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Why hybrid? How do I get there?

More than 65% of enterprise IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud technologies before 2016

Source: IDC Cloud Predictions

This is one of many studies and predictions suggesting that most IT organizations will transform into a hybrid landscape in the next couple of years. Just a side note on this: IDC defines hybrid cloud as an integration of internal IT environment with private, hosted or public cloud services.

We see the same trend valid for SAP’s customer base, which has become more and more interested in adopting cloud solutions to their on-premise environments.

SAP’s customers are able to choose between on premise, cloud and hybrid deployments – a combination of both on premise and cloud. This freedom of choice allow firms to transform at their own pace following their individual business priorities and their markets, which, by the way may change at any time.

Picture1.pngA hybrid deployment has several benefits for our customers, since they can keep their highly client specific processes and the mission critical business functionalities on premise, while at the same time support other business areas, where they want to be innovative and fast, with a cloud solution. So, a hybrid deployment model allows our customers to combine the best of both worlds.

However, the transformation from an on-premise landscape to a hybrid landscape, where cloud and traditional on-premise systems are integrated seamlessly, is not always as simple as it may seem. There are certain key aspects which need to be considered on this journey, such as integration, operations and security.

Known and established principles, especially around operations and security, are still valid – but it is the expansion of the existing options, that comes with cloud, which initially increases the overall complexity. In a hybrid landscape the on-premise systems and the cloud solutions have to be orchestrated together to ensure continuous proper business support.

Questions often arise, such as “How do I get there?”, “what does the hybrid deployment model mean for my security and operations teams?” and “how can I ensure sufficient integration between the different environments?” There will not be just one “right” answer to all of these questions, since they are highly company specific.

SAP is offering an openSAP course, running over five weeks that will handle these topics and provide you with the key areas to be considered on transforming towards a hybrid landscape. The goal of this openSAP course is to give you an understanding for what running a hybrid landscape means for integration, security and operations and how you can start your own hybrid transformation journey.


What will be covered in the agenda?

The first week will give you an introduction to the topic of cloud and hybrid deployments and go through the business benefits and drivers, the different deployment options and service models, how SAP is supporting a hybrid deployment model finally go through some typical hybrid customer use cases.

In week two you will get a deep dive into the topic of integration, where we will first give you an overview of the different integration technologies and thereafter comparing them. You will see demos of several different integration scenarios and get information about the best practices of how to set it up.

Week three focuses on the very important topic of security. Many of you may wonder if your data is secure in the public cloud and in this week we will talk about what security aspects you should keep in mind to implement, in order to ensure that your data is secure in a hybrid landscape.

In week four, we will talk about operations. How do your operations change when you come from an on-premise environment and adopt cloud? What do you need to do to prepare your own organization for the transformation?

In week five, the course concludes with the transformation topic. Here we will talk about the new mindset that is necessary to adopt when consuming cloud solutions and the importance of developing a strategy for the transformation. We help you define your transformation drivers and to determine use cases for your hybrid landscape.

The openSAP courses are open to the public, so you as a customer, partner, and of course anyone working with SAP are encouraged to sign up for this course, that is free of charge. You have the chance to interact with the experts and exchange ideas and experiences with other participants in the discussion forum. I hope this openSAP course helps you to start your individual cloud transformation within your company.

Enjoy the weeks of learning, collaborating, exchanging ideas and sharing experiences! Have a great openSAP course!

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