NADEC's CIO sheds light on company's Cloud journey

NADEC's Anwar Hussain discusses his company’s move to the Cloud and how it is changing how his organisation operates

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NADEC's CIO sheds light on company's Cloud journey Anwar Hussain, CIO of NADEC.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  May 8, 2017

ACN: Could you start by sharing some details on your cloud implementation and the timeline of its deployment?

Anwar Hussain: Our journey with the cloud computing started fairly early in 2015, as we at NADEC visualised the technology trend and the third generation platform, and adjusted our technology strategy to adopt the cloud technology for any new business requirements.  At the same time, developed a long term roadmap to transform all NADEC platform to cloud by 2020.

We have kicked-off the cloud strategy in November 2015, by four modules in HCM. It took us several weeks going through a detailed technical and functional selection process between the big players, then the solution based on Oracle HCM Fusion and Oracle Taleo won. It’s very impressive to see the project plans that used to be in months now are completed in weeks, and we were able to go-live on Taleo Cloud in two weeks only. Later in 2016, we selected Oracle OTM Cloud for our transportation and fleet management requirements. This project was concluded again in record time of 12 weeks despite our complex business and diverse locations.

ACN: What were the motivating factors behind the project? What drove your company to decide on moving its operation to the cloud?

AH: Now I talk based on a true storey following to the OTM, HCM Fusion and Taleo, the user experience and the high adoption to the solution for its mobile and social nature, the economic model that was demonstrated by comparing staying on OP versus moving to the cloud was a great effect in our conviction since savings in millions of US dollars was proven by collaborative workshops between Oracle and NADEC Finance team.

The new paradigm cloud introduced intrigued us to study the whole transformation to cloud including all our line of business applications, we worked with oracle in building a three years roadmap and have made this decision to start a new era in NADEC. During this journey, we will minimise our datacentre, will have no hardware, minimal operation, relying on Oracle software -as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and managed services. We decided to run it also in a unique way by avoiding 3rd parties. The implementation and training is delivered through Oracle Consulting team. By the end of this project, all NADEC business applications will be on the cloud.

ACN: Specifically, what operational challenges were you aiming to improve with cloud? To what extent have these been addressed?

AH: We had an issues in our order-to-cash cycle that delayed our collection and we aim at providing our users with an integrated business cycle that also enhances our procure-to-pay cycle. We had another core challenge in budgeting and planning, that was also addressed creatively in the current solution. Additional set of advanced features are also embedded like predictive analytics that adds more insight and control to these core business cycles.

ACN: In terms of cost & benefits, what was your company’s process in evaluating if cloud was the right path to take?

AH: NADEC worked with Oracle a detailed ROI study for our transformation from EBS, and several other on premise solutions to one unified cloud. The study compared the next five years being OP and on cloud, like for like. The details were also validated based on the historical spending related to hardware, maintenance, software maintenance, managed services and other related areas of IT spending. The results were clearly supporting our direction. The savings of many millions of US dollars are proven, aside from the positive technical and functional recommendation for the new applications in the areas of finance, HCM, budgeting and planning, supply chain, order management, supplier lifecycle management and procurement.

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