“Tinder on Customers” is the monthly Cloud Wars Live podcast series featuring Bonnie Tinder. Bonnie is the founder and CEO of Raven Intel, an independent B2B peer review site that amplifies the voice of the customer. She focuses on software customers, consulting partners, and software vendors and helps identify the best partners for their needs. In this episode, Bonnie shares customer reviews on Oracle, SAP, and Workday, as suggested by customers on ravenintel.com.
Episode 30 | Customer Learnings on Software Implementation Projects
The Big Themes:
- Oracle: As it relates to Oracle, customers have expressed on ravenintel.com that a particular challenge was around user acceptance testing (UAT). Specifically, one customer noted to “ensure ample time is built in for UAT and assume there will be errors and fixes that need to be done.” Another customer noted that “it’s essential that all key stakeholders at the operations level are included.”
- SAP: A top challenge shared by customers who have implemented SAP software is to “challenge assumptions, and do not rely solely on your partner or vendors solution…don’t assume the partner always has the right answer.” It’s critical that, if customers don’t feel confident in the assumptions being presented by the partner, they challenge it.
- Workday: Customers have expressed that relating to implementing Workday software, a seasoned project manager is mandatory. From a project perspective, it is critical to have a system integrator (SI) involved who has “earned their stripes” with this specific implementation. Additionally, the leading SI/project manager should have the correct industry expertise, too.
The Big Quote: “I think with these three softwares, the nature of them is that they offer a broad set of solutions. So we’re not just looking at, you know, a single, you know, stream of implementation. Typically, these implementations are global rollouts with multiple different, you know, product functions, whether it’s HCM, financials, supply chain, and things like that. So these are complex implementations that we’re evaluating. They’re not the, you know, 30 days up and running sort of rapid implementations that smaller software packages have. So I think there’s a lot of lessons learned that we can glean from these.”