QLogic Eliminates 77% of Custom Objects, Cuts Cloning Time with Upgraded Applications and Data Infrastructure
 
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QLogic Eliminates 77% of Custom Objects, Cuts Cloning Time with Upgraded Applications and Data Infrastructure

  • Oracle Customer:  QLogic Corporation
    Location:  Aliso Viejo, California
    Industry:  High Technology
    Employees:  1,100
    Annual Revenue:  $100 to $500 Million

QLogic is a global leader of high-performance networking, delivering adapters, switches, routers, and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) that power data, storage, and server networks. QLogic products power solutions from today’s leading technology providers, such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, and Oracle.

 
 

 
 

Challenges

A word from QLogic Corporation

  • "Upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 has enabled us to leverage Oracle’s latest advancements, such as multiple organization access control and subledger accounting, while eliminating 77% of our custom objects. The end result is a more robust and capable, yet simplified, enterprise application environment.” – Brian Bruce, Vice President, Information Technology, QLogic Corporation

  • Improve business agility and operational efficiencies in the network technology company by upgrading enterprise applications and eliminating customizations
  • Standardize disparate business processes across the technology company’s global operations and adopt industry best practices
  • Optimize shareholder value by driving efficiency improvements and precise financial management
  • Reduce IT complexity and operational costs

Solutions

  • Upgraded to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and reduced custom objects, including source code, enhancements, integrations, views, and reports, by 77%—from 2,000 custom objects to 450—greatly decreasing IT complexity and maintenance while enabling the company to take advantage of the latest Oracle technologies
  • Consolidated systems and processes on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 across the enterprise, driving standardization and expanding visibility and control over financial, procurement, supply chain, and manufacturing operations for networking products, including adapters, switches, routers, and ASICs
  • Simplified financial consolidation, reducing data input errors and accelerating rollups
  • Upgraded to Oracle Database 11g with Real Application Clusters to create a new data infrastructure for the company’s enterprise application environment
  • Improved backup and disaster recovery capabilities, and accelerated the cloning process from an average of 12 hours to 30 minutes
  • Benefited from Oracle Financials Release 12.1 subledger accounting capabilities to meet increasingly stringent accounting and reporting requirements
  • Leveraged Oracle’s multiple organization access control (MOAC to streamline authorized user access and expand visibility for effective decision-making, while ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley requirements
  • Rebuilt the data warehouse foundation and used Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher to eliminate a third-party reporting tool used to generate external facing documents (for example, shipping, invoice, and payment documents for the company’s network solutions)—reducing IT costs, streamlining maintenance, and improving system performance
  • Enabled a stable reporting and invoicing environment, reducing shipping delays for the company’s solutions and improving business continuity
  • Created a comprehensive training program for QLogic employees using Oracle User Productivity Kit, accelerating user proficiency on the new applications

Why Oracle

“Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 complemented our existing investments and provided an opportunity to reset the ERP foundation, significantly increasing the use of standard functionality and improving operational efficiency. For example, using the power of Oracle’s MOAC capabilities allowed us to simplify access provisioning without sacrificing segregation of duty controls,” said David Kim, senior manager, IT, QLogic Corporation.

Implementation Process

QLogic and IBM executed a two-phase plan—customization reduction and technical upgrade. The joint team ran multiple rehearsal cycles to mitigate potential missteps and risks. “The team was so well prepared that we were able to execute a seamless deployment, well ahead of the planned cutover schedule,” Kim said.

In addition, QLogic used Oracle User Productivity Kit to develop materials for end user training. QLogic and IBM completed the upgrade in 14 months.

Partner

  • Oracle Partner
    IBM

QLogic worked with IBM, an Oracle Diamond Level Partner, to complete its Oracle E-Business Suite and data infrastructure upgrade. IBM provided the project management, functional, and technical resources to partner with QLogic. The joint IBM and QLogic team collaborated to plan, analyze, design, and execute the implementation. Through this partnership, the team found opportunities to further reduce customizations and deliver a successful transition.

“We have a growing relationship with IBM. Its consultants demonstrated a strong understanding of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and our objectives. The team’s expertise helped us ensure a successful Oracle E-Business Suite upgrade and take full advantage of the latest Oracle technologies,” Kim said.