How to move to the Oracle Cloud with confidence

August 24, 2023 | 2 minute read
Greg Zanowski
SVP, Oracle Consulting North America
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Thinking of moving to the cloud but don’t know where to get started? Last week, our client Russell Haupert—CTO, CIO, and Director of Technology and Innovation at the City of Tampa—sat down with Scott Frendt of Oracle Consulting to discuss how to move to the cloud with confidence.

Russell Hauper Portrait
Russell Haupert
CTO, CIO, Director of Technology
City of Tampa

In this fast-paced 45-minute webinar, the steps to take to the cloud came to life as Russell shared his perspective about City of Tampa’s cloud journey. The City of Tampa moved from EBS to ERP, EPM, SCM, and HCM Cloud in 10 months, with an “on time and on budget” implementation that has been live for over two years. Russell said it best: “Follow the process, get the results.” A few more insights Russell shared:

  1. Free yourself by eliminating customizations. Use an out-of-the-box approach. Don’t impose your old system on your new system.
  2. Ask “Why Not?” Why can’t we use an out of the box implementation? Why can’t we get rid of our customizations? Adapt the processes to the system, rather than adapt the system to the processes.
  3. Start change and training early. From the day one, or even before the implementation starts, keep your people engaged with transparency.
  4. Look forward to continuous innovation every three months. Quarterly updates bring new functionality and better security.
  5. Keep a short timeline for implementation. If it drags on, people leave, management changes, decisions get rethought. We did it in 10 months with a focus on results. The same people who selected the solution were the same people who implemented and supported the system after go live.

Check out the replay of the webinar

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If you are heading to Vegas in September, I’d love to meet you in person at Oracle CloudWorld (September 18 – 21, 2023). You can find me and Oracle Consulting at the Customer Success Circuit booth on the Expo Floor. You can also can catch Russell Haupert, City of Tampa, speaking with us on Wednesday, September 20 at 3:55 PM at the Customer Success Circuit Theaters. Hope to see you there!

Greg Zanowski

SVP, Oracle Consulting North America


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