Makis Saridis

Makis Saridis has been working with Oracle Retail products since 2005. He currently is working for Veltio as a Senior Consultant specialising in Supply Chain Optimization and Demand Forecasting.

Makis has worked for a variety of retailers including Tesco and Sainsbury’s in the UK. His work revolves around the Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server (RPAS) and the Oracle Demand Forecasting (RDF).

Makis has taken time out to answer out Top 10 questions below.

How did you come to work with Oracle Apps/ Oracle Development Tools?
A: Through the company I work for: Veltio. Veltio provides configuration and deployment of the supply chain optmisation components.
When did you become an Oracle Contractor?
A: When I joined Veltio, I started working for Oracle projects.
What is the most enjoyable part of your work?
A: Perhaps the most enjoyable part of my work is finding new ways to adapt Oracle products to the needs of each individual customer. Tailoring a product to the requirements of a customer requires good knowledge of the architecture of the product and careful listening to what the customer needs.
What is the least enjoyable part of your work?
A: The least enjoyable part of my work is politics. I learned to appreciate people who are focused on improving situations and fixing problems. Integrity and consistency are two values that I regard highly.
What has been the most satisfying project you have worked on and why?

A: The most satisfying project I have worked is the one with Sainsbury’s, UK. The project required complex functionality to be implemented and involved the installation of the Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting system which could provide sales/demand information down to hour level. The project also required many changes to the base product and all this in a short period of time!
Which consultant / contractor have you learnt the most from / enjoyed working with the most and why?

A: A friend of mine who took me under his wing when I got my first role as Consultant at Tesco, UK. He is an expert in Demand Forecasting, Supply Chain Optimisation and Merchandise Financial Planning. During the two years at Tesco, he was my project manager and I learned how to tackle challenging problems and how to approach projects from a business perspective. He has an extensive technical and business knowledge which makes him a person I enjoy working with.
What do you see happening in Oracle Apps as we move towards Fusion?
A: Oracle Fusion helps with the integration several Oracle Applications. As the deployment, management and development of service-oriented architecture (SOA) gets more accessible, the benefits for using Oracle Applications become more obvious. Clearly, the popularity of the Oracle Apps is going to be increased.
What are the hot topics in your area of expertise?
A: Retail Technology has grown significantly in the last couple of years. Two of the challenges that retailers have to face are:- 1. How is Retail Technology going to help retailers go green; and 2. How can the huge amounts of data that are gathered by the retailers can be turned into decisions.
What do you do when you are not working?
A: I love playing and composing music. I enjoy creating music from simple, everyday sounds such as tapping my fingers…

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