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Due to low operating costs, improved go to market, better collaboration, scalability, and improved flexibility, business across different industry verticals are migrating to cloud. Oracle EBS (E-business suite) users are no more exception to this. Enterprises across the globe are shifting their workload from EBS to Oracle Cloud. Undoubtedly, migrating EBS to Oracle Cloud can be a great move to achieve business agility, however, it can present many serious challenges. A recently published survey has also suggested that 45% of the enterprises that have migrated to cloud has faced budget overruns while 58% faces timelines overruns. Now, the big question is how can you ensure that your EBS to Oracle Cloud migration is risk-free and within time/ budget? The answer to this question is “test focused” Oracle Cloud migration. Having a test focused migration strategy will not only keep business risks at bay but also ensures that your migration occurs within an optimal timeline and budget.
In this article, we’ll highlight EBS to Oracle Cloud migration risks and showcases how robust Oracle testing can ensure seamless, risk-free migration.
Challenges that may occur during EBS to Oracle Cloud Migration
Clear scope of migration: Having proper scope of Oracle Cloud migration is necessary to achieve success. However, enterprises often struggle to have clear scope of migration which leads to budget and timelines overruns. Having a clear scope of migration will help in more accurate project cost and timeline estimations.
“As-is” Processes & Existing Configurations: Although, manual process discovery is still prevalent, however, it is slow, unscientific and can lead to business disruption post Oracle Cloud migration. Enterprises cannot rely on manual process documentation since gathering information across disparate systems like ERP, CRM, BPM, ECM, web apps, and personal productivity applications like Microsoft Excel, Outlook, etc. and creating a cohesive story can be very challenging.
Process Deviations: Over the years, enterprises that are using Oracle EBS have customized their instances to extend the functionality of the business process. However, Oracle Fusion Cloud Apps are highly configurable and don’t offer direct access to the database. So, while migrating EBS to Oracle Cloud enterprises need to adopt some standard processes. It is really important to understand process deviations to minimize post migration business risks.
Business Process Mapping: Having clear business process map across EBS is very crucial to avoid confusion and chaos post Oracle Cloud migration. Process map gives you clear idea on how business processes should be mapped in Oracle Cloud to keep disruptions at bay. However, many enterprises struggle to have clear notion about how processes run.
Critical Reports Validation: To ensure successful Oracle Cloud migration, it is extremely important that critical reports should be validated thoroughly. However, often enterprises don’t have proper validation tools, leading to unpredictable test cycles, long hours, and project delays.
Validation of Critical Integrations: Oracle EBS can be integrated seamlessly with a range of apps such as SCM, HCM, EDI, CRM and productivity tools like Office 365 using different ways such as APIs, database views, database procedures and web services. Post Oracle Cloud migration there are chances that these integrations may break or can’t work as intended. So, enterprises need to test these critical integration points. However, many enterprises lack the ability to exhaustively test these integration points during cloud migration to keep business risks at bay.
Validating SOD Permissions: Oracle Cloud offers role based access to users which are part of Function and Data security policies of an enterprise. Typically single security role contains more than 500 Function/ Data security privileges. It is logically impossible to validate these functional / data security privileges manually across 100’s of roles together.
Based on the above mentioned points, enterprises that are looking to migrate EBS to Oracle Cloud need answers for given below questions.
- How should they ensure that Business Continuity remain intact post Oracle Cloud migration?
- How should they ensure that all existing processes are working successfully in Oracle cloud?
- How should they ensure that critical EBS configurations and data have been successfully migrated to Oracle Cloud?
- How should they validate security roles and critical integrations in new Oracle Cloud environment?
- How should they keep up with Oracle cloud quarterly update cycle?
To address these challenges, enterprises need Oracle EBS test automation tool that not only handles the above tasks but also keep your Oracle Cloud migration within budget and business timelines. The Oracle Cloud test automation tool should help you by providing
Autonomous Migration Impact Assessment: Oracle Cloud testing tool should autonomously discover and document your current business processes so that critical functions should be tested first.
Automatic Business Process Mapping: Oracle Cloud test automation tool should come with pre-built mapping templates to highlight the exact test coverage.This will ensure safer and faster Oracle Cloud Migration.
Visualization of as-is and to-be business processes: The test automation tool should provide detailed impact report across “as-is” and “to-be” business processes.It will help QA teams to discover the exact scope of upgraded test scenarios.
Configuration Variance: Test automation tool should automatically assess existing configurations to highlight process deviations.
Autonomous Self-Config: Oracle testing tool should generate all relevant data combinations across different configurations so that testing can be executed seamlessly.
SOD Validation: Oracle Cloud test automation tool should provide variance across roles, enabling enterprises to maintain compliance.
End-to-end Testing: Test automation tool should help you conducting end-to-end testing across middleware, multiple custom and 3rd party applications to minimize business risks.
Support for Oracle Cloud Updates: Post migration, Oracle Cloud testing tool should help you in validating monthly and quarterly patch.