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Western Digital updates business processes with Oracle Cloud

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Western Digital Corp. is using Oracle Cloud to help modernize its business processes as part of its digital transformation journey. The company selected Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Cloud in May, 2016, to bring together the core business systems of three multi-billion-dollar companies – Western Digital, SanDisk, and HGST.

“The process of rationalizing three large legacy systems and associated applications gave us a unique opportunity to drive change, as more than two-thirds of our organization would have to undergo change no matter what application we selected. We needed a simple, yet scalable cloud platform that could power our rapidly growing business,” said Steve Phillpott, CIO at Western Digital.

As a result, Western Digital has been able to combine numerous applications, reduce approval times by 70%, rationalize suppliers by 50%, and improve acquisition agility on a global scale.

After acquiring SanDisk and HGST, Western Digital faced the challenge of rationalizing three Fortune 500-size on-premise ERP systems. The company needed a modern suite of ERP applications that would enable it to enhance the customer experience and achieve a competitive advantage while improving employee productivity. After careful evaluation, Western Digital’s selection of  Oracle ERP Cloud has allowed it to extend its on-premise applications to the cloud and establish a modern business platform that can scale to support its future expansion plans and new technology innovations.

 “With Oracle Cloud we have been able to consolidate applications, automate key financial workflows and radically improve productivity," said Phillpott. "Oracle has been the catalyst for change and is pivotal in our digital transformation journey.”

Western Digital’s adoption of Oracle ERP Cloud builds upon its use of both Oracle on-premise and Oracle Analytics Cloud. With Oracle, Western Digital is able to avoid massive file download times and manual analysis to provide its employees with access to the information they need to make better, faster decisions.

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