As we examine the cloud-based computing needs of SAP we find ourselves asking, “What exactly is an enterprise-class cloud?”
“Enterprise-class” is defined by your agency’s requirements not the service provider. In simple terms, an enterprise cloud is one that meets your SAP performance requirements as it pertains to reliability and total cost of ownership. It’s that easy.
Here are some foundational questions that I suggest you explore in developing your agency’s vision of an enterprise-class cloud for SAP:
Examine your agency’s current SAP performance SLAs and KPIs1 and then ask potential cloud service providers (CSPs) the following questions:
Moving to the cloud should simplify SAP management and reduce operational expenses. Ask CSPs these questions:
Total Cost of Ownership
The right balance between maintaining mission-critical performance and implementing new innovations achieves a lower total cost of ownership. Here are questions that will help you determine if that balance exists in the CSP you are examining:
As you can imagine, we’ve just scratched the surface. Moving SAP to the cloud holds the promise of increasing reliability, simplifying management and reducing the total cost of ownership. But, only if you ask the right questions…
I’ll explore each of the above questions in greater depth in future blog posts – be sure to subscribe to On Point and stay tuned.
1 Your agency may find that three 9s is sufficient to provide good-enough availability. Gold plating the cloud solution with a five 9s up time may simply enrich the CSP while draining your agency’s budget.