Motorola Solutions moves essential workloads to Oracle Cloud

For the provider of communications services, security and performance were top concerns in moving key applications to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

There are a lot of benefits from using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Cloud Guard. One of the biggest is the ability to go from detecting to actually responding and then enforcing security policies.

Scott ShepardSenior Director of IT Infrastructure and Information Security, Motorola Solutions

Business challenges

A lot of companies talk about their “mission-critical” systems, but Motorola Solutions actually provides them. The company’s two-way radio services, video and access control systems, command center software, and other communication systems for public safety teams and enterprises must deliver every day—including being there for those “moments that matter” for first responders such as police and firefighters. Motorola Solutions’ 18,000 employees are driven by this shared purpose.

Information security is critical throughout the organization, and that extends to back-office operations. The company was looking to move its Oracle E-Business Suite environment—comprising finance, supply chain, order management, and related applications—to the cloud and to close some of its on-premises data centers. Security ranked high on the requirements list along with performance and cost. Motorola Solutions had already embraced a multicloud strategy for moving from on-premises to the cloud, and it was looking to extend that with these important operational processes.

We've revamped how we've done our entire disaster recovery planning, leveraging OCI as a model.

Scott ShepardSenior Director of IT infrastructure and Information Security, Motorola Solutions

Why Motorola Solutions chose Oracle

Motorola Solutions picked Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to run its Oracle E-Business Suite applications for numerous financial, supply chain, order management, and other workloads. OCI, including Oracle Exadata and Oracle Enterprise Database Service, helped the company improve performance and close on-premises data centers that ran those workloads. OCI also helped lower costs and provided a model for using the cloud to improve disaster recovery. Motorola could also take advantage of OCI’s built-in security capabilities with Oracle Cloud Guard to more proactively lower risks by monitoring and enforcing security policies.

Results

By moving Oracle E-Business Suite applications to OCI, the company was able to shut down the data center that was running those workloads, thus lowering costs and letting the company’s technologists spend less time on hardware maintenance. Migrating to OCI also enabled Motorola Solutions to continue its multicloud strategy for moving workloads to the cloud, using its high-throughput networking architecture to allow it to choose the right cloud for a given workload.

The company cut its information security expenses by 15%, because OCI provides built-in security capabilities, such as Cloud Guard, at no added cost. At the same time, it improved information security by moving from just monitoring for security risks to automatically responding and requiring that security policies such as configuration rules are followed. “Now we can feel sure that we are complying with the polices that we’ve defined,” says Scott Shepard, senior director of IT infrastructure and information security.

The company migrated Oracle E-Business Suite modules related to functions including forecasting, financials, order management, service contracts, product data, product lifecycle management, supply chain, and procurement. The team also moved some customer applications.

Motorola Solutions also used OCI as a model to reshape its disaster recovery strategy for cloud capabilities. For processes based on Oracle E-Business Suite, the system can now spot and fail over applications and supporting databases at the application layer, without IT teams having to spin up new servers.

Published:February 16, 2022