Oracle is a company with nearly forty years of experience delivering software at enterprise scale. For most of that history, we delivered our services as on-premises, licensed software. From our technology stack to risk and compliance processes to sales metrics, Oracle has invested decades in building a company around this way of doing business. For the eight industry-focused software groups that make up the Oracle GBUs, this resulted in a highly complex hosted install base. The decision to migrate this entire suite of enterprise software to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure changed all of this, but not without carrying risk and cost.
The natural question is: why is this worth the time and money it will take to achieve?
Our answer boiled down to three words – scale, modernization, and standardization. Migrating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure provides us with the ability to rapidly and effectively deliver our entire suite of software at scale. The flexibility of cloud lets us build in modern tools for automation, AI and machine learning, and rapid development cycles that deliver more capability to our customers than ever before. Finally, it enables us to deliver all that capability using a single, standardized set of technology that improves the cost effectiveness and flexibility of our operations. All this translates into better software with greater agility without raising the cost to our customer.
The success of our migration depends on balancing these three priorities. All three goals – scale, modernization, and standardization – can be achieved by a move to the cloud, but in varying degrees for different products. It is simple to write these three words, but they were the subject of dozens of hours of debate by top executives. The question of which priorities were most important had to be discussed product by product and GBU by GBU. A thousand small choices, prioritizations, and trade-offs needed to be made, all of which would contributed to the overall success or failure of this effort.
Success requires deliberate executive attention and support. New teams and patterns of behavior had to be created within and across the GBUs. These teams needed resources, and employees across the GBUs needed to encouragement to work together. All of this required sustained effort and a clear view of the outcomes we were driving.
In our first white paper on Oracle’s GBU migration, Drivers of Transformation, we dive into greater detail about the goals we sought to balance and the steps that we took to ensure success. As you embark on your own cloud journey, we encourage you think about how the three drivers of cloud modernization apply to your organization, as well as the steps that your executive team, line managers, and developers need to take to ensure unified progress towards the goal of transforming your business by migrating to the cloud.
Join us again next month, as we discuss different approaches to moving workloads to the cloud.
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