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Has anyone had experience with Oracle Treasury Module to share?

Oracle Treasury Module ReviewsWe are a hi-tech multinational company with revenue of over $10 billion, and are in the process of evaluating an integrated treasury workstation. Our ERP system is Oracle. Logically using the Oracle treasury module for our treasury operations (banking, cash, intercompany, investment, debt, FX) should have advantages over a third-party treasury system because: 1) we don't have to redefine the legal entities, chart of account, etc., 2) it should have a better integration with the rest of the business so that cash forecasting and back-office/accounting can be more integrated. These all sound good. On the other hand, I don't know many companies that are using it. I would very much appreciate it if you can share your experience with Oracle Treasury system.

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Keith Bergman
Title: Managing Director
Company: Ledgewood Advisory Group
(Managing Director, Ledgewood Advisory Group) |

I do not have first hand experience with their treasury application, but other areas need to be considered in making your decision. Although your points have some validity you need to consider the following areas: inter-company loans - how do they handle back-to-back transactions; Hedge Accounting module - does it provide for your type of activity if any; FX trade processing; Cash Forecasting - can it handle foreign currency as well as domestic, how far out can you forecast, is there any modeling; what type of investment or debt can they handle. How easily is it enter a transaction. What type of Position reporting does it provide. Interfaces to banks, SWIFT, trading platforms, investment platforms. I can go on and on.

I recommend taking a good look at your current operational processes before you make your decision. Most companies make a selection and then find out they need to make their operations fit into the systems or they operations need to be improved and look to the vendor for help. Vendors sell you applications and do not recommend business process.

Remember one thing, on paper in an RFI or RFP all vendors look the same. The devil is in the detail so look at every system and compare then to your operational needs. Be careful, the terminology is not always the same. The say they can handle IC Lending, but avoid showing you how. What they say and how you want it to work can be different.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Good luck.

Regards,
Keith

Anonymous
(Senior Treasury Manager) |

Hi Keith,

Thank you very much for your valuable advice. I agree 100% with you that the devil is in the detail. Too many choices, too little time :-)

David Dobrin
Title: President
Company: B2B Analysts, Inc.
(President, B2B Analysts, Inc.) |

It's actually even more complicated, since it also depends on what version of Oracle you're using and how Oracle is configured to be used in each country where you use it.

The only real way to tell how well any Treasury package works is to set it up on a robust test case and then follow out all the processes that you want it to support.

Anonymous
(Senior Treasury Manager) |

Hi David, thank you!! Definitely we need to test/demo our key processes.

STEPHANE CURCIO
Title: Senior Treasury Consultant
Company: Kyriba Corp
(Senior Treasury Consultant, Kyriba Corp) |

Having worked on system migration and with customers moving from Oracle Financials, I would suggest you to look beyond static data and integration. The experience of former Oracle Treasury users was dire in the integration with bank reporting and limited forecast functions / reporting.
ERP Treasury modules can be seductive, but watch for multiple versions across the group and their compatibility.

Anonymous
(Senior Treasury Manager) |

Hi Stephane, Thank you for the heads-up. Much appreciated!!

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