Consulting case studies

Feb 01, 2014

A great education in finance process transformation

A large online educational services provider transformed its finance operations with Oracle R12 to become more streamlined, scalable, automated, and efficient. 

Client challenge

A leading provider of online educational services was looking to transform its business processes to address its bottom line. Many of its processes were inefficient—or even manual—and it urgently needed to simplify and automate its finance operations to create new efficiencies and better position the company for future growth. The company needed to streamline its finance processes, become more efficient, and reduce errors by modernizing its finance system and putting more analytical power in the hands of users, using Oracle R12 as its platform of choice.

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PwC's solution

PwC had previously helped the company with business process improvement efforts. The company’s Chief Accounting Officer and its Vice President of Procurement and Strategic Sourcing brought us back to conduct a full business process assessment. We assembled a cross-functional PwC team that included Oracle technology specialists, management and technology consultants, and outsourcing and change management professionals. As we implemented the finance transformation, we simultaneously upgraded the technology from Oracle R11i to R12. We used both onsite and offshore resources to bring value to the client. The Oracle practice led the way, with assistance from the organizational and change management team, and from assurance and tax.

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Impact on client's business

As the business process improvements have gradually come online and been put into practice, the company has been able to measure each improvement’s return on investment either monthly or quarterly. To date, the improvements are performing remarkably well—up to 100 percent better than our original baseline predictions.

PwC has also helped the company embrace project lifecycle management, creating a project governance structure that identifies projects that are most likely to impact the bottom line. With its completely transformed and newly standardized finance business processes, the company is now much better positioned for future growth.

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"We identified nearly 30 high-level process improvements that the company could analyze regularly for a return on investment."

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