Cloud Lessons Learned for SAP Applications and SAP HANA: Q&A on Evaluating Cloud Cost Savings, Speed, and Performance

May 28, 2015

 What lessons can be learned from SAP customers' migration, and the key infrastructure, integration, security, and scalability considerations when running in the cloud? Where are the benefits – and common pitfalls - of cloud migration?

Review all the discussion from our one-hour online Q&A with IBM's Chuck Kichler, Global SAP CTO and IBM Distinguished Engineer, and Susan Wallace, Global Portfolio Manager, IBM Cloud Services. In addition to an overview of cloud implementation challenges, they covered topics including integration with on-premise systems, data security issues, test automation, and cost of migration, and answered questions such as:

  • Do you recommend moving the entire SAP landscape (Dev, QA, Sandbox) to the cloud?  
  • How can cloud help us decentralize our SAP operations while keeping the entire organization on a single environment?
  • How do you preserve existing investments in application and infrastructure when moving to the cloud?
  • We have built an SAP HANA application using the HCP. Any concerns about security? 
  • Are these cloud applications truly multi-tenant?
  • To migrate to S/4HANA, don't you need to rewrite all your existing enhancements?  
  • If we implement an SAP HANA solution in the cloud, does SAP ERP need to be on the cloud, too?
  • What is the impact on the WAN or Internet network of a move to the cloud environment? Will it be necessary to incorporate appliance devices to better performance?

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