On March 31, 2021, Oracle announced that it will migrate companies’ most complex computer programs to its cloud technology for free. The purpose is to attract potential cloud-computing clients by aiming to save their money and time.

The situation of the pandemic has changed the mindset of various businesses and government agencies. It pushed them to shift from in-house digital storage and computing to leased cloud servers. Being very slow in pursuing things, Oracle is waiting for free support to persuade organizations that have not made a switch or done it to just some extent.

To date, more than 100 customers have already taken advantage of Oracle’s Cloud Lift Services in the last six months. Now, the program has opened globally on March 31, 2021.

“At Cargill, we’re constantly looking for new ways to improve and expand our business. Oracle’s cloud architects took us from zero to production through the Oracle Cloud Lift Services work and made it a smooth transition to launch new Cargill services in their cloud all while maintaining a strong focus on security. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure offered us the performance and support we needed to get off the ground and into the cloud,” said Terence Schofield, Quantitative Trading Technology Director, Cargill.

“We’ve been working very closely with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to overhaul our data systems to enable us to build next-generation analytics tools. This keeps us ahead of the competition on and off the field. With Oracle Cloud Lift Services, we’re able to accelerate our migration to the cloud, providing us with valuable hands-on expertise from Oracle’s Cloud Engineering team,” said Ravi Ramineni, Vice President, Soccer Analytics and Research, Seattle Sounders FC.

“I’ll be surprised if any customer says I don’t need this,” Vinay Kumar, Senior Vice President at Oracle, told Reuters.

He also said that Oracle has expertise in using its tools efficiently and setting up applications to work smoothly on the cloud speed transitions and at the same time reduce the risk of customers coming across errors.

Kumar asserted that Oracle is not asking for commitments; the program is just for a ‘handful of applications.” These applications would be difficult to migrate and exclude those that require a rewrite.

In the list of early testers, there was a new client called US agribusiness Cargill. With the help of Oracle, Cargill transitioned in just a few weeks.