The last couple of months I was part of a team that implemented Oracle Procurement Cloud at Capgemini. This was an amazing project and an opportunity to be a part of one of the first Procurement Cloud implementations globally. I would like to share my experiences with you where I have learned a lot through this exciting work with this latest Cloud technology.
Oracle Procurement Cloud implemented at Capgemini
In December 2016, the Oracle Sourcing and Supplier Portal in the Cloud was implemented within Capgemini.
Sourcing Portal Cloud has been implemented in the Capgemini Latin America region, which helps the procurement team to facilitate end-to-end negotiation processes with suppliers entirely in the Cloud.
The CPO of Capgemini Latin America was happy with the results:
“When we started using Sourcing in Procurement Cloud it was like plug and play. After only a few training sessions the entire team was able to facilitate the complete sourcing process in the cloud. Setup is easy and the solution has already demonstrated to cut costs for our company.”
For new suppliers seeking to do business with Capgemini North America, the succesfully implemented Supplier Cloud Portal helps these suppliers to register completely in the Cloud.
Implementing Cloud ERP requires a very different approach compared to conventional on-premise ERP implementations such as eBusiness Suite. Below are a few examples that we wanted to share:
Shorter implementation timelines
One of the benefits of Cloud is that implementation timelines are shorter, which was really demonstrated through this project. Both Sourcing and Supplier Portals were implemented in a three months timeframe. The testing phase was completed in two weeks and we moved to production in one day.
Much smaller implementation team
This project went live with our team of four people; there was no need for huge teams with 50+ consultants to implement Procurement Cloud.
More agile project approach
We didn’t need to create major process designs or facilitate long lasting workshops to make a good start. By using the standard functional capabilities of Cloud ERP and a more agile approach we were able to quickly have a system up and running. Hosting was done by Oracle, so it is a matter of setting up the system.
Different consultancy skills required – more business, less IT
A smaller team and shorter timeliness mean that we had to fucntion as more all round consultants. Every team member needed to be business focussed, a tester, an implementer and a change consultant. The focus was less on IT and more on business.
In the upcoming weeks we will continue sharing our experiences, based on the following topics:
1 Differences with conventional ERP implementations
2 Implentation issues we have come across and how we have dealt with them
3 Oracle support system for Cloud (cloning, fixing issues, etc.)
4 Content: BI possibilities, customization options, security, organizational structure and approval management