West Midlands Trains is a new Train Operating Company (TOC), formed in December 2017, combining the London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway brands. With new systems required to support the eight-year-old franchise, they turned to Oracle's Enterprise Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service for their forecasting solution. They selected to partner with Qubix to carry out the design and implementation of their new reporting and forecasting solution.
West Midlands Trains had to move away from a spreadsheet-driven process which was laden with risk and inefficiency. Moving to a cloud-based platform enabled a fast rollout of management, regulatory and group reporting based on an automated load of GL Data.
"Moving from a highly intensive spreadsheet-based finance function to using Oracle Planning & Budgeting Cloud, we have been able to streamline our processes, reduce the
West Midlands Trains leveraged Qubix's Journey to Cloud methodology to achieve their finance transformation objectives - a best practice approach that combines our deep industry and technical expertise to design, implement and manage your migration to the cloud. Qubix assisted West Midlands Train to configure their budget and forecast processes. This included staff costs model, non-staff costs model and revenue integration. We also provided end-user training and on-going application support.
"Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud was the clearest solution we reviewed and the links into Microsoft Office through Smartview makes it a very user-friendly experience. In addition, the speed of implementation was crucial, as there was a small window in which to do this."
Why did West Midlands Trains choose Qubix?
" Qubix has been excellent in the implementation phase. They have understood our business and our requirements for simple to understand models. Through testing and into live use, the developers have been responsive ensuring that models do what they should and have adapted to our needs. This has been critical to the overall success of the implementation. "
Finance Business Partner
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