The public cloud seems to be the promised land where IT grows flexibly with business and costs are low. This also increasingly applies to on-premise SAP ERP systems. There are different types of the cloud available, so why do many companies choose Amazon Web Services (AWS)?

A better competitive position due to a lower TCO

Costs are an important part in making service more attractive to customers. In order to to stay competitive, a low price is very important. That is why many companies choose the public cloud from AWS. They eliminate replacement costs for their own hardware and only pay for the digital resources that they use. This can be dynamically and automatically scaled up and down. SAP in the cloud saves up to 71%. In addition, organizations have a better overview of cost structure when they have fewer licenses.

Ability to respond faster to market developments

With on-premise solution you have to purchase and administrate hardware yourself which is both costly and requires specific IT competence in-house. Hardware replacement cycles take months and even longer periods depending on individual requirements.

The private cloud offers faster connections, low latency, and more speed and flexibility than on-premise but it still has a few disadvantages, such as increased IT complexity to adopt new management tools. In the public cloud this IT complexity is handled by the cloud provider enabling you to configure and scale in a matter of mouse clicks. AWS offers a wide range of cloud-based products and services, including IoT (Internet-of-Things), ML (Machine Learning), mobile, developer tools and security. These services help companies to innovate faster with lower IT costs, creating an agile and cost-efficient platform to test new business ideas.

The close relationship between SAP and AWS provides benefits

AWS and SAP have been working closely together since 2011. Their relationship is why tens of thousands of organizations in more than 190 countries trust the public cloud of AWS. AWS has worked closely with SAP to test and certify the AWS Cloud for SAP solutions, enabling organizations to get more out of their SAP and their AWS. Additionally, AWS offers a huge amount of traditional and progressive cloud native technologies that are easy to connect to your SAP. Think of IoT services that help you harvest data. Analytics and AI software translate IoT data into valuable insights, even new business models and strategic benefits. The nimble thing about the AWS marketplace is that it offers a continuous stream of new solutions.

Choosing the right partner

Migrating your company’s core system is quite a process. You can move to the cloud on your own, but most organizations opt for guidance from an experienced cloud technology partner. You need a partner who can help with the strategy, build a solid cloud foundation, and assist with the actual migration. You will have to review the competences of various partners. For instance, some partners only employ a few certified employees. Other partners have more competencies and are a AWS Premier Consulting Partner. Nordcloud is one such partner. It was born in the cloud in 2011 and has seven years of experience with hundreds of customers.

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