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4 myths around taking SAP to the Cloud debunked

16 March 2021
Overview

There can be uncertainty when it comes to bringing SAP to the Cloud, but we're here to help with that. In this blog, Business Development Executive - Lukas highlights the most frequent concerns and, more importantly, how to overcome them.

It goes without saying; organisations shop in the cloud constantly. But, when it comes to SAP, there seems to be a reluctance. In this blog, I will cover some of the frequently heard counter-arguments and offer you a solution, one by one. After all, there is no longer any reason for reticence when it comes to bringing SAP to the cloud. In fact, it can actually benefit you more!

#1: SAP is too fundamental

The flexibility, scalability and easy management of cloud is what’s driving organisations to move many of their business processes over, as this will offer them a  boost  and open up new perspectives. Digital transformation is driving at a rapid pace. 

With that in mind, it is strange that organisations are reticent when it comes to their fundamental business processes. Organisations guided by what ‘could’ go wrong are failing to look at the opportunities cloud can offer and its potential for the organisation.

#2: Lack of the right knowledge

Running SAP in the cloud is quite different from hosting it locally. It requires completely new, specific expertise. And, when it comes to adapting to this new need, many organisations find it difficult to fill this or start retraining their own people. It is almost impossible for your team to acquire the same level of expertise as the specialised companies. Moreover, as an organisation, you become very dependent on this handful of employees and their knowledge.

The solution? Working more closely with specialised partners. For example, your current partner with dedicated platform expertise and the one with SAP application management expertise. They have exactly the kind of knowledge you're looking for. Then, it gives your own team a better opportunity to advise the business.

#3: Setting up a cloud environment is difficult

Setting up a cloud environment that is large and stable enough to run SAP can seem like a big challenge. SAP has made a start with its own data centres, but having a large-scale infrastructure is essential and will be the playing field for only a handful of major players. Azure, for example, already covers  a number of issues, such as management, security and downtime. With Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can do the same and set your own infrastructure from the ground up.

But, having a reliable infrastructure for ERP, especially the scale on which hyperscalers operate is what makes the biggest difference. And that's Google Cloud’s speciality.. It also comes with features  such as live migration, no downtime, low and flexible costs, and a global network. In fact, take a look at the strategic partnership between SAP and Google Cloud. Google has a certified dedicated data centre used by SAP for S/4HANA development. This specific cloud environment makes the choice for the right cloud much easier.

#4: Not good for financial reporting

Sometimes it seems like accountants are running the business. Financial reports, where the data that is extracted from the ERP with BI tools, are leading many decisions. In finance in particular, it is wise to stick to the same working method for a long time, so that you can interpret and compare data properly. This makes data - and therefore finance - transparent. That's exactly where the shoe pinches.

More and more often, reports circulate across the organisation where data is coming from multiple systems, such as  the cloud. These results in numbers not fully corresponding, which can cause doubt. This can be partly because BI tools often aggregate data for use. How can you alleviate this? By providing a single source of truth and the ability to synchronise and integrate everything seamlessly. Doing so, you will ensure your figures match perfectly, the reports can be ready in no time and there will be numerous new opportunities to link data sources and to carry out even more thorough business analyses.

Advice: take the initiative

Of course, this blog will not completely remove your reluctance. But remember: it is not a question of if, but when you will bring SAP to the cloud. Because even though SAP listens carefully to the wishes of its users, it is unmistakably moving towards the cloud.

SAP has indicated it will stop using R/3, but S/4HANA will remain available on-premise temporarily, with an expiry date: 2027. That may sound far away, but it is best to consider the cloud transition in every decision about your ERP, starting today as this will give you the opportunity to go at your own speed and work with your preferred timing. 

Would you like to explore the migration from SAP to the cloud?

We are happy to begin this implementation with you, no strings attached. As one of the few certified Google Cloud managed service providers, we have already guided many migrations - including those from SAP - to Google Cloud, and we would love to share that expertise with you!

Contact us and one of our cloud transformation experts will be in touch shortly.

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