Migration to the cloud enhances the ability of an enterprise to accelerate innovation and improve its business agility and responsiveness while reducing costs and boosting the overall capabilities. Oracle Cloud is also no more an exception to this. As premier support for Oracle EBS has come to an end, customers using it are looking to migrate to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to leverage benefits like real-time access to data, scalability, lower cost of operations, flexibility, and continuous innovation. Since the migration to Oracle Cloud is not a walk in the park, we are providing best practices that can accelerate your migration process.
Due Diligence & Process Discovery: Migration to Oracle Cloud is a very big step that can make or break any enterprise. The first step towards Oracle Cloud migration is to gather all workload information to execute portfolio analysis. This may include servers, apps, databases, and other IT assets. Deciding what to migrate and what not to migrate can be a daunting task. Over the years, Oracle apps can be customized to meet unique business needs and integrations with third-party apps can also be performed. Enterprises need to find out the exact scope of migration. They need to figure out which critical customizations and integrations need to be taken to the cloud. Some of the key findings should include
- What apps and systems can be migrated without performing a significant change to the architecture of the new environment?
- What customizations are critical and which are of no importance to your existing business processes that can be left out.
- How would this impact the entire IT landscape?
Design& Solution Architecture: Once, the portfolio analysis is complete and the migration scope is identified, the design phase begins. During this phase, the enterprise needs to look for design and solution considerations along with secure signoff with all stakeholders. Crucial steps in this include sizing consideration for Oracle Cloud, security considerations, and cloud deployment architecture and design document.
Testing & Validation: The first step in migration is Dev and extensive testing and validation need to be performed. Thorough Oracle Cloud testing prior to releasing the environment for use needs to be done. It is recommended to consider Oracle Cloud automation testing to keep control of migration timelines and minimize business disruption due to human error or inadequate test coverage.
Migration Testing: The test environment needs to have a similar architecture to that of the production. IT and business teams need to perform thorough testing including system integration testing (SIT) and user acceptance testing (UAT). Oracle Cloud migration testing ensures that all your critical business processes and workflows, critical integrations, security roles, and reports are working as intended.
Migration from EBS to Oracle Cloud is a daunting task. Oracle Cloud migration can prove to be time-consuming and risky if it is not supported by test focussed strategy. By bringing in test focused Oracle Cloud migration strategy, enterprises can fix the scope of migration and reduce business risks. Oracle Cloud test automation framework will help you understand the exact scope of migration testing to keep timelines and budgets under control.