To stay relevant and useful, software and systems must be upgraded from time to time. Many users view these upgrades as just an inconvenience, whereas they are actually a manifestation of the developer’s efforts to deliver more value to its customers. Inconvenient or not, upgrades are important.
“It’s time to upgrade our ERP.” For many, those are words often trigger thoughts of projects past where countless hours are spending bringing your current applications to the latest version. Avoiding costly upgrades is one of the primary reasons why organizations select Oracle’s ERP Cloud.
Upgrading can be a challenging process because it often entails a fair amount of investigation, planning, testing, and some technical processes that must be carried out properly and must be well executed. For many Oracle Cloud customers, Cloud Release 10 will be their first upgrade on their new Oracle platform. Although less complex than upgrades to Oracle’s on-premise application (with PeopleSoft, EBS or JDE), there are still a number of considerations and steps required in order to execute a successful upgrade.
Oracle requires customers to be on the current release or the prior release. New releases have been issued twice per year of late, so expect to upgrade at least once every year, maybe twice. As you work with Oracle to plan your upgrade timing, there is a lot of coordination required with the Oracle Support team. Be sure to understand all of the steps and timing required to execute a successful upgrade.
Emtec has considerable experience with Cloud Release 10 upgrades and has put this 4 part Blog series to share some of the knowledge developed in the process. Some of these lessons learned and guidelines can be found in this blog series, but remember that each upgrade can present unique challenges because each instance reflects a specific configuration, unique business processes and personalizations that apply to your environment alone.
It is our hope that this 4 part blog series will help educate, guide and support your upgrade to Cloud Release 10.
Stay tuned for the next 3 series:
- Part 2: How to Prepare
- Part 3: Launch
- Part 4: Wrap Up
In the meantime, contact us with any questions or concerns.