In continuation of our blog series on Oracle Procurement Cloud, this week I will share my experience on differences between Cloud ERP and conventional ERP setup. For more information you can read our earlier blogs on the go-live, implementation speed and structural flexibility.
In my opinion, one of the best improvements in the area of any ERP setup is the ‘functional setup manager’, and it is worth diving a little deeper into this vital area of any Oracle Cloud ERP implementation.
You can easily navigate to this section of the system when you log in for the very first time, you cannot miss it. Straight away you will be able to see specific modules of the system (purchasing, finance, etc.) for which you might have bought licenses. This avoids a lot of hassle in figuring out what sections of the systems one can access and which sections are restricted.
The best thing however is that all the steps needed to setup the system are located conveniently in one area and are nicely put into a checklist. If I could compare it to other conventional ERP systems (where you sometimes have to be an expert to know where each specific setup point is located into the system), this definitely is a change of pace. With the aligned checklist, one cannot miss a step in the system thus avoiding errors. Every step requires data or is dependent on a decision that you have taken in the previous step.
Furthermore it is possible to assign a specific set of users to various steps and give a different status to these steps e.g.: in process, completed, awaiting approval etc.); this ensures that no one can interfere into another’s task. All the steps needed for a specific section in the implementation can now be consolidated in the ‘Implementation Project’ which will have the flexibility to address each task separately.
The way this setup manager works really adds to the simplicity of it all. It takes away that valuable time which was spent on thinking ‘how to set things up’, and in turn frees up time that can be applied onto thinking ‘why things should be setup – how does it assist business processes in the best way’? In other words: the setup of the system can be done from a more business perspective than ever before.
This does not imply that the setup functionalities are only superficial and not detail oriented (looks can be deceiving). Behind the new and updated look, many options are available to configure implementations for midsized businesses as well as huge global companies.
To conclude, the way Oracle Procurement Cloud is setup is more user friendly and logical than it was ever before. The time it takes to setup the system is significantly decreased, which leaves more time for business process optimization. Quick, simple and convenient ERP is the way to go, and the business is in charge.
Our next blog will be on the impact of hosting ERP in the cloud vs on-premise. What changes in how you are dependent on Oracle?