Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation (TANE), established in 2008, is the subsidiary of Toshiba that promotes advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR) nuclear plant design, engineering, project control, and construction planning, primarily in North America. TANE also provides operations and maintenance support for existing boiling water reactor (BWR) nuclear power plants in North America.
Initially, the Toshiba operating division used manual, spreadsheet-based systems to manage its business processes, including accounting and financial reporting. The company knew for future growth it needed to roll out a more formal and validated enterprise resource planning (ERP) environment to standardize and accelerate processes, extend visibility across the enterprise, allow for scalability, and ensure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley segregation of duty requirements.
TANE chose Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne as its ERP platform and selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to host the environment.
In choosing a hosting partner, the company compared Oracle Managed Cloud Services costs and capabilities to those of Toshiba’s shared services environment, which runs Oracle E-Business Suite.
With JD Edwards EnterpriseOne hosted by Oracle Managed Cloud Services, TANE gained a robust, cost-effective, and highly available enterprise application foundation that will support the company’s growth.
TANE selected Oracle Managed Cloud Services to host its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications for several reasons, according to said Ted Pichalski, director, information, technology, Toshiba America Nuclear Energy Corporation.
“We had four proposals from implementation providers, and every one of them recommended Oracle Managed Cloud Services for our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deployment. Who better to run and manage the applications than the company that develops them? We can streamline support and maximize our access to the experts,” Pichalski said. “We also needed to go live quickly, and discovered that no one could provision the environment faster than Oracle Managed Cloud Services.”
TANE established a six-month implementation timeline. It provisioned the first environment in just three weeks, and went live in seven months. The company extended the timeline to work with Oracle Consulting on business-process engineering, which would optimize return on the company’s ERP investment.
The implementation team included representatives from TANE, Oracle Managed Cloud Services, Oracle Consulting, and Infosys Limited. Several factors contributed the initiative’s success, including participation of the Oracle Managed Cloud Services dedicated service delivery manager in twice-weekly project meetings. The dedicated service delivery manager helped to expedite service and educate the team.
Infosys Limited provided development expertise and configuration support for the implementation, with its team acting as an extension of TANE’s staff.
“Most consultants want to work Monday through Thursday. The Infosys team was on site Monday through Friday each week and was even available on weekends. In addition to their dedication, the consultants’ strong knowledge of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and the nuclear energy construction and management industry positioned us to get the most from our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications. The combination of Infosys and Oracle Consulting delivered the best possible expertise to our project,” Pichalski said.