding that many organizations continue to have poor alignment between business goals and their in-progress project delivery schedule," said Sarim Khan, CEO, and Co-Founder of SharpCloud. "This is a huge issue for project-led organizations, where so much money and effort are just wasted. We can help Oracle Primavera customers quickly visualize and leverage the relationships and connections between their project data and business goals. This increased visibility allows them to see where they need to focus and the impact of their decisions and provides their leadership with a holistic view of the business."
"As an OPN member, SharpCloud adds the benefit of visualizing business goals that provide a natural strategic extension to the Oracle product suite," said Oracle's Dave Bullard, Senior Director Industry Innovation. "Being able to dynamically see the relationships across the different layers of a business, such as organizational goals and risks, etc., allows customers to analyze the different perspectives they need to consider in order to discuss alignment and make the right decisions."
Sarim says, "We are thrilled to be an OPN member and excited to help organizations draw connections to otherwise siloed areas of their business and better understand how their roadmap connects to the overall business direction and strategy. We want to be their go-to tool when they discuss alignment questions such as: Are we delivering against our organizational goals? Are we doing the right work? Do we know our major risks and are we dealing with them? That visibility alone is worth millions of dollars for large enterprise where projects can be worth tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars."
SharpCloud is visual business alignment software helping companies to visualize key information to inform strategic business decisions. Founded in 2012, SharpCloud has grown to service over 100 companies globally and has over 18,000 users.
Designed for decision-makers, the SharpCloud platform empowers you to view interdependencies, filter out the noise and prepare you with new insights before you take action, helping to visualize your business as a whole and keep activities and strategy aligned. Typical use cases include business road-mapping, innovation and portfolio management, and risk management.
Through smarter, more informed decisions, SharpCloud enables you to increase business agility, solve business challenges and innovate faster across the organization.
Learn more at www.sharpcloud.comor follow @SharpCloud
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Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) is Oracle's partner program that provides partners with a differentiated advantage to develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle's products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle's growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to be recognized and rewarded for their investment in Oracle Cloud. Partners engaging with Oracle will be able to differentiate their Oracle Cloud expertise and success with customers through the OPN Cloud program - an innovative program that complements existing OPN program levels with tiers of recognition and progressive benefits for partners working with Oracle Cloud. To find out more visit: http://www.oracle.com/partners.
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