Skanska turns to Accenture to implement Oracle Fusion applications

Skanska Sverige, a project development and construction group headquartered in Stockholm has turned to Accenture to implement Oracle Fusion applications

Skanska Sverige, a project development and construction group headquartered in Stockholm has turned to Accenture to implement Oracle Fusion applications. 

The consultancy firm will provide management consulting and technology application services.

Over a three year period, Accenture will work with Skanska, whose 2011 revenue was 118.734bn Kroner [£12.03bn], to implement new Oracle applications to support it in human resources, finance and accounting, business analytics and operations.

The programme, a joint press statement continued, will support Skanska’s plans to deliver increased operational efficiencies, reduce technology costs and better manage its project portfolio.

The applications will be built on Oracle technology, including Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and Oracle Hyperion. Accenture will provide what it calls its Oracle Fusion middleware accelerator, the ‘Accenture Foundation Platform for Oracle’, to jump start the build out of development environments for the project.

“By selecting Accenture we will have access to the skills and expertise necessary to meet the future information technology delivery requirements of our approximately 10,000 end users in Sweden,” said Charlotta Gren, programme manager at Skanska, in the statement.

Carl-Peter Thorwid, managing director of Accenture in Sweden, said: “Global construction companies need to be exceptionally agile, efficient and customer-focused to compete successfully with increasingly powerful emerging-market players and achieve high performance in the construction markets of the future. 

"We are pleased to have been selected by Skanska to develop and implement one of the broadest Oracle Fusion applications installations in the world. Skanska is among a growing cadre of Accenture clients interested in the design and implementation of SaaS and on-premise versions of Fusion Applications.”

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We ( have been working very hard since January 2013 to get Fusion Applications up and running. Not in a SAAS solution but a bare metal on premise installation.

Our planned live date is August 12th 2013 so we are very close in succeeding being one of the first on premise Oracle Fusion Financials, HCM and Project Portfolio Management sites to go live worldwide.

Did we struggle, yes we did. Especially the bare metal installation (version 11.1.5) and getting the hardware requirement right was quiet a job. We finally made it and it runs very smooth. Now the last big step is how to create a Acceptance and Test environment from our Production instance, the ease of doing that from a R12 instance is yet to be discovered in Fusion……

From a functional side, the functional setup manager helps to maintain a good overview of the setup tasks but for experienced consultants not more than that. Cool new features for Oracle Users are all HCM possibilities and some new features in Financials. PPM (The old projects) is much more extended in terms of functionalities and all functional areas include real time (or near real time) Dash board which come in very handy. Also the Essbase cube functionality is cool for reporting on GL data but in our version 11.1.5 is not yet very stable. The downside of that is that if there is an issue between GL and essbase, no journals are being posted and loads of errors will show!

All by all, Fusion Application has a lot to offer in terms of a very good user interface, reporting options and new functionality and as we are showing can be done in an on premise or private cloud solution.

Any questions or you need help implementing Fusion Applications? Our implementation team is ready for any challenge! Feel free to contact me!

Jan Groenen

Profource BV, The Netherlands