SAP on IBM Cloud Review
January 18, 2021
SAP on IBM Cloud Review
Score 9 out of 10
Overall Satisfaction with SAP on IBM Cloud
Our organization started investigating heavily on digital transformation, both for competitive reasons and to improve operational efficiencies. We lacked the modern application infrastructure needed to start planning for using AI, ML, or blockchain. Our infrastructure was simply not capable of 2x spike in workload. Some applications were redundant, while others were not fit for purpose. So address the problems listed above, we took upon the modernization exercise.
- IBM Cloud, like other clouds helped us to make a switch from Capital Expenditure model to Operational expense model.
- Our existing infrastructure had availability, recovery and scalability issues. With IBM cloud we are able to speed-up recovery and minimize risk to business.
- IBM also offered us a way to optimize the total cost of ownership without making any sacrifices on the business and IT needs.
- Initial triage on reported issues is effective in the way the right resources fit for the job are engaged. However, it can be faster.
- From a customer perspective, we had knowledge gaps and initial challenges on defining a direction. IBM's support was critical in getting a foot hold.
- Positive - We have a need to innovate and moving to IBM cloud offered us all the technologies and abilities to innovate faster and for cheap[er].
- Positive - the amount of data that we have generated over the years was left unleveraged to its full potential. However we are now able to make sense of that data in near-real time.
- Positive - due to the low total cost of ownership, we are able to take on new initiatives involving inrastructure and scale down if it doesn't make business sense.
We have gained significantly on speed and flexibility, due to the ability to rapidly deploy servers in IBM Cloud. When compared to private infrastructure, it is faster and easy to scale out on SAP environment as per demand. This allowed us to optimize our costs by having a threshold on infrastructure and scale as per demands. This is a huge cost saver and risk mitigation strategy.
IBM Cloud offered several flexible options on pricing and capabilities. Based on analyst reports and general customer feedback, we found IBM Cloud to have the ability to perform well on industry benchmarks. This allowed us to move forward with IBM Cloud. It was a faster by a magnitude in time to add additional power in IBM Cloud as compared to our private infra.
IBM offered a great deal of support from their in-house experts in moving to IBM Cloud for our SAP workloads. What otherwise would have been a huge learning curve for our team, has been a well-guided tour with team of experts from our IT, Business and IBM Cloud. Partners from multiple organizations were able to complete a smooth implementation and I can recommend IBM services for overall implementation.
Scenario 1 -
- If the organization has made significant investments on existing infrastructure, it may make sense for business to get the value out of those investments and there will be reluctance in making this switch. However, if a new set of investments are planning for infrastructure, the best way to save on initial costs and go on a sustainable cost benefit model is to switch to IBM cloud.
- If your organization is comfortable with legacy mode of operations and IT can operate within certain pre-established modes of delivery, then this may not be an appropriate move for you. However, if you are an agile organization with strong IT talent, then you will find great value in moving to IBM Cloud for SAP and other application development work.