Oracle Press Release

Optimum Solutions Implements Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 at Premera Blue Cross

Premera Blue Cross Deploys PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 Human Capital Management, Financial Management, Enterprise Learning Management and Enterprise Portal Solutions

San Francisco and Redwood Shores, Calif. – Feb. 14, 2011

News Facts

Optimum Solutions has successfully deployed Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 Human Capital Management (HCM), Financial Management, Enterprise Learning Management and Enterprise Portal applications for Premera Blue Cross, a regional health benefits company. The company also upgraded its PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools to the latest version.
Premera chose to upgrade to the latest version of PeopleSoft to help the company achieve its strategic goals, which include building and maintaining a skilled employee team that enables the company to deliver highly efficient and valuable service to plan subscribers, sponsors, and healthcare providers. Its decision was influenced by the key capabilities in PeopleSoft Talent Management 9.1, as well as the common technology enhancements for the PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.50 toolset across all business process areas, which has helped Premera to maximize process automation, increased ease of use, and minimize long term IT support overhead.
Premera expects the fully integrated PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Talent Management Suite will lead to a significant increase in its return on investment. Premera is already realizing business value and system-wide efficiencies from increased operational effectiveness, improved processes, increased productivity, and reduced costs.
Optimum utilized its RapidSolutionsSM Upgrade methodology, which was recently recognized by an Oracle North America 2010 Titan Award Honorable Mention in the Human Capital Management category, to bring this deployment live – on schedule and on budget.
With this latest achievement, Optimum Solutions, a Platinum level member of Oracle® PartnerNetwork (OPN), continues to expand its position as one of the leading implementers of Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 solutions.
Optimum Solutions originally implemented PeopleSoft HCM 8.9 for Premera in 2008, when they first chose the solution.
Optimum, Oracle and Premera will spotlight its recent success in an upcoming Premera PeopleSoft 9.1 Success Story Tour comprised of a nationwide series of executive events and conference keynote presentations beginning in March 2011.

Supporting Quotes

“Optimum was the clear and natural choice to lead our PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 upgrade. Their long-term dedication and commitment to our continued success, as well as Optimum's outstanding track record and experience in deploying large scale, complex Oracle applications was paramount in helping Premera achieve our strategic goals. The fully integrated Talent Management capabilities in the latest 9.1 release will significantly increase the return on our PeopleSoft investment. Premera is realizing business value and system-wide efficiencies from increased operational effectiveness, improved processes, increased productivity, and reduced costs,” notes Susan Hill, Senior Manager, HR Systems & Projects, Premera.
“Our longstanding relationship with Premera and our intimate knowledge of its enterprise systems was a tremendous advantage in executing its complex Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 project effectively and efficiently. We’re proud of our continued partnership, and the success of this project, as we look forward to supporting Premera’s future business growth and long-term objectives,” states John Doel, Senior Director of Optimum’s HCM Practice.
“With a shifting regulatory landscape and an increasingly competitive market, healthcare organizations, like Premera, seek technology that increases efficiency and provides flexibility, while reducing total cost of ownership. With its broad functionality and optional feature packs, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 delivers immediate value by giving organizations the ability to seamlessly add capabilities when they are needed,” says Marc Perlman, global vice president, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Oracle.

Supporting Resources

About Premera Blue Cross

Our mission is to provide peace of mind to our members about their healthcare coverage. We provide health insurance and related services to more than 1.5 million people. Premera Blue Cross has operated in Washington since 1933, and Alaska since 1952. Premera Blue Cross is a not-for-profit, independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Premera Blue Cross is a member of a family of companies based in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, that provide health, life, vision, dental, stop-loss, disability, and other related products and services.

About Optimum Solutions

Optimum Solutions is an Oracle Platinum Partner and leading implementer of Oracle® E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Enterprise and Oracle® Business Intelligence solutions. Combining unparalleled experience and comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business processes, Optimum partners with clients to help support them in their strategic, tactical and transformation initiatives. Optimum Solutions is not a licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. For more information, please visit http://www.optimumsolutions.com.

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Contact Info

Danielle Cormier
Oracle
+1.610.766.3463
danielle.cormier@oracle.com

Tara Giles
Optimum Solutions
+1.415.362.8200
tara_giles@optimumsolutions.com