Major online retailer adopts a cloud-first strategy with Pythian’s cloud consulting
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Major online retailer adopts a cloud-first strategy with Pythian’s cloud consulting 

A major online retailer needed advice on vendor selection for a public cloud platform to deliver new service features more efficiently. Pythian provided strategic, vendor-agnostic consulting. 


To improve the efficiency of delivering new service features, a US$2 billion major online retailer decided to migrate their two very large on-premises data centers to the public cloud. Due to the high estimated spend—US$60 million to US$100 million over five years—and the considerable transformation efforts required, they realized the importance of choosing the right cloud platform.  

The retailer wanted to weigh all the options available from cloud providers based on performance, price, ROI, and other factors. They needed an advisor with extensive experience in migration planning, execution, and negotiation with all the major cloud vendors, but with no vested interest in any of them: the advisor had to be vendor-agnostic. The required strategic consulting needed to examine the retailer’s cloud readiness—including a cloud planning assessment—and develop a migration strategy, while considering both business and technical issues. The retailer also needed to know what to expect in terms of support at the various levels of professional services offered by the cloud vendors. 

With unrivalled experience in migration planning, Pythian was uniquely qualified to provide consulting services. 

What we did

  • Provided strategic, vendor-agnostic business and technical consulting 
  • Advised on business considerations the retailer should negotiate with the vendors, including pricing discounts and credits based on ongoing cloud hosting 

Technologies used

  • Oracle E-Business Suite  
  • Oracle Database   
  • Oracle Real Application Clusters  
  • Oracle Data Guard  
  • Oracle Recovery Manager

Key Outcomes

Up to 50% cost reduction for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) vs. AWS 

Improved support costs and operating margins with multitenancy 

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