Sometime at the beginning of the year, the Head of Infrastructure of a manufacturing company walks into the CIO’s office: “I just had Oracle on the phone. We have a problem”, he said. “Why is that?”, asks the CIO.
“We need to get off that Version 11 Database. They are going to waive premium support and the security risk is no longer acceptable”.
“Uh, ok… What does this really mean?", asks the CIO looking puzzled.
The head of infrastructure starts to explain: “The migration will have quite a few ripple effects, and the new version requires a newer server operating system. That means some of the older servers need to be replaced. I suspect that a large number of applications will be affected, and migration from the older ERP legacy systems will be tricky. I cannot promise that we will make it without any production downtime.”
With a worried expression, the CIO mutters, “I wish you would have told me that before the budget planning two months ago…” Source