How to make the most of SAP on Azure

The development and growth of public cloud services have been a major driver of innovation and growth over the past several years — and this has been particularly true for critically important legacy resources such as SAP. A recent e-book, The Master Plan: Charting Out Your SAP Cloud Migration, explores how SAP on Microsoft Azure can meet the critical needs of all members of the enterprise C-suite (from sales and operations to management and more) as well as the additional benefits of this robust solution. Specifically, SAP on Azure delivers important new capabilities with respect to information security, cybersecurity, and decarbonization.

Addressing critical needs with SAP on Azure

The benefits of public cloud in terms of cost, flexibility, scalability, and speed are well understood at this point, and these factors have dramatically improved enterprise functions. However, the story is still developing, and new features and applications continue to enhance and expand the wide range of benefits public cloud can offer the enterprise.

New features and applications continue to enhance and expand the wide range of benefits public cloud can offer the enterprise

In addition to the specific SAP on Azure solutions that satisfy every member of the C-suite (as highlighted in this blog post), several additional benefits stand out as well:

Information security: While some individuals use the terms “cybersecurity” and “information security” interchangeably, they are, in fact, quite different. Broadly speaking, information security is the practice of securing data no matter what form it is in and covering the data’s integrity, confidentiality, and availability.

The modern enterprise generates ever-increasing mountains of data, and this information is the fuel that powers the insights that lead to innovation and growth. At the same time, increasing national, regional, and international regulations raise the stakes when it comes to ensuring good security hygiene. Azure is the most secure cloud, and migrating SAP offers the opportunity to review and consolidate information security protocols and practices — thus, enabling a higher level of confidence and support in securing information.

Cybersecurity: Cybersecurity is a subset of information security, and thanks to the dramatic increase in cyberattacks and ransomware over the past several years, it is frequently in the headlines. Cybersecurity is defined by NIST as the “ability to protect or defend the use of cyberspace from cyber attacks” and, as such, is a framework for protecting and securing computers, devices, networks, servers, and programs that are vulnerable to hacks, attacks, or unauthorized access.

In theory, it may seem that adding Azure to a network would only increase security risks, but in practice, the opposite is often true. That’s because Azure offers a comprehensive and coordinated approach that can serve to bolster cybersecurity efforts. Cybersecurity, as with information security, is baked into Azure at every step of the way, delivering a thorough and comprehensive offering that is unmatched by any other approach.

Decarbonization: Just a few short years ago, decarbonization barely registered as an area for attention or concern to enterprise managers. That has changed quickly, and it will no doubt be an increasingly important topic in the future. Atos is a global leader in helping accelerate sustainability objectives by addressing end-to-end CO2 emissions as well as the impact of emissions across the entire cloud lifecycle. A program to incorporate SAP on Azure will address enterprises’ broader needs to deliver on decarbonization commitments, which promise to increase in importance in the coming years.

SAP on Azure meets the needs of the whole enterprise

SAP is one of the most critically important tools for the modern enterprise, making its healthy migration to cloud a priority of the highest importance. Fortunately, enterprises can now satisfy diverse needs at all levels of the organization (and do so in ways that deliver the flexibility and agility that drive innovation). For such an endeavor, it is important to select a partner that is intimately familiar with both the legacy needs and uses of SAP as well as the ability to deliver the best possible solutions from the Azure cloud.

For additional insight into how Atos can help your organization navigate the SAP-to-cloud migration challenge, download our free e-book.

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By Nitin Icchpunani, Cloud Sales & Alliance Leader for North America

Posted on: February 14, 2022

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About Nitin Icchpunani
Cloud Sales & Alliance Leader for North America
Mr. Icchpunani is a results-driven, dynamic leader with 15+ years of sales & growth planning, sales enablement, and market expansion achievements. A charismatic and pragmatic leader committed to client success and nurturing long-term relationships with client teams while driving collaboration with key decision-makers.

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