Author Archives: Helene Abrams

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? […]

That Old House – Tidying up your ERP

When you moved into the new house, everything was clean, uncluttered, and ready for you to personalize and adapt to meet your needs. So it is when you first implement an ERP system. However, many people bring with them boxes of things no longer needed – data and structures from their legacy system that were […]

Going to the Dentist: Regular Maintenance Avoids a Reimplementation

When is the last time you went to the dentist? Do you stick to a rigid 6-month visit cycle? Did you need braces when you were younger to manage your growing, changing teeth? Just as with your teeth, regular maintenance of your Oracle® E-Business Suite (EBS) avoids much pain. You can avoid having to replace […]

The Business vs. IT: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

It is no surprise that IT is not always aligned with business goals.  The conflicts arise because IT is often unaware of how the business uses the systems that IT is responsible for installing and supporting, and the business is often unaware of exactly what is involved in an IT project.  There are several other […]

Six Post Merger Integration Steps that Add Value to M&A

In Part I of this two-part series we looked at why nearly 90% of mergers go awry and what must be done to ensure that M&A deals achieve maximum value. As discussed previously, regardless of merger type (coexistence, absorption, or synthesis), priority should be given to customer-facing processes vital for supporting the company’s customer service, vendor/distributor […]

Mergers and Acquisitions: Realizing the Value

There are few things that generate excitement and speculation like the announcement of a business combination. Almost without exception, the management promise of every merger and acquisition is to increase stakeholder value. However, it seems that this is not what typically happens. As evidenced by a 2019 survey by Deloitte, 40 percent of survey respondents […]

Six Sequential Steps of Post-Merger Integration to Ensure Maximum M&A Value

Follow this sequence of post-merger integration steps that focus on core processes to achieve maximum value for your merger or acquisition: Align calendars and charts of accounts with acquiring company. You will need to do consolidated reporting shortly after the merger (usually within 90 days). Having the same calendar and chart of accounts makes sure […]

Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do

There are many reasons for separating data – each has its own challenges and business considerations. The first step in the process is to determine the business requirement, then find the relevant data, determine the criteria for filtering the data out, and determine what happens to the filtered data. Suppose for example, that you want […]

What Would Happen if You Sold Part of Your Business?

Deciding what information to share and what information to keep private is one of the most critical decisions companies face when they decide to sell part of the company.  Sharing too much information allows competitors to identify advantages to use against the parent company.  Keeping irrelevant information may result in unnecessary costs, such as excess […]