May 16, 2021


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Lion teaches Oracle how to give a XXXX – Cloud

Beverage maker Lion is “re-implementing” its economical arranging and consolidation in Oracle cloud and revisiting fundamental procedures as it continues a huge-scale technological know-how transformation.

Business services arranging leader Swaroop Khekale explained to the recent Oracle Contemporary Cloud Working day 2019 in Sydney that the company – operator of brands like XXXX, Toohey’s, Hahn, James Boag, Dairy Farmers Every day Juice and Yoplait – is in the system of shifting from on-prem Hyperion to Oracle’s enterprise effectiveness administration (EPM) cloud.

“We haven’t absent are living but with our cloud technique,” Khekale said, noting the staff was 6-to-8 months into the “re-implementation” job.

The company is presently undergoing a huge business transformation job that spans throughout its professional, revenue and marketing and supply chain functions.

This sees it pursuing a key enterprise source arranging improve to SAP S/four HANA and a greater use of public cloud, among the other initiatives.

“We’re going by a significant transformation,” Khekale said.

“It was an opportunity for us to reinvent our procedures as very well. 

“So we are not carrying out a elevate-and-change, we are actually re-employing not just our [economical] arranging solution but also our consolidation solution as very well.”

Khekale said arranging was as significant as at any time to Lion, specified it operated in marketplaces where by new rivals were being coming from all sides.

“In our field, factors transform swiftly, and even ahead of we realise it we have opposition,” he said.

“Anybody can open up a small craft brewery store and which is opposition for us, so we have to be truly up on our equipment in conditions of innovation.”

Khekale was at Lion when it set together its present-day Hyperion-centered arranging solution with the aid of a consulting spouse.

“We invested a whole lot on greatest-of-breed modeling and forecasting,” he said. 

“Hyperion is even now a amazing solution [for us] and some thing that I was involved suitable at the implementation so I’m rather passionate about that particular solution, but that has specified me a whole lot of heartaches and late nights as very well due to the fact the capacity was sort of limited to my staff … and we applied to shell out a whole lot of time on weekends to sustain the methods.”

The company is travelling considerably of a worn path in “migrating from on-premises Oracle Hyperion to Oracle EPM Cloud”, judging from Oracle’s own documentation.

Lion will use Oracle’s Setting up Budgeting Cloud Provider or PBCS. 

Its core operation is explained as remaining “the same as Oracle Hyperion Setting up on-premises” – as a result the migration path – and is touted as “the first Hyperion EPM product”.

“With the total of transform which is going on, CFOs nowadays realise the importance of not just having a finance business office providing figures but it is about insights,” Khekale said.

“With Oracle EPM [Cloud] and PBCS specially, I do see predictive arranging as some thing that is going to aid our organisation, specially from a team finance standpoint. 

“It’s just going to supply that related visibility from strategic arranging down to operational arranging.

“That’s what is going to make our forecasting a lot, a lot swifter … and generate a extended-lasting effects.”

Khekale said he hoped Lion would make gains from quarterly updates to EPM Cloud by Oracle, and by employing some out-of-the-box operation in the platform, together with for funds stream reporting.

He also hoped that shifting to the cloud would totally free up time in any other case used administering the on-prem Hyperion platform.

“I [now] have to just concentrate on business partnering, engaging with the business partners and coming up with a use scenario for all the new abilities that are getting unveiled each individual quarter,” Khekale said.