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Users help Balfour roll-out

Cliff Saran

Civil engineering giant Balfour Beatty is using a core team of end-users to facilitate the roll-out of Oracle eBusiness Suite across its diverse businesses.

The team has so far implemented Oracle across a quarter of the company in a programme that began 18 months ago, delegates at the Oracle Summit were told.

Ajey Sharma, chief information officer at Balfour Beatty, said the team comprises a group of end-users who were involved in the first implementation. They are joined by a project manager, key users and a business process owner, all from the business unit where the Oracle ERP system is being implemented.

Sharma's strategy for the roll-out is to run a single instance of the Oracle ERP system, with business units connecting to a central datacentre over leased lines. Balfour Beatty is in the process of upgrading this network to an IPVPN that complies with QoS 6, a quality-of-service specification.

The company is implementing the finance, project, HR, payroll and purchasing functions in Oracle eBusiness 11.5.9. The application uses the Oracle 9i database and runs on Sun Solaris servers.


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