Cloud computing is a top priority among CIOs worldwide, for good reason. The cloud provides rapid access to leading technology solutions at little or no capital expense. As a result, IT organizations are eager to adopt cloud strategies to achieve cost savings, flexibility, scalability, speed and other critical business objectives.
If you are an SAP user, deploying SAP on the cloud can transform your SAP landscape into an agile, cost-efficient, scalable system, enabling your organization to run better, respond faster to changing market conditions and take advantage of new technologies and business models.
However, hosting SAP solutions on the cloud can present its own set of challenges, from building a business case and defining the roadmap, to choosing the best solution and migrating instances to integrate with your existing IT landscape. As an elite, certified SAP Global Solutions Integrator, Cognizant offers the expertise, partnership, experience, frameworks, tools and accelerators you need to overcome these challenges.
Our understanding of large databases, network connectivity, downtime minimization and other factors related to migrating SAP to the cloud can accelerate your return on investment and minimize down time. We achieve this by applying our best-in-class Cognizant Cloud Assessment and Transformation (cCAT) Framework to your unique requirements.
“On behalf of the executive team, please accept my appreciation for the incredible effort and leadership that has been displayed over the past several months in the SAP Technical Upgrade project. It was an enormous undertaking but went live according to plan and with minimal challenges. Thanks to the project management team for their leadership and dedication combined with the entire team’s hard work and energy, we are now enjoying the results and benefits of the new system. The team should take great pride in this accomplishment. This project has highlighted the capabilities of team (Cognizant).”- Senior Vice President & CIO, Global Consumer Goods Company
“I want to thank the Cognizant Team for the great effort and teamwork to get us to this point 1 year since the journey began.”- Project Manager, SAP BPC Migration
“We could not have accomplished our SAP Landscape Transformation on to cloud without Cognizant team’s substantial contribution and integration within the project organization. Based on our actual previous operations costs and anticipated Azure costs, we estimate a financial economy of at least 25% per annum after starting running SAP on the cloud.”- Chief Information Officer, Middle East Supply Chain Management Company
“The Cognizant team was the linchpin for the successful integration of the three system providers. It would not have been possible, within the timeframe, to have implemented this program successfully in our operations, without them. This program is a game-changer for our business.” - Vice President, Supply Chain, Global Packaging Solutions Company
“Selected Cognizant for this mission-critical engagement because of its consulting-led approach, its extensive experience in our industry, and its expertise in SAP enterprise applications. By replacing disparate legacy systems from multiple acquisitions and harmonizing business processes, Cognizant is supporting our growth strategy and helping us provide the best customer experience worldwide”- Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Leading Global Providers of Critical Technical Information
“Thank you, for a successful go-live, and an incredibly smooth zero business disruption transition to the new system. I am in awe of your collective systems and SAP skills, your incredible stamina, your perseverance through many many obstacles we encountered along the way and your stewardship of the best and most comprehensively planned and most flawlessly executed large IT project I have ever been a part of. Successful, zero issues implementations like this do not happen every day.”- Chief Information Officer, US Based Specialty Healthcare Company
“Cognizant leadership and the efforts of your team have enabled us to be successful in these initiatives. AMS support has also been very strong and fundamental to our ongoing operations. Thank you for the great work and we look forward to continued strong performance as we move forward with future work efforts."- Vice President, Business Applications, Global Packaging Solutions Company
COGNIZANT'S GLOBAL SAP CERTIFICATIONS
With five SAP certifications to our credit, we have earned SAP's exclusive Global Solutions Integrator status, offering atleast one of SAP's Outsourcing Partner Certifications.
The customer, a manufacturer of consumer goods, wanted to migrate SAP applications from incumbent hosting provider to public cloud; thereby aiming to reduce operational cost and improve agility in adopting new SAP technologies.
We leveraged our cCAT Framework to develop a combined upgrade and migration program to Microsoft Azure with latest versions of the SAP applications.
including IBM’s Aspera for faster file transfers and SIOS data keeper for setting up HA for SAP in Azure
on best practices adoption on Microsoft Azure in terms of Storage Design, Memory Utilization and VM Types
with Pay as You Use model in Target Azure Landscape
to latest SAP versions; helping business to take up new enhancements and adopt mobility
The customer, a leading food and beverage company with worldwide presence, wanted to upgrade and migrate their existing SAP BPC 7.5 MS running on MSSQL 2008 (on-premise) to SAP BPC 10.1 MS on MSSQL 2014 in Azure Cloud. The aim was to move to an agile, scalable, cloud-based platform for improved quality of operations targeting 500+ end users.
We leveraged Cognizant’s SAP cloud assessment and transformation framework to design and architect the migration & upgrade of SAP BPC systems to cloud. This resulted in 1.6x times faster reports processing time post migration.
and phased migration approach leading to minimum disruption to BAU
for performance monitoring
with various program stakeholders (including IT Solution Architects, Infrastructure and OS Support Teams)
by implementing TDE at database level in cloud platform
A leading Middle Eastern logistics company wanted to consolidate its hardware and virtualize its SAP landscape for improved performance of SAP systems. It wanted optimal performance of the new migrated virtualized platform in Microsoft Azure.
We leveraged our cCAT framework to identify best migration methodologies and performed technical migration of the SAP systems.
of SAP systems
for non-critical systems due to consumption-based payment
in operational expenditure
in cost savings resulting from SAP migration on Azure Cloud
A $5.2-billion Nordic consumer goods company was running its SAP infrastructure on traditional hardware in disparate legacy data centers not built for high availability or disaster recovery scenarios.
We developed a solution-focused on data center consolidation, a phased migration approach and a rigid disaster recovery strategy. We migrated SAP servers from multiple legacy domains to a global domain.
of SAP systems
infrastructure and also reduction in overall IT management costs
downtime ensuring data transfer between systems like ERP and Business Warehouse
of available computing resources
savings due to IT consolidation
A $4.9-billion leading UK-based publishing company had multiple SAP landscapes spread across its organization. It wanted to improve its SAP system performance.
We suggested migration methodologies based on our cCAT framework and applied best practices solutions methodology on Physical-to-Virtual data center migration.
solution due to virtualized platform in private cloud
annual savings of $200,000 per year
availability of target production systems with Oracle Active Data Guard (primary and stand-by)
ERP Complexity vs. Business growth—at Odds or in Alignment Depends on Your Approach
A research program conducted by APQC, with support from Cognizant and SAP, set out to document the challenges faced by business leaders to address operating frictions caused by ERP landscape complexity. The research concluded that senior executives would be wise to undertake a sensible review of their current technology frameworks and consider remedial actions that do not require lengthy and widely disruptive change.
The HCM Imperative: Aligning Technology With the New Digital Employee
Recent research from Brandon Hall Group shows that there are financial repercussions from implementation of technology systems that are not directly related to the processes they were originally created to improve.
Elevating the Digital Employee Experience
To address the changing dynamic of a more digitally savvy workforce, HR organizations must tap into advanced analytics and harness ‘as a service’ delivery models to raise the bar on talent acquisition and development, as well as to inform new employee compensation and collaboration initiatives.
Transforming HR and Human Capital Management for Business Growth
Talent optimization is when an organization strategically uses all of its human capital to improve its business performance. The responses of HR professionals participating in APQC and Cognizant’s 2014 HR Strategy, Process and Technology survey reflect an understanding of the link between talent optimization and the ability to realize present-day CEO-driven objectives.
Talent as a Service: Enabling Employee Engagement While Boosting Efficiencies
Cognizant’s Talent-as-a-Service (TaaS) solution includes services focused on accelerating organizational value, by enabling cost-effective HCM transformation.
The Future of Retail is ‘Here’ and ‘Now’
To remain competitive in today’s real-time world, retailers need to more effectively read and respond to consumers’ digital fingerprints, or Code Halos, to anticipate their preferences and needs and deliver contextually-relevant, timely and inspiring shopping experiences.
The Six Stages Of Digital Transformation Maturity
Digital transformation covers everything from effectively engaging customers and employees, forming new teams to collaborate, forcing process improvements and innovation, optimizing business models and inspiring new infrastructures.