By Viktor Sahakian, Vice President, Oracle Specialized Services, Hitachi Consulting
Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) has been a tried and true on-premises environment for enterprise and midsize organizations for decades. Customers have long appreciated the breadth of modules and integrated business functionality to help manage complex global operations. However, as cloud strategies have rapidly and dramatically transformed the technology landscape and presented economic and business benefits, many Oracle EBS customers find themselves asking questions about how to make the move from Oracle EBS to Oracle ERP Cloud.
Let’s first take a look at the reasons why Oracle EBS customers might want to move to the cloud. Possibly, you are at a point where you need to upgrade Oracle EBS, and you want to avoid the time and expense of upgrading your on-premises environment. You may want to evaluate whether to add additional on-premises modules versus migrating to the cloud. Perhaps it’s becoming more difficult, time-consuming, and costly for your organization to maintain your current environment. Or, you may be hearing feedback from end users that your current environment can’t keep pace with business needs.
There are dozens of reasons why Oracle EBS customers may look at moving to the cloud. With that said, if you’re questioning whether the time has come, the answer is probably, “Yes.”
It’s natural to feel trepidation about migrating from on-premises systems to cloud applications. Some common concerns include the possible loss of custom functionality, tight integrations with other internal or third-party systems, or potential disruptions to the business. However, an experienced Oracle partner like Hitachi Consulting, with a dedicated team of Oracle EBS, Oracle ERP Cloud, and industry experts, can address your specific concerns to help you overcome any barriers that may prevent you from moving to the cloud.
The Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications and Cloud Advisory Tool can simplify your journey to the cloud and make it as transparent and seamless as possible.
Here’s a high-level overview of our approach to moving from Oracle EBS to Oracle ERP Cloud:
Now, let’s dig a little deeper into our migration approach and explain how our automated tools facilitate our efforts.
To enable our assessment efforts, we use our Migration Map for Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud Applications tool to gather intelligence about your existing Oracle EBS applications environment—including features, functionality, customizations, and transaction volumes. With this breadth of information, the tool scores and estimates the readiness of your applications to move to Oracle ERP Cloud. Often, we find that much of your functionality maps directly to Oracle ERP Cloud modules (financials, procurement, project management, risk management, reporting, etc). The tool also points out any custom functionality that doesn’t map seamlessly to Oracle ERP Cloud so we can address any potential gaps.
Our Cloud Advisory Tool focuses on your infrastructure and any non-Oracle workloads. We outline your future cloud architecture to create the optimal end-state, and the automated tool helps us understand what in your current environment maps directly to the cloud and where gaps occur. Here, we look at business operations, third-party integrations, and whether it makes sense to utilize Oracle Platform-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service in your architecture.
In this phase, we map your journey from Oracle EBS to Oracle ERP Cloud—with a detailed roadmap, timeline, and specific sequence of activities. Even more importantly, we go beyond the technology elements to also address the people impacts of a cloud migration. We believe that you can’t just give people a new system, provide some training, and expect success. Instead, you have to also focus on business adoption by communicating the rationale and benefits for moving to the cloud and providing resources to ease the change.
We can ease the burden of moving an on-premises Oracle EBS environment to Oracle ERP Cloud with transparency. Our data-driven toolset can provide that clarity and dramatically speed the evaluation process. Using our tools, we can complete an Oracle EBS applications assessment in 2-4 weeks, which is lightning fast compared to the typical 6-9 months.
We recently completed an environment assessment for Iteris, a global leader in informatics for the transportation and agriculture industries. We evaluated their on-premises Oracle EBS environment in only two weeks by connecting our automated tool directly into their production environment and mapping their current usage patterns. According to Iteris’ VP of IT, Tejas Patel, “The report from Hitachi Consulting’s Migration Map for Oracle EBS to Oracle Cloud Applications tool backed up our recommendations. It reassured everyone that we could move to Oracle ERP Cloud without giving up features that we depend on. As a result, we’re making the move with confidence.”
Moving from an on-premises Oracle EBS environment to Oracle ERP Cloud is much easier and less daunting than you may think. With our proven track record and automated evaluation tools, we can look at your business holistically and give you a transparent roadmap to guide your move to Oracle ERP Cloud.