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SAP cloud deployment: your options (plus a no-cost HANA readiness assessment)

Jan 9, 2018 11:33:52 AM

In our previous post, we discussed practical steps to consider when planning a SAP cloud migration project. Now, let’s take a look at cloud deployment options for SAP.

Companies have a tremendous amount of choice as to where to deploy their SAP landscapes, including S/4HANA. Also, SAP landscapes don’t function in isolation anymore. You will almost certainly deploy systems at various places in the cloud. This has the drawback of additional integration and complexity, but the upside is that you can fine-tune and optimize your landscape to meet different business needs.

Customers who primarily deploy on-premise will have at least some parts of the landscape extended into the cloud.

Your three main SAP Cloud Deployment options
SAP customers primarily have three cloud deployment options:

5 New Year's resolutions for smart Basis teams

Jan 2, 2018 10:59:18 AM

Tick-tock tick-tock. Holiday vacation has come and gone, and there never seems to be enough time in a day. From holiday parties to shopping and time spent with friends and family, it’s a fun but crazy time. However, for Basis teams, an actual “vacation” is rare. While others spend time with their families, we spend time with our laptops to prepare the SAP systems for another year of improved performance, security and reliability. The Basis team are always overworked and underappreciated, but someone has to go through the sometimes tedious and complex process to make sure their company’s SAP data is safe.

Client or system refreshes are an unavoidable reality for SAP customers, and this critical task is usually dumped onto the Basis team, who will have to work on weekends and holidays while everyone else is enjoying their time off. If we do a flawless job, nobody notices. If we miss something, it makes the headlines very quickly. And sometimes, at 3:00 am when our brain is supposed to be sleeping, it’s easy to miss something.

So, to win back some of our weekends, evenings and holidays, we Basis folks need to improve our refresh processes. Simplifying the system/client refresh process is a good place to start. We want refreshes to run with minimum input from us. We want refreshed clients to be leaner and secure. Data Sync Manager is a Basis team’s best friend, for more weekend and holiday time spent with our families, and less time executing system refreshes.

5 New Year’s Resolutions for smart Basis teams:

So, to the other Basis folks out there: We work hard. We work nights. We work weekends and holidays. It’s time for us to improve our productivity while reducing the time we spend on refreshes and data management. It’s time for us to get our weekends back.

Practical steps when planning a cloud migration project

Nov 16, 2017 9:01:40 AM

In our previous post, we covered the first steps for migrating SAP, including why companies are moving to the cloud, and some practical considerations. In this post - which is a little more technical - we take a deeper dive and look at guidelines that should be applied to all SAP migration projects, regardless of complexity. We include practical experience from successful migrations on client projects. These are generic enough to be applicable to any SAP cloud migration project. Additional steps may be needed if you combine a technical migration project with a functional upgrade, like S/4HANA, and the sequence of steps will also differ based on specific project requirements.

Journey to the cloud: your first steps for migrating SAP

Oct 25, 2017 1:57:44 PM

Companies of all shapes and sizes are joining what has become a veritable stampede in migrating to the cloud. In this post we explore...

Does your refresh schedule look like this?

Oct 16, 2017 6:19:57 PM

The reliability of testing data

Reliability of test data quality and quantity has become a core requirement of any modern IT organisation. The ability to effectively trial and test any change before applying to the production environment is paramount. But what is considered quality data? And how often should you refresh your landscape? This blog post provides you with key indicators to check if you’re working with poor quality data, along with an example of a healthy refresh schedule.