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When Cloud Hosting first emerged, companies were eager to explore its cost-saving ability but reticent to move mission-critical applications and sensitive data such as SAP enterprise applications. Concerns about data privacy and security and control and compliance were front of mind. The thought of a system, such as finance, going down would mean an immediate halt in business and damaged reputations. It’s no wonder that the idea of placing an ERP workload onto the Cloud was met with trepidation.

The COVID-19 pandemic then accelerated transfer to Cloud. As employees were forced to work from home, on-site infrastructures ran into trouble. Not designed to support an entire company, they now needed to operate remotely. The Cloud provided the necessary scale, stability, and engineering for this new environment.

Here are our 5 top-tips on what to consider when migrated to the Cloud;

1. Pick just one Cloud – Although the term multi-cloud is banded around unless you're a tech company, it pays to choose just one provider. Spreading your resources thinly is doomed to failure and is entirely inefficient. AWS has been on the market the longest, with the largest market share of 33% running their apps on AWS. At be one solutions, we partner with Lemongrass, a software-enabled services provider, synonymous with SAP on AWS. Like us, they focus entirely on one thing; providing Cloud services including end-to-end support for the entire customer lifecycle from planning, migration, operation, and innovation. Our clients can speedily, securely, and seamlessly move their data to the Cloud. They can also receive help in executing strategic plans when moving their SAP systems to the Cloud.

be one solutions Regional Director for APAC, Olli Kylänpää comments

“It comes back to the idea of being fully focused on one thing. be one solutions is fully focused on SAP, just as Lemongrass, our Cloud Hosting partner, is focused on providing agile software-enabled services synonymous with SAP on AWS. Also, having a single point of contact for ERP and Cloud Hosting allows you to feel secure in the ability to access your data efficiently at any time.”

2. More secure dataThe Lemongrass 2021 Legacy-to-Cloud survey interviewed 150 executives at IT director level or higher at companies with annual IT budgets of at least $1 million. Its findings stated that 39.7% migrated their legacy systems to Cloud Hosting to secure their data. Built using enterprise-class hardware, Cloud Hosting platforms are protected by enterprise-class security systems. Relying on an IT guy to look after corporate data is archaic. AWS clearly list their security features, paid products, and partner integrations on the security section of their website. Lemongrass employs security specialists so that your company's sensitive data is almost certainly safer than it would be in your own office. Rest assured, an expert team is keeping your data safe, avoiding loss of Intellectual Property, keeping hackers out, and avoiding any fines from the Data Commissioner’s Office.

Kylänpää explains

“Cloud hosting’s general misconception was that the Cloud was less secure than the average in-house IT support team. Historically, employees often only had access to work files from the Local Area Network. Cloud Hosting promises 99.5% availability with greater security when something like the loss of a company laptop occurs. Because your data is stored in the Cloud, you can access it from any machine, thereby protecting company data.”

3. It pays to plan ahead – Complex, multi-layered initiatives require a strategic plan and sufficient time. Dedicating finances and skilled staff is important. An experienced partner, such as be one solutions with Lemongrass, can educate in-house IT departments, making them aware of new trends, and ensuring that there is enough time to get staff up to speed. If in-house IT departments are struggling, it makes sense to get assistance from the experts.

4. Track your cost savings – Transferring data to Cloud Hosting is going to save your company money, period. So, why not be the deliverer of great news and track your savings as you go. The migration of SAP systems to the Cloud presents a transformative opportunity for enterprises looking to reduce costs. Leaving data centres and joining an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model delivers metered cost plans so businesses only pay for services when they use them. Businesses also have a reduced need for operational support, licensing, improved business availability, and faster project cycle times. If you measure everything, using KPIs and metrics to track and advertise progress, you can document Cloud success.

5. An opportunity to become agile - Moving to an SAP on AWS DevOps landscape enables organisations to build systems and system landscapes in just hours. They can automate any operational tasks and deliver immediate benefits. Embracing automation allows the workforce to focus on more important tasks than sending repetitive emails. Running mission-critical applications in the cloud means that businesses don’t have to train and maintain in-house. Newly remote workforces also have easier access to data.

The migration to Cloud Hosting is in full flow and, in this dynamic and data-driven environment, the efficiency, speed, and scalability of Cloud platforms are crucial. Security is of primary importance and, with innovative services such as data management and analytical tools, the Cloud has become a trusted place for mission-critical applications. Proper planning, good financial focus, and a clear understanding of in-house skills and resources are all key to cloud transfer success. An experienced Cloud Hosting provider like be one solutions will help you to navigate the waters for a smooth transfer to the Cloud. Contact us today!

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