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Today’s economy operates at a fast pace, and organizations must rapidly adapt and integrate emerging technologies. This requires infrastructure and solutions with greater flexibility and agility than ever before. The pressure on IT is increasing to deliver state-of-the-art analytics capabilities more quickly to avoid departmental analytics solutions and a disrupted landscape.

Do the following benefits sound like improvements your company might enjoy?

– Faster, simpler adoption of innovative analytics solutions

– Reduced effort and total cost of ownership for your customers

– Greater savings and sharper focus on core business processes

If so, you might be ready to consider cloud analytics. Not sure what that means? Here are four basic questions to help you learn more about this emerging trend:

1. Why are cloud-based analytics important?

a. Move to the cloud to increase remote access as the solutions can run on a remote environment. New sources can help uncover different and deeper insights and new channels can help you leverage robust capabilities without further investment in hardware.

b. Identify and deploy Big Data use cases and rely on real-time reporting through improved reaction time and a faster innovation cycle.

c. Adopt and integrate without disrupting systems.

while eliminating capital expenses, minimizing operational expenses, and reducing associated deployment risks.

2. What is the main focus of cloud analytics?

a. Analytics on the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud

b. Solutions as a service for industry-specific use cases, which focus on highly specialized business processes

c. Line-of-business cloud solutions from SAP companies SuccessFactors and Ariba

d. Managed cloud as a service

3. How can cloud change the life of a consultant?

a. Increase remote-only work.

b. Drive transformation for customers and act as consultants on points such as architecture during any on-site engagements.

c. Execute analytics scenarios for customers with help from data scientists and specialists for legal consolidation.

4. What is available in the current services portfolio?

a. Take advantage of a strategic advisory service offered by the SAP Services organization to align business and IT needs.

b. Help customers determine and address the impact of cloud analytics on IT services, organization, and governance for a smoother implementation.

c. Receive assistance with onboarding, installation, and migration services.

Once you’ve thoroughly considered these points, it might be time to start thinking about data centers and governance. Given the importance of data security and sensitivity for customers, data governance is one of the main challenges when defining a successful cloud analytics strategy. The significance of private cloud solutions, tenancy models, and regional and country-specific legal restrictions requires a flexible and holistic data center approach. Read details in our Jam Community to learn more about cloud analytics.

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