Moving Legacy Oracle Applications to Oracle Cloud Presents a Low-Risk Option for Modernization within the Canadian Public Sector

December 2, 2021 | 3 minute read
Walter Dann
Area Vice President
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Over the past two years, tasked with the need to maintain employee and citizen experiences in the face of radically changing circumstances, Governments in Canada were given the flexibility and mandate to adopt and experiment with cloud services in ways that were previously unfathomable.

Now that the dust has settled and armed with newfound knowledge and experience leveraging cloud services, the Government of Canada, the Provinces, and local governments are re-examining their cloud strategies.

This return to normalcy has reinforced the need for governments to consider cloud options that are quick, seamless, cost-effective and which build upon existing investments while also maintaining the expectations and availability required of day-to-day business and operation. In the case of the Government of Canada, with eight cloud providers to choose from, departments have ample choice when it comes to adopting cloud.

“The trend that we are observing in the Canadian Public Sector is the adoption of multi-cloud strategies,” says Walter Dann, Vice President, Canadian Public Sector at Oracle. “This allows departments to choose cloud providers for projects that fall in their sweet spot in terms of risk aversion, total cost of ownership and value for money. For those organizations with legacy Oracle footprints, moving to Oracle Cloud is really the best method to avoid the challenging modernizations that we have all witnessed. By leveraging Oracle’s existing migration tools, the move to the cloud can be seamless and customers will quickly have access to the latest security, technology, and performance that Oracle cloud has to offer.”

A key differentiator for Oracle Cloud is that most on-premises Oracle Application deployments can be migrated to run on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure without requiring significant configuration, integration, or business process changes. This means that end users and technicians can continue to use features and functions with which they are familiar, minimizing the need for training and re-training. In this sense, organizations can make the most of their existing investments rather than treating their expertise as sunk costs as they seek new viable solutions.

Popular Oracle applications that most Canadian Public Sector organizations would be familiar with such as, PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite and Siebel can be migrated to Oracle cloud using Oracle’s automated provisioning within hours. This avoids complicated re-architecture, reintegration or business process changes resulting from migrating Oracle applications to other clouds. Once within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Canadian Public Sector customers will experience the efficiency, security, cost savings, and performance gains that go along with running Oracle on Oracle.

That said, to make the move to the cloud even easier, last year, Oracle and Microsoft announced a first-of-its-kind partnership to provide a unified enterprise cloud experience by connecting Azure and Oracle Cloud. For the first time, customers can migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across their Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud environments. Using a dedicated low-latency connection with an identity federation between Azure and Oracle Cloud, customers can now initiate migrations of on-premises Oracle and Microsoft workloads to cloud native solutions with millisecond latencies and without compromise.

As Canadian Governments deliberate their multi-cloud strategies, those with legacy Oracle workloads should consider the merits of migrating to Oracle cloud. Not only will they be able to take advantage of new generations of familiar applications, technologies, and solutions, but they will also discover the benefits associated with the seamless and non-disruptive process of moving Oracle to Oracle from a technology and operational perspective.

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Walter Dann

Area Vice President

Walter Dann is the Area Vice President supporting the Quebec Public Sector and the Canadian Federal Government for Oracle Canada ULC Public Sector Technology Sales based out of Ottawa, Ontario.


Walter has been involved in Information Technology for over 24 years. He has been a subject matter expert on Identity Management and Identity Security and ran a successful security practice for MTS Allstream before joining Oracle.


Walter started with Oracle as a Security Sales Specialist 12 years ago. He then moved on to a Technology Account Manager role and covered the Science Portfolio, ESDC, PSPC and Shared Services Canada for 7 years before becoming the AVP for Federal and Quebec public sector in 2016.


Walter is a graduate of Dalhousie University and currently lives in Aylmer Quebec with his wife Amanda.

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