MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP applications play a significant role within many businesses as the engine that keeps critical financial, operations and marketing functions running. Despite the advantages that SAP applications bring to the in the enterprise, they can be complex requiring expert resources to run them; thus, IT leaders continually face the challenge of maximizing its value and functionality while minimizing the maintenance burden.
Frost & Sullivan's recently published white paper entitled, Taming the SAP Maintenance Burden to Deliver Bottom Line Value, debunks the myths surrounding the migration of SAP workloads to the cloud.
Despite all the hype, many businesses still have an uneasy relationship with the cloud and are reluctant to entrust SAP applications to cloud. Intrigued by the promise of speed, lower costs and greater flexibility, businesses are testing cloud services, especially for less critical and new "built for the cloud" workloads, but are still hesitant to make a strong commitment. With little IT support available, enterprises find it risky to consider cloud for their mission-critical systems, including SAP applications.
"Enterprises need a cloud environment that reduces the overhead burden associated with running SAP software, thus maximizing its value and decreasing the total cost of ownership," said Stratecast Program Director at Frost & Sullivan Lynda Stadtmueller.
Selecting the right cloud partner is critical for the virtualization and deployment of SAP workloads. This white paper addresses how enterprises can confidently leverage the cloud to maximize the full value of SAP applications. Ensuring that the cloud partner has fully managed cloud capability paired with deep expertise is very important. In this analysis Frost & Sullivan identified IBM as a compelling cloud partner capable of utilizing SAP workloads to their full capacity while also reducing the total cost of ownership. IBM provides a unique set of capabilities to the market based on its extensive partnership with SAP, its broad SmartCloud portfolio, and its history of managing complex enterprise IT deployments. Additionally, IBM is a globally certified SAP partner for SAP cloud services and offers enterprises the assurance that IBM's cloud solutions are designed and tested to support everyday complexities.
"IBM SmartCloud for SAP Applications offers a fully managed flexible cloud environment designed for SAP and managed by IBM SAP experts," notes Stadtmueller. "For many businesses, this is a cloud solution to embrace."
About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, works in collaboration with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants.
Our "Growth Partnership" supports clients by addressing these opportunities and incorporating two key elements driving visionary innovation: The Integrated Value Proposition and The Partnership Infrastructure.
- The Integrated Value Proposition provides support to our clients throughout all phases of their journey to visionary innovation including: research, analysis, strategy, vision, innovation and implementation.
- The Partnership Infrastructure is entirely unique as it constructs the foundation upon which visionary innovation becomes possible. This includes our 360 degree research, comprehensive industry coverage, career best practices as well as our global footprint of more than 40 offices.
For more than 50 years, we have been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector and the investment community.
Is your organization prepared for the next profound wave of industry convergence, disruptive technologies, increasing competitive intensity, Mega Trends, breakthrough best practices, changing customer dynamics and emerging economies?
Corporate Communications – North America
SOURCE Frost & Sullivan