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How to prepare for your journey to SAP on Azure

01 October 2020

The migration is not the endgame. The opportunity in the functionality is. 

Your business model is based on offering a solution to a problem that you identified as market relevant. Thereafter, you invested capital, time, and effort on marketing this to your target market, and all that hard work translated into the client base that you have today and that you want to continue to nurture (as well as those that will be a part of future acquisitions). But if the user experience of access to and engagement with your product is interrupted, the danger is obvious: customers will just go somewhere else. 

The advantages of using cloud infrastructure to power your application platform have been proven, and while technical efficiencies show dramatic prowess for the efficient, effective delivery of your service offering, it stands to reason then that technical inefficiencies will inhibit your ability to deliver — while increasing your costs and frustrating your customers.

You are probably familiar with the announcements that SAP will stop support for SAP ECC 6  and that there are significant efforts required for the SAP data migration steps required for your S/4HANA conversion. Just like your business set out to solve a problem in the market, the S/4HANA conversion is tech’s evolution for a problem it set out to solve. 

Deadline 

Organisations that use the ECC 6 version of SAP ERP are going to reach their end-of-support deadlines in 2027. While this date seems way off in the future, the conversion is something that you and your business will want to prepare and have adequate time for — while working with a trusted partner.

Why the migration? 

The difference in migrating your Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications across to S/4HANA can be best summarised in four valuable and measurable business benefits. 

1. Better Service 

Your customers demand swift, flawless service which is dependent on your critical business applications performing to their expectations. To meet this demand, you need to adopt a modern and intelligent ERP like SAP S/4HANA. 

2: Predictable Cost Management 

Most businesses running SAP have peak processing requirements during month-end financial close or production runs that require significant computing power. Traditionally this meant that the business needed to buy hardware to support this peak processing requirement , resulting in an expensive platform  running at 15% efficiency, 90% of the time. It also made it tricky to cater for unexpected growth or ad-hoc projects. 

With the S/4HANA conversion supported by a hyper-scaler cloud platform, you will be able to align infrastructure-related expenditure with the actual real-time processing requirements. 

3: Richer Insights

With SAP S/4HANA, organisations are provided fast, easy access to rich, relevant, real-time data that — when combined with Microsoft Azure’s leading analytics capabilities — provide insights which in turn enhance decision-making within the organisation. 

4: Accelerated innovation 

You’d be hard-pressed to find companies that invest more in research and development than SAP and Microsoft have in their S/4HANA and Azure platforms, evolving innovative features that keep pace with market demands, all while adding business value. 

The investment of both money and time that the features of S/4HANA running on Azure will save you can be reinvested into business functions that make you (even more) relevant to your industry and put you ahead of your competitors. 

SAP migration best practice

The backbone of your application performance 

Azure is SAP certified to run your mission-critical SAP applications. Azure is the industry's most scalable SAP cloud infrastructure, offering 192-gigabyte to 12-terabyte SAP HANA–certified virtual machines in more regions than any other public cloud provider. 

How do I convert SAP workloads to Azure?

Additional benefit considerations 

Here are some advantages to consider: 
1. The network and how this can add value and scalability to your operation, consistently 
2. Security: the amount of R&D invested into security by Dimension Data, SAP, Azure, and other hyper-scalers means that your digital safety is unmatched when compared to the typical enterprise environment 

Why Dimension Data?  

When migrating SAP to Azure, our proven methodology for cloud journeys is based on global transformation and innovation practices. SAP architecture on Azure is built on a solid foundation that focuses on:

  • Security
  • Performance and scalability
  • Availability and recoverability, and
  • Efficiency and operations

We know how annoying software updates can be. We assure you this is not the case when adopting SAP S/4HANA. It’s about so much more and how service applications will translate technology into performance which — when you look at it like that — is a revolution you can’t afford to miss.  

We’re ready to take that journey with you and navigate your S/4HANA conversion with the right SAP data migration steps.

Dimension Data: 

  • guarantees full alignment with SAP 
  • is a full-stack Managed Service Provider (managing all your relevant systems and infrastructure)
  • holds the highest accreditations on SAP and Azure
  • has a proven track-record for journeys to the cloud for both one-time cloud migrations and large-scale multi-phase transformations
  • is your single point of 24/7 contact for end-to-end services with a single SLA 

SAP data migration best practice

With Dimension Data, the SAP data migration steps don’t have to be as daunting as they sound. Our role as your trusted partner is to make sure the move causes minimal disruption to your business while ultimately delivering the workable advantages that migrating your SAP systems to Azure will deliver:  

  • lower capital expenditure
  • improved agility
  • increased uptime

Let Dimension Data help you visualise your digital future by translating your business needs and desired outcomes into a technological strategy underpinned by your S/4HANA conversion. 

We’re ready to help you embrace digital transformation in the rise of the contactless economy with resilient supply chains and operational features, so that the business model continues to be one that solves problems — and stays in business.

Contact us to find out more.