On Premises vs. the Oracle Cloud – How to Know What’s Right for Your Business

According to a recent Gartner study, “What Oracle ERP Customers Need to Know About Oracle Cloud Applications,” 55% of Oracle’s on-premises customers will have moved 80% of their on-premises capabilities to Oracle Cloud Applications by 2021.

That means that, within just three years, the majority of Oracle users will primarily use the cloud for their business applications.

However, “the majority” doesn’t mean “all,” and your business has never been quite like the other companies in your industry. If you’re looking to sort out the muddle of cloud capabilities, cloud strategies, and cloud opportunities/obstacles, you’ve come to the right place.

This four-part, in-depth guide from Centroid helps you understand what’s right for your business now and in the years to come, so you can move confidently into your future.

No time to read the series, but looking for personalized technology advice from a leading Oracle Cloud expert? Contact Centroid to set up your initial consultation and learn more about your options in a no-pressure conversation.

The Basics: How Cloud and On-Premises ERP Differ

As we said earlier, the majority of Oracle clients will be migrating 80% of their capabilities to the Oracle Cloud within a few years, but why won’t they be migrating 100% of those capabilities to the cloud?

They have a good reason: Oracle ERP Cloud and related apps simply don’t have the same functionality that their on-premises counterparts have.

A few months ago, we published a comparison between Oracle ERP Cloud and Oracle on-premises ERP, but as a quick refresher, the main differences can be found in what Oracle’s Cloud ERP does not include:

  • Order management
  • Manufacturing and logistics features
  • PLM (product lifecycle management)
  • Inventory management

Instead, those functions can be found in Oracle SCM Cloud, freeing Oracle ERP Cloud to focus more on financials, PM, and risk management.

What Are the Facts Behind Oracle Cloud Migration?

The obvious question at this point is, Why would anyone choose a cloud ERP with admittedly less functionality than its on-premises counterpart, especially when migrating to the cloud is known to be a lengthy process?

But if you find yourself asking that question, you’re not seeing the big picture – and you run the risk of falling behind your peers who can see that big picture.


Gain the insight you need to truly understand Oracle Cloud ERP vs. Oracle on-premises ERP when you download the Gartner research report, “What Oracle ERP Customers Need to Know About Oracle Cloud Applications.”


Continue the in-depth guide from Centroid in part 2 of the blog series.