Chances are you’ve already heard a great deal about Oracle 12.2. With the numerous features, enhancements and business benefits that have been touted since its release in 2013, you’d think that most Oracle customers would have already made the switch. However, the reality is that the majority of businesses have yet to upgrade to 12.2. Why? While there are many factors at play, a lot of it comes down to concerns around resources, uncertainty on how to proceed and risks associated with a project of this size.
At AXIA Consulting, our goal is to arm you with the information and support needed to make more informed business decisions that drive bottom-line benefits. Below, we recap some of the benefits of the upgrade, as well as key considerations to determine whether it makes sense for your business. We also provide recommendations for minimizing risk and setting your upgrade project up for success.
There are many benefits to moving your organization to Oracle 12.2, including:
Aside from the obvious financial considerations, there are a number of other factors that should play a role in your decision to upgrade. Before you move forward, make sure you consider the following:
If so, you may decide not to make any further investments in your on-premises software. Just make certain to transfer your EBS system before Oracle stops supporting your version or find a third-party to provide support in the interim. Otherwise, your business’ operations could be open to serious risk should you run into any problems.
If not, upgrading could result in lost functionality. You may want to wait until all third-party applications are certified and ready before upgrading should this be the case. You could also choose to replace the application if doing so makes sense for your business long-term.
The upgrade is substantial, and depending upon the complexity of your environment, it could take anywhere from six months to more than a year. Upgrading to 12.2 requires extensive planning and numerous test iterations. If done incorrectly, it could seriously corrupt your environment, so it’s important to have the right skills and resources in place. On-site, dedicated resources are necessary because of the complexities and challenges of the project – it’s easy to skip steps when you have to juggle the upgrade on top of daily tasks. If your business doesn’t have the adequate skills or resources to allocate to the project full-time, you’ll need to bring in outside support.
If you answer yes to either of these questions, upgrading to 12.2 will become more complex. This makes it crucial to have a very skilled team dedicated to the project with experience handling Oracle upgrades for a global system. This team will be tasked with supporting processes for all locations at the same time. This is a daunting task, but can deliver major business benefits if done right.
Whether you need help planning or managing your upgrade, AXIA is here to help. With an average of 20 years of ERP experience and multiple iterations of Oracle upgrades under our belts, our team has the skills and methodologies needed to guide your project to success. Upgrades are no small feat, and it’s important to work with a partner who can navigate you through the process to avoid pitfalls and overcome unforeseen challenges. AXIA’s proven approach not only minimizes your risk but ensures a seamless, turnkey upgrade, no matter how complex your environment. At a low cost to you, our senior consultants serve as an extension of your team and can supplement internal resources so that your team can focus on your business.
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