You know, through this article, which are the 3 SAP challenges, who uses it and how to benefit from the set of solutions it offers.

Having SAP in the cloud is placing our work tool in an environment that is outside the company. This allows users to access their ERP from any place, without the need to do so only from the network of their own company.

In addition, SAP en la cloud eliminates the need for a company to have expensive hardware, including its own datacenter service. For this reason, 90% of large companies have already joined the use of this technology, both in the public and private sectors. Cloud computing is already a reality that has completely displaced traditional storage software and hardware, which, seen from the current perspective, conform to rudimentary options.

Also, we want you to know how this consumption model is from its three main aspects: financial, organizational and technical, which are the 3 SAP challenges that these solutions pass, and with note.

financial challenge

We must understand the real costs that you have to introduce to the SAP architecture in the cloud and compare them with those that you don't have to do. If you have the perception that the cost is low, but is that right?

The power at the calculation level that Cloud services have is very economical, but if we stay well, some applications need a very large RAM memory; what can cause us the need to expand that memory. Esto put a lot of weight on the price, since it is necessary to hire more volume so that the response of the database of the application is sufficient. However, the multiple services and their scalability, making a study of the needs of your business, will allow you to contract exclusively what you need and no more.

It also raises the cost of having to comply with the service level agreements according to the environment, the time of availability and other services. As we have said at the start, the public cloud needs some concrete knowledge so we must consider everything it offers from the outset to calculate, in addition to the monetary cost, the cost in terms of adaptation, dynamism and flexibility, which does not stop being money itself we consider that human effort should be rewarded monetarily. To resolve this overcost, we already say it, get soaked well in the operation of the contracted services, and that's it!

organizational challenge

The implementation of a public cloud system is not comparable to a private or local solution. Each cloud provider has a different system. To increase the level of security, local solutions are designed in a downward manner. Suelen will be behind the firewall and protected by a perimeter network, and in some cases with a work load balancer. The traffic is distributed over several VLANs and is directed to specific servers.

En una cloud se hace al contrario. The design is carried out in a bottom-up manner, so that the traffic starts with a focus and then moves to different sections. Each environment is designed in a zone or security group, so that it scales automatically. Each provider defines different virtual machines, which control the compatible storage families. In addition, they pose different IOPS, with a different performance each one of them.

At the moment when the SAP solutions are introduced in the cloud, the architecture acquires a new level of complexity, making the possibility of fulfilling the service level agreements more difficult.

What we intend to say with this is that the service provider that is chosen must know the entire platform that the cloud presents and not just the service layer. This is something that is assumed and, under no circumstances, is it a problem for the customer, as each provider is responsible for ensuring that said levels of complexity are functional and safe.

technical challenge

One of the difficulties that have the SAP implementations of companies in the cloud is that their staff considers that this can be an additional workload for them. But this is not the case, so perhaps a more global version of this solution should be offered to understand its benefits.

Placing these tools in the public cloud makes them much more stable and their performance allows the work to be more efficient until it reaches levels of optimization never seen before. The great benefit is found, mainly, in the management of the data base, which can give an extra speed to the application, but also offers a new refuerzo in matters of security for the system itself.

At a particular level, although SAP is really intuitive and easy to use, it requires frequent adjustments and management that is too rigorous for some corporations, which is why a solution must be sought to free employees from this job and SAP becomes even more effective.

If the company can locate a partner that knows the cloud and the relationship that exists between this application and the SAP platform, it will have a brilliant solution to carry out all the managements it needs. Your data and processes will be protected at another level and you will obtain different benefits that will turn out to be very interesting.

Before knowing whether we can access the migration of our hardware, we have to carry out what is called a compatibility analysis of the entire environment such as third-party solutions, add-ons, integrations and others with SAP. This allows us to analyze the capacity of our system, its level of compatibility with what we need and the database that we want to migrate. In addition, it will also help us with the analysis of the tools and capabilities of integration Networking in a way that we separate if we have sufficient capacity for the transfer of files. With it, we can calculate the associated costs and carry out a generalized valuation of the cloud solution that most interests us.

There are several leading platforms that can help us carry out the migration of SAP to the public cloud, each one more intuitive and, honestly, all complete, although some focus more on some points and others on others, as is logical.

But before choosing the one that interests us the most, we must carry out a prior analysis of how our system is in the company and the needs that we may have in the face of the SAP migration towards the public cloud. It can be a job that turns out to be somewhat tedious, but the company must never forget all the improvements that will be achieved with him.

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Sky.One Team

This content was produced by SkyOne's team of cloud and digital transformation experts.