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									Oracle 11i – The good, the
   bad and the reality.
           Presented by:
 Parker Management Consultants, Ltd.
                  Contact: Scott Jackson
  Strategic Account Manager – Great Lakes 216-406-1256

                 June 26, 2001
                  Agenda
 Background of Oracle 11i

 The 10,000 foot view

 The “good” and the “bad”

 The “reality”

 Takeaways
   Background on Oracle 11i
 Released in May 2000
   Current version – 11i.5.4
     • Fifth revisions since introduction
     • Fourth iteration of current revision

   Suite constantly being expanded
     • Increases in functional areas
     • Improvements in capabilities.
   Background on Oracle 11i
 Web-enabled and browser launched
   Written to live in a Java environment

   Accessed via any web browser like Netscape or Internet
    Explorer

   Minimizes desktop requirements

   Minimizes maintenance issues.
   Background on Oracle 11i
 Offers global, instead of distributed instances
    Eliminates duplication and redundancy

    Offers immediate policy/procedure control

    Eliminates “versioning” issues.
   Background on Oracle 11i
 More E-business than ERP
   Blurs the line between “brick” and “click” activities

   Links forward to customers

   Links back to suppliers.
   Background on Oracle 11i
 The difference is the i.
    Simplifies networking issues

    Facilitates distributed activities

    Simplifies hosting option and variations.
       The 10,000 foot view
 Key “foundation” modules.
   Financials (FIN)

   Human Resources (HR)

   Manufacturing (MFG)

   Purchasing (PUR).
       The 10,000 foot view
 Key “building block” modules.
   Order Management (OMS)

   Customer Resource Management (CRM)

   Advanced Pricing (APM)

   Configurator (CFG).
      The 10,000 foot view
 Key “enhancement” modules.
   Warehouse Management (WMS)

   Property Manager (PM)

   Supply Chain Management (SCM)

   Shop Floor Mgmt (SFM).
         The 10,000 foot view
              Relative stability of selected modules
Strong
            FIN
                                                           Key
                        HR                       MFG
                                    PUR                Foundation
                        SCM
                                                        Bldg. block
            CRM
                                                 CFG
                     APM                               Enhancement
  ???


             OMS
                                                 SFM


                                  WMS
                   PM
 New
         The 11i suite overall
The good                      The bad
   Number of bugs and           Volume patches
    patches required              applied to 11.5.3
    greatly diminish
                                 Inexperience of
   Trouble shooting on           Oracle support
    Metalink resulting in
    resolution of                TRM’s can be
    problems without              incomplete
    filing a TAR or               (i.e., BOM,Inv.)
    quicker resolution if a
    TAR is required.             Open Item Interfaces
                                  can have
                                  considerable bug
                                  issues.
                     Financials
The good                       The bad
   Nearly all 11i                Legacy systems
    modules are very               rarely have
    straight forward, with         information in the in
    little or no problems,         the detail Oracle
                                   needs
    including:
     •   General Ledger           Minor problems in
     •   Fixed Assets              getting some of the
     •   Accounts Receivable       reports to run
     •   Accounts Payable          properly.
   GL can be running in
    3 to 4 weeks.
               Manufacturing
The good                       The bad
    High degree of lot           Not much
     traceability. Different       enhancement
     lots can be tracked           beyond lot and serial
     before/after shipment         control
    Can automate the             Must use
     Open Item Interface           workarounds to
     to create an Item,            account for multi-
     Routing or a Bill Of          location inventory
     Material via PL/SQL           systems.
     scripts.
         Order Management
The good                   The bad
   High degree or            Complete rewrite w/
    management                 rev. 11i.5.3. Patch
                               volume similar to that
    flexibility once
                               of a new issue
    operational
                              Very
   Able to to interface       “temperamental”
    with a third party
    configurators.            3rd party forms
                               packages vary in
                               compatibility.
         Human Resources
The good                   The bad
   Enhancements (i.e. ,      Standard Benefits is
    hierarchy                  a redesign and is
    diagrammers, mass          encountering the
    position updates)
    considerably               start-up problems
    improved                   plaguing any new
    functionality              product.

   Standard Benefits
    has impressive
    potential.
                     CRM
The good                   The bad
   Broad multi-function      CRM still breaks
    suite, beyond just         quite a bit of AR
    sales/contact              functionality
    management.
                              Different modules
                               (i.e., iStore, Service,
                               Contracts) lack
                               uniformity and
                               consistency.
                 The “reality”
Six months appears to be a good rule of thumb
  to work the kinks out of a new module.
 Foundation modules released are virtually all viable

 Building block and enhancement modules are
  working kinks out.
                    The “reality”
                Relative stability of selected modules over time
Strong
                                                        PUR          FIN
                                                                                       Key
                                                                   MFG
                                                    SCM                           Foundation
                       CFG                                               HR
                                                                                  Bldg. block

                                               APM
                                                                                 Enhancement
  ???             CRM

          OMS                                             OMS


          PM          SFM

         WMS

 New
                             Time since release                               1 yr +
               The “reality”
Strong DBA resources are a must.

 Patching is often a tedious process
   Can break functionality.
   Patches appear released without thorough testing.


 Must learn the “game” of TAR turn around
   Responses sometimes appear like delay tactics.
   Escalation methods must be mastered.
                 The “reality”
Nearly all foundation modules are solid and field
 tested.
 Financials - little to no problems throughout entire
  suite

 Human Resources – basic functions fine

 Manufacturing – basic functions fine.
               The “reality”
Variability does exist in some extended
  functionalities of foundation modules.

 Standard Benefits in HR

 Advanced Planning and Scheduling in Manufacturing.
                  Takeaways
Viability of 11i :
 Time on the market translates to viable modules

 Stability is not a “suite-wide” but rather a module by
  module issue

 Functionality gains from 10.7 to 11i can be great.
                  Takeaways
Time to implement 11i :
 Vanilla or “core” functionality, in general, allows for
  on-time implementations

 Not all upgrades direct, most are “multi-hop”
  exercises

 Data migration while rarely overlooked is often
  underestimated (i.e., Fin, OM).
                  Takeaways
When upgrading to 11i, consider :
 Sticking closely to the 80/20 rule

 Keeping the scope “vanilla”; it will allow for a
  schedule

 Factoring more time for TAR management time for
  newer modules

 Accounting for training needs for upgrade modules,
  particularly Order Management.
      For more information…
Please contact Parker Management:

 Mark Sweeney
  Vice President, Business Development
  1.301.617.9777
  msweeney@pmcltd.com

 Scott Jackson
  Strategic Account Manager
  1.216.406.1256
  sjackson@pmcltd.com

								
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