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Industry: Healthcare

An Oracle application migration to OCI for NHS North of England Care System Support delivered by the DSP Oracle Cloud team


DSP supported NECS with the migration of their Applications to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and continues to provide Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Managed Service to ensure the best performance of their infrastructure

Migration to OCI
CSP Managed Service
Application Support


Whether in support of long-term strategic change or transformation, short-term high-impact activity or managing back-office services at scale, NECS designs and delivers cost-effective, innovative and high quality solutions to complex healthcare challenges. As a key enabler for its customers to fulfil their strategic and operational responsibilities, NECS provides a comprehensive range of data management services.

This DSP-led project involved the migration of applications from ageing on-premise hardware with poor performance and capacity to a suitable target platform, as part of a data management solution which NECS provides to one of its key ICB (Integrated Care Board) customers. The applications were developed in-house with unique data and using Oracle's low-code platform APEX. NECS worked with DSP as an external delivery partner for Oracle cloud services. The goal was to simplify the migration process without losing the existing data and for the new platform to handle a larger influx of data than the previous legacy infrastructure.


The Challenge

  • Applications were running on ageing on-premise hardware and with poor performance/capacity
  • Customised applications were developed in-house with unique data and using Oracle’s leading low code platform APEX so needed a suitable target platform
  • Limited Oracle skills internally across existing footprint to complete migration or support thereafter
  • Azure was already approved by NHS Digital for use by commissioners, but Oracle Cloud needed to be fast-tracked as an NHS-approved cloud platform.

The Solution

  • Planned and comprehensive migration of applications, working alongside NECS internal development teams
  • DSP's experienced and extensive in-house development team ensured that the APEX code was seamlessly migrated across to the new cloud platform
  • DSP provided a full Cloud Service Provider (CSP) Managed Service to manage the platform from the cloud infrastructure level to the Application Tier
  • DSP and Oracle supplied the client and NHS framework governing body to ensure that they had all necessary cloud security information - i.e. that Oracle was an accredited cloud platform of choice

By migrating applications into OCI, we were able to provide universal access. The project has had positive outcomes through increased performance, greater data availability and a resilient platform with suitable backups/DR.

The Result

  • Applications are now performant with in-built resilience by using the Oracle Cloud, i.e. eliminating the risk of hardware failure
  • Custom applications can be further developed and upgraded to later versions of APEX with confidence and no fear that these changes may cause hardware failures or poor performance
  • DSP as a trusted partner manages not only the migration, but all support of the cloud infrastructure and databases post-go-live
  • Rather than maintaining expensive and failing on-premise hardware, the organisation has eliminated the need for additional investments in local hardware and specialist Oracle DBA skills.

Added Value

App optimisation

Custom apps were able to be developed further and upgraded to later versions of APEX without any risk of hardware failure or poor performance.

Future-proofed investment

By partnering with DSP, NECS also eliminated the need to invest in local hardware and specialist Oracle DBA skills, ultimately investing in a future-proofed solution which used resilient cloud infrastructure. 


Why DSP?

  • Tailor-made solutions for our clients that satisfy their needs in the simplest, most affordable way
  • High levels of security allow DSP to work on highly sensitive projects allowing our customers complete peace of mind
  • Expert support and maintenance whilst working to define a modernisation plan to suit your business

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