SAP: Forging a path to the cloud

By Robert Parker – November 14, 2013
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As enterprises adopt cloud technology and “as-a-service” applications, many often struggle to manage the transition from traditional on-premises IT infrastructure. Most IT organizations have significant investments in legacy IT infrastructure, and these systems often support mission-critical business processes. CIOs and IT managers can be reluctant to retire these systems – not just because of the resources invested in the technology, but also because of the complex and tedious process of transitioning to new products for critical business processes; especially in dealing with application integration which is made more challenging in a cloud to on-premise construct. As a result, the most common deployment model is hybrid in nature with certain "arms length" applications extensions (compensation management, indirect procurement as examples) running on the cloud and base ERP platforms running on premise.


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Robert Parker

Group Vice PresidentIDC


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