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Friday, 12 August 2022 11:13

Namoi Cotton updates its IT systems with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure


Cotton processing and marketing organisation Namoi Cotton has adopted Oracle’s OCI technology to help ramp up production and meet growing demand.

While it may have ramped production despite the pandemic, Namoi Cotton accumulated technical debt—systems it had not upgraded in years because finances were tight.

Its on-premises applications, part of the Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 suite, were already outdated and expensive to maintain, and were no longer eligible for security patches and other important updates.

Namoi Cotton IT manager Jim Tolson proposed to senior management that the company needed to update its applications. However, Tolson made a compelling case for cloud migration to keep costs to a minimum.

After evaluating cloud infrastructure offerings from Oracle, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services, Tolson’s IT team decided to move the company’s Oracle JDE applications to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), upgrading them to the 9.2 version in the process.

Initially, after giving Amazon a quick look, Tolson and team were leaning toward Microsoft Azure, having already moved most of Namoi Cotton’s server infrastructure to Azure.

“But once we got the Oracle crew to show us the OCI platform properly, the conversation changed very quickly,” Tolson recalled.

For starters, tests showed that Oracle JDE applications perform better on OCI than they do on third-party cloud infrastructure, he noted.

However, the price of cloud migration was a pressing concern.

Namoi Cotton’s senior management considered the initial quotes from all three cloud providers to be too high.

Tolson subsequently connected Namoi Cotton’s Melbourne-based systems integrator, Fusion5 Business Solutions, with the Oracle Cloud Lift Services team who figured out a way to slash the price of the implementation.

“At that point, the executive team were happy to go ahead with it,” he said.

The price tag for migrating Namoi Cotton’s on-premises Oracle JDE applications to OCI, including the upgrade to JDE 9.2, was $120,000—60% cheaper than the original quotes.

Furthermore, the company’s move to Oracle Cloud reduces its ongoing system maintenance costs, while mitigating the security and downtime risks—and associated costs—of running end-of-life applications on outdated hardware.

Oracle has committed to supporting JDE 9.2 until 2033.

The company has embarked on its 4PP Strategy to increase gin capacity and explore opportunities to expand its footprint into Northern Australia.

Moving the applications to the Oracle Cloud makes it easier for Namoi Cotton’s five-person IT team to scale capacity to service this growth.

“The medium-term outlook for Australian cotton production is excellent, with good water availability and strong prices,” said Namoi Cotton CEO John Stevenson.

“Namoi Cotton is a timely example of just how important robust and integrated IT systems are to meet the rising demands of agricultural production,” said Oracle ANZ vice president and regional managing director Cherie Ryan.

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