Legislative patching case study: Making Tax Digital

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What is Making Tax Digital? Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a UK government initiative with the aim of making tax administration more effective, efficient and easier for taxpayers. It requires that any VAT-registered business with a taxable turnover above the threshold (£85,000) will need to keep tax records digitally and use software to submit their VAT returns for VAT periods … Read More

Three tactics Oracle will use to force you into their Cloud

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Everyone is talking about Cloud at the moment, especially major ERP providers Oracle and SAP, who are doing everything they can to win the Cloud war. This is important because both Oracle and SAP are putting their customers on a deadline to upgrade to their Cloud products and repeating the same mantra to their customers of ‘move now or lose … 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

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

Is Oracle Applications Unlimited really stopping the clock on upgrades?

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If you’re happy running certain older versions of Oracle’s products and don’t want to upgrade (but still need support), then you may have heard of Oracle Applications Unlimited – a potential solution to all your problems. But a quick internet search will just bring up Oracle’s own marketing and no real details about what it is, why it exists, and … Read More

Three Oracle scare tactics to keep you locked into overpriced support

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If you’re reading this article, then you’re probably considering leaving Oracle Support, either supporting your Oracle systems yourself or working with a third-party like us to save money. But what happens when Oracle finds out you’re planning on leaving them? In our experience, one of two things: Nothing happens at all, phew! You get a scary email from your account … Read More