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Why managed services are key to driving cloud results

Many cloud hosting vendors have invested heavily in large-scale distributed data centers for cloud infrastructure as part of their business model. Over the last few years, the cloud model has become very efficient, being self-driven through websites for cloud provisioning. A lot of features and functionality are added regularly. Numerous companies offer infrastructure as a […]

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Choosing a managed cloud provider: Why software vendor relationships matter

In pursuit of recurring revenue, an increasing number of IT providers, including value-added resellers, systems integrators and equipment vendors, are hanging out shingles proclaiming themselves as managed services providers (MSPs). Many are specifically targeting SAP and Oracle workloads, which are challenging to deploy in the cloud. Some providers are obtaining certifications or joining vendors’ partner […]

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

If 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 […]

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IT leaders’ expectations, benefits and challenges when moving SAP to the cloud

The following is an interview with Lynda Stadtmueller, vice president of cloud services at research firm Frost & Sullivan. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): Frost & Sullivan recently surveyed more than 260 senior IT key decision makers and influencers who have evaluated the use of managed cloud services for SAP or Oracle workloads. What were the […]

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How two companies reinvented themselves with SAP S/4HANA and managed IBM Cloud

SAP data and applications are mission-critical assets that impact operations across an entire enterprise. With that in mind, leaders count on SAP architects and developers to discover new ways to derive value from their enterprise resource planning (ERP) environments as they migrate to S/4HANA. At the SAP TechEd conference later this month, I’ll share in-depth […]

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Innovations and momentum from IBM and VMware accelerate enterprise cloud adoption

In my previous post, I discussed the evolving enterprise cloud landscape and how the conversation in IT departments has shifted from “why cloud” to “which cloud.” There’s no question that businesses want secure and simple access to cloud-native services such as AI, data and analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), and a serverless infrastructure. And they […]

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More questions to ask when choosing a cloud provider for S/4HANA

This post is the second in a three-part interview series with Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive with IBM SAP Alliance. To read this first part of the interview, click here. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): What questions should companies ask a prospective managed cloud services provider for SAP S/4HANA? Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive, […]

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SAB Holding improves project profitability with SAP on IBM Cloud

Dealing with disparate information systems is the bane of every project manager’s existence. How can you create reports on time or see the big picture when you have to pull data from one system and manually compare it to another? You’re at a distinct disadvantage when you don’t have the insights you need. Such was […]

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Migrating to S/4HANA? Ask these questions first

This post is the first in a three-part interview series with Brian Burke, global SAP solutions executive with IBM SAP Alliance. Thoughts on Cloud (ToC): While SAP ERP users have until 2025 to migrate to S/4HANA, many businesses are already in the process of migrating to the platform. As customers prepare their move to S/4HANA, […]

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SAP on the cloud: What to look for in a provider

I often meet with and advise CTOs and CIOs running big IT operations, many of whom use SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Quite justifiably, they rely on them as the systems of record and engagement. However, these decision makers are facing the reality of ERPs: the total cost of ownership of such systems, complex […]

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IBM and Salesforce partner to enable companies to make smarter decisions, faster than ever before

A recent Bain & Company survey found that 80 percent of companies say they deliver superior service, but only 8 percent of customers find that to be true. While many companies preach about great customer service, not many actually practice it. We want to change that. Think about your own experiences when it comes to […]

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Calculating the TCO of moving SAP workloads to cloud

As I was leaving our local movie theater on a recent day out with my family, my daughter noticed that I looked annoyed. She asked what was wrong. I decided not to say what I was really thinking: that’s two hours and $30 we’d never get back. This made me think about all the other […]

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