Pella Corporation Accelerates Close Cycle by Cutting Time for Financial Consolidation from Three Days to Less Than One Day
 
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Pella Corporation Accelerates Close Cycle by Cutting Time for Financial Consolidation from Three Days to Less Than One Day

Pella Corporation is an industry leader in creating a better view and transforming homes and businesses by designing, testing, manufacturing, and offering installation services for energy-efficient windows and doors for new construction, remodeling, and replacement applications. A family-owned company, Pella is respected for its 89-year history of innovation. Pella Windows and Doors are manufactured across the United States and sold throughout North America.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Pella Corporation

  • “As a long-time Oracle user, we knew Oracle Hyperion solutions and Oracle Business Intelligence were perfect fits for our diverse business needs, enabling us to reduce financial consolidation time and gain in-depth insight into our performance.” – Jason Jiskoot, Finance Systems Manager, Pella Corporation

  • Provide management across the company’s window and door business with increased insight into financial trends for improved decision-making
  • Consolidate reporting to improve financial statement generation as well as reduce monthly report production times
  • Provide business managers with more timely and actionable financial, production, and customer information to spend more time on analysis and less on data entry
  • Replace unsupported legacy business intelligence solution and ensure seamless integration with existing back-office systems and dashboards for bookings and shipments

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle Hyperion Financial Management to replace manual spreadsheets, cutting the time to compile monthly financial reports from three days to less than one day with a subsequent acceleration in the monthly financial close cycle, important for the company to forecast resource alignment across its 10 US-based manufacturing facilities
  • Used Oracle Essbase to achieve instantaneous, multidimensional analysis—of window and door plant productivity, for example—to provide an accurate and complete understanding of revenue and improve profitability and decision-making
  • Integrated Oracle Business Intelligence with back-office systems and achieved better control of manufacturing processes by gaining actionable intelligence for operational data, including booking and shipping by plant, sales volume, profitability, product and material orders, and expenses, enabling an enterprisewide view of operations via ad-hoc dashboards
  • Gained the ability to conduct “what-if” modeling to determine the bottom-line impact of varied product mixes and product/customer attributes
  • Accelerated management decision-making with a dashboard, drill-down capability that enables root-cause analysis, supporting a detailed, data-driven corporate culture
  • Reduced business intelligence system administration and support requirements by implementing a simple, low-maintenance solution, enabling IT staff to focus on providing value-added services to business areas
  • Laid foundation to eliminate additional spreadsheet-based processes to enable business users to spend less time on data entry and more time on analysis

Why Oracle

Pella Corporation has a long-standing relationship with Oracle. However, Pella evaluated competing solutions, and ultimately selected Oracle because of its outstanding scalability and reputation. In addition, its solutions integrate easily with the organization’s Oracle E-Business Suite environment.

“Oracle is best-in-class, and delivers robust, top-of-the-line products that drive improved productivity and decision-making,” said Jason Jiskoot, finance systems manager, Pella Corporation.