Since 1998, Princess House used JD Edwards on IBM's AS/400 hardware on-premises. To modernize, they converted to Oracle Linux, upgraded to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and migrated to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure saving 3X the costs for the business.
“With other cloud infrastructure providers, we would have been just another customer, but Oracle has offered a level of personal customer care and partnership that has been invaluable to us.”
- Expand legacy JD Edwards solution to include supply chain management, as well as integrate it with their warehouse management system
- Maintain existing business processes while modernizing their environment
- Build more agility and elasticity into infrastructure
- To be able to create resources on the fly without the upfront investments, constant capacity planning, and hardware renewals that come with running one’s own data center
Why Princess House chose Oracle
Princess House chose Oracle Cloud Infrastructure because they knew no other cloud would be able to run and support JD Edwards like Oracle. “We looked at other clouds, but we knew Oracle Cloud Infrastructure was the best choice to run an Oracle solution,” said Alqassar.
In addition, Princess House was impressed with Oracle’s support during their migration.
“The support team from Oracle has really been outstanding. That’s why we moved away from other cloud infrastructure providers and their retail model approaches. With them, we would have been just another customer, but Oracle has offered a level of personal customer care and partnership that has been invaluable to us.”
Finally, Princess House saw benefits in Oracle’s low cost and flexibility. “We had explored hosting with a prior partner,” said Alqassar. “But it was 3X more expensive and they were looking for a contractual commitment. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, we have the flexibility to go month to month.”
The combination of flexible pricing and cloud agility now allows Princess House to easily spin up resources to run different dev/test scenarios much more cost effectively.
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Increasing the agility of application dev/test
Princess House had been running their legacy JD Edwards application on IBM AS/400 hardware in their data center. The solution was already tightly integrated into their financial and purchasing operations. They wanted to expand it to include supply chain management as well as integrate it with Softeon, their warehouse management system.
By converting to Oracle Linux and upgrading to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Princess House was able to maintain existing business processes while modernizing their environment and adding the supply chain management capabilities needed. At the same time, they reduced training time for end-users who were already familiar with JD Edwards.
Princess House also wanted to build more agility and elasticity into the infrastructure that supported dev/test for their enterprise applications. “Our main driver for moving to cloud was to be able to create resources on the fly without the upfront investments, constant capacity planning and hardware renewals that come with running your own data center,” said Bassam Alqassar, VP of Information Systems at Princess House.
Alqassar cited additional strategic benefits of not having to manage their own data center. “With cloud we don’t have to worry about power, cooling and having enough resources for disaster recovery. We can rely on our cloud vendor to provide a highly available infrastructure while we focus on building and improving the applications we need to run our business.”
- Highly available infrastructure
- One third the cost of competing solution
- Frees up IT staff to focus on building and improving the applications needed to run business instead of worrying about power and cooling of a data center
- Superior support for mission-critical Oracle Applications on the Oracle Cloud
- Flexible pricing versus contractual commitment