On-premise, Cloud or Hybrid: which is the best cloud approach. It all depends on what type of invitation you get. The most welcoming invitation to the Cloud is “Come as You Are”: simple, non-disruptive and fast time to value.
It is The Season in England: Ascot, Wimbledon and of course Weddings. Each of these comes with the classic English engraved invitation which specifies the time and place. But often, down in the bottom right corner of the invitation is the Dress Code. Just like the variable English weather, this is enough to set everyone into panic.
I don’t get many White Tie invitations, but this involves renting “bib and tucker” (tails), and for your wife we are at the level of ball gowns and tiaras. The more common Black Tie allows the male to dust off his trusty DJ (“tuxedo”) even if it is now a bit tight, but again your companion is probably shopping for new shoes, bag and other accessories. All very stressful. The best type of invitation is one that says Come as You Are. An invitation to “Come as You Are” means that you don’t need to buy anything new, you don’t need to upgrade your shoes or spend time doing your hair. It is the most welcoming invitation.
We often see the same thing with the invitations we get to the cloud.
Some solutions require wholesale change to your business process to use the cloud: this will certainly cost time and money. In today’s fast-moving business environment everyone wants access to cloud innovations but doesn’t want to necessarily to sweep away all their IT investments. What you want is an invitation to “Come as You Are”: in cloud terminology this is called a Hybrid solution.
Business Networks are a great example of Cloud Innovation which fit into your existing IT Landscape, allowing you to keep some processes in-house (perhaps General Ledger and Inventory Management) yet still accessing business partners in the Cloud. Once you have connected all your systems to the network, you can evaluate the next phase: migrating the apps themselves to the cloud. For SAP customers, you can connect your SRM, PM, MM, FI, VIM and SNC systems to the Network quickly, getting huge value from the additional collaboration.
Come as You Are. No need for expensive or time-consuming upgrades to take advantage of the connectivity and innovation of the Cloud. You can learn more about SAP’s Cloud solutions at http://www.sap.com/pc/tech/cloud.html