Acuity Brands Improves Operational Decision Making with Oracle(r) Daily Business Intelligence

SAN DIEGO, Calif., ORACLE APPSWORLD, Jan. 27, 2004 - Acuity Brands Lighting, a world leader in lighting fixtures and a division of Acuity Brands, Inc., (NYSE: AYI), is using Oracle(r) Daily Business Intelligence to improve operational reporting, increase access to business-critical data and reduce costs and inefficiencies related to traditional management reporting processes and solutions.

Oracle Daily Business Intelligence, the embedded, management reporting system of the Oracle E-Business Suite, enables Acuity Brands Lighting to report directly against their transactional system resulting in timely, relevant and accurate information that supports a wide-range of roles and management levels. Unlike traditional data warehouse based reporting systems that take months or years to deploy, Acuity deployed Oracle Daily Business Intelligence in a matter of weeks. By consolidating on a single global system running Oracle Financials, Oracle Human Resources Management System (HRMS) and Oracle Supply Chain Management, Acuity Brands Lighting is eliminating the need to run and support multiple, disparate data sources and reporting systems across the company.

"Acuity Brands Lighting is committed to establishing a 'single source of truth' for transactions and reporting to supply executives and managers with the details necessary to make better, more informed decisions, faster," said Jon Corliss, manager of Business Systems Intelligence, Acuity Brands, Inc. "We've streamlined our approach to management reporting - empowering more decision makers with an intuitive, Web-based management reporting system while minimizing disparate data warehouses and reporting tools."

Acuity HR Benefits from Oracle Daily Business Intelligence

Initially, Acuity Brands Lighting deployed Oracle Daily Business Intelligence to support its U.S. business units, providing Acuity's supervisory managers and HR department with deeper insight into its workforce and human resource management processes. The reporting system works in conjunction with Acuity's implementation of Oracle HRMS - incorporating live data from the applications to deliver secure and accurate management information. Acuity executives and HR management leverage the system to carry out strategic objectives, monitor performance tied to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and take corrective actions to remedy HR issues.

For example, Acuity HR managers can review detailed metrics about their global workforce to identify key hiring needs, turnover problems, salary trends and more. "The ability to understand which organizations within Acuity are understaffed - possibly resulting in missed revenues and inefficiencies - enables management to make intelligent decisions that impact our ability to operate efficiently and provide outstanding customer service," added Corliss.

By year's end, Acuity Brands Lighting will roll out Oracle Daily Business Intelligence for Oracle Financials and Oracle Supply Chain Management, including Oracle Purchasing, in the U.S. while deploying the reporting system across its operations in Canada and Mexico.

"Oracle Daily Business Intelligence delivers a comprehensive set of completely pre-built reports and dashboard pages for managers in different roles, from line managers to senior executives, to track the performance of a specific departments or the entire company," said Kurt Robson, vice president, chief applications architect, Oracle Corporation. "With over 30 intelligence overview pages and 200-plus KPIs, managers can immediately understand performance problems and directly take action to improve performance."

According to the brief, Oracle Begins Rollout of Daily Business Intelligence, April 2003, published by Giga Information Group(r), "Oracle E-Business Suite 11i customers should consider Oracle Daily Business Intelligence as a pre-built reporting and performance management solution if they are on the latest releases of both the applications and the database (9iR2)," said Paul Hamerman, vice president, enterprise applications. Giga is a wholly owned subsidiary of Forrester Research, Inc.

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