- Protecting your investment in EBS
- Extending the value of your EBS
- Embracing new innovation with rapid deployment of Oracle Cloud solutions with EBS.
I subscribe to a number of online forums for Oracle EBS professionals – mostly customers. Quite often lately, there have been several threads discussing the question: is Oracle EBS at end of life? For many who have invested years and a small fortune in implementing, massaging and evolving EBS to meet their business’ needs, this question can cause considerable heartburn. If EBS is at its end of life and if we are going to be left with an unsupported legacy system that is the very lifeblood of our business, then what next? How will we run our business and continue to evolve our core systems to meet ever-changing business demands – especially since there currently does not seem to be anything available in the SaaS world that can fully replicate (much less surpass) the robust functionality provided by EBS. Are we going to be forced to move to the Cloud faster than we want to? Are we going to be forced to go through a revolutionary adoption of a SaaS system or a collection of loosely integrated SaaS systems? Will we need to take a step back in the functionality to which our business partners have grown accustomed? Will we need to defer business improvements while we re-think and re-implement our ERP strategy? Oracle is well on its way to creating viable SaaS alternatives for ERP, and some of those offerings are mature enough for prime time. But for customers using the expanded EBS footprint, especially including areas like supply chain planning and manufacturing, the perception is that a full ERP suite is just not quite there yet. EBS’s Future “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” -Mark Twain Recently, Oracle has made some announcements regarding EBS that should put our minds at ease. EBS is not at end of life and it can continue to serve as our core systems ERP foundation for the foreseeable future. As I discussed in a previous blog Oracle Announces Support for EBS 12.X Through At Least 2030, one of the most important revelations for EBS customers recently was Oracle’s announcement that EBS 12.X will be supported through 2030, effectively adding seven more years beyond what had been previously announced. This in and of itself takes some pressure off EBS customers and allows time to plan for, and evolve our next moves. Additionally, Oracle is expecting upcoming version upgrades including “just-about-annual double-point releases” for the next couple of years to bring it to version 12.2.7 and 12.2.8 with a major upgrade to 12.3 expected in 2019 or 2020: Major Oracle E-business suite upgrade coming in 2019, or maybe 2020. So, the good news is that we can continue using EBS as our core ERP system and we aren’t going to be forced to try to replace it with SaaS. But what if we also want to take steps to evolve to the Cloud? As the world moves to Cloud computing and taking advantage of the benefits, Oracle is providing us a path to use EBS as our foundation to progress to Cloud at our own pace – however aggressive or conservative we want that particular pace to be. EBS as a Foundation to Migrate to the Cloud In his address to OpenWorld 2016, Cliff Godwin, SVP of Applications Development at Oracle laid out the company’s strategy for EBS moving forward. Their overarching guiding factors are: