Upgrade Fear Not a Factor: 100 Oracle Customers Saved up to 70% on Oracle EBS Upgrades

  Upgrade Fear Not a Factor: 100 Oracle Customers Saved up to 70% on Oracle
  EBS Upgrades

   City of Las Vegas saves 50% on project duration and code corrections and
           $500,000 using Panaya for its upgrade to Oracle EBS R12

Business Wire

MENLO PARK, Calif. -- December 04, 2012

While many Oracle customers are delaying their ERP upgrades (often for up to
five years) due to fears about uncertain project lengths and costs, more than
100 Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customers have moved forward using automated
upgrade technology from Panaya to plan and implement their upgrade projects.

Companies risk falling behind on key regulatory, legislative and
business-practice changes due to delays in implementing vital upgrades to
mission critical ERP systems. However, as these 100 Oracle customers have
conclusively proved, the risk and the challenge of a smooth and rapid upgrade
project can be significantly mitigated – by a factor of 50 – 70% – and should
no longer be a deciding factor in upgrade decisions.

The City of Las Vegas, one of Panaya’s newest customers, used Panaya to great
effect to overcome the fear factor uncertainties. Having counted on Oracle’s
EBS to support its operations since 1998, the City needed to upgrade to the
Oracle EBS 12 platform prior to Oracle’s announced end-of-life support for
their 11.5 system. With 2,600 employees using their system for daily
transactions or self-service tasks, this was a critically important upgrade
process with no room for failure.

Kathleen Fauerbach, City of Las Vegas Enterprise Project Manager, was tasked
with leading the upgrade project. She received RFP responses ranging from
$600,000 to $2,000,000 and needed to inject some certainty into the process.
The Panaya solution was evaluated and ultimately chosen, enabling the City to
self-manage the EBS upgrade and deliver considerable time and money benefits:

  *50% saved on project duration
  *50% saved on code corrections
  *35% saved on unit testing
  *$100,000 saved on technical consulting
  *Project was completed at $400,000 under the budget projected by the RFPs

When asked about the biggest benefit of the Panaya solution, Fauerbach cites
the ability to plan accurately: “All that upfront work with Panaya helped us.
Letting us know what we needed to focus our time on - that was immeasurable.
And there were no surprises, which we were glad to see.”

Oracle customers, including Oracle’s biggest global customer and many other
Fortune 500 companies, are rapidly turning to Panaya to assist them in their
upgrades to EBS R12, passing the 100-customer milestone just one year after
launching its upgrade automation solution for R12 upgrades.

Undertaking upgrades, especially mission critical ones, is always a challenge,
according to Yossi Cohen, CEO of Panaya: “The fear factor need not apply any
more. Panaya’s solution removes the guesswork that can lead to hesitation in
carrying out necessary upgrade work. We have seen from extensive experience,
that projects can get done in less time, with less risk and with greater
certainty – freeing resources for other critical uses.”

To learn more about Panaya’s automated EBS R12 upgrade, click here.

About Panaya

Panaya's software-as-a-service helps companies that use SAP or Oracle reduce
70% of their upgrade and testing risk and effort. Utilizing a cloud-based
supercomputer, Panaya simulates the upcoming upgrade, automatically
pinpointing which custom programs will break as a result of the upgrade and
automatically fixing most of these problems. Panaya's testing solutions
dramatically expedite ERP testing and eliminate the need for manual test
script maintenance. Seamlessly capturing business knowledge in the background,
as users work with the ERP applications, Panaya automatically generates
plain-English test scripts that are rapidly executed and continually
self-adjust based on test results. For further information visit the Panaya
web site at www.panayainc.com.

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Barry Spielman
Chief Evangelist
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