CTB works to feed a hungry world with Oracle Cloud ERP

After decades of using on-premises systems, Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP provides new functionality for global manufacturer of agricultural systems.

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It’s exciting to move into a product that will allow CTB to continue to grow. [Oracle Cloud] is where the company needs to go to be able to grow in the future. I think we can help build that excitement through the whole company.

Jennifer LeathermanIT Business Solutions Director, CTB

Business challenges

It took 70 years for CTB, a Berkshire Hathaway company, to evolve from a local manufacturer of agriculture producing products to a $1 billion-plus worldwide enterprise, with product lines that include industrial-scale agricultural equipment and software for the grain, poultry, and egg sectors. Only a single-suite, cloud-based ERP could offer the enterprise capabilities needed for CTB’s growing global demand for modern technologies.

While the company was a longtime user of JD Edwards, it experienced ongoing issues with the legacy system, which had become bogged down with  customizations and third-party software. CTB struggled to get data out of the system in time to make informed decisions. Business users had to rely on the IT team to generate reports.

“We’d been on our previous software a long time, so we wanted to invest in a solution that would be around for a long time,” says Jennifer Leatherman, IT business solutions director at CTB. “We had people that took jobs with us and didn’t stay very long because they felt like they couldn’t do their jobs well with the tools that we had.”

Why CTB Chose Oracle

As an industry innovator, CTB seeks AI-driven automation and other next-generation emerging technologies. The company reviewed several ERP software systems and eventually landed on Oracle Fusion Cloud ERP.

CTB selected Oracle Cloud ERP with the goal of lowering ongoing costs. Also, the company wanted a cloud-based solution that would be flexible enough to grow in the future with the company. Moving to a fully integrated system would allow the company to drop at least eight third-party software solutions, including the related maintenance, support, and licensing costs. The transition from on-premises to Oracle Cloud ERP meant that CTB no longer needed to manually maintain its server or upgrade its software, making Oracle Cloud ERP the clear choice. The result was a full transformational move from JD Edwards to Oracle Cloud ERP and Oracle Cloud HCM.

Results

Oracle Cloud helped alleviate the surplus workload placed on the IT team. “We were spending 80 to 90 percent of our time and effort sourcing data for the business and 10 to 20 percent of our time acting on it. We wanted to flip that ratio,” says Rob Janek, CIO at CTB. “We’re excited that Oracle Cloud will let us move our IT team away from maintenance and focus on high-value projects.”

Oracle Cloud’s extensive functionality and high configurability has accelerated, standardized, and streamlined CTB’s operations. Standard guidelines make implementing an acquisition much smoother. And specific to CTB’s mission to nourish communities around the globe, business users see that Oracle Cloud supports data and decision-making that furthers the Helping to Feed a Hungry World challenge. The program develops new technologies to increase efficiency among agricultural producers and processors to maintain a sustainable global food supply.

Partners

CSS International partnered with CTB to implement Oracle Cloud ERP.

Published:August 26, 2021