Oracle E-Business Suite Review

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What is our primary use case?

Oracle E-Business Suite is a corporate business product. It has financial, logistics, HR modules, et cetera. It contains lots of modules. Thanks to this, our clients can track all of their business needs with one platform. They can also design their own business needs using this product.

Within our organization, we also use Oracle E-Business Suite. However, we are only using a small part of it, mainly for financial purposes. We don't have any logistics issues. We are consultants: we don't buy and sell products, we don't have a warehouse, et cetera. Actually, all our call centers are onsite. From a company perspective, we have only five or six users, E-Business users. It's hard to give an exact number of how many clients of ours are using this solution, but if I had to estimate, I'd say roughly 10,000 users.

What is most valuable?

It's an all-in-one solution for corporate companies. There are lots of companies already using Oracle E-Business Suite as it can cover a wide variety of use cases. It's highly customizable. It's available as open-source. As it's open code, you can see what it's doing which makes it easier to customize things. These are the advantages of Oracle E-Business Suite compared to competitive products.

What needs improvement?

Some of my clients report that the overall ease of use could be simplified. The product still uses some old technology. Some of the modules have moved to new technologies like HTML, et cetera, but there are still old components and old sequence usages which bother my customers because they are not fancy and up-to-date. They're heavy-duty machines — they're not posh. They perform heavy-duty jobs. So users entering operational data, transactional data heavily, they love it; however, management-level doesn't like the screens because they don't look fancy.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for roughly 18 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

As it's a heavy machine, it's a very stable product.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Yes, it's scalable. You can technically increase its performance by adding servers, et cetera. So it's highly scalable. I have lots of customers — both big and small companies. Some of them have only two gigabytes of data and others have 32 terabytes. It works well for both types of clients because it can easily be scaled.

How are customer service and technical support?

Support is a never-ending process because every day, our customers need to change things around. As such, customer support is never-ending. They ask for reports, or they need a new sequence, etc. So it's just a never-ending process.

We have an operational team for technical support. They don't work onsite, unlike the consultants. They are a team of six or seven people. They typically work in an office, but due to the pandemic, they work at home. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Oracle Analytics is totally different from Oracle E-Business Suite because one of them is a reporting tool and the other one is just a generation tool. One of them has a sequence where you enter operational and transactional data using a sequence or integrations, et cetera. You collect data with Oracle E-Business Suite. And you use Oracle Analytics to repost them. So they are two different products.

Oracle Cloud is nice. With on-premise products, people usually emphasize the setup time. The main difference between cloud and on-premise products is you don't have to provide service and you don't have to scale your service according to your needs. When it's on the cloud, it's easy to scale.

Also, the cloud version of Oracle has new functionalities available. Oracle made an investment with the cloud version and they implemented customer needs and customer requests surrounding features that would benefit them — on the cloud, not on-premise.

So the cloud product is highly functional compared to the on-premise version. That's the main difference between the cloud and the on-premise solution.

How was the initial setup?

Yeah, the initial setup is highly straightforward. It takes four or five days to install. Once we installed it, we made a copy and started using it. The first installation takes time — four or five days. Then, using the same installation, with cloning, it takes only one or two days, maximum. So it's easy to install.

What about the implementation team?

Regarding a deployment team. It depends on the project. For instance, for a big-sized financial company, I need two or three financial consultants. If it's for a logistics company, I need, again, two or three logistic consultants. If it's for a small or mid-sized company, one consultant is enough to implement the project. However, these functional consultants, because they set up the system according to business needs, they need technical support. So we have a technical support team for customization, et cetera. Five or six technical consultants is good enough, usually. If there are lots of integrations, et cetera, I need a technical team of 10 people team.

Currently, we have three projects going on now. Two of them are upgrade projects and we have five consultants involved in each project. One of them is a scratch project, an implementation project. We have 15, 16, 17 people working on that project.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Licensing is on a yearly basis. There is an initial cost, and the standard fee is 22% per year. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Oracle E-Business Suite to other potential users. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight.

We expect some additional features, of course. We are located in Turkey and there are many tax legislation rules, et cetera. There are so many binding processes that make customizing this product for Turkish districts complicated. For instance, it's easy to customize products for Japan, Kuwait, and Germany because their tax rules are not very complex. But in Turkey, tax rules are really complex and change every month. The government changes everything all the time. Adapting the product to these changes is not easy.

**Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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