Demystifying SAP on Microsoft Azure – Webinar

Cloud computing offers companies the flexibility to scale and adapt the business model to market opportunities, creating the foundation for a flexible infrastructure for innovation and growth. Moving SAP infrastructure to the cloud, enables customers to continuously transform and adapt their SAP systems without having to consider infrastructure constraints. This also applies for business-critical applications such as SAP. Companies of all sizes and industries are aware of these benefits and have already started or are planning their SAP on Azure-migration projects.

Are you also considering your SAP data center transformation project but still have some questions around the topic? Then join our live webinar ‘Demystifying SAP on Microsoft Azure’, taking place on the 11. May at 9am CET. The event provides a platform for organizations who want to know more about ‘SAP on Azure’ and understand the advantages and motivation factors of other companies to migrate their SAP workloads to the cloud.

Webinar: Demystifying SAP on Microsoft Azure

Date: Tuesday, 11. May 2021

Time: 9:00 – 10:00am CET

Registration: https://www.softwareone.com/en-ch/webinars/2021/04/08/sap-on-microsoft-azure

Agenda:

  • Six reasons customers trust the Azure Cloud to run their SAP solutions
  • Migrating SAP solutions to Azure: an opportunity for companies of all sizes
  • Technical insight to SAP on Azure: How do we ensure security for our customers?

Speakers

Marco Billeter
Sales Manager – Applications & Cloud Infrastructure
Microsoft Switzerland

Vincenzo Boesch
SAP Director DACH Region
ITPC AG / SoftwareONE

Thomas Brülhart
Principal SAP Technology Consultant
ITPC AG / SoftwareONE

As an expert in SAP technology, Microsoft Gold Partner with Cloud Platform competency and pioneer of SAP on Azure in Europe, ITPC is a strong partner for taking care of your SAP datacenter transformation project.

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SAP and GCP: Webinar Highlights

Have you missed our webinar ‘SAP and GCP: Infrastructure for Innovation’ on 03.03.2021?

Watch our short highlight-video here:

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To access the full recording, please fill in the contact form on: www.sapongoogle.cloud/webinar

ITPC joins forces with SoftwareONE

ITPC joins forces with SoftwareONE

Stans, Switzerland, 2 March 2021 – SoftwareONE Holding AG, a leading global provider of end-to-end software and cloud technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired ITPC, an SAP specialist for S/4HANA transformations, public cloud migrations and related managed services offerings, including monitoring, maintenance and support. Continuing the series of quality SAP cloud acquisitions, ITPC further expands and strengthens the group’s SAP capabilities, underpinning its strategic importance.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Zurich, ITPC (www.itpccorp.com) helps customers with updating, migrating, modernizing and operating SAP ERP solutions. With 50+ experienced consultants, ITPC assists customers with S/4HANA adoption on public cloud hyperscale platforms, including Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google cloud (GCP), as well as managed services. ITPC Group currently serves businesses mainly in the DACH region. Following the transaction, ITPC will be fully integrated into SoftwareONE’s global SAP practice and European operations.

Reinhard Waldinger, Regional Head EMEA, said “According to International Data Corporation (IDC), over 70% of SAP customers globally are planning to move to S/4HANA in the cloud, presumably within the next few years. Through the acquisition of ITPC, we are further expanding our capabilities for SAP in the cloud, in line with SoftwareONE’s growth ambitions in this area.”

“SAP in the cloud is a rapidly growing business for SoftwareONE as we see increasing demand from customers globally. With ITPC joining SoftwareONE, we continue to expand SoftwareONE’s capacity in order to provide customers with comprehensive solutions and services for their SAP journey to the cloud and S/4Hana adoption,” according to Daniel DaVinci, global owner of SoftwareONE’s SAP services business.

“Increased cloud adoption made the last year the most successful in ITPC’s history and today we are moving one step ahead. We are very excited about joining SoftwareONE, which offers great opportunities for the company and our employees. Our existing customers will benefit from additional expertise and a broader portfolio of solutions and services. Together, we will continue empowering customers to move their SAP ERP systems to the public cloud and guarantee high reliability and performance of their SAP infrastructure.”

Vincenzo Boesch, CEO of ITPC

Vincenzo and Biagio Boesch, founders of ITPC, will join SoftwareONE’s global SAP services practice in leadership roles. Together with their team, they will be mainly focused to strengthen SoftwareONE’s SAP-related services in the DACH region.

No financial details or transaction terms have been disclosed. The closing of the transaction was on 1. March 2021.


For SoftwareONE’s press release, please visit: Press release

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For more information about SoftwareONE, please visit https://www.softwareone.com/

We are now a certified ‘Google Cloud Partner’

It’s with great pride that we announce that ITPC AG has achieved the next partner level from Google and is now a certified Google Cloud Partner! Google has recognized our technical expertise using Google Cloud Platform (GCP) services and long-term commitment to GCP to upgrade us from ‘Member’ to ‘Partner Level’.

The ‘Partner Level’ at Google recognizes ITPC as a ‘Service Partner’ who provides GCP services to customers, such as consulting, training, implementation, and technical support. We earned this achievement thanks to the commitment of everyone and the recently acquired technical GCP certifications, allowing us to stay up-to-date with knowledge on the latest technologies and industry know-how to better serve our clients.

With 6 years of experience in SAP on Public Cloud, we are the ideal partners to accompany organizations of any size and complexity in their SAP datacenter transformation. To learn more, visit: SAP on Public Cloud

SAP on GCP: Infrastructure for Innovation – Webinar

Join us on 3 March 2021, 5 pm, for a 1-hour deep dive on how to innovate your SAP landscape on and with the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Agenda:

  • How to fit SAP and GCP in your Cloud Journey? Introduction by Heiko Timmerkamp (Wabion)
  • AI-powered visual inspection for Defect Recognition Live demonstration by Michael Dietz (Google Cloud)
  • Experts Roundtable Thomas Sommerhalder (Google Cloud), Richard Forster (Wabion), Vincenzo Boesch (ITPC) and Heiko Timmerkamp (Wabion)
  • Questions & Answer

Register on our landing page: www.sapongoogle.cloud/webinar

Honoring the Honest: ITPC is a proud tax filer!

A few months ago, the Central Government of India has launched a campaign called ‘Honoring the Honest’, sending badges of recognition to regular and truthful tax filers. The initiative enables individuals and organizations to use the ‘Proud Filer Badge’ in their display pictures, encouraging others to file their tax returns timely and correctly.

At ITPC, we set a great value on fulfilling our duties towards the government. We recognize that, by doing so, we play an active role in the development of the nation. In the last years, we have always strived to meet the tax regulations of India and are thus very proud of receiving the ‘Proud Filer Badge’:

ITPC is a proud tax filer

We wear this badge with pride and hope we serve as an inspiration for other tax payers to also file their income tax return in time and correctly!

10 Years of ITPC India

10 years ITPC India

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”
Henry Ford

Celebrating a decade of service to our valued customers

We are delighted to announce that ITPC India Pvt. Ltd. has completed 10 years, a milestone that is worth celebrating. In 2006, Vincenzo Boesch founded ITPC AG in Zurich, Switzerland. After four years, together with his brother Biagio Boesch, they decided to expand and established a subsidiary in Pune, India: ITPC India Pvt Ltd, on the 17. September 2010.

In these past 10 years, we have been committed to acquire the expertise needed to deliver the highest service to our customers. ITPC has achieved the following partner levels in India: Microsoft Azure Cloud Gold Competency Partner, Run SAP Partner, Red Hat Ready – Solution Provider Partner & SUSE Gold Partner on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP. Being partners with the three biggest public cloud providers – Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform and Amazon Web Services – so our customers can adopt their preferred SAP on Cloud-strategy.

Growth Over the years

With an expert and certified team of more than 50 experienced members, we successfully completed over 470 SAP projects in many countries and across different verticals. Today’s fast-paced business demands deeper knowledge, quality, and on-time delivery. Customers, stakeholders, and partners are always looking out for continuous and improved delivery: We are able to deliver this and remain the first choice of our customers.

The Path Forward

ITPC aims to serving customers always beyond their requirements. Our aim has always been to deliver highest quality services as per Swiss Standards. And we will continue delivering this in the years to come, so that our customers can still set the same trust in us: we look forward for the continuous success!

Our SAP on Google-Site is online!

As we all know, cloud computing is becoming a trend – also when it comes to SAP. Retrieving computing resources over the Internet, instead of over on-premise infrastructure frees companies from large upfront hardware investments and decreases their operating expenses, as they only pay for resources that they use. But finding a cloud provider that is secure, reliable and global is essential. Which is why we partnered with Google and Wabion to offer you a platform that fits your individual requirements.

Innovate your SAP landscape with Google Cloud Platform (GCP)

Apart from significant savings, deploying your SAP landscape on GCP will bring more flexibility for your environment, as you can scale it up (or down) quickly to adapt to your workload requirements. By leveraging Google’s technologies, you can drive digital transformation, boost innovations and improve the performance of your SAP landscape:

To summary and group all the information that you need about SAP on Google together, we have launched a product-specific landing page:

SAPonGoogle.Cloud

Algra Group avoids high infrastructure costs with Azure

Algra tec took advantage of the upcoming end of hardware lifecycle to increase the flexibility of its SAP environment by migrating to Microsoft Azure.

Pursuing new technologies

Algra tec is one of the leading aluminum manufacturers of printing plates, panels and keyboards, using state-of-the-art technologies to produce customer-tailored solutions for diverse industries. With more than 60 years of experience in the field, the Swiss-based organization is continuously researching and developing new technologies to shape its customers – and our – future.

Being a technology-driven organization, Algra tec knows the importance of innovation and being able to quickly react and adapt itself to ever-evolving market needs. So, with the organization’s end of hardware lifecycle approaching, Algra tec searched for a solution that would increase the flexibility of its SAP environment and create room for innovation in a cost-effective manner: requirements met by Microsoft’s public cloud, Azure.

A smooth transition to the cloud

Having taken the strategic decision to migrate its SAP environment to Microsoft Azure, Algra tec was in need of an expert partner in which they could trust to take up this responsibility. The Swiss manufacturer evaluated diverse SAP service providers, but it was ITPC AG’s competency in SAP and experience with Microsoft Azure which, combined with its competitive pricing, gave Algra tec the necessary confidence to conduct the project with them.

Before conducting the backup-and-restore migration of Algra’s SAP systems to Microsoft Azure, ITPC AG upgraded the organization’s database and operating system. Being able to compress the data volumes on the initial environment significantly speeded up the migration process. The migration was conducted in 8 weeks, going live in November 2019.

The migration to Microsoft Azure was completed flawlessly without any disturbance nor disruption to the ongoing operations. Our SAP landscape was running smoothly one day after the completion of the migration and faster than before thanks to the new and modern hardware.

Dieter Matter: Chief Executive Officer at Algra tec

Increased flexibility and room for innovation

Having its SAP landscape hosted on Azure, Algra tec was able to avoid the approaching infrastructure investments and increased its IT cost transparency using Microsoft’s ‘pay-per-consumption’-model. As the cloud allows fast and flexible deployment of new systems and for resizing of existing systems, Algra tec creates room for innovation.

ITPC AG not only planned and conducted the SAP on Azure migration project, but now also manages Algra’s SAP environment on the cloud, relieving Algra of both SAP- and infrastructure-related tasks. Having this responsibility outsourced to an expert partner is a further perceived benefit of deploying its SAP infrastructure on the cloud, as it allows Algra to focus more on creating customized solutions for its customers: their core business.

ITPC has highly competent professionals at our availability to provide all the necessary support during and after completion of the project.

Dieter Matter: Chief Executive Officer at Algra tec

Download the success story here.

For more SAP on Azure references, visit https://www.saponazure.cloud/references/

The S/4HANA migration is imminent. What needs to be considered?

With the discontinuation of the SAP R/3 support, all SAP customers are forced to migrate their systems to SAP S/4HANA. This change is a monumental task for many companies and must be planned well in advance, as it takes place on different levels and involves significant process and infrastructure changes. The best is for companies deploying SAP to rethink some aspects of their SAP landscape.

The infrastructure

SAP only supports Linux for its HANA database, which presents a challenge for many SAP customers, as they also need to change the underlying operating system. Installing and migrating SAP systems under Linux with HANA require new skills not all organizations have in-house. Because of these challenges, it is advisable to take the opportunity to introduce a higher degree of automation. Unwanted differences in configuration between development, integration and production systems will then be a thing of the past. The application of SAP best practices and guidelines can be an implicit part of such automation.

Taking advantages of cloud services is increasingly a topic linked to the S/4HANA migration. Many SAP customers want to combine the transition to S/4 with a transformation to the cloud in order to gain more flexibility and optimize costs at the same time. Also for this purpose the automation of infrastructure, deployment and configuration is an essential aspect for successful transition and continued operation.

The processes

SAP S/4HANA is more than just the successor to the SAP Business Suite. As the digital core of the IT architecture, S/4HANA has an impact on existing business processes, as the new generation of SAP brings many new functions. The use of S/4HANA can make business processes leaner or even superfluous – the introduction therefore offers an opportunity for innovation and optimization, which should be used by SAP users to question existing processes in the company.

With proper documentation and mapping of business processes, the effects of S/4 on the company can be understood and decisions can be made about the appropriate implementation strategy for the new software. Should S/4HANA be newly implemented and should the processes be redesigned (greenfield approach) or can they be transferred and adapted to the new SAP system (brownfield migration)? Both variants have advantages and disadvantages that should be thoroughly compared and individually evaluated.

The applications and integrations

The integration of SAP data in peripheral systems is a central requirement for many SAP customers. The switch to S/4HANA forces customers to recreate these solutions, which were often implemented using proprietary SAP tools. A good opportunity to look around and consider alternative approaches, such as open source or cloud solutions.

The new ERP solution brings with it new technologies and functions, so the S/4HANA implementation is far more complex than a pure software upgrade. SAP users should use this innovation potential to simplify business processes, introduce new technologies and prepare for current and future digital market requirements. To do this, organizations facing SAP transformation need a trusted partner with expertise in all required areas and the ability to independently and thoroughly evaluate all options so that planning decisions can be made.

Read the original press release here: https://www.netzwoche.ch/news/2020-05-20/die-s4-hana-migration-steht-an-was-es-zu-beachten-gibt

More on our S/4HANA transformation services can be found here: https://www.itpcgroup.com/services/s-4hana-transformation/