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SAP in the Cloud: An Executive Guide (Electronic Editions)

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SAP in the Cloud: An Executive Guide is the definitive resource for business and IT leaders and managers who are responsible for establishing their organization’s cloud strategy for SAP® solutions. If you are looking for a comprehensive introduction to, and explanation of, SAP solutions for the cloud, you’ve come to the right place.

  • Get a comprehensive overview of the cloud and how SAP products and solutions work in it
  • Walk through practical steps to generate a business case for moving SAP solutions to the cloud
  • Dive deep into cloud sizing and scaling considerations, as well as cloud deployment models and options
  • Understand the four levers you can pull to create cloud ROI and realize the economic benefits from your investment in the cloud
  • Recognize the challenges of the cloud, and learn what you can do to navigate your organization around them
  • Explore cloud options for SAP HANA®, as well as the next-generation SAP S/4HANA suite, and determine whether a cloud deployment is right for your organization
  • Learn how individual SAP products for the ERP suite, including financials, HCM, SCM, and more, can be integrated with the cloud to increase reach, expand customer access, improve data collection, and more

 

Table of Contents

About This Book..................................................... 13
Assumptions......................................................................................13
 
 
Enter, the Cloud.................................................................................21
Public Cloud..............................................................................21
Private Cloud.............................................................................21
Hybrid Cloud.............................................................................24
Hybrid Cloud Use Cases..........................................................24
What Does a Hybrid Landscape Look Like?.........................24
How Much Cloud?............................................................................28
Hybrid Is the Future..........................................................................30
 
The Challenges of the Cloud............................................................34
Pacesetters, Challengers, and Chasers:
What We Learn from Cloud Adopters...........................................35
Lessons Learned from Pacesetters..........................................38
Cloud Considerations.......................................................................40
What Role Will You Take?........................................................40
What Are Your Business Drivers?...........................................40
What Are Your Current Resources—and
Where Are the Gaps?................................................................42
 
Drivers in the Move to the Cloud...................................................46
Driver #1: Budget Constraints.................................................46
Driver #2: Application Portfolio Complexity........................46
Driver #3: Rethinking Support Models..................................47
Driver #4: Aging Infrastructure..............................................47
Doing Your Due Diligence...............................................................48
Evaluate Current Scalability.....................................................48
Do Your Provider Homework..................................................48
Don’t Shortcut Planning...........................................................49
Getting “Cloud Ready”.....................................................................50
Cloud Implementation: Customer Experiences............................53
Encouraging Implementation Lessons...........................................54
 
Estimating the ROI: Cost-Benefit Estimator.................................56
Example #1: Small High-Tech Company...............................57
Example #2: Mid-Size Manufacturing Company..................63
Example #3: Large Retailer.......................................................68
ROI as a Starting Point: Opening the Cloud Discussion.............73
 
Clearing Up the Confusion on Workload......................................75
Workload’s Role in Evaluating Cloud Opportunities...........76
Workload Analysis Digs Deeper.....................................................77
1. Workload Characteristic Fit Analysis.................................78
2. Quantitative Workload Fit Analysis...................................79
3. Workload Assessment Analysis...........................................80
4. Workload Affinity Mapping Analysis.................................81
Pinpointing High-Priority Applications for the Cloud................83
Can We Do Without It?............................................................84
Troubleshooting for Transaction Speed.................................84
Cloud Discovery................................................................................85
 
Two Flavors of SAP HANA..............................................................88
Breaking Down the Pieces.......................................................89
SAP HANA On-Premise Versus Cloud—How Do
You Decide?........................................................................................91
An Introduction to TDI............................................................92
Sizing and Cloud Pricing..........................................................92
Getting the Sizing Right...........................................................93
Will It Fit?...................................................................................95
Too Mission-Critical for the Cloud?.......................................95
A Few Words on High Availability.................................................96
Security and the Cloud.....................................................................98
Migration Versus New Instance....................................................100
Migrating SAP S/4HANA..............................................................101
 
Financials.........................................................................................104
SAP S/4HANA Finance in the Cloud...................................105
Modules in the Cloud.............................................................106
SAP Integrated Business Planning........................................106
Human Capital Management (HCM)..........................................107
Overview of Features..............................................................107
Integration with SAP ERP HCM...........................................108
Migrating SAP ERP HCM to SAP SuccessFactors.............112
A Look Ahead..........................................................................112
Customer Relationship Management (CRM).............................114
SAP Cloud for Sales................................................................114
SAP Cloud for Service............................................................115
SAP Hybris...............................................................................116
Business Intelligence and Analytics..............................................116
Supply Chain Management (SCM)...............................................118
SAP Business ByDesign..................................................................120
SAP Business One...........................................................................121
A Cloudy Attempt, Perhaps...........................................................122
 
Case Study: Freescale Semiconductor, Inc...................................123
Case Study: Edwards Limited........................................................124
Cloud Considerations.....................................................................125
 
Appendices ............................................................................... 127
Appendix A Benefits Estimator Metrics.............................................................127
Appendix B Becoming a Digital Enterprise Starts with Cloud.......................131
Appendix C Melissa Kikizas S.A. Enters a New Era of IT...............................141
Appendix D Additional Resources......................................................................149
Figure Index..............................................................................152

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