The best feature of the product is the middleware where it allows you to create a project and all the required and the optional tasks come pre-configured. So, you don't have to look for, "What do I need to do?" You can follow a step by step from the bottom up or top down approach. You will know that you have done the tasks that you need to do before the whole configuration or the testing process happens.
I am starting the implementation of benefits today of HCM Cloud. I have done EBS, full scale implementation of eight modules on my own for a smaller organization. Another advanced feature is the user interface, it is so smooth. I always say to people that PeopleSoft, is love at first sight, and Oracle EBS is an arranged marriage, because you will learn to love. Whereas, I think Oracle Cloud is also love at first sight, because it does the screens so smooth, things are very accessible.
Improvements to My Organization
I think the customer experience, especially with the process flows at the top, where it takes you through the five steps, it has a nice navigation path at the top. So you know where you are at any point of the configuration.
Room for Improvement
Oracle should make sure all their partners are well trained, so that they can go to the client site and make themselves truly valuable. Instead of just, "Oh, it works this way," that is not. They need to be trained, and I think Oracle is already going in the direction, I think they are making sure that implementations are done in a certain standard way and so on.
There is always room for improvement, and I met with an Oracle HCM person, and he and I are going to work together. He is going to pick my brain on some future release testing, and my HCM expertise, because I have all the credentials and I have worked with the product for 20 years, and in HR as well.
Use of Solution
We've been using it since February, so around three months now, but I am doing a lot of research, a lot of studying and I am working with a client. We have actually already configured the HCM Core and the Talent Management, just the goals and the performance.
It seems like it is stable. Well, it is not EBS because I have been working in EBS for 15 years. This is a new product, I think it has been in the market for a few years I believe, but I am glad that Oracle is going in the right direction of making it more end user friendly, functional friendly and adopting into the new technology. We are not bogged down with DBAs and copies and patches and gruel regression testing. All of those thing we don't need to worry in the cloud is much simpler and much more organized. It makes it easier.
It's been able to scale for our needs.
Customer Service and Technical Support
With regard to EBS payroll, the support is phenomenal. With HCM Cloud, I have only created two or three SRs, and so far, not bad, but I wouldn't go to phenomenal yet. They need to earn my trust and respect. You already have a benchmark with the new organization. If you want to find, Why did I give them exceptional for Oracle payroll? Go find out from them, what they are doing that is so good, because the people who support Oracle EBS payroll, they know what they are doing. They call the client, they don't wait, and they don't say, "Go do this, go do that." A lot of support people think that we have to give more information. Yes, it is true in some cases, because if a weird error happens, which is so peculiar to your that no one has heard of, granted, you need to go dig deeper, but for each and every question, support cannot say, "I have to give like 10 hours worth of information," before they can even figure out what the hell I am asking.
So, that is my feedback to support. You have your own people, go talk to them. Your Oracle Colorado Payroll Support Group. I know all of their names, first name basis.
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: I currently work for two Oracle partners.
May 30 2016