Kaladi Consulting: Enabling Seamless Transition To Oracle Solutions

CIO Vendor Innovations in business and technology have made rapid strides and continue to do so. As enterprise applications are continually developed, the business world witnesses the stakes in competition getting higher with the growing power of consumers and a change in the way processes and people work. As businesses assess their future investments in enterprise applications, they simultaneously are on the lookout for solutions with the ability to detect their problems, furnish solutions and enable them to achieve the desired results. Oracle comes to the fore with its various new generation of applications developed to respond to the business challenges while creating new standards of innovation.

Feature rich, public cloud, emphasis on vanilla implementation have all contributed to make oracle a compelling choice as an enterprise grade cloud erp solution

While the implementation of Oracle Solutions is the ideal option, adversities such as the migration and integration approach can slow down the process. Proficiency in the implementation of Oracle solutions plays a key role in driving a smooth transition. “Feature rich, Public Cloud, Emphasis on Vanilla implementation have all contributed to make Oracle a compelling choice as an enterprise grade cloud ERP solution. I see their strategy as two-fold: mentoring existing Oracle EBS users and helping them move to Cloud, and bringing onboard new customers who are trying to migrate to an enterprise class solution from wherever they are,” opines Anand Kalidass, Founder and CEO of Kaladi Consulting.

Chennai headquartered Kaladi Consulting is an Oracle Gold Partner that ensures a smooth and seamless transition to Oracle solutions. With its functional acumen coupled with its domain expertise, the company implements Oracle solutions (Oracle EBS and Cloud Fusion) effortlessly. The company with its team of professionals is perfectly positioned to assist its clients in riding the cloud wave, implementing, and taking advantage of the rich functionality of Oracle Fusion Cloud solutions. What makes the company an even more ideal partner in this journey is its approach towards achieving complete customer satisfaction. Anand tells us, “Even before we started talking about Fusion Cloud implementation, we invested in the product as a customer and implemented the solution for ourselves. We implemented our cloud financials and SCM two years ago and thus established credibility in our capabilities.”

Catering to a Broad Spectrum of Industry Verticals
With a strong commitment to understanding each painpoint of the customer and handling any roadblocks encountered, Kaladi implements the strategy of ‘becoming’ a part of the organization. Once this is done, the team at Kaladi leverages its understanding of the client organization and its own industryrich expertise to recommend the best solution and approach for solving any issue. This is valued by its broad range of customers from different industry verticals such as manufacturing, distribution and retail, IT services and telecommunications, making Kaladi one of the most preferred partners in this domain.

Fareast Mercantile in Nigeria and Ghana, New Home Distribution Africa, Westcoast Distribution are some of the prestigious clients Kaladi has worked with in the Distribution sector. Worldwide Healthcare and Emzor Pharmaceuticals belong to the healthcare sector that the company has been servicing for some time now. With regards to the manufacturing segment, the company has catered to some of the renowned enterprises such as New Home Product Industries, Elixir Global Manufacturing Food (Vicks), Eagle Industries International Concept and NCI Building Systems.

Understanding the Company Offerings
Founded in 2013, Kaladi extends its services in the areas of ERP (on premise & cloud), web, mobile application development, RPA and BI with operations in India, Africa, Singapore, UAE, Europe and USA. “Our expert resource base has widespread capabilities and knowledge with the full suite of applications,” adds Anand. In addition to offering Oracle applications consulting and implementation (EBS and cloud), the team is well versed with Oracle Application Framework and its range of new technology products.

Assisting businesses to increase agility, lower costs, improve efficiency, and
reduce IT environment complexity, the team at Kaladi implements, manages and builds on Oracle ERP. Additionally, the company enables a smoother functioning of the Oracle product suite. The company’s implementation and post implementation support spans the complete set of Oracle EBS and Fusion Cloud Modules. The company facilitates clients in the EBS space with regards to implementation and rollout, EBS upgrade, application maintenance and database administration. “In addition, over the years we have developed several Assets –Bolt-on solutions, tools and other add-on applications, built in-house which add value to our Implementation and Support engagements. Our Implementation templates hasten the whole process thus enabling our customers to get onto using the EBS or Fusion Cloud solutions in a short span of time,” adds Anand.

”Even before we started talking about fusion cloud implementation, we invested in the product as a customer and implemented the solution for ourselves”

Assuring Superior Levels of Customer Satisfaction
Once the customer is onboard, the team helps its customers in scoping and selecting the cloud services that would best suit their business. Once the selection process has been finalized, Proof of Concept is carried out thus demonstrating all the business flows, transactions, MIS and the likes. This is achieved with the client’s own business data to help the client grasp an understanding of how Oracle’s solution will function and to what effect, thereby making the overall change management an absolute painless process. The company’s functional skills are broad based and cover Supply Chain, Demand planning, Manufacturing, Maintenance, Financials, HCM, Project accounting and EPM. In conjunction with this, Kaladi’s technical skills cover development of Reports, Data Migration, Integration (ICS), PVCS, PCS and PaaS. “This proves to be very useful when it comes to building add-on modules or interfacing Oracle with our various Mobile (SFA, Sourcing) and Web (Sourcing, MIS) solutions,” says Anand.

Helping us further understand Kaladi’s involvement in the Oracle space, Anand lists out the company’s Oracle capabilities:

Base skills:
• End-to-end implementation and support of all financial modules (GL, AR, AP, CM, FA) including E-biz Tax in all versions of Oracle i.e. R 12.x and Fusion Cloud.
• End-to-end implementation and support of SCM modules (PO, INV, OM, Adv. Pricing) and Manufacturing in all versions of Oracle i.e. R 12.x and Fusion Cloud.
• Experience in implementing custom SLA, including in multi-country, multi-company/OU and multi-currency environment.

The Progress that Lies Ahead
Having gained a strong foothold in this domain, the company envisions further penetrating into this market and is currently working with a partner in the UK and EU to increase its global footprint. The company looks forward to commencing its operations in its newly established Singapore and UAE offices as the company envisages being one of the leading solution providers in the MEA and SEA regions in the Oracle space in the near future.

Committed to staying abreast of various trending technologies in order to continue delivering best-in-class solutions and services, the team is now directing its focus on Analytics (Tableau, Power BI), RPA, Web and Mobile application development to help provide its large base of customers a wholesome experience centred on Oracle.

Commendable Achievement
Formerly known as Kumanti Consulting, Kaladi Consulting began its journey as a captive unit to a large West Africa based Distribution Company that dealt in the FMCG and Pharmaceuticals space. Anand Kalidass who now holds position as the Founder and CEO of Kaladi Consulting was initially the group CIO who set up its offshore operations in Chennai. It was in the year 2015, that the company diversified and became operationally independent but simultaneously maintained its provision of support to the group company. “Earlier this year, we became fully independent and now own the company. The credit entirely goes to the Group and its leadership, to have supported us in this journey and helped us realize our entrepreneurial capabilities. We continue to have a strong relationship with the Group (and the Pharmaceutical Distribution business, which the Group divested and now majorly owned by Imperial Logistics of South Africa),” reveals Anand.

The company had ventured into the market with its 6-person month assignment for the Group and now prides itself on its 50 professionals with experience in enterprise solution architecting, designing, application development, testing, maintenance and support. The team continues to train and have its Consultants certified in various areas including Oracle SCM, Financials, Manufacturing, HCM Implementation and Oracle Cloud Platform Application Integration, Data migration/integration and Oracle Fusion Cloud Sales and support.