At Oracle, we are reinventing the technologies that are the foundation of our enterprise. Over a two-year span, one group in Oracle, a portfolio of industry enterprise applications serving eight separate industries, known collectively as the Global Business Units (GBUs), will close 80 data centers across the globe, consolidating our IT infrastructure within a single, unified vision and architecture - Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).
OCI is a second-generation cloud computing offering, designed to serve the complex workloads of the world’s largest enterprises. However, it is not just a cloud infrastructure offering. It is also the technical foundation for Oracle’s entire suite of enterprise applications and platforms. For many of our applications, the migration to OCI represents a complete transformation of our IT environment and our business, not unlike those facing large enterprises today.
Many of our application teams face the same technical and business challenges in their move to OCI that enterprises still face in any migration to the cloud. Simply understanding the scope of this transformation, much less making the decisions required to guide it, is daunting.
To help demystify this change, we will share the story of the Oracle GBUs as we transitioned from our historical IT environments to a unified infrastructure to OCI. This change represents a massive undertaking. It involves coordinated engineering, operations, and financial planning across the 23,000+ people in Oracle’s global GBU team. It requires migration from on-premises, consolidation of multiple cloud environments, and cloud native development; all without interrupting the critical services that we provide to our customers.
By examining the GBU migration to OCI, we plan to help the enterprises like yours execute your own transformations smoothly and successfully. We will use our experiences to provide an extended case study, exploring key challenges of cloud migration across five sets of white papers, each focusing on a critical aspect of the transition:
Series 1 – Introduction & the Road Ahead: Describes the business drivers, benefits, and high-level portfolio planning and assessment
Series 2 – Technical Planning: Describes the preparation for changes to ours systems, including inventory assessment, pilot identification, and initial migration plans
Series 3 – Business Planning: Reviews the service delivery transition, including customer alignment, organizational changes, and financial objectives
Series 4 - Execution: Surveys the management of migration execution, including how to address unexpected issues, manage the coordination of internal teams, and the maintenance of program plans, roadmaps, and expectations throughout the process
Series 5 - Measurement and Results: Details the measurement of progress and success throughout the program, while maintaining line of sight on business drivers and continuing evolution in the portfolio
Each series will review the difficult questions we encountered and provide the solutions we devised, as well as the outcomes that resulted. We will explore technical solutions and tool sets, as well as key business decisions, across all phases of the GBU migration. We will also discuss the OCI capabilities that enabled us to move workloads from on-premises and our first-generation cloud environments into a modern enterprise cloud. In the end, we hope to provide a detailed review of the analysis, planning and execution that went into our transformation, sharing best practices and frameworks that will help in your own journey.
We look forward to sharing this with you. Next month, we'll discuss the key factors that drove this effort. In the meantime, learn more about what we did in the Oracle@Oracle Industry Cloud Infrastructure Story Executive Overview.