On Premises vs. the Oracle Cloud – How to Know What Oracle Software Is Right for Your Business

In our last blog, part 1 of this series, we discussed the main differences between Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle on-premises ERP. In essence, cloud ERP does not offer the same capabilities as its on-premises counterpart, yet you may still be surprised by which Oracle software solution is right for your needs.

In this article, we’ll clarify who is qualified to make Oracle software decisions for you, and you’ll gain insight into the best way to figure out specific answers to all your software questions.

What’s the Best Oracle Software for Your Needs?

We wish this were a simple question to answer because having one solution for all businesses would certainly make our job a lot easier. Unfortunately, like most decisions your business needs to make, only you know which Oracle software is best for your needs.

If you’re just now embarking on your cloud journey and starting to explore your options, we can assure you that you’ll soon run across a wide range of Oracle software solutions that you’ll need to carefully compare in order to determine your best path. In fact, in order to find your ideal software fit, you’ll probably want to tap into the expert guidance of an Oracle partner who can help you navigate through the subtleties of your options with confidence.

Guidance: The Key to Success for Your Oracle Software Selection Process

Many business leaders ask, What can an Oracle partner do during the selection process? If you, like them, think that software consultants only come into play when you’re finally looking to purchase, implement, or customize a solution, you’re missing out on quite a few time savings and advantages, as well as potentially significant cost savings.

After all, though an Oracle partner won’t make your decisions for you, they will help steer you in the direction that best meets your specific goals and objectives.

Software is complex, especially business powerhouses like ERP software and its related add-ons, so when you have an Oracle partner to help you sort through complicated terminology, functionality, and integration capabilities, you can ensure that you end up with the solution you want – and that you don’t waste money on software that won’t meet your needs.

In fact, a good Oracle partner won’t even recommend Oracle software to you if the solution won’t be a good fit. The best partners will happily complete or collaborate on an in-depth software comparison to find out what product would be your best option. Think about it: How much time and money would you save if you had tailored advice like that?

When you work with an experienced, long-term Oracle partner, you’ll also have the additional advantage of being able to simply ask if a certain Oracle software solution can meet your needs. That’s because the most knowledgeable partners can quickly match up your goals to various Oracle software functions, so they can identify incompatibilities (and workarounds) for you. This high level of expertise will help you ensure that your ultimate choice meets your full performance needs, so you don’t run into functionality surprises post-implementation.

And, by the way, since so much of your choice has to do with meeting goals, your first step will be to clearly identify your goals and objectives. This will save you time and help you create a strong shortlist of potentially appropriate options.

 

Having troubles clarifying your objectives? Download the Gartner research report, “What Oracle ERP Customers Need to Know About Cloud Applications,” so you can gain full insight into the wide range of actions available to you when planning your business future. (Hint: “cloud first” is not your only option.)

 

Find out more about how to choose between on-premises and Oracle ERP Cloud in the next article of this blog series.