Squashing the Misconceptions of Hybrid Cloud for Oracle EBS

September 8, 2022

The Modernization of Your Oracle EBS Matters

One of Oracle’s primary product lines is Oracle E-Business Suite. It is an integrated set of business software for automating customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), and supply chain management (SCM) procedures within enterprises. It is also known as Oracle EBS.

The Oracle E-Business Suite applications are built on top of Oracle Database, the company’s flagship product. Despite Oracle’s later purchases of numerous other application suppliers and technologies, such as JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Siebel, the E-Business Suite, which was originally released in 2001, remains the most extensively used line of business applications in the company’s product portfolio.

Oracle E-Business Suite, like competing solutions from SAP and Microsoft, was created to help users manage worldwide enterprises, improve decision making, cut costs, and improve corporate performance. E-Business Suite includes application modules for customer service management, financial management, human capital management, project portfolio management, procurement, and value chain planning and execution, among other areas of CRM, ERP, and SCM operations. Oracle’s business intelligence applications are also pre-integrated with E-Business Suite, giving EBS users access to BI and analytics.

Oracle Fusion Applications, which was released in 2011, was aimed to provide an uniform upgrade route for users of Oracle E-Business Suite and other Oracle business applications. Despite the development of the Fusion software, Oracle said the E-Business Suite apps and other product lines will continue to be upgraded as part of an Oracle Applications Unlimited plan.

Not Ready To Move Your Oracle EBS to the Cloud Yet?

Oracle E-Business Suite users have known for a long time that moving to the Cloud is not a matter of “if,” but “when.” And it seems that for many, now is “when.” Unfortunately, we still see a plethora of organizations hesitant about modernizing their instances by moving to the cloud, or it’s downright impossible to move their entire ERP footprint to the Cloud right away.

We must come to terms with the fact that “Cloud vs. On Premise” isn’t an either/or question for Oracle E-Business Suite users, because a Hybrid Cloud solution for Oracle EBS can be a great choice for many companies. To help validate the worth of choosing a Hybrid approach to the modernization of your Oracle EBS, we’re going to squash some of the most prominent misconceptions surrounding Hybrid Cloud.

Squashing Oracle EBS Hybrid Cloud Misconceptions

Misconception #1: In today’s modern landscape, you can only be flexible by moving to a public cloud or SaaS solution

People often think that moving to a Public Cloud or SaaS platform is the only way to gain agility through the Cloud. In this case, what most people think is true is a genuine misconception. A Hybrid Cloud solution really does give Oracle E-Business Suite users a lot of flexibility. In a Hybrid Cloud, users use their existing investments and solutions that work best on-premise or in a Private Cloud. They also use other ERP solution parts that work best on other cloud platforms.

Misconception #2: New EBS users should shy away from a hybrid cloud approach

First-time implementers of Oracle ERP solutions do well by looking at public cloud as a good choice, and while that may be true for many, it’s not the reality for most. In many cases, companies who are new to ERP would also be wise to consider Hybrid Cloud. Hybrid Cloud is accessible and cost-effective, letting you keep sensitive information on-site or in a private cloud with security settings that can be tailored to your needs.

Misconception #3: If you’re concerned about safety, the hybrid cloud is typically thought of as not as safe as the other cloud options

Many stakeholders think that a Hybrid Cloud is going to be less secure than a Public, Private, or On-Premise Oracle EBS instance because it has more moving parts. In reality, every Oracle EBS solution, including an On-Premise Oracle E-Business Suite instance, needs to have a 4-pillar security posture that includes:

  • Endpoint Protection
  • Security around the perimeter (firewall and IDS/IPS)
  • Protocols for Vulnerability Assessment and Management
  • Policies for SIEM (Security Information and Event Management)

Yes, managing security in a Hybrid Oracle E-Business Suite environment can be somewhat more complex, but a well-managed Hybrid Cloud EBS instance should be just as safe as an on-premise or public or private cloud environment thanks to Oracle’s safety measures put in place.

Misconception #4: Hybrid clouds are too expensive for your business

Since a Hybrid Cloud is made up of different parts, it is easy to think that it will cost more. Often, the opposite is true, as adopting a Hybrid Cloud model lets you optimize operational efficiencies across your solution, which lowers your Total Cost of Ownership.

Misconception #5: Hybrid clouds are high maintenance

If your environment has a lot of different things going on, it must be harder to manage, right? As the saying goes, don’t judge a book by its cover because not everything you see always tells the whole story. The truth is that managing a Hybrid Cloud does present a different set of challenges to an Oracle EBS Application Manager, but those challenges are not necessarily more difficult to meet.

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