Moving SAP S/4HANA to the cloud? Some things to keep in mind

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Moving SAP S4HANA to cloudIf you’ve been an SAP customer for years, moving to S/4HANA might seem very complicated. You may have to learn new ways of managing your enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications and handling your SAP infrastructure. However, once you do, the cloud benefits of speed, flexibility and cost visibility become obvious.

SAP data and applications are mission-critical assets that reach across your entire organization. Because these applications impact every aspect of your business, the decisions you make, especially as it relates to the infrastructure, are of huge importance.

S/4HANA is relatively new, so it might be difficult to find people with the skills to run the platform effectively, regardless of whether it’s deployed on premises or in the cloud. If you decide to deploy S/4HANA on cloud, a managed services provider can eliminate that problem by providing the needed skills to accelerate the migration process and optimize your ERP environment.

We’re not talking about standalone applications for a single line of business. SAP ERP applications are critical to nearly every aspect of your business, so consistent deployment is vital. If your ERP application will be deployed across regions, you need to ensure that networks, security, processes and procedures remain identical throughout your enterprise.

You should also ask about the transparency of the data center. Where does your data reside? Many cloud providers will tell you the region, but that isn’t good enough for many CIOs, particularly those with native data residency requirements in Europe. They need to know the exact location of their data, either for compliance reasons or just for their own peace of mind.

At SAP TechEd in Barcelona, IBM speakers will discuss many of these issues, as well as showcase cloud technology and services that run SAP HANA. If you are an SAP Basis Administrator, SAP Architect or VP of ERP Applications, we hope you will join our session “Drive to the Digital Core Faster: The IBM Value Accelerator for SAP S/4HANA.” At this session, you’ll understand how the IBM S/4 Value Accelerator and IBM HANA Impact Assessment tool could help you develop a business case to justify your migration investment and a roadmap to prioritize work based on business priorities.

Stop by booth P.11 to see what IBM can bring to your organization. Don’t miss the IBM networking session on Thursday, 16 November, 11 AM – 12 PM.  I am looking forward to talking with you at the show and hearing about your current journey to cloud.

To learn more about how the right managed cloud services provider can maximize the value of your SAP deployment, read this analyst report from Frost & Sullivan.

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