Stony Brook University - Cloud Assessment

Stony Brook University - Cloud Assessment

One of America's most dynamic public universities and an internationally recognized research institution plots its course to Cloud for PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, Financial and Supply Chain Management, and Campus Solutions


The Challenge


Reduce TCO, Optimize IT

Stony Brook University engaged Astute Business Solutions and Oracle to evaluate its business needs and recommend a future-state solution to host and manage its PeopleSoft HCM, FSCM, and CS applications on Cloud.

  • Reduce operational cost
  • Implement spend controls
  • Keep PeopleSoft current
  • Implement Disaster Recovery Solutions

Improve Security, Performance, & Monitoring

Stony Brook University engaged Astute Business Solutions and Oracle to assess current-state challenges, pain points, and cost structures. Stony Brook University needed help in clearly defining its future-state needs. As part of the cloud assessment, the University wanted to create a TCO Analysis model to project cost improvements over 5 years for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure compared to on-premise. The University also was interested in re-platforming from Solaris to Linux.

  • Upgrade PeopleSoft HCM 9.0 and CS 9.0 to v9.2 and move them to Cloud
  • Lift and Shift FSCM 9.2 to OCI As-Is to cloud, implement Disaster Recovery for all PeopleSoft applications
  • Implement an intelligent monitoring solution that covers application, database and infrastructure services
  • Modernize the user experience by implementing Fluid UI for PeopleSoft

The Solution

Cloud Strategy & Roadmap

Astute and Oracle partnered to demonstrate Oracle Cloud Infrastructure services and solutions. Proof-of-Value (POV) projects within this Cloud Assessment helped Stony Brook University make timely decisions.

PeopleSoft Lift and Shift to OCI
Cloud Manager for application lifecycle management
Oracle database cloud service platform and infrastructure automation
Cloud monitoring with Oracle Management Cloud, Disaster Recovery with Data Guard

Cloud Workshops, SWOT Analysis, Solution Comparison

Astute assessed current state applications and related infrastructure. Future-state business requirements were defined and prioritized by Stony Brook. Solution choices were narrowed down to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure based on the high degree of fit with on-premise Oracle applications and technologies. Astute conducted a number of workshops to lead the University to the eventual path to Cloud.

Strategy Workshop - Needs definition, business drivers and priorities, critical dates, TCO analysis
Technology Workshop - Infrastructure consolidation and optimization, version compatibility, networking, security, automation
Process Workshop - Service Level Management, Application Lifecycle Management

Results Delivered


Strategy and Roadmap for Cloud

The cloud assessment outcomes helped Stony Brook University build a business case and seek approval for moving forward with the PeopleSoft Lift and Shift to Oracle Cloud project.

  • Cloud strategy and roadmap with a phased implementation plan
  • TCO Analysis Model showing ~$1 million in savings over 5 years
  • RACI Matrix for Cloud Implementation
  • The business case for moving to OCI


Cloud Reference Architecture, Project Plan, Cost Estimate

Based on findings and the analysis of data gathered from workshops, Astute Business Solutions designed a tailored solution for Stony Brook University to move and improve its PeopleSoft applications on to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. The recommended solution met or exceeded business needs and laid out a plan to optimize cost and operate PeopleSoft efficiently over the next 5 years.

  • Project plan, risk mitigation plan, and change management plan to migrate all PeopleSoft applications and Oracle databases workloads to OCI
  • HCM 9.2 Upgrade estimate based with customization retrofit, Fluid UI modernization scope
  • CS 9.2 Upgrade estimate to complete ongoing upgrade and go live on OCI
  • Standardizing on OCI with re-platforming from Solaris to Oracle Linux

Moving mission-critical student applications to Oracle Cloud, to secure, optimize and enhance


Reduced Cost


Better Performance


Cloud Monitoring


Cloud DR


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