Rapid implementation, flexible solution, reduced costs. Many companies have experienced the many benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS), allowing them to make better decisions and improve business performance.
However, SaaS has to be implemented with IT’s involvement so that your organization will fully reap its benefits.
Interestingly, in a recent study conducted by Harvard Business Review entitled Cloud Computing Comes of Age, it was found that 16 percent of respondents have acquired cloud services without IT’s involvement. Moreover, 43 percent of companies that implemented shadow IT projects shared that the failure to integrate new cloud services with other applications is a stumbling block to going around IT.
As you move forward on your business journey, you certainly don’t want to face the difficult task of integrating the isolated SaaS data with your other systems and applications. In today’s digital economy, a simplified access and flow of information is critical in making sound business decisions. For that reason, integrating cloud services becomes paramount to your company’s business strategy.
The answer is an integrated solution
While SaaS started out with a specific niche approach, it is no longer the right strategy to follow because those lines of business have to coordinate with the larger corporate systems.
As a result, many organizations are now moving to a more centralized cloud strategy because of the need to integrate services as well as share data across multiple applications at a standardized platform.
The integration of a suite always wins, according to Oracle CIO Mark Sunday in a Forbes interview. He added that the integration is more important than any given function.
That is why it is important to evaluate the impact of one cloud solution to your other business areas before considering it.
An example given by Tom Fisher, CIO of Oracle Managed Cloud Services, is the human capital management (HCM) application. If you think it is a standalone application, it is not; so it cannot be implemented as a silo system. The application feeds expense information to the finance system, accepts information from the CRM system for sales commissions, and interface back into the finance system for payroll processing.
Oracle E-Business Suite offering
The complexities of business environment inspired Oracle to come up with a solution to help organizations face the challenges. With multiple capabilities, such as customer relationship management, service management, financial management, and supply chain management among many others, Oracle E-Business Suite applications offer incredible business value to many organizations. What’s more, E-Business Suite is always enhanced, so your software investment becomes more valuable.
As the integration of information across cloud and on-premise systems becomes the key focus of many organizations, the integration between PaaS and SaaS services becomes equally important. The best way to achieve this is choosing a PaaS provider that can offer the flexibility of accommodating your add-on requirements.
To be successful in this highly competitive business world, you have to strategically manage your growth. Carefully evaluate the cloud provider to ensure that they will be able to support your business growth and seamlessly integrate your new requirements with the other business components.
Contact Four Cornerstone now if you are looking for a comprehensive suite of integrated business applications. Our Oracle Consulting in Dallas Fort Worth will show you how Oracle E-Business Suite applications will help your organization manage the business intricacies.
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