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Moving to the cloud is an enormous and challenging endeavor. And as more and more companies dedicate a substantial percentage of their IT budgets to digitally transform their operations, there is no doubt how beneficial the change will be for their overall Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) initiatives. From accounting to workforce management, ERP solutions deliver centralized control, increased efficiency, and greater operational visibility, and the cloud is making everything so much easier.
If you’re making the leap to cloud or considering it, you’re not alone. And aside from the unique set of challenges that can arise—security, compliance, operational disruption, downtime, budget constraints—cloud is quickly taking centerstage as part of the digital journey for many organizations.
Why Run ERP in the Cloud?
Why are companies looking to run ERP in the cloud? From our perspective, and experience, the interest is huge and this is originating from our clients and prospects—they are showing an eagerness to run their SAP systems in the cloud.
These three key reasons why cloud is so interesting, and Illumiti is experiencing increasing interest from its customers and prospects in the potential to run ERP in the Cloud:
The Evolution of Hosting Services
Traditionally, as an SAP services company, we partner with hosting companies to deliver a valuable, much needed service to our customers with numerous benefits:
The customer directly “owns” application availability and service providers have different customer contracts with different service levels with each running its own set of monitoring tools to assess the health of its environment.
When it comes to traditional SAP Hosting and Application Support, hyper-scaler s are significantly disrupting the landscape, and the trend is growing. Hyper-scaler s provide:
Illumiti’s SAP Public Cloud Hosting Services
Illumiti’s public cloud hosting service compliments our Application Management and Enhancement Services (AMES) offering, which we've run for a long time, and which most of our SAP customers leverage. AMES delivers a one-stop integrated IT and application management solution that:
Regarding how the SAP environments look like when they're implemented in a cloud environment, we typically have three tier environments—production, development, and quality assurance (differences will be evident depending how HANA or ECC).
Example: S/4HANA Production System Landscape (HA and DR)
Illumiti SAP Public Cloud Hosting – Application Level Service Level Agreements (SLO)
Our public cloud hosting offering also provides an application and surface level objective for S/4HANA and ECC applications:
Illumiti SAP Public Cloud Hosting – A Cost-effective Approach
In addition to having the unique capability of providing a promise at the application availability level, SAP also provides hosting services for S/4HANA in the cloud.
Migration Approach and Hosting Services Scope
When migrating SAP ECC or S/4HANA to the Cloud, we take a simple tactic to migration and upgrading—a lift and shift approach—by combining the two projects into one to create cost savings. By minimizing the testing efforts here, we minimize costs as well.
Illumiti AMES and Cloud Hosting Services
Our AMES offering provides our customers continued support post go-live.
Delivery Experience and What Makes Our Offering Unique
Illumiti has a successful track record of over the past 10 plus providing AMES’ level of quality service and delivery for SAP customers, and we’re SAP Partner Centre of Excellence (PCoE) certified. Additionally:
Illumiti’s team includes consultants with SAP, GCP, and AWS solution architect certifications and has delivered SAP ECC and S/4HANA migrations, implementations, and sandbox projects to hyper-scaler environments for 10 customers
Illumiti also leverages its extensive ITIM and ITO experience with Softtek to deliver the IT Managed Services component of its SAP Public Cloud Hosting offering. Softtek has:
Softtek is certified in ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (information security) and ISO/IEC 20000-1 (IT service management) and has a broad set of complementary skills and experiences that can be called upon if and when needs arise.
What makes Illumiti SAP Public Cloud Hosting unique?
SAP Public Cloud complements Illumiti’s AMES offering by providing the firm with accountability for the full SAP technology stack, from hardware to the implementation of the S/4HANA solution. We have the ability to support very stringent SLOs where needed—at the SAP application availability level and not just at the infrastructure availability level—providing 99.9% at a reasonable incremental price. Additionally:
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About the Author
Andrew Koo, Senior Director, Consulting, brings more than 25 years of SAP experience and is currently focused on providing digital transformation solutions for Illumiti’s growing customer base where he manages the firm’s Cloud Services offering. By migrating to Illumiti’s Cloud solution, Andrew helps ensure that customers will realize efficiencies in system reliability and flexibility while reducing operational costs.
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