In an age where cloud databases are becoming the backbone of tech-driven enterprises, making the right choice is imperative. As a forward-thinking tech company with a heavy emphasis on cutting-edge infrastructure and dev ops, we've always prided ourselves on being at the forefront of technological innovation. We're also skeptical of the myriad of new technologies that frequently surface, often brandishing promising benchmark performance metrics. Yet, real-world application is where the true test lies. This is our candid account of pivoting to Oracle's MySQL HeatWave. Having implemented it in our ERP, we operate cinemas with over 100,000 transactions every day and with a peak of 1,000 transactions a minute and also have 20 million unique visits a month.