For most people, the turn of 2020 drove the setting of new goals for the year ahead; a January spent pondering what the new decade could have in store.

“The world is my oyster!”, they might have exclaimed, as they vowed that tomorrow they’d start that new hobby.

If you are a CIO, CTO or anyone responsible for IT decision making, you were probably more likely thinking about the next five years ahead, and what changes you’d have to make to see the next decade through.

“There’s not enough time!”, you might have exclaimed, as you parked another action item into the important pile and moved on to the urgent.

Gregor Bresser, National Capability Manager and SAP Capability Lead at ASG Group, says time is the biggest factor working against enterprises looking to launch transformation initiatives.

“In many conversations with clients, they recognise the benefits of transformation, such as moving their SAP applications to the cloud. But there simply aren’t enough hours in the day or enough available resources to set up a team purely focused on that project.

For some clients, an SAP to cloud migration was put on the vision board years ago. Now it’s 2020.

SAP have announced an end of support deadline for its ECC6, and with the complexity of a looming migration to S/4HANA, things are starting to get real.” Gregor says.

“IT’S TIME TO HAVE THE CONVERSATION”

In 2018, a survey of nearly 100 US industry influencers in the tech space asked its participants to think ahead to 2020 and predict what they thought the biggest challenges of moving to public cloud would be.

hyperscale cloud

The results were not surprising; valid concerns for a technology that was and is, still maturing.

However, since then, hyperscale data centres have improved rapidly, focusing on three important concepts that are hard for businesses to ignore:

  • A highly responsive and cost-effective IT infrastructure, along with distributed systems to reduce complexities and improve business operations;
  • Scalability to keep pace with changing demand for computing tasks;
  • Agility, security and lower hardware/software costs to ensure appropriate revenue.

As Gregor says, moving data to a hyperscale cloud is no longer a compromise between cost savings and risk.

“A few years ago, people were nervous about cloud. It was difficult to get enterprises to switch their thinking amidst the speculation that it was unsafe,” says Gregor.

If that was you, it’s time to have the conversation because the evidence is in.

“There are case studies in which Microsoft claim 40-75 percent cost savings when hosting SAP on a hyperscale cloud. Whether that is realistic for all organisations or not, there are enough benefits being realised now to justify the transition,” says Gregor.

CHOOSING A HYPERSCALE CLOUD PROVIDER

Despite strong growth across the board, the hyperscale market is dominated by those providers who invest capital expenditure in building out data centres at scale across multiple regions. According to Gartner, scalability matters when it comes to public cloud, as well as rich feature functionality across the cloud technology stack.

When choosing a hyperscale cloud provider, you should also consider:

  • Are they a leader in the cloud?
  • Is enterprise in their DNA?
  • What is their relationship with SAP?
  • How established is the System Integrator (SI) Ecosystem to support your migration?

Transformation takes many years, so it’s critical to choose a cloud provider which will serve your needs for just as long, and if time and resource is limited, an SI partner who can help you move there quicker.

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