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Oracle is a trusted technology stack vendor and has served many organizations around the world well for decades. But as investment priorities have shifted to the cloud, Oracle is laying off hundreds of employees from old businesses. Among their identity product offerings, these two older Oracle products were once industry leaders:



Oracle Directory Server Enterprise Edition (ODSEE). In the case of Oracle DSEE 11g, Premier support ended December 2019, so now’s the time to reduce dependency on Oracle’s software.



Oracle Access Manager (OAM). Premier support ended in December 2018, which means that the price of support has gone up. Oracle’s IDCS platform is a step in the right direction, but it isn’t as mature as OAM and it can’t handle all your existing use cases.


A large number of organizations still have these in place, but they should consider the layoff news and end-of-support status as sure signs that it’s time to modernize. The good news is that you can modernize painlessly with Ping.


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Now is the Time to Modernize

Oracle has moved on from these two legacy IAM products, and so should you. If you’re still on the fence about making the decision to migrate, here are a few other reasons that may push you in the right direction.


  • Investment Cuts

    Oracle has significantly reduced support staff on older software, which puts the burden on your own in-house staff to maintain and build custom integrations.

  • End of Life

    Older Oracle products have reached “end-of-life” (end of Premier Support), which drives up support fees and turns your dependency into major cashflow.

  • High TCO

    Labor costs for scarce staff expertise on legacy Oracle IAM products has raised total cost of ownership, and lack of system maintenance causes downtime.

  • Not Cloud Ready

    Aging Oracle products aren’t built for hybrid deployment across on-premises and cloud-based resources, which limits deployment and infrastructure architecture options.

  • Business Delays

    A lack of out-of-box integrations with modern resources and applications causes custom coding delays on new workforce apps and slows digital business initiatives.

Is Sticking With Oracle Even an Option?

Oracle would say “Yes” because they hope to encourage companies that are still using their legacy, on-premises software IAM solutions to adopt their cloud identity products. But the market isn’t showing confidence in the future of Oracle’s Identity Cloud Service (IDCS).


Surprisingly, the migration path from Oracle’s legacy solutions to their other software and cloud offerings isn’t any easier than the proven migration path enterprises have taken to migrate to Ping intelligent identity solutions. According to several enterprises who chose to migrate to Ping instead, it can cost as much as $1M and a full year to upgrade with Oracle.

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Migrating Without the Headache

For years, Ping Identity has helped enterprises chart a course that includes a proven migration path off of ODSEE and/or OAM. We address all of today’s modern enterprise-wide use cases and equip IAM infrastructure with agility for future use cases through a strong adherence to open standards. But Oracle’s stack is still proprietary and codependent, and their product bundling strategy makes it difficult to get out of contracts when you need to make a change, despite their new pricing models. You can escape vendor lock-in by choosing a standards-based vendor like Ping with a flexible, hybrid platform that integrates both software and IDaaS capabilities.

You Can't Bail. Build Instead.

Since you’re not a small business, you can’t just unhook your legacy Oracle IAM products overnight. You also wouldn’t dream of a rip-and-replace shift to an identity vendor that lacks a proven enterprise migration path, specifically from Oracle’s legacy IAM products. A replacement solution should build on existing use cases and expand capabilities to tackle modern and future ones, not strip away basic or fine-grained functionality your business units have gotten used to.

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Modernize with Zero Downtime

Identity vendors that focus on the SMB and commercial markets are good at what they do. But when it comes to complex, global enterprises that don’t have the luxury of downtime during migration, they just don’t get it. You’ll never hear “rip and replace” in an architecture planning meeting—unless it’s a joke. Having worked with the largest, most complex global enterprises, the Ping Intelligent Identity Platform has built-in migration tools that give organizations complete flexibility to implement in phases, in whatever way makes sense to you. Plus, experts within our professional services team and our world-class partner network can also help make the transition feel seamless to your business users.

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