Accelerate time to value with Inoapps & Oracle Cloud Apps: Part Four

9 January 2024
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A roadmap to navigate success

By Gary Ayling
VP of ERP & HCM at Inoapps

In today's fast-paced digital landscape, businesses are increasingly turning to cloud solutions to enhance efficiency, agility and innovation. Oracle Cloud stands out as a comprehensive suite of integrated applications and platform services that empowers organizations to transform their operations.

In previous blogs, we’ve reflected on the importance of identifying outcomes and maintaining a clear focus on key objectives, as well as the fundamental role people play in an implementation. However, embarking on an Oracle Cloud implementation without a well-defined roadmap is akin to setting sail without a compass—the journey may be uncertain, and success may be elusive.

A strategic roadmap plays a pivotal role in the success of any Oracle Cloud implementation. It serves as a guide, aligning organizational goals with technology solutions. The Inoapps Evolve approach helps organizations develop a roadmap to success through tried and tested strategies and best practice to give you a foundation that can be adapted to changing needs.

Here are some key areas where a roadmap is invaluable in the Oracle Cloud implementation process, and how the Inoapps Evolve approach can help you efficiently achieve your objectives.

The elements of roadmapping

1. Clarity of objectives

A well-constructed roadmap provides clarity on your Oracle Cloud implementation objectives. It allows stakeholders to define and prioritize goals, and ensures everyone is on the same page regarding the desired outcomes. This clarity is essential for steering the implementation in the right direction and avoiding costly detours.

The Inoapps Evolve approach engages with objective setting early in the process to help you identify your goals, and then sets out a strategy to communicate them effectively across your organization.

2. Resource optimization

A roadmap helps with efficient resource allocation. By outlining the necessary tasks, milestones, phases, and dependencies, you’re in a position to optimize your workforce and budget. This in turn prevents unnecessary delays and cost overruns. Having the right resources available when they are needed ensures your implementation stays on track. The Inoapps Evolve approach provides clarity on resource demand across the full project lifecycle, as well as the skills required from each role.

3. Risk mitigation

Any software implementation comes with risk such as data migration challenges, system integrations, and user adoption issues. A roadmap allows you to identify potential roadblocks and devise strategies to proactively mitigate risks.

By anticipating challenges, you can develop contingency plans to minimize the impact of unexpected hurdles on the overall implementation. With decades of implementations under our belt, our Inoapps Evolve approach gives you access to our Oracle expertise to help you effectively identify and mitigate risk.

4. Phased approach

Breaking down the implementation process into manageable phases is a hallmark of a successful roadmap. With the Inoapps Evolve phased approach, you prioritize critical functionalities first, and then progressively build on your Oracle Cloud foundation. This minimizes disruption to ongoing operations and can provide a faster time to value for your business. It also paves the way for your continuous improvement journey after the implementation, so that your Oracle Cloud Application evolves progressively, according to your business needs.

5. Business readiness

An often overlooked but critical aspect of an Oracle Cloud implementation is user adoption. A roadmap should include dedicated milestones for user training and change management. This ensures employees are well-prepared for the transition to new processes and technologies. It also reduces resistance and enhances overall system acceptance.

6. Customization and integration

Every organization has unique requirements, and Oracle Cloud implementations often involve customization and integration with external systems. A roadmap helps you plan and execute these activities systematically, and ensures that your solution aligns and integrates seamlessly with existing infrastructure.

A roadmap also enables third-party organizations to align with the implementation timeline. Inoapps can help you evaluate and prioritize the features to include according to your business need.

7. Continuous improvement

With Inoapps Evolve, a roadmap is not merely a static document but a dynamic tool that evolves as the implementation progresses. It provides a foundation for continuous improvement, allowing you to adapt to changing business needs, emerging technologies, and evolving best practices.

Regularly revisiting and updating the roadmap ensures that your Oracle Cloud implementation remains aligned with your strategic goals. The Inoapps Evolve approach offers flexibility to facilitate the adoption of Oracle Cloud quarterly updates when these enhancements to functionality align with your business objectives.

A roadmap is not an optional step but a fundamental prerequisite for a successful Oracle Cloud implementation. The Inoapps Evolve roadmap approach serves as a compass, guiding businesses through the complexities of digital transformation to ensure the journey results in tangible benefits. With some time and effort invested in strategic planning, you position yourself to unlock the full potential of Oracle Cloud, and pave the way for sustained success in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

In the final blog in this series, we focus on continuous improvement.

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