Payroll Legislative Patching – What are your options?

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If legislative payroll patching is causing you a headache, did you know there is an alternative to vendor supplied patches? Don’t just stick with your vendor for legislative patches when you can get a tailor-made service, cheaper, elsewhere. What is payroll patching? Organisations running their own Payroll system need to apply regular updates to them to keep up-to-date with changes … Read More

Upgrading your ERP: Is SaaS the answer?

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SaaS is now the default choice for many business applications, including CRM, HR, and procurement. Rather than maintain the infrastructure needed for on-premise hosting—and deal with the inconvenience of upgrades—with SaaS solutions you simply pay a recurring fee and access your ERP using a web browser.  Sounds great – but is it the true story? In this series, we’re looking … Read More

Oracle refuses to take no for an answer – the ongoing JEDI contract fiasco

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JEDI? Like the Star Wars film? Yes, we rolled our eyes too, but the JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defence Infrastructure) contract is no laughing matter, it is a significant $10bn US government contract for Cloud services that will last for ten years. JEDI aims to provide “enterprise-level, commercial cloud services” to the Pentagon and its partners – all US military branches … Read More

Upgrading Your ERP: Time to Move to the Cloud?

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Right now, if you believe the hype, everything is being moved to the Cloud—whether it makes sense to or not for the organisations or processes/technology concerned. So sooner or later, it’s only natural that organisations would consider it as an option for ERP. After all, at some point every organisation is faced with the prospect of upgrading its ERP system—so … Read More

The Dirty Tricks They Play: Oracle’s Disappearing SLAs

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SLAs are an established (and essential) component of any business-to-business relationship. Organisations rely on the SLAs offered by their ERP provider in particular, because these systems are so critical to daily operations. Unfortunately, the support SLAs offered by Oracle aren’t quite what they seem. In this series, we’re taking a look at some of the most common dirty tricks used … Read More

The Dirty Tricks They Play: Oracle’s Forced Paid Upgrades

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When it comes to IT solutions, there’s a tendency to assume that newer equals better. After all, the latest iPhone always outperforms its predecessor. Laptops and desktop PCs undeniably get a bit “tired” after a few years, and need replacing. Even printers and fax machines need to be replaced from time to time. But ERP systems aren’t like mobile phones. … Read More

Stick, Twist, or Move to the Cloud – Your guide to ERP upgrades

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When it comes to ERP systems, there are plenty of things to consider: cost, functionality, and availability of support, to name a few. If an organisation isn’t receiving value for money from its ERP system, it naturally becomes a priority to change that. But maintaining ERP systems is complicated, and can be highly disruptive to your organisation. Whether you’re upgrading … Read More

Is SAP S/4HANA ready for you as a customer?

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SAP’s initial announcement and first few years of marketing for S/4HANA was incredibly optimistic, with the company boldly declaring that it would dominate the database market and oust Oracle, it even went so far at one point to say that ‘there was going to be no innovation in SAP outside of HANA and S/4HANA’. But with slow sales and marketplace … Read More