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Four reasons eBusiness Suite should be on OCI and how to get there

Chacko Thomas
Global Executive Partner & Oracle Cloud leader at IBM

Original post on LinkedIn.

This is the third article in a series created to help you make the most of your Oracle enterprise applications with the help of IBM and Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Discover how to combine business and technology skills to create new opportunities and modernize your mission critical applications from the inside out. The six articles highlight why migrating your on-premise Oracle applications to the cloud is a good business strategy in the current context and how IBM can help you accelerate your transition while keeping costs low.

This article weighs up the considerations of accelerating your existing Oracle eBusiness Suite investment with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and lays out strategies for the journey to cloud.

The catalyst of transformation

The health crisis that’s currently shaking the planet propelled businesses everywhere in the middle of a forced digital revolution. Organizations running core applications on premises are starting to appreciate the security, flexibility and potential for innovation of cloud computing and are contemplating solutions to enhance their existing Oracle investments with a move to cloud.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure supports the migration of on-premises deployments with minimal re-architecture, re-integration and business process changes. The resulting solution is reliable and elastic, delivering performance at lower costs than deployments running with other cloud providers. IBM Services for Oracle can help businesses who run applications on premises to implement connected solutions in the Oracle cloud, paving the way to a future of working with groundbreaking technologies.

Why Oracle eBusiness Suite should be on OCI

Organizations use on-premises deployments of eBusiness Suite for a wide range of functionalities, including order management, procurement, manufacturing, logistics or financials. These implementations are often customized to seamlessly integrate with other applications and meet business needs, so it’s counterproductive to re-architect software from scratch.

OCI, as an infrastructure-as-a-service offering, has the flexibility to support everything organizations are currently doing with eBusiness Suite. Moreover, Oracle postulates that the estimated total cost of ownership of this solution can be 38% less than on-premises and 44% cheaper than running on another cloud.

eBusiness Suite running on OCI can address real production needs such as security, network configuration, high availability and disaster recovery, identity integration and cost management.

Network and connectivity

Running eBusiness Suite on OCI can enable businesses across industries to stop worrying about downtime or the speed at which data is accessible. Additionally, it can enable access to eBusiness Suite from anywhere using private network links, encrypted links over public Internet or public endpoints.

Resiliency and availability

Moving eBusiness Suite and its backend datasets on OCI can enhance the availability of the application, even if an instance goes down. The solution ensures system resiliency and enables server redundancy thanks to each application tier having multiple active-active nodes.

Security and identity

IBM has security woven into its very core. By leveraging the advanced security features of OCI, IBM can help organizations stay in control over what’s running in the cloud and isolate compute and network resources to prevent any threat to valuable eBusiness Suite data.

Cost management and governance

OCI can help organizations transition from capital expenses such as hardware investments to a pay-what-you-use model that enables predictable savings. According to Oracle, running eBS on OCI incurs 38% lower total cost of ownership than on-premises deployments and 44% less than another cloud provider.

"Running E-Business on OCI significantly improves operational efficiency with full-stack E-Business automation, boosts E-Business performance (2-10x), and security protection far beyond on-premises and other clouds. Oracle delivers validated, tested, and proven E-Business on OCI solution blueprints, allowing you to move your E-Business to OCI in weeks with reduced business and technical risk."

John Andrew, Director, Oracle eBusiness Suite to Cloud Engineering Oracle

The IBM way to better managed services

IBM is committed to creating world-class solutions for organizations planning to move their eBusiness Suite application to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The strategic business relationships with Oracle strengthen that commitment to provide effective worldwide service, support, and product integration:

  • Operational excellence to help enterprises accelerate and automate tasks and reduce downtime
  • Built-in security to enable organizations reduce risks and mitigate cyberthreats from both inside and outside their networks
  • Tailor-made service experience through the IBM Unified Client Portal, which unlocks powerful analytics and enables the monitoring and managing of multi cloud workloads.

A “lift and shift” approach to migration

A leading hospitality and leisure company with multiple lines of business seeks IBM for help with upgrading their core Oracle eBusiness Suite system to a newer version in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

The new version would address current complexities and flexibility challenges while enabling the company to directly benefit from features like IFRS16. The upgrade is challenging because the operating environment is so complex: The enterprise has multiple lines of business that need to be addressed and the change impacts operations across finance, manufacturing, supply chain and planning, as well as several new and on-going projects.

The project involves a “lift and shift” approach to migrating Oracle EBS on OCI. With this type of approach, IBM worked with Oracle Bare metal (EE Extreme Performance) to reduce the time needed for migration and upgrade. To successfully implement the project, IBM proposed a Hybrid Agile methodology and the use of an RPT tool to test performance metrics.

The solutions for the client included:

  • Perform Platform Migration from AIX to Linux
  • Upgrade Database to 12.1.0.2 in OCI (Linux)
  • Upgrade application to 12.2.7 in OCI

Moving to the cloud is an important decision which needs a well thought out business case. IBM can help you define a road map and assist you at every step of your transition. You can read this flyer for a deep five into the scope and receivables of an assessment: Cloud Impact Assessment for Oracle IaaS & PaaS.

How to boost eBusiness Suite performance in the cloud

Explore more ways to optimize Oracle eBusiness Suite with next generation Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), implemented and managed by IBM Services, by watching the on demand webinar. Discover flexible strategies to move to cloud and explore the long-term benefits of running EBS on OCI. Paul Cyphers (IBM Go to Marketing Manager, IBM Services for Oracle Managed Services), Lauren Baker (Oracle Marketing & Comms, IBM Global Business Services) and John Andrew (Director, Oracle eBusiness Suit to Cloud Engineering, Oracle) discuss what’s possible and how to get there. You can watch the webinar here.

The event is one in a series of six debating why OCI is the best option for moving Oracle apps and workloads and how IBM can implement and manage every aspect of your migration to Oracle cloud. You can watch the on demand series here.

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