Migrating SAP to the Cloud – 7 compelling reasons to bet on Microsoft Azure

December 20, 2018 Juliet Strong

Migrating any on-premises IT infrastructure to the cloud requires careful evaluation and often major decisions around strategy and practices. But a failure to do so can sometimes put an organisation at risk of being left behind using dated or even unsupported technology, while competitors speed ahead.

For businesses running SAP infrastructure on-premises, the clock is ticking.  In just a few years the on-premises platform will no longer be supported which is driving many businesses to look at cloud migration choices and explore the host of enormous business benefits.

There of course are many cloud platforms for a business to choose from, all offering a range of benefits including anytime access to enterprise content and workloads, flexibility and scalability, lower total cost of ownership by only paying for what you use, regular updates and security patches, plus access to the latest tools and tech, from Big Data processing to Artificial Intelligence.  So the question for many organisations swiftly moves to “Which is the right platform for my business?”

Microsoft’s Azure public cloud is arguably the leading enterprise platform, providing extensive worldwide coverage and unparalleled security.  It offers all the aforementioned benefits but, thanks to the long-term strategic partnership between SAP and Microsoft, migrating to Azure also offers several unique additional wins:

  1. Long-term roadmap

Microsoft and SAP have a well-documented long-standing working relationship, and since 2016 Azure has supported SAP HANA databases and workloads. This means everything from certifications to security have been tried and tested. What’s more, the two companies are committed to using one another’s technology internally, further ensuring smooth integration.

  1. Familiarity for your employees

SAP and Azure are widely-adopted technologies, used by 80% and 90%of Fortune 500 companies, respectively. This means that there’s already significant crossover in many organisations, and employees will be  familiar with both platforms, reducing any unnecessary onboarding and training requirement.

  1. Unparalleled speed of infrastructure deployment

When migrating systems to new environments, speed is critical to avoid unnecessary downtime or disruption to ‘business as usual’.  Migrating to Azure can be swiftly executed and provides drastically improved speeds for your SAP operations – spinning  up SAP infrastructure on Azure takes minutes instead of weeks.  Furthermore, it provides the business the opportunity to allows you to restructure and optimise the IT environment to become leaner and more efficient.

  1. Serious savings

The total cost of ownership (TCO) of SAP on Azure is reported to be between 40% and

75% lower than equivalent on-premises deployments. This is made up of a combination

of all the direct and indirect costs, including people, storage, virtualisation, power, cooling, backup, security, and connectivity.  What’s more, companies can run Production in a 24×7 environment but use Test and Development only as needed, significantly reducing running costs. Customers that are currently on-premises but lacking compute or storage can free up valuable resources by  moving Test and Development to Azure.

  1. Deeper insights into customers

What fuels competitive advantage better than being able to drive actionable insight from your data?  Moving SAP onto the Azure platforms gives a business access to tools which support better understanding of customers, including Machine Learning and Business Intelligence solutions.  Armed with isnight and agility, the potential for innovation is considerable.

  1. Ensure total security, compliance and availability

Microsoft is a global leader in privacy and compliance, providing the most enhanced data

security available which is supported by all leading certifications. So, moving your infrastructure to Azure is, in the clear majority of cases, more secure than keeping it on-premises. To maintain reliability and high availability of data and applications, Azure has several configuration options to meet your business needs.

  1. Global coverage

Microsoft has an ongoing investment programme to increase Azure data centre converage and in fact already offers global presence in more regions than any other cloud supplier.  So wherever your business operates now, and more importnantly wherever you want your business to be in the future, Azure can support your business

operations from every corner of the globe.

Find out more

If you’re interested in finding out more about migrating your SAP investment to the Azure Cloud, please download our “Flocking to the cloud: why you should migrate SAP to Azure.” or please get in touch.

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