Most UK companies using Oracle E-Business Suite are using older systems

According to a Claremont study, the majority of UK companies using Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) are running on older versions of the business-critical ERP system.

Of the 154 IT professionals surveyed, 64% revealed that they were using a version older than the current R12.2. With Oracle cutting primary support to EBS 12.1 in December 2021, this leaves these companies with potential legislative and security issues if they fail to upgrade by the deadline.

58% of the companies surveyed said they intended to upgrade to version R12.2.

“Companies wishing to upgrade to EBS R12.2 face a race against time to do so on time. There are only 14 months left before the deadline, and while that may seem like a long time, given the survey indicates that nearly two-thirds of companies are currently looking to upgrade, it’s likely there will be a shortage of resources in the market. With upgrades taking 6 to 12 months, vendor selections to complete and business cases to develop, now is the time to act, ”said Mark Vivian, CEO of Claremont.

The study also found that the majority of EBS users currently host EBS on physical servers. 69% said they still use physical servers, compared to just 31% hosting EBS on a cloud platform. 60% of companies said they had no plans to migrate to the cloud, while 26% said they were planning a migration and only 14% said their migration was in progress.

The survey also revealed the reasons why companies using cloud platforms to host EBS chose their cloud provider. 53% of companies cited price as the main reason they chose their cloud provider, while 40% cited greater agility and flexibility, and only 36% cited better support from the cloud provider. cloud.

Mark Vivian added, “It’s surprising how many companies are still running Oracle E-Business on physical servers. The shift to cloud infrastructure means a shift towards greater agility, crucial for organizations to survive and thrive in response to accelerating change in today’s market.

Mary H. Martino