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Upgrading vs Re-Implementing to Oracle EBS 12.2

Every business is different—so why should every journey to EBS 12.2 be the same? With the option to upgrade or re-implement, you can make sure your move to EBS 12.2 is tailored to your specific needs. 

Choosing between an upgrade or re-implementation can have a huge impact on your new EBS 12.2 system and what your business gets out of it. Now that you know the difference between the two options, here are a few checklist items to evaluate before you pick your method.

1. What E-Business Suite version are you currently on? 

Upgrading may be a simple task if your organization is operating on a fairly recent version (think 12.0 or 12.1). But if you’re considering replacing a version that’s been around for awhile, the upgrade process may not be quite as easy, and a re-implementation is a better option. 

It’s also important to consider this: If your organization has implemented a good amount of tailored customizations and automated processes into your older EBS system, then upgrading could compromise the processes you worked hard to put into place. Again, in this case, a re-implementation is likely your best bet. 

If you’re on a recent version, an upgrade may be the quickest and simplest strategy, allowing you to reap the benefits of EBS 12.2 without having to reinvent the wheel. 

2. Is Your Data Clean?

Every single day, your company is producing tons of data. That’s useful to keep your business functioning at its peak, but it also increases your chances of having bad data. And without clean data to pull from, analytics quickly lose their worth. 

When it comes to updating their system, many organizations look to the speed of the process first. And it makes sense: at first glance, an upgrade seems like the best and fastest way to reach their EBS 12.2 end goal. But, in addition to speed, it’s vital to look at the state of your data, too—because there are a lot of risks involved in upgrading a system that houses questionable data. This includes bringing old issues into EBS 12.2, which will only compound the previous problem. 

In this scenario, re-implementing offers your company a chance to optimize your data and offload any legacy information that is no longer relevant or useful. 

3. How customized is your EBS environment?

Upgrades give you the opportunity to piggyback off of current customizations and keep their system’s processes intact. With historical data and a tailored EBS system keeping your business up and running, an upgrade may be the better option. This will allow you to expand on existing functionality quickly. But it does come with a downside: Should you choose to upgrade, you’ll lose some of the shiny new features and enhancements that come along with EBS 12.2. 

A re-implementation, on the other hand, will require customizations to be built from scratch, and may render your previous customizations unnecessary. While more time consuming, a re-implementation can give you faster and richer functionality, more flexibility, and open the door to previously-untapped efficiencies—especially when compared to older systems receiving an upgrade.

Still not sure which one is right?

Don't stress, this is a big decision that doesn't need to be taken lightly. There is no universal answer. No two E-Business Suite systems are alike.

There’s a good chance the version you’re running, the data your business houses, and the customizations you’ve built, is different from the business next door. 

For a closer look at which method is right for your business, you can schedule a free consultation with one of our Oracle Solution Engineers.

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