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Iteris validated decision to switch to Oracle Cloud Applications in two weeks

Iteris

SOLUTION

MultiCloud Acceleration Solutions

SERVICE

Oracle Enterprise Modernization

INDUSTRY

Challenge

Challenge:

Validate decision to migrate from Oracle E-Business Suite Financials, SCM and Projects to Oracle Cloud applications.

Solution

Solution:

Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications

Outcomes

  • Validated decision in two weeks
  • Minimized staff time spent on assessment: an automated tool gathered most information directly from Oracle EBS
  • Will accelerate benefits of moving to cloud, including audit risk reduction

Iteris is the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture. The company analyzes big data about traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops to generate precise informatics leading to safer roads, more efficient travel, and more productive and sustainable farmlands. The company’s customers include municipalities, government agencies, crop science companies, farmers and agronomists around the world.

The report from the Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications tool backed up our recommendations. It reassured everyone that we could move to Oracle Cloud without giving up features that we depend on. As a result, we’re making the move with confidence.

– Tejas Patel, Vice President of IT, Iteris

Goal: validate assumptions about cloud migration

Iteris prefers cloud applications when practical. “We like cloud economics: less on-premises infrastructure and lower management overhead,” says Tejas Patel, vice president of IT for Iteris. Critical applications already running in the cloud include disaster recovery, CRM, and HR.

Intuitively, moving from on-premises EBS to Oracle Cloud seemed like a smart move. Iteris had extensively customized Oracle EBS Application Suite over the years, making it difficult to apply patches and upgrades. And employees worked around an incomplete implementation by manually entering data in Excel— even critical data like revenue bookings. "Manual workarounds increased our exposure to audit risk and Sarbanes- Oxley violations," Patel says. "Moving to the cloud would give us an opportunity to start fresh and follow Oracle recommended practices."

But Iteris couldn’t risk moving a business-critical Oracle application to the cloud without due diligence. "We needed validation that Oracle Cloud provides all the features we use," Patel says. "The decision was important enough that we wanted confirmation from a third party."

Solution: Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications

One of Patel’s peers in another company recommended Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications. "Hitachi Consulting stood apart from other practices because of its experience with Oracle EBS modules— especially the Projects module, which we use heavily," Patel says. "And Hitachi’s experience with government organizations gave us confidence in Hitachi’s security protocols."

The assessment took just two weeks. That’s because the Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications automatically gathered most of the needed information from the non-production Oracle EBS database. One Iteris database administrator spent about a day on coordination. Hitachi Consulting also interviewed users to understand their processes and the Oracle features they use.

The Migration Map generated a comprehensive web report mapping all Oracle EBS features that Iteris uses to equivalent features in the cloud. Hitachi Consulting walked the IT team through the report’s different tabbed sections. "The report was thorough and easy to digest," Patel says.

Moving to Oracle Cloud with confidence

The assessment validated the IT team’s judgment that Oracle Cloud met the business requirements. Patel presented a summary to his executive team. "The report from the Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications tool backed up our recommendations," says Patel. "It reassured everyone that we could move to Oracle Cloud without giving up features that we depend on. As a result, we’re making the move with confidence." Based on Hitachi’s recommendations, Iteris is migrating only newer transactions to Oracle Cloud. Older transactions will remain on-premises.

Reducing risk with recommended practices

As part of the assessment, Hitachi Consulting showed Iteris how to accomplish its business objectives without customizing the Oracle application. Following Oracle recommended practices will simplify processes and reduce risk.

Gaining cloud benefits sooner

Iteris received its assessment report in two weeks, much faster than the two or three months other service providers needed. The rapid assessment helped the company begin migrating to Oracle Cloud sooner, accelerating the benefits. For example, Iteris expects that eliminating manual entries in spreadsheets will:

  • Reduce audit exposure
  • Free up time for strategic projects—a competitive advantage and a boost to employee morale
  • Speed up generation of management reports from weeks or months to 1-2 days

Next steps

Hitachi Consulting is currently implementing Oracle ERP, SCM and Projects Clouds, as well as OTL to support Iteris’ HR operations. Patel concludes, "Hitachi Migration Map for Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Cloud Applications gave us confidence that Oracle Cloud was the right strategy. We needed hard data to validate our assumptions—and we got it in just two weeks."

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