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Is it time you migrated your SAP into the cloud?

October 23rd, 2014 Blog, Cloud Platform

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Is it time you migrated your SAP into the cloud?

If you’ve decided not to move to the new SaaS SAP products, but want to improve the agility of your existing SAP environment we can help. Here are some of the reasons you should be thinking about it.

No 1 – The ability to accelerate the upgrade of product releases and developing new environments

Getting used to change is always a pain in the proverbial butt especially when the environment is a time sensitive one. Businesses simply can’t afford any downtime, or any stuttering along the way when a new upgrade is brought online, or the scenery of the environment is changed. The cloud, through its almost limitless capacity, also promotes the ability to be able to seamlessly switch over. There being no discernible drama is key. Businesses can also develop and keep as many environments as they want to, enabling a scenario where they can be switched over to, allowing businesses to react in real time.Managing changes to the SAP infrastructure is something that good cloud service providers do better than most mere mortals.

No 2 – Promoting business agility

One of the biggest nightmares is getting caught out with lack of data capacity. No one wants to over-forecast, but under-forecasting can leave serious egg on the face – a whole cheese omelette in fact. So opting for consumption based usage model with the chosen cloud service provider is a good choice. You get to hedge your bets both ways!

No 3 – Facilitates integration and centralisation

Many businesses face a huge dilemma when they face takeovers, are involved in acquisitions, or when they simply want to bring all their satellite operations together, wherever they might be in the world. Planning these events on the conventional stage can take months or even years. Depending on the environment, whole-scale integration changes can be done in the cloud virtually overnight or in a matter of days.

No 4 – Dispensing with DIY infrastructure maintenance

Cloud service providers look after all aspects of infrastructure and maintenance. This frees up IT departments to be able to concentrate on the SAP processes themselves.

No 5 – Promotes flexibility from CAPEX TO OPEX

Switching to cloud means you can change from CAPEX to OPEX with far less delay. It does away with the time-consuming testing process. It also means that instead of being stuck with your old hardware, you can sell it on or re-task it to other duties.

No 6 – Reducing down-time and having a disaster recovery plan in place

Minimising down time is crucial – especially for businesses that operate in a time sensitive arena. Cloud based infrastructures are usually very solidly based. All good service providers have the ability to seamlessly reroute traffic to a new batch of servers at the proverbial drop of a hat – something that many SMEs can only dream of.

Another thing that many SMEs fail to implement is an effective disaster recovery plan. Any reputable cloud service provider will have this covered off, usually enabling complete return to normality in minutes or hours.

By negotiating the right consumption based package, and re-tasking or selling-on redundant hardware, migrating SAP into the cloud can be a financially attractive proposition.

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