Location: United Kingdom

Industry: Health Care

Objective: Rescue £8.5M (GBP) Oracle EBS implementation (Financials, iProcurement, medical cabinet integration, Hyperion Budgeting and Planning, BI Apps)

Situation: Largest and most prestigious hospital group in the UK with a turnover of over £1.4Billion (GBP) and 1 million patient contact visits each year. A large Oracle Implementation was struggling with a large cost overruns and a poor fit between existing system configuration and business needs. A robust Business Intelligence solution was also needed to help align different divisions into a single management structure.

Implementation Challenges

  • Big government culture very slow to react and make timely decisions.
  • A large and complex government organisation with over 25,000 cost centres, £1.4Billion (GBP) in annual turnover, dozens of departments, and 13,000 core employees.
  • Business processes for forecasting and budget setting not clearly defined.
  • NHS cultural focus is on healthcare, not technology. Therefore, difficult to get stakeholder involvement in technology issues.
  • Multi-phased BI implementation that crossed numerous departments, data protection certified security, transaction-level drill down and scanned invoice imaging.
  • Poor IT reputation throughout the NHS organisation as previous promises of technological delivery and benefits had not been realised before.

What we did

  • Change Strategy, Programme Management, and Trusted Advisor guidance to the Project Board on overall strategy, planning, and benefits realisation.
  • Engaged leadership across all relevant departments up to Board level to ensure strong alignment and execution.
  • Redesigned, tested, and implemented the Hyperion Budgeting and Planning solution.
  • Delivered multiple phases of Oracle BI Apps solution with enhanced security, interfaces with Oracle EBS, and end-to-end transaction reporting.
  • Detailed requirements gathering and business process mapping and standard operating procedures for operational tasks.
  • Generated regular project communications, project meetings, and held strategy sessions with various internal stakeholders and external vendors.
  • Newsletters, posters, internal press releases, and Road Shows for the product.
  • Ensured training programme was scalable, robust, and delivered at the appropriate level to each employee's role and skill set.
  • Successfully delivered multiple phases of Oracle ERP and BI solutions.Managed benefits realisation work streams to engage departments into identifying and tracking their ROI on the project.
  • Managed multiple vendors including KPMG, government agencies, and additional concurrent government projects across multiple worksites throughout the country.
  • Tied all of the above back to the business strategy.


  • Successfully rescued the project and delivered it on time and within budget.
  • Successfully delivered 5 different phases of the project.
  • Redesigned Hyperion Solution and took it live.
  • Successfully implemented BI Apps with complex security and bespoke functionality
  • Staff fully trained and capable to use the system effectively.