SThree Plc. is a specialist recruitment company, operating under four distinct brands—Computer Futures, Progressive Recruitment, Huxley Associates and Real Staffing Group—that focus on specific industry sectors, including accounting and finance, banking, engineering and energy, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and information and communication technology.
SThree aims to triple the size of its business over the next five years through international expansion. To achieve competitive advantage, the company needed to increase the speed and quality of its core business processes. It recognized IT as a strategic differentiator to help its recruitment consultants become more agile in responding to client and candidate needs.
SThree’s legacy IT infrastructure was fragmented, inflexible, and expensive to manage. By consolidating 68 databases into a single Oracle Exadata Database Machine, SThree achieved the stability and scalability it needed to support its growth targets. Further enhancements to the organization’s core systems include a planned upgrade for Siebel Contact Center and improved integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware.
SThree’s strategic IT policy is to buy best-of-breed technology from trusted partners and to build less in house. SThree considered options from a variety of vendors, including Microsoft, SAP, HP and NetApp. However, following closer discussions with Oracle and further assessment of Oracle Exadata, SThree was convinced of the value the synergies derived from Oracle on Oracle including faster integration and ease of working collaboratively with one supplier.
“Oracle understands our business and recognizes our key drivers for growth. We have established firm foundations for a mutually beneficial, long-term and collaborative relationship,” said Lance Fisher, chief information officer, SThree.