Author Archives: Helene Abrams

Inside Out: Back Office Systems Have Become Gateways to the External Community

What used to be considered “back-office” systems are not located in the back of the office anymore. Systems that support a company’s infrastructure for sales, customer service, and supplier relations are front and center customer-, supplier- and employee-facing systems. The heightened importance of the internet to daily business processes requires that a wide variety of […]

Four Components of Successful Divestitures

Prepare Early. Determine the value of each area of the business. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses so that you can capitalize on the strengths that will provide the greatest value to a prospective buyer. Begin to prepare a “due diligence” package for each part of the company – whether it is a product line, a […]

Five Critical Success Factors in a Globalization Project

Leadership: The leadership team must define the reason for change, a strategy, and set objectives. They must have a vision of what the change will lead to and what benefits will accrue. Employees and stakeholders must be engaged and motivated. This can be done by setting targets, measuring performance, and providing financial and non-financial rewards […]

The Roadmap to Synergy

Companies evolve. While everyone’s story is unique—growth from regional to national or international, mergers and acquisitions, diversification of business lines and product offerings, and disparate regulatory environments—many of these business and regulatory drivers lead companies to have disparate data and localized operations. Whatever the cause, these fragmented environments can inhibit business agility and stunt performance […]

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Market

Preparing for Tomorrow’s Market There are few constants in this world. The way in which a company does business is not one of them. Instead, companies must actively adapt to change within the marketplace; and, as the international landscape continues to grow smaller due to advances in technology, businesses realize the importance of operating on […]

Mergers & Acquisitions: Realizing the Value

Mergers and acquisitions carry the added weight of introducing redundant systems that duplicate functionality. Learn how to overcome the value gap to take advantage of emergent synergies by aligning your transaction and transition efforts. With experience supporting almost $300 billion worth of merger, acquisitions and divestiture transactions with Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customers our speaker […]

Time to Grow, Part 2: Improving Back-office Productivity with One Simple Fix to Oracle® E-Business Suite

In Time to Grow Part I we reviewed some of the conditions that would indicate that organizations can improve the productivity of back-office services by consolidating Oracle® E-Business Suite (EBS) instances and establishing shared services organizations for finance, accounting, payables, receivables, and purchasing.  Although the cost savings may be significant, the undertaking may be daunting for some […]

Time to Grow, Part 1: Questions CFO’s Can Ask About Their Oracle® E-Business Suite Systems

  The economy has begun to show signs of recovery.  Companies are reporting stronger earnings. Except for what might have been a technical or systemic anomaly, stock indices are on the rise.  Unemployment claims are dropping and jobs are slowly being created. Companies that have been hanging on to cash are in a good position […]

A Step-by-Step Guide to Calculating and Reducing Operating Costs for your Finance Department

Knowing your labor efficiency and your overhead can help you set realistic pricing in your quotes and help you improve your operational efficiency. The first step in calculating costs is to determine the fully burdened labor cost. This is done by calculating the employee salaries inclusive of vacation time, insurance benefits, and taxes. Second, you […]

The Mystery of the Hidden Data

Here’s the scenario: Your enterprise data is nowhere to be found within your Oracle® E-Business Suite environment.  Differences in configurations, duplicate data, and a lack of common structures and definitions have caused inconsistent business processes and data that is “lost” to the organization, resulting in increased costs and risks. Why is this happening, you wonder? […]