This article will present a diverse selection of business and technical reasons why now is the right time for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2 and 12.1.3 customers to take advantage of Oracle Cloud.
To give some context for the use cases we are going to discuss, let's start by taking a look at the current Oracle E-Business Suite releases and their associated support timelines:
Oracle E-Business Suite Support Timelines (July 2016)
Based on the Oracle Support Policy (Oracle Lifetime Support Policy: Oracle Applications), the most common use cases for Oracle E-Business Suite can be identified as:
- Use Case 1: Customers on Release 12.2
- Use Case 2: Customers on Release 12.1.3
We'll look at each of these two cases in turn.
Value Proposition for Customers on Release 12.2
Release 12.2.5 is the most recent 12.2 update for 12.2, and was delivered in October 2015. However, most EBS customers currently on 12.2.x are running Release 12.2.4. So for these 12.2.4 customers, the drivers to move to Oracle Cloud include:
- Evaluate new features of 12.2.5 and other releases
- Upgrade to 12.2.5 on Oracle Cloud
- Optionally, migrate to Oracle Managed Cloud Service (OMCS) to run and maintain Release 12.2:
- Release 12.2 online patching offers high availability but requires new technical skills
- OMCS offer proven and efficient services for ongoing use of “online patching”
Value Proposition for Customers on Release 12.1.3
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 was delivered in May 2009, and is still used by the majority of the overall customer base today. For these customers, migrating to Oracle Cloud provides the following immediate benefits:
Scenario 1 - Release 12.1.3 customers planning to upgrade to EBS 12.2
- Quick provisioning of Release 12.2.5
- Discover the new features and products offered by 12.2
- Lift and Shift their Release 12.1.3 environments (including customizations) to Oracle Cloud
- Test (in their own environment) the new features and products offered by Release 12.2
- Leverage Oracle Cloud for upgrades from an earlier 12.2 release to a later one
- Use OMCS (Oracle Managed Cloud Services) offerings to eliminate the need to acquire 12.2 new technical skills such as online patching and Oracle Weblogic Server
Scenario 2 - Release 12.1.3 customers not yet upgrading to 12.2
- Some customers did not take advantage of all the new functionality when they upgraded to Release 12.1.3, so are running 12.1.3 today as they used to run 11.5.10.
- Migrating to Oracle Cloud allows customers to discover and test Release 12.1.3 features and products on their own EBS test instances.
- Customers will be able to automatically migrate (lift and shift) their EBS environment to Oracle Cloud, and then test new features and products
- Other benefits include greater ease in accommodating:
- Growth - by easily expanding to new businesses, new regions, new countries, or bringing in new acquired company into the EBS system.
- Expansion of the EBS footprint - for more automation or retirement of old customizations.
Finally, for Release 12.2 or 12.1.3 customers, running in Oracle Cloud can benefit their operations now, as highlighted in the previous article Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud - Offerings Available Today.