What will it take to move from a typical highly customized, on premise Oracle environment to the cloud?  That’s a question we increasingly hear from our IT customers but also from Line of Business (LOB) leaders. It’s a trend that’s consistent with the findings of IDG’s 2018 “The State of the CIO” survey.

IT and LOB leaders are generally aligned on the business initiatives driving IT investments, among them increased operational efficiency, improved customer experience, growing the business and transforming existing business processes. Moving applications to a cloud-based platform is often a foundational strategy for meeting those goals.

IDG also reports that nearly every company surveyed took steps over the last year to improve the working relationship between IT and its business partners (97%). When Line of Business executives were asked this question, 87% agreed that their organization took steps to improve their IT and business working relationships.

Critical to a successful relationship is reassurance that IT can deliver on business transformation initiatives that deliver new value without disrupting current operations.

For example, our customer Iteris, global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, wanted to move to the cloud but needed third-party confirmation that it was the right decision. Like many organizations, the economics and increased agility of cloud computing sounded promising. But Iteris couldn’t risk moving business-critical Oracle applications without objectively evaluating that Oracle Cloud would match the company’s unique requirements.

With the Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) to Oracle Cloud Applications the CIO at Iteris validated the cloud migration strategy and got LOB leaders on board.

In only two weeks, the Migration Map mapped all the Oracle EBS features that Iteris was using to equivalent features in the cloud by automatically gathering most of the needed information from the non-production Oracle EBS database. One Iteris DBA spent about a day on coordination. Hitachi Consulting also interviewed users to understand their processes and the Oracle features they use.

According to the Iteris CIO: “The report from the Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications tool backed up our recommendations. It reassured everyone that we could move to Oracle Cloud without giving up features that we depend on. As a result, we’re making the move with confidence.” (Click here for more detail on the Iteris case study.)

If your organization runs EBS and you’re thinking about upgrading to Oracle Cloud Applications, visit us at Booth 1913 during Oracle OpenWorld, October 22-25 in San Francisco.  We will have daily demos of our solution and we’ll discuss how we’re able to:

  • Deliver a 10-20-day automated assessment completed more quickly and at a lower cost than a manual approach;
  • Use Migration Map results to inform the implementation, thereby yielding a cost savings of up to 20% and accelerating your time to value;
  • Shortens project duration, thus reducing the “down time” that often accompanies implementations and upgrades.

We look forward to seeing you at Oracle OpenWorld. But if you can’t make it, drop me a line to discuss your EBS migration options.

In closing, we agree with the IDG report that states: “Given the high stakes surrounding digital business, it’s more incumbent than ever for IT leaders to be working in close concert with their LOB peers.” It’s worthwhile to collaborate with your LOB colleagues to answer the following questions:

  1. Are we ready to migrate Oracle e-business applications to Oracle cloud applications?
  2. Will it take our organization significant time and investment to evaluate that decision?
  3. Can we accurately map our current applications to cloud applications?
  4. Will a migration be costly?
  5. What’s the time required to create value?