One of the built-in advantages of the Provade platform is most certainly its native Peoplesoft integration. We already mentioned the level of conformance to specific country requirements that is built into the system, based upon the PeopleSoft DNA (e.g., tracking taxes and overtime on a regional basis). Provade has also leveraged Oracle Business Intelligence in a truly embedded way that is very different than what I'll term the "punch-out" reporting capability required in some other VMS applications that leverage Business Objects, as an example. Provade has added a semantics layer on top of OBI that makes easy to build, schedule and display custom reports. As an example, a Provade response time report may be configured to pivot on such collected datasets as total requisitions sourced, time-to-source, time to accept or even more granular levels.
Reporting and analytics are embedded throughout the application, including when reviewing a time sheet (which can show, for example, not only the amount of remaining time available but also multiple activities the contractor may have been engaged in). In more specific areas where someone might opt to drill into data such as a rate variance report, users can figure the system to easily flag certain scores that warrant attention (e.g., a variance that goes beyond a set percentage or amount), providing a visual cue that something requires attention or falls outside an acceptable range. In all reports, users can define specific criteria the way they want to see it (or their MSP wants to see and present information) and then decide when and where they want to make the information available in the application for consumption, if at all, outside of a periodic reviewing process.
The actual reporting screens are extremely slick and take full advantage of Oracle's native business intelligence and reporting capability, including the use of interactive performance management dashboards throughout and the ability to easily export information into Excel, PPT, HTML and other formats. Users can also take advantage of mobile viewing on smart devices. It's worth noting that users do not need to purchase separate licenses for the Oracle components outside of their Provade agreement to make use of this reporting capability. The ability in a specific report, for example (e.g., contractor turnover) to quickly familiarize yourself with high level information (e.g., total work orders closed and cancelled, prior to end date or after vs. on time) as well as the details for those closed for negative vs. positive reasons and then to drill into additional turnover details is very easy to leverage navigate.
Stay tuned as our Provade analysis concludes in the final post in this series.
-- Jason Busch