By David Baum
Soma Bay Development Company is the first company in Egypt to move its JD Edwards software to Oracle Cloud IaaS. According to Sameh Karim, database administrator section head at the company, using Oracle Cloud IaaS to host their JD Edward EnterpriseOne system saves time, saves money, and improves business continuity. “Oracle Cloud IaaS maximizes the productivity of our workforce and stabilizes our data,” Karim notes. “We can access the data from anywhere, anytime. We can run any type of workload yet keep our capital and operating expenses to a minimum.”
Headquarters: Hurghada, Egypt
Industry: Real estate and hotel development
Employees: More than 2,000
Revenue: More than E£700 million
Oracle products: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2, including its Financials, Procurement, Inventory Management, Job Cost, Real Estate Management, Homebuilder Management, Capital Asset Maintenance, Service Management, and Time and Labor modules; Oracle SaaS applications, including Oracle Customer Experience Cloud, Oracle Hospitality Suite, Oracle Human Capital Management, and Oracle Procurement Cloud; Oracle Cloud IaaS; and Oracle Profitability and Cost Management Cloud Service
Karim particularly likes the built-in disaster-recovery capabilities that Soma Bay gets with Oracle Cloud IaaS, especially after experiencing a near-catastrophe a couple years ago, when water from an upper floor flooded Soma Bay’s Cairo data center. The IT team was able to restore data and resume operations quickly, thanks to a backup stored in Oracle Cloud IaaS.
Today, with all of its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne data and applications in Oracle Cloud IaaS, Soma Bay has improved its business continuity even further. “We have minimized risk and maximized performance for our critical business applications,” says Karim. “We can run any type of workload in the cloud, and we have the flexibility to add or subtract resources based on our company needs. We no longer need to maintain hardware, which is perfect for our company.”
Karim used JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ready-made preinstalled virtual machines (VMs) to simplify the migration of Soma Bay’s on-premises JD Edwards EnterpriseOne assets from their data center to Oracle Cloud IaaS.
It was easy to establish the account details and orchestrate the deployment plan—he simply used the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne components: elastic compute services, storage services, and network services. Then he migrated the applications and data into Oracle Cloud IaaS. “Oracle Cloud Marketplace has a ready-made template for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 that includes preinstalled images of the VMs,” he explains. “It was a simple lift-and-shift migration using Oracle Cloud IaaS migration tools.”
Photography by David Degner/The Verbatim Agency, Courtesy of Soma Bay