Accelerate time to value with Inoapps & Oracle Cloud Apps: Part One
Locked in and don’t know where to start?
By John Thacker
SVP Professional Services at Inoapps
Over the course of my career I've spoken with many customers and there's a theme that surfaces time and again—the aspiration for their business applications to be flexible and scalable while helping to simplify and automate their processes.
Yes, this aspiration centers on efficiency gains, but importantly it’s about securing business outcomes that translate into the ability to achieve real return on investment. And importantly, it’s about how they can accelerate the time to value.
Equally, I hear many customers talk about the complexity of their existing application portfolio. Many have invested significant time and capital into building out those portfolios but that has now resulted in heavily configured and customized applications. They’re now faced with significant complexity when it’s time to think about a modernization strategy and roadmap.
Since 2006 Oracle has been in Inoapps’ DNA. That in-depth focus means the expertise we bring to our projects is second to none and we have defined an accompanying set of best practices around the application modernization challenge.
In this blog series, I’ll be joined by my Inoapps colleagues as we discuss the challenges, the opportunities, and how to successfully navigate the Oracle Cloud Applications modernization journey. These are the themes we’ll be unpacking:
Start with the end in mind…
…but don't be a slave to the end state. Any modernization journey takes time. While it's important to keep the end state in sight, accept that business priorities change, regulatory, legal and fiscal requirements evolve, and your modernization journey has to be flexible so it can adapt to ever changing conditions.
It’s critical to break down the modernization journey into incremental but meaningful steps aligned to your business architecture, which offers ROI at each stage. For this, you need an approach that allows incremental evolution with measurable outcomes at each milestone.
The importance of people
The importance of people and the role they play in the success of any modernization effort is too often under-estimated.
When moving to cloud solutions and away from configured and customized applications, the philosophy of adopt not adapt comes into play and offers the ability to align to Oracle Modern Best Practices. While this chance to standardize is very attractive at a business level, it's critically important to recognize the change management and training that’s needed to ensure high adoption rates so that everyone is getting the maximum benefit from the new solutions.
The evolution of a roadmap
The go-live of a Cloud Applications implementation is just the beginning. Once the foundational capability is in place, the second step of incremental evolution can begin. This iterative process, achieved through sprint-based continual enhancement, is where your business capability evolution really starts.
Where you take your application will depend on your business, your goals, and changing market circumstances, and your roadmap is your invaluable guide to your journey.
Driving continuous improvement
With Cloud Applications, we’re in a different world where 'fix on fail’ is no longer enough when it comes to support. In traditional IT, the approach was valid, but in today’s world, value is realized through continual improvement and adoption. 'Keeping current’ is now mandatory for business and systems integrity, and active management of your environment is essential for efficient utilization of your software assets.
Your optimal path now involves balancing three domains to maintain a close link between changing business demands, business system capability needs, and supporting those capabilities.
To help our customers with these challenges, we’ve defined an accelerated time to value implementation approach called Inoapps Evolve. Inoapps Evolve leverages 16 years of implementation experience to allow our customers to implement a scalable Tier 1 solution for a fraction of the time and cost.
Inoapps Evolve has been designed for customers looking for quick deployment due to the factors below. If any of these resonate, this may be the approach for you:
- I don’t have an ERP solution and need one quickly
- I need to move from my existing solution to an alternative platform
- I don’t have a compliant solution and need to meet statutory or security requirements
- I need a scalable solution that can grow and evolve with me over time
- I don’t want to go through the lengthy solution design process and am keen to adopt standard Oracle functionality
Ultimately, Inoapps Evolve allows you to start using your new system quicker, which allows for swifter user adoption and benefits realization.