Oracle launched its Soar to the Cloud program earlier this year, announced by its CTO, Larry Ellison as “the last upgrade you’ll ever do”. It does present an attractive proposition, especially for any client who has experienced a frustrating upgrade. However, while Oracle makes a strong case for Soar in terms of cost savings and seamless migration, there are also some legitimate concerns which justify a little deeper examination.
Will customizations be automated?
The first concern is that customizations are likely to be excluded from the automation provided on Soar. Almost every Oracle ERP application implementation today is customized, but Oracle’s response to this has by all accounts been to suggest working with Oracle Consulting to help remove those customizations. If the unique functionalities delivered by your customizations can’t be fitted into configurations inside Oracle’s cloud programming, you are likely to need to give them up.
How much time and cost will it really save?
Soar is claimed to reduce the time and cost of cloud relocation up to 30% in comparison to what you could do yourself, with completion in as little as 20 weeks. However, there aren’t yet any published comparisons in place to substantiate these claims of 30% savings on cost or time.
Is reduced oversight on updates actually beneficial?
At many organizations, implementing updates to their ERP is a major hassle that IT teams would love to be free of – Oracle SaaS applications are supposed to be less demanding to manage and maintain. However change management and training will probably remain important factors for any organization to consider since upgrades will likely continue to happen, but now at Oracle’s pace.
Are there any alternatives?
While the move to the cloud appears inevitable today, it is important to remember the reasoning behind the move. If retaining your existing applications while migrating to a cloud IaaS platform of your choice will work better for your business, then it is definitely an approach that is worth considering.
Harnessing the efficiencies of major IaaS providers like AWS, Azure, GCP or Oracle cloud could deliver performance advantages while allowing you to retain the tech assets you have already built. Also, the move to the cloud is rarely absolute – in most enterprises, the best way to transition is often a hybrid environment, with some on-premise infrastructure and management, working side by side with SaaS and IaaS cloud assets.
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