The cost of having to replace dispersed and or incompatible systems often prevents midsized organisations from addressing issues of lower productivity, increased costs and pressure of business resources. This white paper discusses these issues and highlights solutions which are designed to work with your existing infrastructure to connect disparate systems.
Oracle Business Brief Controlling costs with flexible processes For Midsize OrganisationsUntitled DocumentBusiness Agility FOr Midsize OrgAnisAtiOnsyou know as much as anyone about the challenges faced by midsize companies. there are always competitors with deeper pockets, customers demanding more for less, and suppliers giving preferential terms to larger organisations. However, your company s size does give you one key advantage businessagility. you can respond more quickly to changing market and economicconditions, but only if that agility is founded on valuable data, meaningfulinformation and adaptable processes. data. data is an organisation s smallest unit of value. Almost every business decision is based on data market intelligence, customer data, or process traceability. the performance, collaboration and governance of an organisation can improve immediately if its data is secure, and its operations are consolidated and based on an open information infrastruc-ture. information. A world-class management team can only fulfil its potential with acomplete and reliable view of information from a variety of sources. this holdstrue irrespective of business function. in addition, an organisation s it infrastructure should enable it to extract more value from its data by simplifyingaccess and reporting. this supports insight generated by enabling themanagement and compilation of data from multiple sources, and its presentation as clearly understandable and actionable information. Processes. industry-leading sales tactics are important, but reacting first toemerging opportunities depends on the efficiency of an organisation s underlyingdata and processes. For example, channel or supplier network diversification, and expansion into new segments or other countries can only be accelerated byfexible business and it processes that can be adapted whenever necessary.WHy OrACle?How can you sharpen your competitive edge? By forming a strategic relationshipwith an information management provider that knows how to create organisational fexibility that enables you to establish competitive advantage and facilitate growth. Oracle and its network of partners have been working with midsize companies for over 30 years, providing powerful and integrated business solutions that are easy to use and inexpensive to maintain. together, we provide industry know-ledge and local expertise in information management, to help you achieve stron-ger performance and greater profitability.now the power of Oracle is within your grasp. 1. Oracle offers easy-to-use, highly available, secure technology and applications that allow you to store, manage, and share your information at a low cost. 2. Oracle enables you to be competitive, your company needs solutions that are quick to implement, easy to use, and inexpensive to maintain. Oracle s prepackaged solutions for midsize organisations deliver value by providing functionality that improves business operations while reducing your it costs. 3. Oracle builds its open, industry- standard technology and applications to encourage choice: Choice of hardware, choice of development tools and choice of operating system Windows, Mac Os, linux and uniX.Oracle s reliable and proven information technology can give you the agility youneed to stay competitive and grow. For further information visitwww.oracle.com/uk/smb.Untitled DocumentHelPing Midsize OrgAnisAtiOns lOWer COsts By enABling PrOCess FleXiBilityHow to win from change Change just keeps accelerating, whether it s caused by the launch of disruptiveproducts, customers changing tastes, tougher economic conditions or rapidlyevolving regulation. in this environment, reacting to change faster than yourcompetitors could give you a significant advantage. that s why it s vital to have afexible it infrastructure, which supports the development of flexible business processes that can also be simultaneously optimised to lower costs. the result isa real competitive edge. By working with Oracle to help you achieve it, you caneither use our best-in-class business and it processes, or optimise your own withour solutions the choice is yours.More effective, more efficient, more engaged streamlining and automating your business and it processes reduces complexity and improves the productivity of all employees. For example, more efficient business processes can help improve customer satisfaction without additional direct customer service expenditure essential for cost-effective customer retention. in addition, integrating internal processes with those of suppliers to share information is another area that can create powerful incremental efficiencies.Oracle provides applications, middleware and database software tailored to theneeds of midsize organisations. this Oracle Business Brief explains how these solutions improve business and it process flexibility and reduce costs through open standards and ease of integration with your existing infrastructure. Keep your costs under control and stay flexible with Oracle solutions for midsize organisations. With the new Oracle data Warehouse cluster architecture, we were able to scale our system to suit current and future requirements thereby saving both money and time. Holger Haun, Managing director, ids gmbH, Analysis and reporting services, germany Jd edwards enterpriseOne gives us real-time control of each item across the global supply chain, which maximises our agility to meet customer demand and cuts costs. Chris davy, Finance director, Bacup shoe, england the new Oracle-based architecture allowed us to double the performance of our technological platforms, while cutting operating costs by 40%. Angelo tosti, systems and Organisation Manager, intessatrAde, italyHOW CustOMers HAve BeneFited FrOM A FleXiBle inFOrMAtiOninFrAstruCture tHAt reduCes COstsUntitled DocumentMidsize businesses are well positioned to be more flexible than larger competitors thanks to their size. this flexibility, however, must be enabled within the context of their relatively limited resources, skills and budgets. Based on open standards, Oracle s software, including its database, middleware and applications products, meets that need with affordable, easy-to-use solutions that integrate easily with existing infrastructures. they also help control costs in a number of ways, including: delivering efficiency-driven cost savings Overly complex business processes generate unnecessary costs. Consider the manual tasks involved in bridging the gaps between incompatible systems, orsearching for inventory. streamlining and automating business processes using it solutions that integrate seamlessly with one another is key to generating savings. this is best achieved by selecting it software that is designed aroundindustry-leading best practices with open standards. enhancing customer satisfaction without increased customer service costs Acquiring new customers is expensive. it is far less costly to focus on customerHOW Midsize OrgAnisAtiOns CAn iMPrOve PrOCess FleXiBility WHile Cutting COstssatisfaction and customer retention. By introducing flexible and efficient business processes you are able to improve customer service and increase satisfaction levels without generating additional costs. enabling greater adaptability that cuts the cost basereacting quickly to changes in customer needs, tastes or wider market developments can offer midsize businesses a key competitive advantage over larger organisations. streamlined, automated business processes running over an infrastructure based on open standards can support this adaptability and simultaneously lower the overall cost base of your business. generating supplier integration efficienciesleading business processes based on open standards are easier to integrate not just internally but also with external partners such as suppliers. the ability toshare information more closely creates opportunities for further cost savings,such as being able to replenish stock exactly when it is needed, rather thanstoring it for days or weeks.Cutting it total Cost of Ownership (tCO) by extending the life of existing infrastructure there really is no need to rip and replace it infrastructure as your businessgrows. it s possible to create efficient, fexible and best in class business processes from the systems and applications your organisation already uses. How? By implementing only the Oracle products that are needed. As your organisation grows, you can easily scale current products or introduce additional Oracle products that will be supported by the investments you have already made. Oracle offers midsize organisations the same solutions used by larger enterprises not watered down or midsize only version. this lengthens the replacement cycle and helps lower future expenditures. less COMPleXity Better CustOMer retentiOn FAster reACtiOns integrAted suPPly CHAin reduCed it sPendstreAMlined PrOCessesUntitled DocumentMany organisations it and business processes are hampered by incompatibleand/or dispersed systems that require manual intervention to produce a reliablesupply of meaningful information. this lowers productivity, increases costs andputs pressure on already scarce it and business resources, however the cost ofhaving to replace significant parts of the infrastructure often prevents midsizeorganisations from addressing the issue. Oracle solutions are different. they re designed to work with your existinginfrastructure to connect disparate systems together using open standards. they are also priced to match the budgetary and resource constraints of midsize organisations, without hampering the opportunity for scalable future growth. Oracle s applications, database and middleware technologies help you transform your it and business processes, making them simpler, more efficient and easier to manage. this enables you to better control costs across your organisation. Oracle s applications, database and middleware help to: Maintain operational efficiencyOperational efficiency and continuity are essential to business success. this is particularly the case for midsize organisations that may be working through a business transition driven by growth, technology needs or market developments. Oracle solutions allow you to take advantage of the opportunities these business transitions provide by supporting efficiency through best-in-class business processes. Automate manual administrationBuilding automation into routine business processes or systems administrationsignificantly and permanently reduces the cost drain of manual administration on your business and it budget. Automation also improves the performance of yourHOW tO use PrOCess FleXiBility tO COntrOl COsts ACrOss tHe OrgAnisAtiOnorganisation, increasing productivity and maximising the return on your existinginvestments. support greater agilitythe openness of Oracle solutions supports the creation of flexible, transparent processes. they allow you to respond to change more quickly than your competitors. the result is an information infrastructure that makes business process adaptation faster and easier than before. ensure scalability the ability to scale without needing to continually reinvest in it infrastructure isvital for the ongoing success of midsize businesses. Oracle solutions excel in thisarea. the open standards on which they are based help you get more from yourexisting infrastructure, and grow with your organisation, without having to ripand replace your infrastructure as your business grows. these solutions are alsopackaged to support scalability, retaining familiar interfaces and features as your requirements grow, allowing new applications to be integrated and giving you the same powerful functionality that larger enterprises have enjoyed for years. increase transparencyBusiness process and information transparency is essential to help you meet compliance requirements for all the latest data security, retention and privacylegislation, as well as your own corporate governance standards. streamlinedbusiness processes enhance traceability within your organisations infrastructureand help deliver the accountability demanded by regulatory controls.ORACLEDELIVERSTHE ...TRANSPARENCYFICIENCYAUTOMATIVISIBILITYTO COMPLYCONTINUITYTO OPERATEPROCESSESTO PERFORMUntitled DocumentOracle has over 30 years of experience in building a wide range of secure and stable information management solutions that are: " easy to install and deploy " Flexible in terms of both open standards and scalability" Priced affordably and realistically" designed to control costs and maximise the return on your existing investments " shipped with powerful automated task management for improved infrastructure performance and reduced maintenance costs.Put simply, they help you deliver the best possible value for your it budget. notjust today, but for years to come.KeeP yOur COsts under COntrOl: enABled By OrACleOracle database 11g standard edition & standard edition Onethe foundation is the Oracle database 11g standard edition One solution. Based on open standards, it provides a solid base for streamlining, synchronising and automating business processes, thereby increasing their flexibility. Built-inscalability means your organisation can move up seamlessly through the product family from standard edition One and standard edition to the enterprise edition. this offers you additional functionality and maximum return on your existing investments. Oracle database 11g is an affordable, full-featured and easy-to-manage database server providing all the core benefits of data consolidation, security andreliability. simple scalability protects initial investments. Benefits:" Outstanding performance on Windows and other operating systems for flexible platform selection" enterprise class performance, security, availability and scalability" Centralisation and automation reduces management and administration costs " Open standards ensure easy integration with existing infrastructure, maximising the value of prior investments " scalability and interface continuity minimise the cost of future expansion and training For further information visit www.oracle.com/uk/smb.Oracle Weblogic server 10g standard edition OneA proven, highly reliable enterprise-class application server for building andrunning applications and services, featuring full implementation of the latest Java ee standards and a choice in development frameworks and integral tooling. Comprehensive and straight-forward management is enabled by an easy-to-use graphical console and/or automation. Benefits:" Provides developers with a flexible choice of reliable programming models and frameworks, as well as integral tooling, to match skill sets and project needs for sOA, Web 2.0/riA, and messaging " Proven Quality of service (Qos) in demanding enterprise-grade environments, delivering outstanding reliability, availability, scalability, and performance " ease of management through gui tools or automated scripts, providing effective management and monitoring of production applications and services For further information visitwww.oracle.com/uk/smb.Untitled DocumentOracle BPM suiteA comprehensive and integrated suite of Oracle s Business Process Managementtechnologies, including tools for: creating, executing and optimising business processes; integrating applications and Web services into business processes; building dashboards for process monitoring, data analysis, alert distribution and report production; defining and changing business logic without programming; and integrating portals into business processes. Benefits:" Automates processes to reduce overhead and management costs and improve productivity " increases flexibility by improving process efficiency and quality via enhanced utilisation and throughput KeeP yOur COsts under COntrOl: enABled By OrACle" enhances performance visibility through streamlined processes that remove the boundaries and accelerate the interaction between applications, systems and people " immediate rOi and faster time-to-market For further information visitwww.oracle.com/uk/smb. Oracle AccelerateOracle Accelerate leverages Oracle s applications, business acceleratorimplementation solutions and an extensive partner network to deliver complete, industry-focused solutions. in so doing, it helps midsize organisations enable streamlined, effective and flexible business processes such as automated period closing and reporting, creating orders into shipments and increasing their forecast to plan compliance, thus reducing their risk. solutions include CrM, supply chain and erP applications. Benefits:" Comprehensive, integrated solution tailored to meet the needs of fastgrowing companies " industry-focused solutions for rapid deployment, best practices and a custom fit " Packaged, priced and delivered to be easy to buy, use, adapt, implement and maintain visit www.oracle.com/uk/smb to learn more.tOP 5 WAys tO lOWer COsts WitH OrACle sOlutiOns1) Automate manual tasks use the automation built-in to Oracle solutions to reduce the time and money spent on the manual operation, management andmaintenance of it and business processes. this is especially useful for core partsof your infrastructure, such as Oracle database, for which diagnostics, tuning,failover, monitoring, disaster recovery and backup can all be automated. it s likeadding an additional administrator to your team at no extra cost. 2) use your existing infrastructure increase the return on your existinginfrastructure investments by extending the performance and functionality ofyour existing infrastructure with Oracle solutions based on open standards. Forexample, Oracle s data guard disaster recovery technology allows you toleverage an existing commodity server for disaster recovery to relieve theprimary server of responsibility, thereby extending the life of both. 3) Built-in scalability Choose Oracle solutions that let you buy only what you need right now and upgrade easily as needed. interfaces stay familiar, so new technology and retraining costs are reduced, while performance and functionality evolve as required. For example, maintain interface continuity with an upgrade from Oracle database 11g standard edition One to standard edition, instead of over-purchasing on an expensive proprietary enterprise solution. 4) increase reliability Avoid the costs and risks associated with downtime bychoosing Oracle solutions that are renowned for their stability and reliability. this also helps ensure your processes are not interrupted when they arerequired to adapt to new demands. For example, choose Oracle database 11g, the industry s most reliable and secure database.5) remove complexity use Oracle solutions to streamline processes byremoving task duplication, eliminating manual infrastructure management andmaintenance, simplifying fault detection and resolution, and facilitating thestraightforward reporting of actionable data drawn from multiple sources. Also simplify the management of key infrastructure elements such as your database with Oracle grid Control, enabling you to manage, monitor and tune your implementation through an intuitive interface.Untitled DocumentleArn MOre, Or COntACt us tOdAy visit www.oracle.com/uk/smb now to learn more about Oracle solutions and discover the business value and power of flexible processes that help you control costs. Alternatively, contact us now on 0870 876 8725 or e-mail us at email@example.com for a no-obligation discussion of your requirements. For help on optimising your business growth opportunities and to gain competitive advantages, visit www.oracle.com/uk/businessconsultant.Oracle solutions are tailored to the requirements and goals of midsizebusinesses. they are designed to be: " Affordable, for companies with restricted budgets" easy to use, manage and maintain to allow for scarce it resources" reliable and stable, to minimise the costs and risks of downtime" Open, to integrate with existing infrastructures" secure, to ensure that data assets are always protectedWHy CHOOse OrACle?Oracle Business Brief: Controlling costs with flexible processesOracle Corporation Worldwide inquiries:World Headquarters Phone: +1.650.506.7000500 Oracle Parkway Fax: +1.650.506.7200redwood shores, CA 94065 oracle.comu.s.A.Copyright 2008, Oracle. 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" Flexible, to accommodate growth and changing market requirements technology that grows with your businessFinally, Oracle solutions for midsize organisations are based on enterprise-class technology. that means they provide a straightforward, low-cost migration path for your business. you receive the same technology larger enterprises have been using for years not a watered down or midsize only technology. there s no need to replace certain elements or engage in complex, time-consuming and expensive redevelopment work as you grow. this ensures your investments areprotected and deliver long-term value today and in the future.AdditiOnAl OrACle PrOduCts FOr Midsize OrgAnisAtiOns " Oracle sOA suite an integrated suite of products that helps simplify and lower the cost of building, deploying and managing sOA environments" siebel CrM a comprehensive range of CrM applications with pre-built integration that lowers operational costs" Oracle industry specific partner solutions bespoke applications to address your specifc fexibility and cost reduction requirements" Oracle On demand lower tCO and reduced risk through outsourced management of Oracle technology" Oracle support accelerated support request and resolution for reduced administration costs and enhanced productivity For further information please visit www.oracle.com/uk/smb.