One Year at Cedar

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Yesterday marked the first anniversary of my start date at Cedar. The year has passed really quickly and – although during the ‘heat of the moment’ it may seem like you’re only making small steps – when you take the time to step back and reflect you can see genuine progress has been made.

I’m not in any way pretending or implying that all of these are as a result of my presence – that would be doing a real disservice to the great people at Cedar – however these are areas that I’ve enjoyed contributing to, in some shape or form.

Enablement

Cedar is now Specialised (Oracle accredited, in other words) to implement both Fusion and Taleo after passing a series of exams and client success criteria.

Resourcing

We’ve hired some genuinely game-changing staff to take our Oracle Cloud practice forwards (and some high-quality additions to the PeopleSoft side too). We’ve also progressed a good amount of our existing PeopleSoft consultants through the Fusion and Taleo courses, giving us a much more flexible resourcing pool.

Knowledge Sharing

We’ve presented at multiple UKOUG events, Cedar’s own ‘Oracle Cloud and PeopleSoft Day’ and have much more lined up to give (including OpenWorld if we’re selected). We view sharing with the community as a vital part of our place in the Oracle ecosystem. The Fusion/Taleo and PeopleSoft newsletters have gone from strength to strength – the Fusion/Taleo subscriber base has more than tripled, and the PeopleSoft list has grown from 650 to more than 1,000.

We’ve also launched our much-improved website, with lots of content and case studies.

Recognition

We came away from the UKOUG Partner of the Year awards with a Gold and a Silver, in PeopleSoft and Taleo respectively, which we were very pleased with as it’s voted for by end-users.

Client Wins

For obvious reasons I can’t mention details here, but we’ve had some very satisfying gains in the last 12 months and the pipeline currently looks very strong for further Fusion and Taleo work.

We’ve also got a handful of really great initiatives coming up that we think will be very well received in the market.

Oracle Relationship

We now have much stronger links with Oracle. On the PeopleSoft side, we have a great many good links at all levels, and we’ve a much better understanding of the ever-shifting landscape on the Oracle Cloud side.

Had Fun

In addition to the hard work, we’ve also had some fun along the way. From cocktail nights, to team days in the sun, to exploring our new office and the surroundings, all while getting to know a new group of colleagues has been a real privilege. We’re all off to Paris for our Summer Team day later this week where I’m sure the laughter will continue.

I’m looking forward to a second great year.

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