What is most valuable?
I basically deal with order management, purchasing order, inventory and accounts receivable.
In general, this solution is user-friendly and also performs well. There are two types of forms. One is a standardized form, which you can define things into. The other, you can customize so more repetition can be done in an even manner. That way, it can be designed for what the public or user actually wants. It's not very tough for any person, or layman to understand exactly what the screen requires one to do.
I believe this software is quite easy to work with, because I have used other software, such as SAP. I find Oracle and SAP are both easier to work with than other apps.
The other reason I use this solution is because I have only worked for one and a half years with SAP, whereas I have been working with Oracle for nine years, so I have more experience in Oracle and I find it more user-friendly.
What needs improvement?
I think the inventory part it should be simplified. There is the GR, or Good Receipt note, which is the time that the materials come in, and the workdays, etc. There is a lot of shuffling through pages, which creates a lot of problems for our users. They don't know which page to go to, where to create a GR, or where to create a stock entry. In other words, all the information is very daunting. It's very easy for people to understand and get better clarity over it.
I would like to see order management or purchase order screens, with all of the information there on a single line, so you just have to scroll the page to the right side to view all of the information. If you work in inventory, however, you have to keep on changing the screen, one after another. I think that is not perfect, so improvement can be done here.
In terms of additional features, I would like to see a list of employees entered into the organization, their attendance, payroll, and other things that are more linked to Oracle. Only the name of the employee which is entered into the Oracle Master is there, but the in and out system of an employee and other things like payroll, salary, etc., are not included in Oracle. For those things, we have to use another software or ERP.
For human resources, we have one ERP and for daily transactions, we have another ERP. I think Oracle can take this part of the detailed system and attendance into Oracle so that it is right there in one ERP. Oracle could handle all of the transactions, whether they are in human resources, accounting, supply chain, or any other department.
For how long have I used the solution?
I've been working with Oracle PeopleSoft for more than nine years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
Sometimes when a month is closing, there is a huge number of invoices that are being generated and many orders being placed by customers. At that time, there is a huge invoice created and the server cannot handle the capacity. Then the invoice gets stuck up in between. The time-lapse is due to this and due to the fact that the order cannot be generated during this time, may mean that two percent of your opportunity is lost.
Apart from that, stability is good. If you take a calendar month of 30 days, from the 4th to the 25th, all is well and good. After getting to the 30th, which is the peak time of sale, I think the software hangs up too much.
There is too much demand from customers at that time, so you have to handle it very well so that none of the other invoices are getting stuck. You also need to make sure pickup and delivery are on the spot and on time.
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
This solution can be expanded at any time. Initially, we started in one department and then another department got used to it. Later on, other departments began to use it. In our entire company, we have 27 branch offices and four factories. Initially, it was only implemented in the head office to get people used to it. Now, the entire company has been using it, including branches and our department center, all of the 10,000 employees have been using it. It's scalable. Everybody is used to it now.
It's used by 10,000 people. We have 10,000 employees here.
How are customer service and technical support?
I've always been in touch with technical support because I love to actually see the coding they do behind the bug releases. I don't understand that much, but my curiosity makes me just want to know what they write there and how they put the command in it to clear the invoices, etc. When I see at the end of the month that it gets stuck, they clear the errors from the back end. There are also many times when there is a load on the servers, so they jointly come up to the other end and they write some of the other code.
I really don't understand the technical part, but I enjoy seeing it and I think that they do a great job. There is a functional coordinator and there are technician coordinators, though we as the users are not supposed to interfere with the technical people. Functionality has to coordinate with technical, but there are some people who can directly talk to the technical guys. For instance, when you are stuck, there is a problem with the server, or the invoices are getting stuck, I am one of the people that can go and ask them.
In terms of technical support, I can approach them directly and ask them for assistance. Instead of going through the functional team, I ask them directly. It's a direct communication, so it goes faster.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup is straightforward. It is not complex.
What about the implementation team?
Initially, we needed help to implement this solution because I was an SAP user, so getting into Oracle, I needed consultants to understand it. Obviously, if you're moving from one ERP to another ERP, you need to get help from somebody to get educated. There was a data consultancy which was reappointed here to train each and every one of them.
We were trained at first until they trained the trainer. You get your first training and then you can train other people.
What other advice do I have?
Based on my experience, if your company is expanding on a very high level and already has good growth in it, you could do very well with Oracle. If you want to develop your own project as well, which involves standardized as well as customized forms, that would be another reason to go with Oracle.
SAP has their own advantages as well, so I would not say that Oracle is the best platform. You could go with SAP also. It depends which company asks for which ERP software.
I would rate this solution as seven out of ten.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?