So you say you can move my SAP environment to the Cloud…
- September 4, 2017
Most organizations tell us they have a “Cloud First Strategy”!
Once we get into conversations with them we learn that most of those clients have done many different interesting things in their Cloud strategy, leveraging on-prem Private Clouds, have deployed various PaaS platforms (on-prem or as a service),have moved applications to various SaaS solutions, have leveraged Public Cloud offerings, have looked at various IaaS offerings for various applications. Hence, one thing we have learned: It’s a “Multi Cloud” World! More to come in future blogs on that topic….
At the same time these clients tell us that they are in the process of looking at moving their most mission critical applications (such as SAP ERP) to the Cloud; some already successfully, some in the process and then most of them that say: “Where do I start?”
They realize the massive opportunity for increasing agility as an organization if they can innovate around their ERP systems creating a “Digital Core”, improving availability and performance if managed by someone that is in the business of knowing how to manage SAP in the Cloud, and driving an improved TCO model over time.
Third party analysts are also validating that this is accelerating now around mission critical applications. For example, according to research firm Forrester, half of enterprises expect to use public cloud platforms by the end of this year. Analysts at Gartner report that half of all applications hosted in public clouds by next year will be considered mission critical!
Take for example a company that is involved in a merger and acquisition (which happens frequently in this current changing business landscape). If they run an agile and digital ERP platform (such as SAP S/4HANA deployed in a Cloud) with the ability to integrate the company they are acquiring’s ERP system in 4-6 months vs 12 months, there can be significant savings involved. Actually, it can be the difference in the business case whether or not the company should acquire the prospected company; being able to quickly integrate them, create a culture of execution and achieve organizational satisfaction across the new company structure.
So where do you start?
Often we hear from clients that they face challenges in these areas:
I am sure there are others as well that are not listed above.
At Virtustream we believe that there needs to be a sound and differentiated foundation in the Cloud provider you select to help you with this journey in moving SAP to the Cloud. A Cloud company that can address these challenges and who has a proven track record (validated by 3rd party analysts) of achieving results and driving business outcomes.
As an example: one of our largest production SAP ERP platform customers (Fortune 50) in the Cloud shared with us recently that they had achieved the following results post migrations to Virtustream’s Enterprise Cloud:
How did we/do we achieve these results for customers?
At Virtustream we address the challenges that clients face, we have built IP for solutions to address these challenges, we have built a purpose-built Cloud Platform for Enterprise workloads, we have built experience and BKM’s (Best Known Methods as Intel calls them) in migrating and running SAP in the Cloud and we have a comprehensive portfolio of services to assist in the Journey including: Assessment, On-Boarding, Migrations (OS/DB and/or SAP HANA/SAP S/4HANA migrations) and run services for both IaaS and what we call AMS focused on OS/DB/SAP Basis. Also, we are fortunate that the majority of the top SAP Systems Integrators have built their services offerings around our Enterprise Cloud Platform with many successful examples.
So let’s take a closer look:
Our SAP Clients, Partners and 3rd party Analysts tell us these areas are differentiated in the Enterprise Cloud Industry for SAP customers looking at Cloud. I believe that this is just a credential to earn the right to have a conversation: What we really would like to do is be fortune enough to get an opportunity to talk with SAP clients about accelerating their SAP Cloud journey, transform customers to become digital enterprises, create outcomes…because in the end: That’s what we are passionate about!