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Adopting a Megatrend: The Time for Taking Giant Steps to the Cloud Is Now (Part 2)

Part 1 of this blog made two reality-based assertions:

  • Cloud computing has enormous potential to transform business
  • Cloud adoption has reached critical mass, so organizations that don’t take bigger strides towards adoption run the risk of never reaching the same level of benefit achieved by organizations that do.

But does this mean that your businesses should hop on whatever cloud implementation train is moving the fastest?

Certainly, traveling to the cloud quickly would be advantageous, but not without first considering what additional benefits the trip can bring to your business. In other words, if you travel to the cloud, it would be nice to take a big bag of value – like in-memory computing technology – along with you.

Pushing the envelope with SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

Cloud is an apt name for a technology capable of offering extensive benefits to companies who might not otherwise consider themselves capable of achieving them.

It’s pretty obvious that SAP thinks the same. So much so that it has moved SAP HANA– its revolutionary in-memory computing platform that brings super-accelerated, real-time functionality to Big Data analytics, business applications, and data services – to a cloud environment.

As a paper from the advisory organization capioIT explains, with its SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud offering, SAP provides a fully scalable, comprehensive, secure cloud infrastructure that allows customers to run SAP applications in a managed, private SAP HANA cloud platform environment. This includes SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA, SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse powered by SAP HANA, as well as cloud solutions from SuccessFactors (an SAP company).

A critical differentiator to note is that SAP has lifted the isolation approach to cloud deployment by enabling select partners to bring their own offerings to the SAP HANA cloud platform deployment table.

Keeping it real

SAP HANA adds an even more dynamic perspective to the already transformative nature of cloud technology. As the capioIT paper points out, the reality is that the value of an SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud deployment lies in its ability to let organizations view their business information with a sharper eye and faster lens. The paper underscores its point with use cases from a variety of SAP customers.

For more insights into how SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud can expand your technology horizons, including what C-level executives should consider when evaluation any cloud investment, read SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud – Bringing the Revolution to Your Organization.

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  • Hi Ido,

    the statement,

         . Cloud adoption has reached critical mass

    are there any published statistics to support this ?

    Adopting the megatrend is great, taking the leap is great, and at the end of the day moving from on-premise to off-premise is basically a migration.

    As I have discussed here and here, such a migration is a complex activity and we have yet to see guidance and best practices from SAP for making the migration from on-premise to the cloud.

    When will SAP be publishing guidance and best practices showing customers the path to migrating from on-premise to the cloud ?

    Such guidance is actually the missing link for customers interested in exploring the cloud.

    Best regards,


    • Thanks Andy, for sharing your blogs again.

      SAP provides a set of services that will help customers migrate to the HANA Enterprise Cloud, specific to each customer, based on their specific environment.

      It starts with an assessment service in which SAP works with its customers to build a migration plan specific to them. The next phase of the journey is to migrate and on-board. That’s where SAP helps each customer build a detailed blueprint to migrate their data to the Cloud and ensure that it is done smoothly and with the lowest risks possible.

      Once done, SAP also provides an Application Management service and a Cloud Infrastructure service to help customers manage their environment in the cloud.

      You can have more information on these services here.

      Hope this helps, and I will make sure to update this blog as I come across additional technical information.


      • Hi Ido,

        thank you for taking the time and effort and finding this service, it is much appreciated.

        I’ll update the articles I’ve written on this subject with a link to the same material.

        This is the first time I have heard about this service, I would suggest SAP start making more effort to promote this service towards the customer base, especially using SCN for sharing this message about the expert guidance service for migrating to the cloud.

        Best regards and thank you,


          • Hi Ido,

            thank you very much again.

            Marty‘s excellent blog goes a long way to answering the questions I have been asking.

            Much appreciated and I am sure this will provide a lot of value to a lot of people.

            This is another clear example of the power of the SAP Community Network.

            What we need now is more blogs of this nature, people who’ve done it, should be blogging how they did it 🙂 Lessons learned, what was great, what they could do better next time etc.

            Best regards and nice weekend,