Cloud in action: making your SAP estate work to your advantage
To better understand what can trigger a migration to the cloud, let’s break down a few different business scenarios you might have experienced:
Obsolescence of your current infrastructure
Your SAP infrastructure is an important cost item in your IT budget. The company expects the IT team to increase the flexibility of the way the business operates and be able to accelerate the response times to business requests. But these demands can’t be met within the limitations of your current on-premises infrastructure, which is aging. The hardware your SAP runs on is often the weak link, with limited or costly support provided from the vendors to remain using it. To stay competitive, your organization must be able to respond to market changes quickly while adhering to stringent security, compliance, and governance protocols. It’s critical that you know when your current infrastructure can no longer carry the load and create a solution, which could involve overhauling or decommissioning a facility that is no longer fit for purpose. This will take time.
In contrast, if your SAP estate runs in cloud, your organization no longer has to worry about upgrading and maintaining data centers and servers and can leave that to the cloud providers. What’s more, you can seamlessly scale up and down infrastructure to best support the business requirements at any given time, meaning you can respond to business requests and industry opportunities far faster.
Relieving your IT wallet
Many IT departments experience increasing pressure to operate on tighter budgets, optimizing their architecture to reduce costs. There is also pressure to shift costs from CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) to OPEX (Operational Expenditure), to free up budget for other critical business investments.
Finding ways to reduce spending is an important part of maintaining efficiency and staying on-budget. A first starting point could be to look for unused resources in your SAP estate as servers and related on-premises infrastructure aren't cheap. Between power, cooling, networking gear, and the software licenses needed to run everything, the upfront capital expenses attached to a complete in-house IT infrastructure are quite large.
Taking advantage of cloud computing solutions to handle your infrastructure needs can reduce this burden massively. Instead of having to deal with a large upfront capital expenditure, you can get all the benefits of a complete, functioning infrastructure for an easily managed, consistent operating cost by using a cloud service provider’s investment in the latest generation servers and systems.
Need to innovate
The technology market is changing rapidly, and organizations are faced with increased demand to adapt their ERP platform to meet constant changes in business requirements.
Innovation is survival as new business models appear and challenge the old way of doing business, with customer expectations shifting, and organizations needing to provide the best customer experience possible. Innovative technologies including big data, AI and process automation enable better anticipation to serve customer demands and provide real time updates as well as a streamlined experience for customers engaging with your business. The need to innovate is not optional. It’s a vital requirement to stay in business.
The cloud unlocks new opportunities to expand your ERP capabilities and deliver transformative products and services, including the processing of massive amount of data, enhancing insights, business processes, and tools to build innovation. Ultimately, the greatest advantage is that the organization can be innovative without having to build everything from scratch.