Thriving with Cloud Economics: Once in a lifetime shift in Computing


Feb 25

Thriving with Cloud Economics: Once in a lifetime shift in Computing

If you are a CEO, you might have already known what Cloud can do for your business in the post-COVID-19 world!

In this cloud era, businesses thrive on customer experiences as they are reinventing the business transformation. Many companies are already adapting to the Cloud, while some are still paving the way for digital disruption. Cloud computing enables innovation, increases agility, reduces CapEx and OpEx , reduces time to market for new products and services.

As Cloud and AI are ruling and accelerating businesses, there is a massive amount of data that is being generated every day from various sources and platforms. The scale and economics of the Cloud make it possible to capture and harness data and unlock the potential to drive transformative insights. Businesses take this as an advantage to innovate and accelerate their existing business process.

Many companies initiate cloud journey by implementing Cloud Solutions. Still, most fail to realize its full advantage – this mostly occurs because companies are focusing their transformation journey on singular discreet digital platforms. However, data, process, technology, and organizational integration will create a competitive advantage in the longer term.

Suneratech encourages businesses to embrace the concept of “the whole ERP.” Challenge those deeply entrenched beliefs that a transition to core business operations with zero customizations cannot work in your industry. Through this, a business can take advantage of the change to an agile way of life and focus on process and organizational change.

RISE with SAP – Embrace Business Transformation as a Service:

The biggest challenge that businesses face right now is applying AI into the business.

Companies are undergoing digital transformation – but what are they transforming?

Digital transformation covers a lot, right from digital products management, agile transformation, moving to public / hybrid Cloud, adopting a common data strategy, and most importantly, accomplishing a customer experience journey.

The Appeal of Cloud

The biggest benefit for any enterprise to get from Cloud is the speed at which innovation happens, costs reduce, with more focus on core competencies. Leveraging data with cloud capabilities would increase the business’s ability to undertake customer-centric transformations multiple times seamlessly.

Businesses invest on singularized Cloud solution but have challenges as managing them alongside On-Prem stack turning it into risky high maintenance. Integrating technology and utilizing platforms in a better way increases interoperability, reduces costs, and increases security.

Greater Adoption Requires Overcoming the CapEx Conundrum

Today, IT CapEx should compete with the enterprise’s available capital’s general best use. As a result, CIOs have compelling reasons to move from high-cost infrastructure services in favor of more highly utilized and lower-cost public Cloud services. The challenge these CIOs face is the CapEx conundrum – a significant investment in servers, storage, and data centers that cannot be quickly divested, especially for the most recent acquisitions.

Though customers want to use cloud infrastructure from different vendors, they still look for a single pane of management — including their own data centers — through one dashboard. Rather than buying and managing hardware and software upfront, companies leverage virtual machines and tap into Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, data management, and various platforms and pay as they use.

Current SAP customers must overcome two challenges: completing S/4HANA as an integrated suite on a digital cloud platform and building multiple industry cloud solutions integrated with S/4HANA in the backdrop of ever-changing industry dynamics.

Leveraging SAP

SAP is finding a way to preserve the deep, foundation-level trust that customers have established with SAP over the decades and demonstrate the acceleration of major ERP workloads to the Cloud. SAP’s 2021 mission is to move large On-premise ERP workloads to the Cloud, gain market share for its leading cloud applications, establish the SAP platform as the basis for business transformation in the Cloud, winning the new markets. Also, increase R&D investments to deliver Industry Cloud innovations, focusing on customers’ success to ensure adoption, higher renewals. RISE with SAP Business Transformation as a Services (BTaaS) is a concierge to the business enterprise at a pace that works well for customers.

How businesses benefit by leveraging the RISE with SAP?

It is a concierge for the business enterprise at a pace that works well for customers.

  • One Offer: Get everything customers to need to simplify their transformation journey in one bundle, without high upfront investments
  • One Contract: Manage service-level agreement (SLA), operations, and issue management from SAP in a single contract
  • Unmatched TCO: RISE with SAP allows customers to realize the value of their investment sooner, with up to a 20% reduction in TCO* over five years for SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition as compared to the traditional ERP deployment

SAP Value drivers

  • SAP holds singular accountability for SLAs, operations, and issue handling.
  • It’s a Cloud subscription commercial offer for holistic Business Transformation as a Service
  • Customers can choose to move their ERP to the Cloud in a deployment model of their choice, public or private or on-prem. S4/HANA cloud is included in rising among other RISE entitlements
  • It is a customer-centric partner-first offer. SAP is deeply committed to supporting customers on their Business Transformation. Managed Services in RISE are provided by SAP. Partners provide advisory and Implementation Services
  • Independent of being a new customer or existing customers with complex landscapes, independent of the industry or the size of customers, RISE with SAP can integrate all and provide customers with a platform for future growth. Land and Expand strategy
  • Cost-saving, Speed enabling, Business Transformation Achieving Solution

Have you ever thought about how much time is spent manually taking information from one system and entering another?

In terms of enabling transformation, security and compliance risk are the most important considerations. Customers make decisions based on secured outcomes: restrictive policies lead employees to use non-compliant apps and leave companies with an average of 70 security products from multiple vendors, which adds complexity and prevents the ability to respond quickly.

The underlying cause of these challenges to productivity is that innovation in digital transformation has been focused on developing new apps and services that leverage the increasing amount of data we can access. As a result, businesses use many apps and have critical business systems that don’t communicate with each other and have many security products to solve particular needs.

The only solution to this is – shifting the focus of transforming how we work from an app and a tool-based approach to a human-centric approach. Technology serves to help people accomplish more without doing more.

Digital transformation, by definition, is the integration of digital technology across business functions resulting in a positive outcome and delivering value to the customers. However, once all these technologies are put into place, the employees’ faster and accurate adoption and delivering an outstanding CX will ensure this transformation’s success.

Why move to S/4HANA when there is still time to upgrade from ECC?

Some SAP customers have accepted the migration, while some businesses still hold the ECC line and innovate at the Edge unless SAP fully modernizes its solution offerings. Although Automated testing allows for migration verification of both the ECC and S/4HANA systems, the latest version simplifies and improves automation and downtime for system conversion. The route chosen for SAP S/4HANA migration is dependent on the Change Management methodology any given organization can afford.

For Mid-size organizations, cloud deployments are popular options for growth and expand their operations. Cloud allows them to uncover the core business strategies yet provide the agility and flexibility to adapt faster upgrade cycles every quarter rather than annually deploying in a public or private virtual environment. This cuts down the need to invest in infrastructure, storage, or an in-house team to manage. Opting for a hybrid cloud allows them to maintain a balance between agility and security. This enables them to control data and applications on-premises for meeting safety or legal requirements but still have some flexibility to tap on cloud technologies.

How does SAP flip the world of ECC 6.0 customers to S/4HANA?

  • SAP has published an end-of-support date of 2027 for ECC 6.0, effectively giving customers a plank to walk. The large majority expect to move their current ECC systems to S/4HANA through brownfield migration.
  • Most of the SAP customers think of migrating technically as it is the simplest route and intend to carry over most of their existing master data, configuration, and custom code.
  • For customers who spend heavily to customize their ECC solutions might majorly follow greenfield migration.
  • However, brownfield migration might not make sense in some use cases as they also run the risk of not adopting improved S/4HANA functionality if they treat the ECC to S/4HANA migration as an upgrade.

For business leaders, this is an excellent opportunity to simplify and transform truly. Initially, S/4HANA provides a great opportunity to streamline SAP functionality and shift to a more vanilla solution. This strategy might reduce the migration lead time, but with the additional business change effort.

So, how can this be done?

Though S/4HANA offers enormous benefits and the new functionality greatly impacts TCO, handling everything needs expertise and years of experience. Businesses need the most valued cloud partner like Suneratech – Most Valuable Partner of SAP for mid-enterprises, enabling many businesses and successfully migrated 30+ SAP workloads among hundreds of workloads of many other customers.

We automated and help organizations be more agile and productive in their projects by automating deployments to market faster. We integrate different services and components of an application in the Cloud and on-premises for hybrid solutions, handling security and privacy without specific investments in these areas. The benefits of using fully managed services are reflected in ROI, making customers focus on business growth.

Leveraging Suneratech Cloud Migration Factory Framework

Companies that are currently embracing some cloud models need not adopt and increase their spending on multi-cloud strategies. We introduce you to the self-funding, Zero Cost Cloud Migration approach coupled with consumption model – “pay for what you use.”

Apart from just the cloud deployment, we manage workloads without disrupting the IT and integrating the existing environment, the non-SAP workloads, DBs, Apps to Cloud. We also conduct a detailed assessment of the on-premises environment, inventory existing servers, capacity, sizing, utilization, and performance metrics.

Once after addressing the current and future state landscape requirements, we suggest the right platform based on the business goals and needs.

Our Cloud Adoption Framework:
Lift & Shift is one of many migration approaches:

The goal in migration is to provide the customer with a single approach that balances the Speed of a standard lift & Shift with the growth potential and establish a maturity plan to execute the iterative processes that fit their needs.

The Asset phase of migration is where most technical work happens, moving assets to the Cloud. For Manufacturing customers, we provide end-to-end visibility of the customer’s supply chain to optimize their workforce, so you can make data-driven decisions that ensure efficiency and allow a faster return to normal after disruptions.

We also build a Resilient Supply Chain that enables organizations to adapt to disruptions, ensuring business continuity during distress . It provides the end-to-end visibility of their supply chain to make data-driven decisions instead of emotionally driven decisions on demand and supply in a crisis.

With the agile process, companies drive innovation and de-risk from future disruptions.

With a resilient supply chain, organizations equip better to generate positive cash flow by optimizing resources, stay profitable, retain market share, and remain competitive.

Digital Flywheel on Cloud – Benefits

With Suneratech’s Cloud Migration Factory Framework, businesses experience tangible benefits

  • Business benefits from tangible (percentage) increased TCO and decreased cost
  • The Self-funding, Zero Cost Cloud Migration and Consumption based models closes all budget concerns for companies
  • Businesses become more agile
  • End-to-end security for the connected Products-as-a-Service.
  • Increase in demand planning efficiencies for products and services based on RPA/AI
  • Better customer experience and better competitive advantages in the marketplace
  • Supply chain fulfillment becomes Cloud-based supply chain solutions.

Factory of the Future – where are we headed

In this new world of customization and smart, sophisticated products, manufacturers must meet demand, which requires transforming the value chain to ensure an agile, responsive production process. This “factory of the future” is a complex ecosystem of automated machines and sites, able to customize the output, optimally allocate resources, and offer a seamless interface between the physical and virtual world.

Intelligent Supply Chain: Product -as-a-service also adds layers of complexity to the manufacturing supply chain. Today’s Supply chain is responsible for manufacturing and delivering a product to a customer and coordinating everything from the parts going into the products to the service and coordinating them.

Connected Product Innovation: Accelerate product innovation through data being generated from IoT-enabled products, creating a valuable new resource for manufacturers to innovate product design and performance in real-time, when integrated with digital twin technology.

Predictive drive-through ordering: Driving innovations through intelligent machines and increasing order recommendations and forecasting the outcomes.

Data is coming through products, and it is coming from customers. Employees serve customers, delivering services through operational processes. The ability to pull all that data together holistically, then analyze it to gain intelligence. Business outcomes require modern solutions like Product-as-a-Service to facilitate new experiences that engage customers and employees.

We are thriving to make businesses stay ahead and focus on customer outcomes by enabling new business models. This facilitates better decision-making, which in turn delivers brilliant results. Our Cloud Migration Factory Framework enables companies to improve customer experience based on their continually evolving needs and innovations.

Redefine your SAP landscape to the Cloud – RISE with SAP at Suneratech today.