Pinellas County Runs Budget Reports 7x Faster, Accelerates Backup Data Transfer by 40x, and Expands Budget Transparency with Engineered System
 
 

Pinellas County Runs Budget Reports 7x Faster, Accelerates Backup Data Transfer by 40x, and Expands Budget Transparency with Engineered System

  • Oracle Customer:  Pinellas County
    Location:  Clearwater, Florida
    Industry:  Public Sector
    Employees:  3,500
    Annual Revenue:  $1 to $5 Billion

Pinellas County, with a population of approximately 1 million residents, is a county located on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Pinellas forms a peninsula bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the south and east by Tampa Bay, forming Florida's second-smallest county after Union County. The county seat is Clearwater, and St. Petersburg is the county’s largest city.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from Pinellas County

  • “Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is a triple win for the county. We’ve improved reporting performance and insight, creating budget reports 7x faster; cut costs and management burden by consolidating from 32 servers to two Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine units; and gained the scalability to take our transparency initiatives to 1 million county residents.” ‒ Gautham Sampath, Chief Technologist, Pinellas County

  • Replace aging hardware and network infrastructure supporting the enterprise performance management (EPM) environment to improve performance and reduce costs
  • Accelerate budget calculations for better insight into the county’s fiscal position
  • Improve budget transparency to allow county leaders to make more informed and agile decisions about public services and fiscal priorities
  • Support far-reaching government transparency initiatives, including the launch of a website to provide 1 million residents with insight into county budgets and expenditures
  • Reduce IT complexity and management burden

Solutions

  • Deployed Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine to create a highly available and scalable infrastructure to run the county’s EPM environment, built on Oracle Hyperion Public Sector Planning and Budgeting, Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition
  • Achieved parallel processing with Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine, accelerating calculations, planning, and reporting
  • Gained the ability to run budget calculations in less than an hour, compared to six-or-seven hours with the legacy environment, improving service to internal customers and visibility into fiscal position
  • Consolidated from 32 servers to two Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine units, saving US$100,000 in hardware refresh costs and reducing energy and cooling costs as well as floor space requirements
  • Cut IT maintenance and management burden, for example by streamlining patching with the consolidation of 32 individual servers into just two Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine units
  • Accelerated backup data transfer by 40x with Oracle Exalytics’ InfiniBand technology—with 40 GB versus 1 GB connectivity
  • Improved EPM system performance and stability and accelerated budget planning
  • Created an infrastructure that supported rapid and wide-spread adoption of Oracle Business Intelligence Suite, Enterprise Edition, including quick dashboard rendering and refresh capabilities
  • Federated data and improved ability to make more informed decisions about budgets and tax-payer dollar spending for better public stewardship
  • Created a highly scalable environment that will enable the county to launch a public website that provides citizens with transparency into the use of county budgets and public funds
  • Benefitted from Oracle Exalytics Start-Up Pack to jumpstart return on investment, thanks to the presence of a dedicated manager for the first 60 days
  • Eliminated the need for a data architect with Oracle Exalytics Summary Advisor capabilities, saving labor hours and costs
  • Worked with Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services to install the system in just five days
  • Used Oracle Enterprise Manager to create a single source for managing the county’s EPM and business intelligence environments—streamlining IT management and gaining the ability to identify and address problems as they emerge

Why Oracle

Pinellas County has a large Oracle footprint and understands the value proposition that it delivers in terms of providing best-in-class solutions from a single vendor. This philosophy held true when the company selected its Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Hyperion solutions.

Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine delivered a similar value proposition and did not require the county to build new core competencies. In addition, Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services and Oracle Exalytics Start-Up Pack inspired further confidence.

Implementation Process

Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services worked with the county to install Oracle Exalytics in five days. Oracle’s onsite advisor enabled the team to gain rapid competency on the system, accelerate time to value, and optimize its impact.