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The Transformational Journey of Migrating PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Author: Mahesh Vanapalli | 9 min read | August 1, 2023

Organizations are adopting cloud migration as a game-changing approach to open new opportunities and gain competitive advantage in today’s quickly changing business landscape. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) has emerged as a preferred choice for businesses seeking a robust and secure cloud platform.

When it comes to migrating their critical enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems like PeopleSoft, organizations are turning to OCI to harness its unparalleled capabilities. In this blog, we will explore the compelling reasons why organizations are choosing to migrate to OCI and delve into the seven essential elements for successfully lifting and shifting PeopleSoft to OCI. Additionally, we will share an inspiring customer success story that highlights the transformative power of this migration.

Why Organizations Choose Migrating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)

Each on-premises PeopleSoft implementation is unique, yet they have a lot in common when it comes to routine patching, enhancing, extending, and integrating applications. Maintenance tasks like backup and restore, refresh, and migration are often plagued with inconsistencies, lack of automation and more.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure enables PeopleSoft customers to automate routine activities while reducing administrative overheads, improving response times, and reducing manual errors with on-demand capacity and performance.

The key drivers behind organizations’ choice to migrate to OCI include:

Unmatched Performance and Scalability:

OCI provides a high-performance infrastructure with robust compute, storage, and networking capabilities. Its elastic scalability ensures that organizations can effortlessly handle increasing workloads, enabling them to scale their PeopleSoft systems seamlessly as their business grows.

Advanced Security and Compliance:

Security is a top priority for organizations, especially when it comes to their mission-critical applications and sensitive data. OCI offers advanced security features, including data encryption, secure network connections, and comprehensive identity and access management. In addition, OCI complies with industry norms and laws, guaranteeing organizations may easily achieve their compliance responsibilities.

Cost Optimization and Efficiency:

OCI enables organizations to optimize their IT costs by providing a pay-as-you-go model and eliminating the need for upfront investments in hardware and infrastructure. Additionally, OCI’s automation capabilities reduce operational overhead, enabling IT teams to focus on strategic initiatives and innovation.

Seamless Integration and Interoperability:

OCI provides seamless integration with other Oracle Cloud services and technologies, creating a unified ecosystem for organizations. Organizations can use additional Oracle Cloud services, such as analytics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence, thanks to this interoperability, to improve their PeopleSoft deployments and provide more business value.

Enhanced Business Agility:

OCI’s flexible and agile infrastructure allows organizations to respond quickly to changing business demands. The ability to rapidly provision and scale resources, combined with OCI’s global presence, ensures that organizations can deliver optimal user experiences to their employees and customers, regardless of their location.

The Seven Essential Elements of PeopleSoft Migration to OCI

When embarking on a PeopleSoft migration journey to OCI, organizations must consider the following essential elements to ensure a successful and seamless transition:

Interface Jobs:

The first step is to identify all interface jobs and their connection methods. It is crucial to review the impact of migration on current and future states, considering transaction volume statistics. Special attention should be given to jobs with DB link connection methods that may be impacted by network latency. By creating an efficient testing plan and addressing performance needs, successful migration of interface jobs can be ensured.

Applications Versions and Certification Status:

Reviewing the current application versions and their certification status with Oracle Support is imperative. Understanding the compatibility of OCI’s available OS versions with the current application versions is essential for migration and upgrade decisions. It is crucial to align the migration strategy with security and compliance standards at the O/S, DB, and application levels.

Current Storage Solution:

A thorough evaluation of the current storage solution and database IOPS requirements is necessary to meet business needs. Factors such as virtual machine size, network throughput, disk types, and configurations should be reviewed to identify the appropriate storage options on the cloud. This analysis helps estimate costs accurately and ensures scalability and performance requirements are met.

Data Migration Strategy:

Developing a robust data migration strategy is vital to minimize downtime during cutover. It is crucial to identify the allowed downtime and explore various options for migrating data to the target location. Testing the migration process through proof of concept (POC) is recommended to mitigate potential challenges. This ensures a seamless transition to OCI while maintaining data integrity.

Storage Footprint:

Analyzing the storage footprint and identifying opportunities for cost reduction on the cloud is essential. Carefully reviewing on-premises production and non-production DB storage utilization and cost helps assess the impact of cloud storage options. Additionally, exploring third-party solutions can provide further insights and optimize storage costs.

Testing Strategy:

An effective testing strategy is crucial to minimize post-migration surprises. It should encompass regression and load test scenarios, focusing not only on job completion but also on runtimes and volume details. Conducting testing in a production-like environment on OCI helps identify any configuration changes required and ensures the system operates optimally.

Future State Backup and Monitoring Solutions:

Reviewing backup solutions and monitoring tools on the target cloud platform is essential. Understanding their impact on Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) is crucial for business continuity. Additionally, it is vital to review the clone process, environment strategy, and hibernation schedules. This enables optimization of operational costs and alignment with cloud platform requirements and limitations.

Download our presentation, “Lift and Transform PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure”, to discover seven essential elements that will help you better prepare for your cloud migration journey.

Customer Success Story: Achieving Transformation through PeopleSoft Migration to OCI

Our client, a resort company, has earned its reputation as a leading hospitality destination by delivering unparalleled guest experiences. The resort’s commitment to excellence is evident in its world-class facilities, luxurious accommodations, and exceptional service. Moving away from on-premises PeopleSoft and JDEdwards, the company wanted to aim at modernizing their infrastructure and provide a first-class employee and customer experience. With legacy green-screen applications, Excel spreadsheets, and manual operations, the company faced numerous challenges. Recognizing these challenges and its setbacks, the company looked for the best partner to help them shift their on-premises applications to cloud that will serve to be a more strategic partner to their business. And they found Datavail and chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to deliver on the company’s people-centric goals.

In collaboration with Datavail and leveraging the power of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), the resort company successfully migrated their PeopleSoft system to OCI. This remarkable transformation took place within a short span of three months and involved upgrading the database, shifting operating systems, and seamlessly transitioning to OCI. The benefits were astounding.

By embracing the power of OCI, our client experienced a substantial reduction in costs, up to 40%, while gaining increased agility, flexibility, and productivity. The migration not only modernized their infrastructure but also established a solid foundation for future SaaS transformation initiatives. This transition opened doors to unparalleled performance, enhanced security, cost optimization, and business agility. By carefully considering the seven essential elements that were listed above and leveraging OCI’s advanced capabilities, our client could unlock the full potential of their PeopleSoft system and position themselves for the future.

Run your PeopleSoft systems in the Cloud with Datavail

With over 1000+ implementation experience and 10+ years of cloud experience, Datavail is a Oracle partner and a Cloud Excellence implementer and a leading expert in deploying and maintaining PeopleSoft servers in the Cloud.

Many organizations are now exploring how they can leverage the power of the cloud in their IT and business systems. Hosting PeopleSoft in the cloud will retain the ability to tailor and customize PeopleSoft solutions to meet key business requirements whilst gaining the benefit of native Cloud services. Download our latest whitepaper, Lift and Shift PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, a comprehensive guide on how to migrate to OCI including step-by-step instructions and best practices for a seamless transition.

Datavail provides the services to run your PeopleSoft applications in OCI. Once up and running, Datavail will maintain the system according to the balance between frequency of update and the ability to consume new features that are right for our customers. In addition, Datavail will provide a complete Service Desk support infrastructure so our customers can receive support when needed. Learn more about our services and get in touch with our PeopleSoft and Cloud experts.


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