The benefits of SAP on public cloud
While many organizations hesitate to move ERP applications to the cloud, migration offers a wide range of benefits. Compared to data centers, the cloud offers unconstrained computing power and new opportunities. Running SAP on Azure (or another public cloud platform) allows you to extract maximum value from your organization’s data — one of your most valuable resources in today’s business landscape.
ERP on the cloud also unlocks business and technical advantages. On the business side, moving to public cloud platforms like Azure helps improve operational efficiency, deliver better customer experiences and generate cost savings. On the technical side, cloud computing elevates and accelerates your organization’s IT environment. Moving to the cloud allows you to take advantage of IoT, access cloud data analytics, enhance data security, use artificial intelligence and machine learning, and more — perks that IT leaders identify as motivators for migrating business-critical applications.
As more work becomes digital, the advantages of SAP on Azure become more appealing. Organizations can leverage the cloud’s flexibility as they grow with the agility to reduce deployment timelines or create nimble development environments. Companies that migrate tap into the cloud’s efficiency to improve resource allocation and streamline costly, time-consuming activities like data archiving. Cloud-based computing also aids in cost-effective disaster recovery, helping ensure business continuity.
With a long list of promising benefits and widespread internal support, adopting a public cloud platform for ERP seems like a natural step. But several factors prevent companies from leveling up their environment. In Ensono’s survey, 58% of IT leaders cited COVID-19 as the culprit thwarting planned migrations through redirected priorities and reconfigured budgets. But beyond unforeseen world events, some underlying IT issues form a barrier to easy cloud adoption.
After security concerns, SAP and public cloud skills shortages rank as top roadblocks on the journey to public cloud adoption. In addition, 1 in 4 IT leaders said they struggled to define a clear migration path. With a lack of expertise on both sides of the migration process and no clear roadmap toward ERP on the cloud, it’s clear why organizations hit pause.
But these barriers aren’t insurmountable, and they point to a clear solution. To house SAP on Azure and accelerate digital transformation for business-critical applications, companies must team up with a managed application services provider.