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SAP in the Cloud: A Forum to Expertly Guide You Through Your Cloud Journey

by Natalie Miller, Contributing Writer

May 20, 2015

Cloud computing is not a new concept. At this point, many companies have moved some part of the business or some application into the cloud. However, many questions still surround this disruptive technology, and uncertainty about how to optimally implement cloud platforms across the business is still a reality.

“Will you disrupt or be disrupted?” asked Julie Schuneman, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, during a one-day SAP in the Cloud event on May 14 in Chicago.

It was the first of numerous events planned in various locations around the world to give clients guidance on building cloud solutions. The first step on the cloud journey, Schuneman told the room of attendees, is to decide what you want to do. The second? Keep your eye on the ball. Lastly, move your plan forward.

Schuneman, who is also the leader of the IBM Global Cloud Consulting Center of Competence, spoke about how mobile data is growing rapidly, and to stay competitive and learn more about customers, businesses need to find innovative ways to store and interpret this data. And fast. She explained the many ways cloud can get things done faster.

“Traditional IT no longer cuts it,” she said. “Cloud has become a competitive imperative.”

But how can you get there? Especially when budget is a concern and there are many other priorities on your plate? IBM Senior Cloud Advisor Randy Vogel and Brian Burke, IBM SAP Global Alliance Executive, also addressed the crowd of clients, all of whom are running SAP solutions and are either in the middle of a cloud implementation project or planning a move to the cloud.

Burke spoke about the 26,000 IBM employees who are dedicated to the SAP Global Alliance and addressed the many challenges organizations face: budget, aging infrastructure, application portfolio complexity, and support model challenges. The rest of the afternoon was dedicated to how cloud can help optimize SAP implementation.

With three networking opportunities to break up the day’s sessions, guests not only walked away from the event with a wealth of information, they also were able to meet and collaborate with other people in their city who are working on similar projects and experiencing the same pain points.

Want to learn more? Find out what cities the SAP in the Cloud roadshow will hit next at http://sapinsiderroadshow.com.

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