September 15, 2016

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Oracle Cloud Migration: Processes and Challenges

Enterprises worldwide are moving towards a fused and permeable future as business processes become digital in nature.

In fact, business processes are in a state of comprehensive overhaul even as concepts like the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud have become commonplace. Ideal examples of this wave of digital transformation are organizations like Amazon, Google, Netflix, and Facebook, which were essentially born digital.

However, the challenge lies with organizations that possess legacy systems and have to eventually embrace the evolving trends of digitization. Interestingly, about 27% of industry experts are of the opinion that digital transformation is the key mantra for organizations to survive. Reports suggest that a massive 90% of businesses are moving toward cloud computing.

The way forward, thus, against the limited flexibility of such legacy systems lies in adopting the cloud and embracing concepts such as Software as a Service (SaaS). The implementation of cloud computing and SaaS will help sort out the challenges and smoothen the transition process toward an agile and adaptable environment equipped with technologies like the IoT, integration, and mobile. 

Crafting the transition: Creating the largest end-to-end cloud capabilities

Oracle is fast progressing on its path to deliver and include all of its present products that are available on-premise. It aims to become one of the major cloud vendors with the largest end-to-end cloud capabilities.

The most crucial building blocks that will help achieve this goal are SaaS, Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

SaaS is one of the most important components of cloud-based solutions. Oracle’s next-generation applications — Oracle Customer Experience Cloud, Oracle HR Cloud, Oracle ERP Cloud, and Oracle SCM Cloud — are offered as cloud solutions. 

En route to achieving success: The essential steps 

In order to handle major roadblocks and ensure a smooth trajectory for process optimization, a well-structured cloud migration strategy is imperative.

HCL’s active participation could help streamline the migration process, in turn providing comprehensive and end-to-end solutions for Oracle applications with its range of tools and offerings for the Oracle cloud.

Our Cloud Consultancy Services helps organizations define a cloud adoption strategy, cloud business cases, estimates, plans, and solution architectures. Further, Cloud Delivery Services delivers end-to-end or specific cloud solutions in a cost-effective manner. 

In order to begin the process of achieving success in cloud computing adoption, a three-stage approach is necessary.

Firstly, the demarcation of a clear strategy to assess the current environment pertaining to technology and rethink the future in line with it. Keeping capabilities in mind, the framework should focus on core business goals.

Secondly, a migration plan must be initiated; this is often quite challenging as organizations partly function in the cloud and partly on-premise. Here, the Oracle PaaS  and Oracle Data Integrator can be leveraged to smoothen the migration pathway.

Thirdly, the future state in which the influx continues as functionalities flow into the Oracle Cloud, must be clearly outlined. By this stage, the integration of the entire system should be almost completed and will be supported by Oracle PaaS components.

SaaS as a key driver for cloud migration

Oracle’s Cloud SaaS applications offer organizations the innovation and speed of best-of-breed cloud software as part of a comprehensive and secure cloud suite. Entrenched in the offering are modern best practice processes and built-in analytics capabilities. These applications help enterprises deliver enhanced customer experiences and improved performance.

HCL’s consultancy services for Oracle Cloud implementation services includes implementation of Oracle Cloud Apps through the SaaS model. The framework is further bolstered by deploying HCL cloud accelerators and HCL reference platform for Oracle Reference Platform.

Obstacles to cloud adoption — challenges and roadblocks

One of the primary obstacles with regard to hybrid cloud solution challenges are integration and implementation. It is crucial to use the recommended Oracle PaaS (Integration/SOA Cloud Services) in order to ensure on-premise integrations. The issue here is that the SaaS APIs are very intricate and complex. Various clouds include sales cloud, service cloud, marketing cloud, ERP cloud, and financial cloud, among others.  Hence, the migration has to be conducted under expert supervision. 

While the implementation of Oracle Cloud Solutions is considered to be hassle-free, other adversities like Oracle cloud migration, integration, and SaaS customizations can impede the process. Knowhow regarding the implementation of Oracle PaaS is extremely crucial to drive a smooth transition.  

Future trends – mitigating obstacles and defining the way forward

In order to handle major roadblocks and ensure a smooth trajectory for process optimization, a well-structured cloud migration strategy is imperative.

HCL’s active participation could help streamline the migration process, in turn providing comprehensive and end-to-end solutions for Oracle applications with its range of tools and offerings for the Oracle cloud.

Our Cloud Consultancy Services helps organizations define a cloud adoption strategy, cloud business cases, estimates, plans, and solution architectures. Further, Cloud Delivery Services delivers end-to-end or specific cloud solutions in a cost-effective manner. 

Finally, cloud and SaaS services for organizations must be monitored and maintained regardless of the approach – therefore, it is essential that the service partner works closely with Oracle to drive best practices while maintaining and servicing cloud services.