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How does aging infrastructure influence whether to move to HANA cloud?

There are many factors that CIOs, CFOs and their companies should consider to help determine whether a move to SAP HANA cloud is justified. Here's a look at four of those factors.

CIOs must evaluate their available budget as well as the current state of their IT infrastructure, the complexity...

of the applications and their available support to decide if a move to SAP HANA cloud makes business sense. For example, if your company has already recently invested in upgrading your IT infrastructure to an on-premises database -- with the attendant costs that come along -- then migrating to SAP HANA cloud isn't something you're likely to consider. On the other hand, if any of the other situations below apply to your company, then you are in a good position to consider an SAP HANA cloud migration.

You have aging infrastructure

HANA cloud can truly help make IT's life easier if you have aging infrastructure. Moving to the SAP HANA cloud offers instant benefits in terms of saving costs on floor space, hardware storage and data center maintenance, including electricity for keeping server rooms cool. While HANA cloud supports almost all variations of operating systems and hardware, supplemental support also is available through HANA appliance.

You have budget limitations

Almost all companies and their CIOs face flat or declining budgets. On the other hand, there's no end to business needs -- they keep growing. But instead of spending more money on increasing the computing power through capital expenditure, many CIOs are looking to cloud options. The caveat here is that for HANA cloud, SAP bases its charges on the "T-shirt size" of the memory the company opts for. This pricing method could add significant cost, unless the company first conducts a proper sizing exercise to estimate the T-shirt size it will need for HANA cloud.

You have a complex applications landscape

Dealing with the SAP landscape if you go the on-premises route is incredibly confusing, time-consuming and so on. CIOs can greatly simplify their IT landscape by migrating to the cloud. Moving the SAP and non-SAP applications to HANA cloud offers the immediate advantage of all applications working on a single HANA database and operating systems. This platform uniformity enables the IT team to ensure optimum performance and reliability of all cloud-based applications.

You want to join the digital revolution

Companies are realizing that embarking on a digital transformation journey requires them to stay connected and closer to their business partners, such as customers, vendors, and in-house production, quality, and maintenance teams. These partnerships are required to gather valuable business data, which leads to improved business processes and informed business decisions. With connected devices, such as smartphones, General Packing Radio Services and sensors, the growth of data has been enormous, and the on-premises SAP database can't effectively scale quickly enough. Leveraging HANA cloud can enable companies to scale its database needs as and when required. 

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