By Eric Jacobsen-Oracle on Sep 11, 2015
Oracle Java Cloud Service capabilities include a full-featured Oracle WebLogic Server 12c or Oracle WebLogic Server 11g instance that integrates with Oracle Database and Oracle Real Application Clusters. Optional capabilities include clustering of application server instances, clustering of databases, in-memory database functionality, high availability, elastic load balancing, and fully managed services for backup, restore, patching, scaling, and server management.
This integrated family of cloud services makes perfect sense for a large, dispersed organization such as Zamil Industrial Investment Company, a global building and construction conglomerate with facilities in 55 countries. Zamil Industrial develops products ranging from transmission towers to climate control systems. The company has major IT divisions in Saudi Arabia and India.
“We want to establish one IT model for our entire business and consolidate IT investments as much as possible,” says Zamil Industrial CIO Zaki Sabbagh. To fulfill this goal, the company signed up for Oracle Database Cloud Service. Now its document management data resides in the cloud. “We have consolidated all document management data into one instance,” he says. “In addition, all network projects, e-mail, supplier management—any initiatives that impact more than two business units—are handled at the corporate level.”
After implementing one on-premises Oracle enterprise resource planning (ERP) instance across 13 global business units, Sabbagh turned his attention to moving business applications and data to the cloud. He used Oracle Java Cloud Service to create an application for sharing engineering documents and an information system for managing engineering projects.
“We started in 2013 with a five-year plan to move everything to the cloud except our ERP system,” he says. “As of now, we have more than 15 systems and environments—Oracle and non-Oracle—in the cloud. It was a very quick win for us. The savings have been excellent in terms of administration, backup, and systems management. We no longer need to license so much hardware and software, let alone bother with installing, patching, and configuring.”
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Oracle Java Cloud Service is a central component of Zamil Industrial’s cloud infrastructure. The service makes it easy for workers at 13 different sites globally to exchange insights and share files.
For example, Zamil Steel, a subsidiary of Zamil Industrial, has engineering teams in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Vietnam. Previously, they used FTP to upload and download documents, with nominal communications and haphazard version control. Now they use a simple Java application to exchange their engineering documents. Files can be edited on premises and automatically backed up to the cloud. Zamil Industrial also purchased 20 TB of Oracle Cloud storage as a backup system.
“For each site, we migrated Oracle Database to Oracle Database Cloud Service with the help of Oracle SQL Developer,” Sabbagh says. “We did not need to modify anything in our databases in order to migrate to the cloud. We then migrated our web services from Oracle WebLogic Server to Oracle Java Cloud Service and had the same advantage—no need to apply changes to the existing code.”
Zamil Industrial plans to use Oracle Documents Cloud Service to make it even easier for employees to store and exchange their documents in the cloud. Sabbagh says this cloud service will give them one global repository, with high security and automated backups. The company also plans to use Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and Oracle Business Intelligence Cloud Service to generate analytical reports for display on handheld devices.
“No company can ignore the cloud anymore,” Sabbagh says. “It’s not an option. It’s a direction.
Zamil Industrial Investment Company
Headquarters: Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Industry: Engineering and construction
Employees: More than 10,000
Revenue: US$1.46 billion in 2014
Oracle products and services: Oracle Database Cloud Service, Oracle Java Cloud Service, cloud support service