On the technology side, it integrated Sun with its Global Single Instance ERP system, and standardized on Oracle supply chain, demand management, and trade packages.
According to Henley, the results in twelve months were:
-- 16.7% reduction in product lead time
-- 9.8% reduction in headcount
-- 63.2% reduction in excess, obsolete inventory
-- 24% reduction in freight and warehousing
-- 9.7% reduction in inventory
But just as CIOs can't effect change alone, neither can CFOs, Henley said. He credited unwavering commitment from Ellison to driving the changes at Oracle.
"The CFO can't do it all -- you have to have your CEO behind you, " he said. "You're going to break a lot of glass."
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