By Joyce Boland, Vice President, Global Marketing, Oracle
A growing number of Oracle ERP on-premises users are migrating applications to the cloud. If you’re considering your own cloud migration, this two-part blog series will guide you through what to expect. In the first blog post we explained the first three steps:
Now it’s time for those preparation efforts to pay off with the exciting final phases: going live and concluding a successful project.
By now you already have the necessary approvals in place, so the countdown begins to tick toward a production-ready cloud system. In this phase, you will execute three tasks simultaneously:
Once there’s high confidence for readiness for production, it’s time to revisit Step 1 to review the “go/no go” criteria list with the steering committee and the executive sponsor. Choose a date, achieve a unanimous decision to go live, and communicate that final decision broadly. If any doubts still arise, investigate them carefully and make necessary corrections.
To help prepare for a smooth implementation, leverage the resources of Oracle’s complimentary platinum-level services. This set of services is the new standard, offering features like named support engineers during implementation, 2,000+ free education topics, and proactive monitoring and outreach to help you bridge the gap between the promise of success and the realities of execution.
Provided you’ve carefully followed the previous steps, going live should proceed smoothly. A few isolated problems may occur, but they can be handled by user assistance identified in the prior step. It’s important that the IT infrastructure and network staff diligently monitor system performance now, and that they talk to users about their tasks and the entire experience.
Going live is a momentous step, so take time to celebrate your project’s success and your new cloud lifestyle. Be sure to invite the steering committee, business partners, key business stakeholders, and everyone who contributed to the project’s success. Raise a toast to a migration process that was easier than an on-premises implementation, and clink glasses over your transformation from last-century applications. You have arrived in the cloud.
Once you’ve boxed up the party decorations, there are a variety of additional activities to keep the momentum going.
Even the finance leaders who have been reluctant to use the cloud are beginning to recognize the benefits and simplicity of the process. In these two articles, you’ve learned about every phase involved in migrating on-premises ERP to the cloud. It started with thoughtful planning and team buy-in, kicked off with the four core CIDER activities in the implementation stages, and then moved to verifying the work with testing.
From there, it was time to assess system, user, and organization readiness to prepare for a successful launch. The final delivery phase saw your cloud ERP system and gave you reason to celebrate—and perhaps left you considering where your organization can reap the most rewards with its next cloud migration.
For an even more seamless cloud experience, explore Oracle SOAR, an automated cloud migration and upgrade offering that integrates proven cloud methodologies with innovations such as AI and machine learning.