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First Student – Case study

Taking First Student’s core operational application to Oracle Cloud.


First Student is one of the most recognizable names in passenger transport in North America. It’s responsible for getting around five million children safely to and from school across the United States and Canada every day.

First Student has its own bespoke application called Focus, which is used throughout the business to manage virtually every aspect of its operations. Focus was running on end-of-life infrastructure in a data center, which First Student wished to vacate. It approached Cintra to establish and deliver a roadmap for the application’s infrastructure.

Cintra designed a platform using Oracle Cloud, to enable a lift-and-shift of the application and its databases.

Key outcomes

  • Flawless migration unlocks multi-million-dollar data center savings
  • Improved performance, and 18x faster recovery times
  • Cintra continues to work closely with First Student to monitor and proactively manage this key business software


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“The transition to the cloud was flawless, and Cintra managed the process really professionally. The cutover needed to be completely seamless, and it was: the business didn’t even realize we had moved the application”

Richard Thorp, Chief Information Officer at First Student