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8 barriers to moving SAP to the cloud and how to overcome them

Whilst cloud computing has been around for over 10 years now, it is still not being exploited to its full extent. Gartner estimates that less than one in three enterprises has a documented cloud strategy, yet in a Gartner post from mid 2016, they stated that “By 2020, a corporate "no-cloud" policy will be as rare as a "no-internet" policy is today”
They suggest that when providers break down the barriers of security concerns, performance, cost and support, the defensive “no cloud” stance is being replaced by a cloud-first or even cloud-only policy.
But nobody wants to simply “jump on the bandwagon”. There are many businesses with real concerns about:
 a) making the decision to move to the cloud and
 b) working out how to achieve it.
We’ve compiled a guide to take you through the major considerations when moving SAP to the cloud.
8 barriers to moving SAP to the cloud -how to overcome them
Of course, businesses don’t just look to move SAP in isolation. With SAP at the core and several non-SAP applications and SaaS solutions making up the IT footprint for most businesses, moving SAP to the cloud is just one piece in the puzzle. Integration between SAP and non-SAP systems, integration between cloud and on premise systems are all part and parcel of the work needed to move SAP into the cloud.
For that reason, T-Systems has teamed up with the MATRIX integration platform as a service (IPaaS) to provide a complete solution for businesses who may need a hybrid cloud approach to their SAP cloud migration.
Together, we have written this guide, “8 barriers to moving SAP to the cloud and how to overcome them”.
The guide addresses the 8 most common concerns that companies face when thinking about moving SAP to the cloud:
1. Cost justification How should we cost-justify the move? Is TCO or ROI the correct approach? What elements should we include and over what timescale?
2. What is the risk if we DON’T move?
We don’t have a real imperative to move – why should we be concerned? Are we going to lose out in the future if we don’t move to the cloud now?
3. Managing on premise applications Not all applications can be migrated to the cloud, so how do we manage that?
4. It’s all very complex
We’ve got a complex infrastructure with SAP at the centre and several non-SAP applications. How do we go about managing everything? Some systems will never work in the cloud, others are in the public cloud, yet I feel a private cloud is best for my SAP instance. How do we manage our SAP to non-SAP integration challenges?
5. Reliability and security We’ve got concerns about reliability and security. We are worried about handing over control of our systems to the cloud.
6. Data residency We are concerned about where our data will be held. We want to adhere to data protection legislation.
7. Worries about being “boxed in”
I am concerned about committing to a cloud platform for fear of being boxed into their charging structure and support services. I want flexibility and control over costs.
8. It’s such a massive project, where do I start?
I don’t know where to begin. How do I decide that the time is right to begin a move to the cloud? What are the alternative routes I could adopt and which is best for me?
As well as offering answers to each of the above, our guide goes a step further and offers 3 alternative strategies for migrating your SAP-centric infrastructure into the cloud.