Navitas is an education provider based in Perth, Australia, with a global presence. Every year, it reaches more than 70,000 students, enrolled at 120-plus colleges, across 33 countries.
Navitas stands out for the innovative university-partnership model it pioneered, based on an important insight: Many students are unable to meet the enrollment criteria of the university of their choice—even though they have promise—because they might speak a different first language, or were educated in a non-compatible education system.
The company bridges this gap, thus creating a win-win for students and universities. It partners with universities and trains prospective students to meet the enrollment criteria of that university with college pathway programs.
Navitas’s programs enable students to spend their first year in a Navitas institution—located on the campus of a partner university—before they merge with the rest of the university’s cohort.
Partner universities also have access to Navitas’s global recruitment infrastructure to help them find students, accelerate the internationalization of their campuses, and boost their global profiles. This includes 26 regional offices with more than 120 recruitment staff, who manage relationships with over 4,000 recruitment partners, in 130 countries.
Key to keeping this complex and global operation ticking is a strong IT backbone, in the form of Oracle E-Business Suite, which Navitas had adopted over a decade ago. But the platform, supported by a small team, was aging. Both the version of the application, its infrastructure, and architecture were old. This created a number of challenges. It heightened the risk of exposure to evolving security vulnerabilities, limited application support, shut the business out from new functionalities, and resulted in sporadic episodes of poor application performance.
We don’t feel pressured anymore. We're on a platform that gives us fantastic opportunities to innovate. And I'm really excited about that.
Oracle Systems Manager, Navitas
Ultimately, Navitas chose to upgrade Oracle E-Business Suite and lift-and-shift it onto Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) in a single project that would span five months.
While the decision to choose OCI was based on multiple factors, a few stood out in importance. Comparisons against AWS and Microsoft Azure demonstrated that OCI offered a stable, supportable, scalable platform at the best price. Ben Dansie’s experience as Oracle systems manager showed him that it was smarter to run Oracle applications on Oracle’s infrastructure, another key reason to choose OCI.
Additionally, the license offered Navitas more value on OCI than if the company had continued to use an on-premises strategy. Plus, access to Oracle Universal Credits, which allows the company to experiment more easily with other Oracle services, was also a benefit.
The project, which was meant primarily to lower the risks associated with an aging application and infrastructure, was seamless, with no disruption to operations. And even better, the project came in on time and under budget by 20%.
The company’s upgraded application now ensures that Navitas has support until 2031, and has access to functionality it hadn’t previously. Before the migration, some global users located far from Perth, where the application was hosted, complained of slow speeds stemming from latency issues. With the adoption of OCI, those issues vanished. “The big win that we have had has been with performance,” says Ben Dansie, Oracle systems manager for the company. “The feedback we got post go-live was, ‘We like the new Oracle. It's a lot faster.’”
Additionally, moving to OCI improved the company’s disaster recovery capabilities. “We had a less-than-optimal DR setup when we were on premises. Moving to the cloud enabled us to achieve a proper, like-for-like failover capability with a return to service in one hour. We never had that on premises,” says Dansie.
Finally, the project ensures that Navitas has a platform that allows it to innovate. With Oracle Integration and Migration, the company can integrate other standalone applications with Oracle E-Business Suite, and access new services that could facilitate data capture and data visualization. The team has also kicked off a database upgrade.
“We're on a platform that gives us some fantastic opportunities to innovate. And I'm really excited about that,” says Dansie.
As a long-standing partner, DXC Technology’s Oracle Practice was selected to work with Navitas on implementation and ongoing managed services. DXC was providing Navitas with managed services and had a strong understanding of their business and expertise in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Navitas’s own team also did a lot of the heavy lifting—a significant factor in lowering the cost of the project.