Application modernization: A journey to OCI

February 21, 2023 | 2 minute read
Jenna Wright
GTM Product Manager
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When it comes to modern enterprise applications, most organizations have some key expectations. We expect them to be highly performant and scale without our users noticing. A core back-office application like Oracle PeopleSoft can scale during times of peak demand, such as student enrollment periods, without needing to overprovision. We also expect that, behind the scenes, application developers can push updates quickly, so that from one day to the next, we see new functionality added to an existing application like flipping a switch. From a security perspective, we expect modern application security to be integrated and on by default, rather than bolted-on.

But getting these benefits with on-premises deployments, where availability is difficult and performance requires dedicated infrastructure, can be challenging—plus, the maintenance, capacity planning, and costly hardware refreshes that go together with these environments. With these challenges in mind, so many on-premises Oracle applications customers are choosing to migrate their workloads to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).

Finding improved scale, security, and performance with OCI

You can migrate Oracle on-premises applications to OCI without significant configuration, rearchitecture, integration, or business process changes. This implementation offers more flexibility, reliability, higher performance, ease to secure, and lower costs than either on-premises or other cloud approaches

Thousands of organizations have already migrated Oracle on-premises apps to OCI, such as leading professional services firm, Cognizant. The company needed to manage growing demand for its core Oracle PeopleSoft application, used by more than 340,000 employees across human resources, finance, and operations activities. With a tight end-of-month closing cycle, Cognizant couldn’t afford delays in financial processes, but with thousands of employees regularly submitting project timesheets simultaneously, system performance was being impacted.

After searching for cloud infrastructure solutions that provided the scalability and manageability it required, Cognizant ultimately chose OCI with Oracle Exadata Database service, only available on OCI, as the best solution for running its PeopleSoft deployment, particularly during times of high traffic when latency and throughput are critical. The company also appreciated Oracle’s policy-based approach to data security and compliance, leading Cognizant to also deploy Oracle Data Safe and OCI Vault.

By migrating PeopleSoft to Oracle Exadata Database service, Cognizant improved performance by 40% and eliminated capacity issues during peak hours. Cognizant increased the performance, availability, security, and scalability of its critical PeopleSoft applications by migrating production, nonproduction, and disaster recovery environments to OCI, significantly boosting the company’s agility and reducing business risk.

What’s next?

Discover OCI solutions to improve performance, reduce total cost of ownership, and dramatically modernize your organization’s Oracle on-premises applications. Join our Oracle Applications Unlimited product experts as they share more inspiring stories like Cognizant’s, demos, and best practices for success throughout our webinar series, Application Modernization - A Journey to OCI.

Jenna Wright

GTM Product Manager

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