Oracle, a software as a service (SaaS) software supplier, has announced the appointment of James Burt as its office of finance ANZ director.
Mr Burt, a former CFO with Seven Miles Coffee Roasters and Stuart Alexander & Co, will now be tasked with helping other CFOs understand the advantages of adopting SaaS and how to deliver it.
Mr Burt, a former user of Oracle in his time at Seven Miles Coffee Roasters, also spent 16 years at Unilever in various senior finance roles across the UK, Australia, Asia and Africa.
“At Seven Miles, we put the whole business on Oracle NetSuite, and I was really impressed with the tangible results we saw in terms of time saved, the scalability of the solution and the access to real-time data,” Mr Burt said.
“There are so many advantages to adopting cloud products that I have no doubt in the future all business systems will be cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) products. After dealing directly with the team at Oracle, I knew they saw the same SaaS future as I did.”
Mr Burt said he hopes to bring a different perspective to his new role, having swapped from being a technology customer to a technology vendor, and to help CFOs understand the opportunities and pitfalls in adopting SaaS.
“My background with Unilever has given me great experience leading finance teams and large-scale transformations. Over the past 10 years as a CFO, I have leveraged that experience to successfully deliver digital transformations,” Mr Burt said.
“My main focus, as someone who has sat where they sit, will be to help CFOs understand the enormous business advantages that come with adopting SaaS and how to best deliver it.”