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Case study

The challenge

An Indian pharmaceutical company with global operations had migrated its SAP-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and its associated Central Component to an on-premises environment. Although the move improved performance, it also resulted in rising costs and sub-par support. When under maintenance, the SAP system had extensive periods of downtime and received only limited security patch updates. The pharma company sought to improve the flexibility and scalability of its SAP system while lowering costs, and Cognizant stepped in to help.

Our approach

Leveraging our extensive experience, gained from more than 560 cloud engagements and over 60 cloud managed services projects, Cognizant executed the technical migration of the pharmaceutical company’s SAP ERP Central Component and SAP Solution Manager systems from its on-premises environment to an AWS public cloud platform. With five AWS-certified professional architects overseeing the cloud implementation, we delivered an end-to-end environment validated by best practices in four and a half months. The new environment includes a high-availability architecture, which was missing in the company’s earlier infrastructure. We also committed to five years of managed services support for the client’s SAP Basis landscape as well as its AWS infrastructure and security, including cloud security services for both data and applications.

Robust platform optimizes company’s infrastructure

The AWS cloud platform helps optimize the pharmaceutical company’s IT infrastructure and enhance its scalability and security. The new platform also improves the security of the company’s SAP landscape, making its operations less vulnerable to expensive interruption. We delivered an SAP migration to the AWS public cloud that complies with good practice quality guidelines and regulations. Thanks to a more robust, flexible, scalable and cost-efficient platform, the client and its 3,800 staff members now enjoy 99.95% network availability and 99.92% SAP applications availability.


infrastructure and migrations issues during deployment


availability as a result of configured frequent full backups


significant cost savings for the next five years