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As one of the oldest and top enterprise software companies, Oracle has developed an extensive portfolio of business software applications. Therefore, it should be no surprise that it is one of the most widely used and researched ERPs. Whether you are familiar with Oracle ERP Software or just beginning to consider what they have to offer, this will help you see how they compare with other ERP providers.

1. Oracle has opted to take a different approach to growth

Most ERP providers work to add features via in-house software development. Oracle has chosen primarily to acquire top software companies and incorporate their products into existing Oracle software. Over the past few years, Oracle has made multiple billion-dollar transactions. For example, in 2016 they purchased NetSuite for $9.3 billion. In 2017 they purchased Aconex, one of the world’s top construction management platforms, for $1.2 billion [1]. Thanks to these strategic acquisitions, Oracle has managed to appeal to a wide variety of niches, giving them the opportunity to gain new customers.

2. Oracle was late to the cloud, making this an area where they are looking to catch up

While other ERPs started transitioning to the cloud early on, Oracle lagged way behind. Oracle’s focus on pushing a traditional on-premise ERP system has cost them significantly. In 2017, Oracle’s cloud revenue was listed at $5.6 billion, while Amazon’s cloud revenue was $17.5 billion and IBM’s was $17.0 billion. Oracle continues to try to make up for their late entry [2].

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3. Oracle has a slightly longer implementation period

According to data made available through Clash of the Titans 2017, Oracle’s implementation period averages 24.5 months. This is about one month longer than Microsoft Dynamics at 23.6 months [3]. SAP is 23.1 months, while Infor’s implementation period is a much shorter 15.3 months. There are several possible reasons, including an initial project scope expansion, resource constraints or technical issues. Another reason might be training issues. Oracle’s software has the reputation of being less user-friendly than other ERPs.

4. Oracle is designed to fit almost any organization

Partially due to their history of making huge acquisitions of software developers in every possible niche, Oracle has managed to develop ERP applications for almost every industry. Regardless of company size or existing business challenges, Oracle can usually provide a solution. Oracle is used by professional service providers, healthcare companies, local and state governments, nonprofit agencies, and public and private schools. Other ERPs are designed only for specific niches or companies of a certain size.

5. Oracle is Known for Top-of-the-Line Security

Oracle has developed a reputation for being serious about security. However, they are not resting on their laurels. Currently, Oracle is in process of acquiring Zenedge in an effort to give their firewall security an even greater boost [4]. Zenedge’s Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) mitigation and Web Application Firewall (WAF) are used by thousands of companies all over the world to ensure their system is protected from a potentially malicious attack. This protection will now extend to all Oracle Apps.

[1] https://www.investopedia.com/articles/insights/081816/top-8-companies-owned-oracle-orcl.asp

[2] https://www.forbes.com/sites/bobevans1/2018/02/05/why-microsoft-is-ruling-the-cloud-ibm-is-matching-amazon-and-google-is-15-billion-behind/#207025ae1dc1

[3] https://www.panorama-consulting.com/comparison-between-sap-oracle-and-microsoft-dynamics/

[4] https://www.pymnts.com/news/partnerships-acquisitions/2018/oracle-boosts-firewall-security-with-zenedge-acquisition/

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