Alliance Data Systems has been a long-time Oracle customer. They leverage Oracle PeopleSoft to manage human resources for all 20,000 employees as well as the company’s financials.
Oracle also enables Alliance Data Systems critical insight into the future with Oracle Hyperion Planning and Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) for forecasting, planning and reporting. These applications, as well as their development environments, are trusted to run on Exadata; enabling maximum uptime and availability. They needed to keep running these mission-critical systems, but they wanted to do it in the cloud.
Alliance Data Systems had considered multiple cloud vendors, including Amazon Web Services (AWS). They compared each vendor’s offerings, cost, and the ability to keep their enterprise systems secure and available. However, they also knew from experience that their business had greatly benefited from the performance, scalability, and reliability of their Exadata database platform, and leaving that platform was risky and could affect the service they deliver to their customers.
In the end, Alliance Data Systems decided that migrating to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was the best path forward. Their experience had proven time and time again that their database portfolio runs best on Exadata, and only Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offered them the same Exadata platform.
“Oracle and LTI (Larsen & Toubro Infotech) were with us every step of the way during the migration.” said Suresh Tripathi, Director of IT, Software Engineering at Alliance Data Systems. “Originally, we were only going to migrate PeopleSoft, but we later decided to move all our Oracle Applications. We had many sessions with Oracle to look at each application and compared all different deployment options. This is the best support I’ve ever seen.”