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Jeff Erickson
For you this week:
If you’re thinking that old ERP system is cranking along just fine, check out the warnings in our first article. Then, hear about an unorthodox (but effective!) way to announce new dev tools built in to the autonomous database, plus how seeing more clearly into your supply chain can get you closer to customers.

By Jeff Erickson, Oracle 
ERP Upgrade
Your ERP Upgrade: Three Key Considerations
#1 on the list: Avoid an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it" attitude toward your company’s ERP system, says Oracle’s Steve Cox. Although an on-premises ERP system may be functioning as employees expect it to, it locks your company into processes designed 10 or 15 years ago. Two more key considerations
Autonomous Dev Tools
Dev Tools for Autonomous: Oracle APEX, Oracle REST Data Services, Oracle SQL Developer Web
When Maria Colgan walked onstage at open mic night at a recent developer conference in Seattle, she knew the rules: no slides, five minutes, live demos encouraged. After just less than the allotted time, she walked offstage to whoops and applause. Her demo? Spinning up an autonomous database; clicking in a new list of built-in development tools, including Oracle Application Express (Oracle APEX); and starting a project. Two more tools.
Retailers
How Retailers Can Get Closer to Customers (and Make Sales)
Supply chain visibility is critical for retailers, says Oracle’s Mario Vollbracht: That means anticipating demand and putting products as close as possible to likely buyers “based on the analytics you’ve conducted with the personalized data you’ve amassed from a variety of sources.” Read more of his conversation about retail trends and technology with Deloitte’s Seema Pajula. 
Video: Oracle Finance Team
Video: The Oracle Finance Team Takes a Journey to the Cloud
“We’ve been able to simplify what is effectively a very complex business,” says Enzo Tolino, Oracle’s VP of finance, EMEA. “And what we have to ensure as a global finance organization is that we constantly update our tools and processes so that we stay relevant to what we need to do.” Learn how Oracle Cloud has helped the finance team automate reconciliations and increase efficiencies for the team and customers.
Payoneer
In the Philippines, Payoneer Helps Lift Rural Poor
Since opening its hub in Manila four years ago, Payoneer has helped millions of local freelancers and small businesses tap into the global economy, enabling them to send and receive hundreds of millions of dollars in payments between countries. Such transfers offer better rates on foreign exchange and lower commission fees than those of most conventional banks, according to the company. How Oracle Cloud powers Payoneer’s customer service.
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