Naperville, IL, June 16, 2017 – ennVee TechnoGroup Inc announced that Joseph Bong has joined the company as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Bong, 52, brings over 28 years of experience in Business Development, Client Management, Sales Leadership, Mergers and Acquisitions and Expansion. Joe has previously held titles of President, Vice President, Partner and Director of Global Sales. Mr. Bong has been instrumental with several companies in their explosive growth including WhittmanHart, starting with 200 employees and contributing to the growth to 4800 employees across 21 offices in the US and Europe.
As VP of Sales and Marketing for ennVee, Joe will be responsible for driving revenue growth by expanding their client base, sales force, and identifying growth opportunities throughout North America.
“We’re ecstatic to have Joe as a part of our team,” said Veera Venugopal, President of ennVee, “the sales leadership, expertise, and vision he’ll bring to our sales and marketing efforts will be critical to maintain our high level of growth going forward.”
Joe says, “I’ve been in this business for over 25 years and I’ve known Veera for just as long. With ennVee’s forward thinking, we will be on the leading edge of Oracle implementations and upgrades, and driving solutions across the Microsoft and mobile applications space.”
Renowned for their ERP application management services, the focus and vision that Joe brings will be fundamental to driving ennVee’s brand recognition and reach. Established as a trusted provider of ERP managed services, infrastructure support, mobility, integration, and cloud services, ennVee is in an ideal place to begin expanding its sales and marketing efforts. The addition of Joe as VP of Sales and Marketing is part of the aggressive plan to increase net new business opportunities, brand recognition, and increase awareness of the industry IT solutions ennVee provides.
About ennVee Founded in 2003, ennVee TechnoGroup has become a trail blazer in application management, systems integration, Enterprise Resource Planning, business analytics, and cloud solutions. ennVee is headquartered in the Greater Chicagoland area and has four global technology centers in the United States and India. For more information, visit http://ennvee.com.
Oracle Discoverer is de-supported as of July 1, 2017. You’ve likely started to evaluate self-service alternatives, but how complex is the actual migration?
“Extended Support” Ended After June 30, 2017
The general consensus is that Disco music died on July 12, 1979 after the infamous “Disco Demolition” event host ed by Chicago radio disk jockey Steve Dahl. Even though artists continued to release Disco records during the early 1980’s, the populace had already lifted and shifted to a different genre.
If you use Oracle E-Business Suite or Banner, you’re probably familiar with Oracle Discoverer, a 20-year ad-hoc querying and analysis reporting tool that has officially retired as of June 30th, 2017. Since 2009 Oracle has been transparent about its strategic direction for business intelligence, so the announcement of retirement does not come as a shock to those still using Discoverer.
Numerous BI and reporting platforms have been released since Discoverer reached its apex. As we lift and shift to a new standard of self-service reporting, it’s imperative to select a scalable, sustainable, and cost-effective replacement that solves existing business needs, eliminates the possibility of “shadow BI” projects, and is desired by both end users and IT.
Discoverer Replacement & Migration Options
OBIEE / BI Foundation Suite
1. Do nothing
If it’s not broken, why fix it? There still exists the option to upgrade to the latest release 11gR1, and utilize the pre-packaged integration with Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and Oracle EBS Federal Financials.
Oracle’s Sustaining Support policy excludes the following:
New updates, fixes, security alerts, data-fixes, and critical patch updates
New tax, legal, and regulatory updates
New upgrade scripts
Certification with new third-party products/versions
Certification with other Oracle products
While day-to-day reporting and licensing will remain the same, the cost of a few iterations can exceed that of a replacement or migration project. There’s also the potential of failed integration with later versions of E-Business Suite, and any new desktop, browser, or Windows OS updates. Additionally, migration is necessary to remain compatible with the latest Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2.x releases, Oracle Database 12c, and to use any of Oracle’s Fusion Applications.
Inevitably, both business and users will need a more accessible solution that provides stronger data visualizations and interactivity. Continued usage increases the complexity of transforming that data into actionable insights to support strategic decision making.
2. BI Foundation Suite / OBIEE
Oracle Business Intelligence (Enterprise Edition), OBIEE, is part of Oracle’s strategic road map for business intelligence.
From what we’ve encountered helping customers migrate, OBIEE is often selected because they already own the licenses and can spin it up faster than implementing and migrating to another application. OBIEE is still “in” support, and can be interfaced directly with Oracle EBS, Fusion, and Forms, which makes it an ideal choice for Oracle customers running Discoverer. Customers who wanted analytics and dashboards tended to choose OBIEE, while those looking for day-to-day operational reporting gravitated towards other (non-Oracle) applications.
While OBIEE delivers what it promises, an army of reporting tools for executives and end users alike, it’s important to consider the time, cost, and effort required before, during, and after implementation and Discoverer migration.
Migration from Discoverer to OBIEE
Migrating from Discoverer to OBIEE is complex. For starters, there are no tools available to automatically migrate workbooks, which means all queries must be re-created from scratch.
Many elements cannot be migrated simply because there is no equivalent in OBIEE. These include: item classes, summary folders, optional conditions, complex folders (either dimensions or based on complex folders), and hierarchies based on complex folders. Click to read the full list.
Other Considerations for OBIEE and BI Foundation Suite
Licensing OBIEE requires separate licensing costs for each “pack”; BI Server, BI Answers, BI Interactive Dashboards, BI Delivers, BI Publisher, Oracle Real-Time Decision Server, Oracle Scorecard and Strategy Management, and/or Oracle Data Visualization.
Based on the Oracle Technology Global Price List, the cost to license OBI or Essbase may not provide due diligence if you require a composite of features not limited to a single application.
Training, Maintenance, and Support There is a considerable learning curve in OBIEE, which requires learning multiple tools and aspects of business intelligence in order to make it work well together. After migrating off Discoverer, a substantial amount of RPD modeling work and dashboard preparation is required for end users to start utilizing OBIEE. Additionally, maintenance and support will require hiring additional resources.
Tableau’s powerful packaged BI offering, Tableau Desktop, allows users to drag and drop to analyze data, connect to data in a few clicks, and visualize and create interactive dashboards with a few more.
Over the course of our past Discoverer to Tableau migration projects, the primary factors for selecting Tableau has ranged from the amount of available features, data visualizations, scalability via ease-of-upgrade, and affordable licensing.
ennVee’s Discoverer migration accelerator automatically transfers all reports and objects to Tableau. Provided below is an example to highlight the comparison of between a Sales Orders report before and after migration.
What makes Power BI an attractive replacement for Discoverer is the “out of box” data modeling and self-service analytics capabilities. We have helped many customers migrate to Power BI by way of our accelerator, which automatically extracts complete Discoverer reports and imports them into Power BI without requiring a rebuild.
Power BI and Power BI Desktop are available to use for free, while Discoverer power users may opt for the Pro version ($9.99/user/month). The Pro version is required in order to migrate from Discoverer, as it is the only version that enables users to share data, security details, roles, and access information.
Aside from cost-effective licensing, Discoverer migration to Power BI has become a feasible route for the growing number of companies that are switching over to Office365. If you’re in the process of moving to Office365, Discoverer to Power BI migration would be a synergistic side-effect.
5. Automated Migration to Tableau, OBIEE, Qlikview, Power BI, etc. in 2-8 Weeks
Our accelerator completes the Discoverer migration in 2-10 weeks. We provide a live interactive demonstration, PoC, and assessment free of cost. The cost of the actual migration is fixed based on the number and complexity of reports.
ennVee TechnoGroup Inc. is delighted to announce that Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Bill Nolan, will be presenting at this year’s OAUG COLLABORATE Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 4th, 2017.
Mr. Nolan will discuss the challenges and benefits of integrating Salesforce CRM to Oracle E-Business Suite.
Additional information about the session is provided below.
Session ID: 10100
Abstract: With more than 250,000 clients using some version of Oracle EBS software and over 150,000 companies using Salesforce CRM applications the need to integrate is obvious. Real time, field level integration will allow sales people to have visibility to AVP, inventory and pricing. At the same time, information from the field and call centers will be immediately available for planning and supply chain teams to act on. However, achieving this level of integration can be challenging. This presentation will discuss several options and explain how to achieve Oracle EBS/ERP-Salesforce CRM integration
Bill will make people comfortable with Oracle/Salesforce integration
People will see how they can keep Oracle EBS after Salesforce CRM is brought in
IT executives will give internal Sales and Marketing clients what they want without disrupting the Oracle platform
“I want the ability to patch online without bringing down the house.”
Don’t we all? If only it was that easy. The end result is clear but the pathway leading up to it is cluttered. To get right to the point, if you’re upgrading to or beyond Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2.X, chances are you have one or many customizations that you’d like to keep.
The challenge, effort, and time required to keep the investments we love the most requires diligent remediation, code changes, and migration to ensure the customizations meet R12.2.X new version requirements. Oracle provides a migration utility that only covers standard objects, so the majority of EBS customers are SOL and will have to opt for a manual solution if they want to keep everything in place.
But is it worth scrapping what we’ve built and using the new R12.2.X standard?
Oracle EBS modules may be universal but the ways in which they are used vary by company. Starting over and scrapping the investment in previous customizations is time-consuming and unrealistic. Even new standard modules would require additional customization to suit the needs of the business, so it does not make sense to start over and repeat the same process.
So what do you do? Well, we have built a solution that allows EBS customers to automate the code remediation and migration process entirely. Rather than simply tell you what will break and what to test, we are extinguishing the fire and executing the manual workload.
ennVee’s ENNABLE tool reduces Development time by two days and cuts the upgrade duration by up to three months
One-time parameter capture
Restricts errors and reduces the number of rounds of patching and testing
Cost-effective licensing (based on ERP size and number of modules)
Bottom line Keep your customizations in tact and survive an R12.2.X patch upgrade.
Join us for a demo and webinar of the ENNABLE tool. We will highlight the R12.2.X upgrade pain points and how companies are leveraging ENNABLE to access online patching and new R12.2.X features faster. The event is on Friday, March 24th from 11:30 AM to 12 PM CDT. Is it worth it? Yes! We’re also raffling off a $50 gift card to one lucky attendee. Register to attend
The increasing pace of change in technology is reshaping business as we know it, and customers must gravitate to Service Delivery Automation and Technology Innovation, which acts as a catalyst and an enabler to ramp up business value.
Today’s intensely competitive business arena requires companies to be agile in the marketplace, and the strategic importance of business systems cannot be undervalued. The increasing pace of change in technology is reshaping business operations, and customers must gravitate to Service Delivery Automation and Technology Innovation, which acts as a catalyst and an enabler to ramp up business value. Progressively, Service Delivery Automation (SDA) is using innovative technology to replace a series of human actions. Essentially, SDA helps improve business usage effectiveness through sustained support which is accurate, repetitive and quick.
What can be done to accomplish these objectives?
At ennVee, we have significant experience in providing service delivery to our clients using large and complex ERP systems such as Oracle E-Business Suite and SAP. Over the years, we have fine-tuned our service delivery mechanism embracing the latest technological innovations to an extent where we have built a series of tools and accelerators for automating service delivery. The primary drivers for these automation tools are accuracy of delivery, repeatable perfection and quick turn-around time to resolve.
Listed below are some of our key tools and accelerators which differentiate our Service Delivery offering and add value to customers.
1. Custom Migration Tools
ERP Service Delivery involves code changes and assessing the impact of the same on the overall system. Hence, the custom code is migrated from one ERP instance to the other for unit testing, integration testing, user testing, deployment, etc. Our migration tool allows for seamless migration of code leading to high level of repetitiveness avoiding human errors and ensuring quicker availability of migrated code for testing and deployment. Thus, reducing the overall time to use the system with rectified custom code.
2. Upgrade Automation for EBS R12.2.x
As a part of service delivery, we come across scenarios where the product encounters a defect or a bug. In such cases, we reach out to the product principles such as Oracle to provide the resolution. Oracle may release a patch which may lead to upgrading a functionality or module to the next point version. In such cases, the impact of such upgrade need to assessed on the associated custom objects. The objects may need a remediation before they work with the new standard functionality.
Our upgrade automation tool provides for seamless assessment, remediation and testing of the code. Additionally, if the client Oracle EBS version is older than the current one, we can provide a free assessment service to determine the extent of upgrade complexity and potential effort involved in remediating the required custom objects.
Successful service delivery leads to effective utilization of the business systems by the users and this can only be achieved by having a robust knowledge repository. Such a repository not only leads to reduced resolution time for similar incidents, it also provides a high level of reusability for custom code changes. Invariably, it provides for a service delivery which meets the desired service levels agreed with the client. At ennVee, our long years of service delivery experience have helped us build a solid repository of incident resolutions and re-usable components helping clients get an accurate, repetitive and quick service delivery turnaround.
4. Service Delivery Dashboard
Feedback is essential in improving service delivery. Our Service Delivery Dashboard ensures just that! Using simple, intuitive and open source analytic tools, we have built a framework for capturing transactional service delivery data and converting this data into a visually appealing and easy to assimilate dashboard.
The information covers strategic information for effective decision and operational information for efficient execution. Some of the key service delivery aspects such as incident trends, incidents by functional areas, SLA compliance, violation and penalties, RCA, SIP, service delivery performance, etc. are graphically depicted in the dashboard.
Service Delivery Automation ensures quicker resolution of incidents more accurately. In turn, this leads to user satisfaction and improves the effectiveness and efficiency of the business systems. Ultimately, a robust business system provides accurate information in near real-time allowing organizations to be more competitive in the marketplace.
ennVee offers Service Delivery Automation capabilities that compliment competitive growth objectives and achieve higher benefits realization. We continue to work with customers to streamline and optimize business processes, while reducing manual intervention for customers across industry verticals like manufacturing, logistics and transportation providers, financial services and banking institutions. Our partnership has helped to improve accuracy, efficiency, and delivery schedule for support and enhancement projects.
About ennVee TechnoGroup, Inc.
ennVee is backed by over 15 years of delivering optimal enterprise resource planning and custom developed solutions. Our seasoned team is comprised of more than 180 technology experts committed to delivering quality solutions to customers across a deep range of industries. ennVee is headquartered in Chicago, IL and has four global development centersin Bangalore, Chennai, Mangalore and Pune in India.
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