eVerge Group Won Two Oracle Titan Awards

TitanAwardeVerge Group was the proud recipient of two Oracle Titan Awards at the OpenWorld Titan Award Gala at San Francisco City Hall. The awards were presented by chairman of the board Jeff Henley and Ted Bereswill, Senior Vice President North America Alliances and Channels. Click on the photos below for a larger view.

Oracle Titan Award – EducationOracle honored eVerge Group’s Education Industry Solution with an Oracle North America Titan Award for School Performance Analytics implementation at Rochester City School District. This data warehouse and Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE) solution is designed to provide school districts with the ability to consolidate data from diverse sources and transform it into actionable information.

From left to right: Ted Bereswill, Senior Vice President North American Alliance and Channels – Oracle, Jeff Henley, Oracle Chairman of the Board, Esteban Neely, President and CEO eVerge Group, Aaron Stutsman, Vice President Business Intelligence eVerge Group, Garrett Carey, Senior BI/EPM Architect

Oracle Titan Award – EnergyOracle recognizes eVerge Group’s Energy and Utilities Industry Solution with an Oracle North America Titan Award for CRM OnDemand implementation at Oceaneering International. This solution enabled Oceaneering to unify the way it sells to and services its customers. The solution has also improved reporting and analysis of information at both the field and management levels.

From left to right: Ted Bereswill, Senior Vice President North American Alliance and Channels – Oracle, Jeff Henley, Oracle Chairman of the Board, Esteban Neely, President and CEO eVerge Group, Joe Stevens, Director Business Development, Shay Sanders, Director, CRM Practice — at San Francisco City Hall.

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Business Intelligence: Companies Can Buy or Build

Written by Garrett Carey

When it comes to business intelligence strategy, companies can choose to either buy or build a software solution, and the decision is a complex one. There are numerous build or buy criteria that an organization must consider: ROI, total cost of ownership, time to deploy, resources available, skill sets, and most importantly, how do the tools chosen integrate into the current technology environment.

There are industry estimates that a custom BI solution can extend the time-to-value by as much as 60% to 80%. There are many reasons why this is the case but the main reason for that extension is the basic fact that when implementing a prebuilt application, 60%-80% of the work has been completed before the project even begins.

The primary criteria that an organization usually considers when opting for a prebuilt versus a custom BI solution is implementation time and quicker return on investment. Some of the other reasons are to leverage the expertise of the vendor used for other applications within the organization, integration with other systems, application scalability, and higher adoption rates by the users.

Another equally compelling reason to buy is the availability of upgrade paths, especially when purchasing from one of the BI vendors. For example, when a CRM system is upgraded, the BI vendor will provide clients with the new adaptors as part of the support agreement.

All BI solutions, whether custom or prebuilt, will all contain some of the same moving parts; however, prebuilt applications usually go beyond that standard data model and will include delivered ETL code and BI tool metadata, along with prebuilt reporting content.

Business Intelligence Companies

The above figure shows an overview of the major pieces of a BI solution. Looking at the individual sections, in particular the ETL section, one can quickly begin to see some of the complexities involved in developing a data warehouse and BI solution.

In addition to rapid deployment and the lower cost of implementation, there are other supporting arguments to buying a pre-built BI application, including:

  • Enterprise Data Model using best practices and industry standards.
  • Views for the Business Model metadata.
  • Pre-built ETL framework containing mappings/routines to load and refresh the application.
  • ETL routines have built-in Change Data Capture logic.
  • Open Interfaces to other data sources.
  • Industry standard Metadata for Common Business Functions (i.e. AP, AR, GL, Sales Forecasting, Pipeline, etc.).
  • Faster time to value.
  • Smaller deployment team.
  • New features available via upgrades.
  • Savings on requirements gathering and analysis.
  • BI Tool configuration.
  • Pre-built dashboard and report content.
  • Pre-built alerting capability.

Conversely, there are also substantial risks to building a complete custom solution, such as:

  • Increased time to value.
  • Requirements change and are not easily implemented.
  • Developmental efforts may lack reusability and not meet changing requirements.
  • Lack of native integration with CRM and ERP systems
  • 100 % custom ETL’s.
  • 100% development of reports and dashboards.
  • 100% development of metadata.
  • 100% configuration of the BI tool.
  • Increased cost and overall time related to custom build.
  • Smaller ROI

eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner with extensive business intelligence strategy experience. Contact us to let eVerge be your Oracle implementation guide.

About the author: Garrett Carey is a Senior BI/EPM Solution Architect who has worked with eVerge Group since 2005.

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Oracle Implementation Partners Exhibit at OpenWorld

Oracle Implementation Partners at OpenWorldIf you have ever attended Oracle OpenWorld, you know what a valuable experience it is for Oracle implementation partners, customers, and technologists. This year, the event will feature the Oracle Develop event as an official  Oracle OpenWorld stream, with a MySQL track added to the database stream. There is no more efficient and cost-effective way to stay on the cutting edge of technology than attending the most important event of the year for Oracle education and networking.

OpenWorld fires up on Sunday, October 2nd, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and the theme is engineered innovation. This is the only conference that goes this far into Oracle technology, and it will feature thousands of sessions and hundreds of demos. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to increase your company’s results with its existing technology, and plan for the technology it will need to maintain a competitive edge in the future.  The new skills, connections and ideas gained at OpenWorld equate to unsurpassed learning that will increase the value of your company’s IT investments exponentially.

The keynote speakers at this year’s OracleWorld are varied and informative, designed to keep you abreast of rapidly changing technology, in order to help your company to reach new levels of productivity and efficiency. From Sunday through Wednesday, there will be presentations on the latest innovations in technology, from Oracle Fusion Applications, to cloud computing, to solutions in areas such as cloud computing, security, mobility, and data management. These keynote addresses will be delivered by such knowledgeable industry leaders as Oracle’s CEO, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell, the Chairman and CEO of Dell, John Chambers, the Chairman and CEO of Cisco, Joseph M. Tucci, the CEO of EMC, and other top executives in different areas of technology and applications development.

The exhibition halls will be packed full of partner exhibits and demos, and eVerge will be right there in the thick of things, as an Oracle Platinum Partner, consistently recognized the company for excellence through Titan Awards and Specializations.  Visit Oracle’s OpenWorld website for a map and exhibitor list, and join the tens of thousands of visitors who will learn how Oracle and their implementation partners can improve their businesses. Be sure to stop by eVerge’s booth- 3324 Moscone West.

As a longtime Oracle Platinum Partner eVerge Group delivers best-in-class  results to customers in commercial, public sector, and not-for-profit industry segments. Armed with solid technical experience, broad functional knowledge and hands-on industry expertise, eVerge consultants are all Oracle-certified, and committed to delivering true business value and ROI. Visit the booth at OpenWorld to see how eVerge Group can improve your business through Oracle implementation.

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