Achieving Success: Oracle E-Business Suite

Large-scale IT-enabled projects are very challenging to deliver on time and on budget. Yet they are critical to a company's strategy, so any problems can be immensely damaging. On cost alone, substantial overruns occur in almost ninety percent of such projects. To avoid this, project teams must excel in four dimensions: project strategy, technical expertise, capability building, and project management. We help clients ensure that large IT projects succeed and to turn around projects on the wrong track. We have developed a proprietary Value Assurance methodology that we have applied at both public- and private-sector clients across a range of industries. This distinctive approach combines a broad and coherent view of an IT project, a focus on business value, and an emphasis on transferring capabilities to client teams to ensure sustainability.

We implement high-impact solutions either with the help of our own custom applications development team, or in joint relationships with best-of-breed vendors. Our commitment to testing and refining solutions before full rollout allows us to deliver high-quality solutions in a much shorter timeframe than traditional approaches allow.

Front-To-Back Demand Optimization

Data center facilities are one of the largest investments that an organization can make—often running to hundreds of millions or billions of dollars. A program designed for value can require forty to fifty percent less. We help clients ensure that large IT projects succeed and to turn around projects on the wrong track. We have developed a proprietary Value Assurance methodology that we have applied at both public- and private-sector clients across a range of industries. This distinctive approach combines a broad and coherent view of an IT project, a focus on business value, and an emphasis on transferring capabilities to client teams to ensure sustainability.

Infrastructure exists only to support business needs and requests. However, the connection between true business needs and an institution’s infrastructure environment is often indirect and opaque. The result: multiple levels of over-provisioning. Front-to-back demand optimization brings together the full set of factors that affect infrastructure cost, including business requirements, application architecture, and systems configuration. We often help clients see a ten percent overall improvement in infrastructure costs.

We help clients address their enterprise architecture when there has been a trigger event such as a merger or acquisition, or when a core system needs replacing. When the time-to-market or the cost of the existing architecture is no longer sustainable, we help clients reduce annual costs by ten to twenty percent, while building a platform for the future that can create business opportunities. These savings occur, for example, through consolidating systems or by reducing the complexity of the interfaces between systems.

Proprietary Development Platform

Business users and applications developers increasingly expect infrastructure to provide integrated services, with provisioning and incident-management processes that cut across traditional technology domains like servers, storage, mainframes, end-user devices, and networks. We help large infrastructure functions create organizational structures that strike the right balance between supporting technical depth and providing processes and services that span multiple technologies.

We draw on the expertise of the firm around the world and across all functional areas—from supply chain to human resources—to bring additional insights to our clients. Many of our consultants have worked in high-tech companies prior to joining Burk, and/or have advanced degrees in mathematics, engineering, and physics. Our global network of training centers, supported by our external Oracle Primavera network, allows us to tailor programs to a client’s specific needs or bring together regional groups of clients for a peer-learning experience. We are flexible and adapt our approach to suit our clients. In some cases, we may only supply one or two people to provide coaching, but if clients need more assistance, a large Burk team will work on site.

 

For opportunities that are not yet well-defined, or that have uncertain timelines, retain our experts on a hourly consulting basis to get your questions answered quickly.

 

Related Practices

Mastering technology and content means addressing both the technical and nontechnical aspects of the project, including IT architecture and infrastructure design, functionality design, quality assurance, migration and rollout plans, and project scope management.

Mr. David Hamilton

Mr. David Hamilton

Building Capabilities for Performance

We help clients unlock the full value of installed technology platforms and can rapidly design and deploy new technologies as needed.