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In 2020, a ‘no cloud’ strategy will be as rare as a no internet policy. Moving your SAP to the Azure cloud: are you ready for the future?

May 08, 2018
We all know it of course; today’s business landscape is fast-paced and dynamic. Enterprises need to act quickly on new market opportunities and are in need of solid supporting IT & business systems to make it all happen... Today, IT managers feel their traditional infrastructure and processes aren’t always able to keep up with these constantly changing business requirements. As they are looking for new ways to improve their operational efficiency, they are more and more turning to public cloud providers as an answer to their growing performance, security or compliance challenges.

Consider not if, but when making the move

Several years ago, Gartner(*) already predicted the cloud industry growing faster than ever. Analysts stated that by next year (2019), 30% of the 100 largest vendors’ new software investments will have shifted from cloud-first to cloud-only. Last year, SAP announced they’ve extended their long running partnership with Microsoft, and will place their SAP HANA onto the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

SAP customers can’t lag behind in following these cloud revolutions if they want to stay ahead of the competition. Gartner mentions that “by 2020, a corporate "no-cloud" policy will be as rare as a "no-internet" policy is today”. So, in fact, the question for IT leaders becomes not if they will move to the cloud, but when, and to which one.

Ready to bring your SAP to the next level?

When talking to customers, we notice that many enterprises acknowledge moving their SAP software to the cloud can bring many practical benefits (it’s cost-friendly, secure,…). Yet, making the actual move can feel daunting at the same time. There is indeed a lot to consider; digitalizing SAP systems is not only about making the actual data migration (from traditional on premise infrastructure to the cloud), it’s mostly about updating and changing their existing IT & business processes as well. And that indeed can be quite scary. That’s why it’s important to be ahead of the game and make a well-prepared move. Using the track-record of an experienced external partner can give this digital transformation track the boost it needs. They have what it takes to guide you from a solid take-off to a smooth landing with a guarantee of a minimized disruption for every stakeholder.

Is your hardware lifecycle running to its end or is it time to make the next SAP update investments? This can be your trigger point to take your SAP software and/or IT and business processes to the next level…At delaware, we can leverage best practices from many past projects to deliver the most suitable SAP on Azure architecture, tailored to your specific needs, wishes and adaptability. Today, Microsoft Azure is considered the most comprehensive cloud platform there is. It’s globally recognised for its security, reliability, flexibility, scalability, overall coverage and continuous innovation improvements. So, come have a chat and let’s start your SAP on Azure journey together!

Simon Harbour
delaware Head of SAP on Azure

Source: (*) https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3616417