By upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1, Chicago Public Schools has been able to reduce the previous systems customizations with minor impact to its 6,000 users – from procurement clerks and budgeting teams to treasury users – in 700 departments. Chicago Public Schools completed the implementation before the start of the school year, avoiding a delay of one year that would have been required if the implementation had taken longer.
The district managed the upgrade internally, but leveraged Oracle Support to reduce IT risk and complete the upgrade on time and on budget. The school district’s IT department also used Oracle User Productivity Kit to quickly train more than 6,000 users at all levels on the new software features.
Finally, the district is deploying Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition along with Oracle Business Applications for financials, procurement, projects and human resources. The district also plans to use Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition as an enterprise reporting tool for its more than 40 applications and across all 700 departments. With the implementation, all users will be able to access a single data source and to create and run their own reports.
“We went live with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 on time and on budget. The new features will enable us to better manage our multi-billion dollar, 700-department business, including budgeting, procurement and capital construction. In short, the Oracle solution is helping us get our arms around the business,“ said Prasad Nettem, director for enterprise financial systems, Chicago Public Schools.
“Oracle is committed to helping schools address today’s challenging educational environment with solutions that help educators and administrators to improve teaching and learning, enhance student and teacher success and support data-driven decision-making and transparency. Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 will help Chicago Public Schools cut costs and improve operational performance,” said Mark Johnson, senior vice president, Oracle Public Sector.