To help explain why I recommend going Functional, compared to any other EBS project consultant type, lets discuss an Oracle EBS project lifecycle and team.
6 Phases of an Oracle EBS Project
There are 6 phases of an Oracle project, and the people involved are one project manager, one functional per stream(R2R, P2P, O2C); technical, DBA and business.
Here is a timeline of a typical Oracle E-Business Suite project: Objectives, Requirements, Design, Build, Test, and Transition.
Progression through Lifecycle
In January you might do objectives (perhaps the last two weeks in January). In February and March you’ll capture the business requirements. In April and May you’ll do design. In May and June you’ll build your code and your configuration. In July you’ll test everything to make sure it meets the requirements. And in August you’ll transition or cutover (to turn the new system on without breaking anything).
How critical are you to the project?
Not all roles are useful or critical to each phase of the project, this is the main reason why I recommend the Functional role. Functional skills are important in every phase: Objectives, Requirements, Design, Build, Test, and Transition.
If you have business skills only, you’re useful for three of the six phases. If you’re the project manager, you’re overseeing all six phases but you likely will have more than one project. If you’re technical skills you’re useful in three. If you’re a DBA, you’re useful in three phases.
So six phases is obviously better than three, and that’s why I recommend if you want to ensure longevity with your client, make sure you are critical for the entire length of the project. Possibly the most important phase is Transition, you want to be still working on the project, and hopefully taking credit for a good transition or cutover when the next project starts. Do not underestimate the power of being of critical importance during the later phases of the project
So that’s why I strongly recommend you look at building up your Functional sSkills towards the full (six skill) functional skillset.
If you’ve got any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them below.
Until next time,