If you have ERP applications that are running on ageing platforms and or versions, then sooner or later you will have to consider bringing it up to date. There are issues of maintenance and trying to add new features with new technologies, there is always an option of re-building the entire system but this is painful and expensive.
Modern way of working demands that distributed processing / smarter processing, to be ahead of the competitors in the market. Being on the up to date technology and making use of latest features of upgraded versions keeps you on top.
An Oracle Applications upgrade employs several utilities designed to streamline the process. Rapid Install provides the most up-to-date, certified version of Oracle Applications, along with the required technology stack components.
Before pursuing an upgrade, it is imperative that you fully understand the upgrade process, potential upgrade paths, and most importantly, your criteria for considering an upgrade of your Oracle E-Business Suite solution.
The Upgrade Process
An upgrade project is similar to an implementation project; however, upgrade projects can be significantly more efficient than implementations because they leverage your previous implementation efforts and outputs. In addition, upgrades can be executed within the current change management system used by your organization.
Within the upgrade project, there are several key areas of work that begin with project evaluation and definition, continuing through the adoption of the new system by personnel.
A standard upgrade project can be divided into the following six major phases:
- Evaluating the upgrade (including development of a comprehensive business case)
- Planning the upgrade project
- Performing the technical upgrade (including conference room pilots/test rounds)
- Performing the functional testing (including conference room pilots/test rounds)
- Facilitating end-user learning and adoption
- Cut over to production