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Explore SAP Applications in the Cloud

Six Session Recordings from IBM Cloud Strategy Experts

December 7, 2016

SAPinsider recorded these videos on October 27, 2016 at the Explore SAP Applications in the Cloud forum in New York City. Attendees learned about evaluating and preparing for a move to a managed cloud infrastructure from experts at IBM. Watch the recordings of the sessions:

  • Why move your SAP applications to the cloud?
  • The top cloud challenges that keep SAP managers up at night (and how to rest easy)
  • Migrating to cloud: What SAP customers need to know
  • SAP S/4HANA: Top 10 questions
  • Why and how an SAP client moved to the cloud
  • Calculate and optimize the ROI of running SAP applications in the cloud

Why move your SAP applications to the cloud?

Traditional IT environments cannot always scale quickly, often carry high TCO, and require long lead times to get up and running. It's not likely a matter of if you will move your SAP applications to the cloud, it's a matter of when. Walter Merrill, Director, Cloud Computing, North America, IBM, shares advice on building out your cloud strategy and better understand the managed services and solutions available to you, including how to:

  • Compare and contrast leading hosting options based on industry benchmarks and key differentiators so that you can make the right choice for your organization
  • Take a closer look at technologies that are in play today that can revolutionize your business tomorrow
  • Gain agreement and align CIOs, CFOs, and LoB managers on cloud strategy while keeping cost, growth, and profit top of mind

The top cloud challenges that keep SAP managers up at night (and how to rest easy)

Delve into the most pressing cloud-related challenges for IT managers, including the impact to your management systems and resources, the implications of integration, and the need to ensure data is secure. Brian Burke, Global Executive, IBM SAP Global Alliance, offers tips and strategies to help you:

  • Understand the nuances of licensing and service-level agreements (SLAs)
  • Learn how to achieve flexibility while still maintaining control of your applications
  • Customize your cloud environment to meet your specifications
  • Define your own unique governance model
  • Move and secure your data and assets in the cloud
  • Rest easy knowing your environment is up and running, can scale, and is secure

Migrating to cloud: What SAP customers need to know

Before you implement your strategy and migrate to the cloud, you'll need to know what questions to ask and what to consider to ensure a smooth transition. Mary Hunt, Cloud Engineer, IBM, gives expert advice on topics including:

  • Prerequisites and requirements
  • Deployment scenarios
  • Best practices for migrating, including data and asset transfer, retrieval, security, and reporting
  • Integration of on-premise and cloud solutions
  • Proven approaches to overcoming the top migration challenges

SAP S/4HANA: Top 10 questions

SAP S/4HANA is a real-time business suite designed to handle growing volumes of data and enable real-time insight into the business.  Walter Merrill and Brian Burke take a look at top customer questions about this digital core.

Why and how an SAP client moved to the cloud

A forward-thinking company made the strategic decision to move to the cloud. Brian Burke shares firsthand information on this SAP company's migration plan, how it moved its data, and its corresponding time line. You will get answers on:

  • Why the company chose to move to the cloud
  • How it chose a hosting provider
  • What challenges it faced during the journey
  • How it overcame business and technical hurdles
  • What benefits it is experiencing as a result of the move to the cloud

Calculate and optimize the ROI of running SAP applications in the cloud

What's the value of moving to the cloud for IT and your business? Which SAP applications, if moved to the cloud, would return the most value to your business? How do you extract value over time? No doubt, these are pressing questions! This session is designed to arm you with the tools you need to measure ROI and build your business case. You will: 

  • Identify key criteria and success factors to develop and execute on a forward-looking cloud strategy
  • Walk through the various types of cloud-based landscapes, such as private, public, and hybrid environments
  • Understand the importance and implications of security, compliance, and risk mitigation
  • Apply what you've learned to evaluate solutions scenarios and effectively build and propose your business case
  • See how you can quantify the benefits of moving your SAP applications to the cloud with the TCO Estimator Tool

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