Major Regional Bank, UAE

The implementation exercise that made a major regional bank fiscally fitter!

Key Outcomes

1st BANK to move planning & budgeting to the cloud in the Gulf region

HUGE SAVINGS on IT hardware & software costs

SIGNIFICANT REDUCTION on the manual efforts in the annual planning cycle and monthly management reporting

The Client

The result of a merger between two of the biggest banks in Dubai, our client is formidable in both size and expertise, capable of delivering enhanced value across corporate, retail, private, Islamic, and investment banking throughout the region. The bank is listed on the Dubai Financial Market where its equity is highly rated.

The Challenge

Dependence on manual data preparation was negatively impacting accuracy as well as timelines in consolidation, reporting, and forecasting due to the complexity and the challenges of 2 different charts of account structures. This was compounded by the use of excel to compute bank-specific budgeting and reporting modules like net interest income & expense, internal recharging, segment allocations, intercompany eliminations, Opex, Capex, and workforce models for group and other multinational entities.

Our Solution

Full implementation of Oracle Enterprise Planning and Budgeting on Cloud: This enabled complete automation of budgeting & forecasting for interest income model, operational expenditure planning models, et al. Seamless data integration between the bank’s many source systems and Oracle EPBCS using advanced mapping techniques between old and new CoA structures for monthly and annual management reporting.

Benefits

Our client gained the distinction of becoming the region’s very first bank to move its planning and budgeting processes to the cloud. Not only was it able to enjoy all the benefits of the cloud’s end-to-end platform, but it also generated massive savings on IT hardware and software. Automation and integration of the planning and budgeting process made ‘What-if’ modeling and ‘scenario analysis’ possible, and reduced the planning cycle from months to days!

We are currently implementing Oracle Financial Consolidation and Close for the bank.

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