5 Years of SAP on Azure

In March 2020, ITPC is celebrating 5 years of SAP on Azure in Switzerland! In these past 5 years, we closed over 35 projects in diverse countries and different industries, helping our customers to accelerate their digital transformation, increase flexibility of their SAP landscape and reach cost savings.

We would like to celebrate this with you on Thursday, 19. March 2020 at Microsoft Switzerland, in Wallisellen, starting at 4pm.


  • SAP on Azure in Switzerland: How did ITPC and the market develop in the past 5 years?
    Vincenzo Boesch, Founder and CEO at ITPC AG
  • Empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft’s partners like ITPC, make more possible
    Thomas Winter, Head of Partner & SMEs – Member of the Executive Board of Microsoft Switzerland
  • Panel discussion
    SAP on Azure customers
  • Technical insight to SAP on Azure: How do we ensure security for our customers?
    Thomas Brülhart, SAP Technology Consultant, SAP BASIS Project Team Lead at ITPC AG
  • Microsoft Vision – SAP on Azure
    Harald Bolbach, Strategic Pursuit Team at Microsoft Corporation
  • Between hype, fear and reality – Which topics are driving digital transformation?
    Benjamin Talin, Intl. Keynote Speaker | CEO at MoreThanDigital & 361 Group

Please note that the event will take place in German.

Apéro and wine tasting start at 7pm.

Register now through the form on the left to secure your spot!

SAP S/4HANA Deadline extended from 2025 to 2027

SAP has announced that it will provide mainstream maintenance for its core applications of SAP Business Suite 7 until the end of 2027, extending the previously set S/4HANA transformation-deadline of 2025 by two years.

It’s crucial to highlight that the mainstream maintenance has merely been extended and that the S/4HANA implementation still lies ahead of all organizations that have not yet migrated to the new generation of SAP Business Suite. If organizations that run SAP are not on S/4HANA by 2028, they need to pay extra fees for the mainstream maintenance from then onwards.

This extension does not mean it’s time to rest!

‘This announcement is not a signal to slow down. This is now the time to commence plans and move forward so that SAP customers can harness business value from what is the most significant technology change in SAP’s recent history.’

GEO Scott, CEO, Americas’ SAP Users’ Group (ASUG)

Implementing S/4HANA cannot be done in a day. It takes a lot of planning and involves numerous of different departments, as it concerns big topics such as licenses and the organization’s cloud strategy. Such a migration is complex and takes time – so you should start now.

SOLHANA – Solutions for HANA

‘S/4HANA is the architecture and platform of the future for our customers.’

Thomas Saueressig, Member of the Executive Board, SAP Product Engineering, SAP SE

Start benefiting from the full innovation potential from SAP by starting your S/4HANA transformation with SOLHANA – Solutions for HANA. We are a single point of contact that accompany you in your transformation journey, covering expertise in both SAP and Linux.

Contact us now to begin the evaluation of your optimal pathway to S/4HANA.

Read the official news here: https://news.sap.com/2020/02/sap-s4hana-maintenance-2040-clarity-choice-sap-business-suite-7/

The Microsoft Cloud is live in Switzerland

Read the official news here: https://news.microsoft.com/de-ch/2019/08/28/the-microsoft-cloud-switzerland-is-up-and-running/

The two Microsoft cloud datacenters in the regions Zurich (Switzerland North) and Geneva (Switzerland West) are up and running! As of now, Microsoft offers data residency for security and control along with redundancy across the Zurich and Geneva areas. While Azure and Office 365 are anticipated to be available in Switzerland in the coming months, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform are expected to come in 2020.

‘For us, the Microsoft Cloud Data Centers are an investment in Switzerland – for Switzerland. In conversations with our customers, it became very clear that local data storage is extremely important for them. We are very proud that we are now able to guarantee that.’

Marianne Janik, General Manager of Microsoft Switzerland

The demand for the Microsoft Cloud in Switzerland has been proven high, coming from all sizes of organizations and across all industries. The new Swiss datacenters help organizations comply with regulatory requirements, as it achieves in-country disaster recovery with geo-redundancy.

The Swiss Microsoft Cloud Early Adopters

Microsoft Azure services are now available for a selection of Early Adopters, which comprises more than 30 customers and partner organizations. Why are they deploying the Swiss Microsoft Cloud?

  • UBS Group: The world’s largest wealth manager is using the cloud to modernize some core business applications, leverage digital channels on a global level and enable their digital transformation.
  • Swiss Re Group: The Swiss reinsurance organization uses the cloud to deploy innovative solutions, to process data and to operate critical applications.
  • Die Mobiliar: The Swiss oldest private insurance company deploys the Microsoft cloud to increase scalability, security, performance and stability of its IT systems and applications.
  • BKW Group, the international energy and infrastructure sets on technologies such as Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things and Blockchain to overcome the challenges of the energy sector, such as energy efficiency in buildings. The new datacenters enable them to stay compliant and store the data securely in Switzerland.
  • Skyguide: with the Cloud, the Swiss air navigation service provider is able to scale air traffic control to millions of drones and support the growth of the ecosystem through its integration with other applications.
  • City of Zug: as the city administration requires data to be stored within the Swiss national borders, deploying Office 365 in the cloud now became possible.

How can you move to the Swiss datacenters?

Was data residency keeping you from deploying your SAP landscape in the cloud? Now this is not an issue anymore! Start planning your SAP on Azure migration now with us.

We want to calculate your individual SAP on Azure business case for you – all we need for that is the details of your SAP landscape, by filling in the following excel template: http://www.saponazure.cloud/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2019/06/SAP_System_Questionnaire_v1.4.xlsx with this information, we are able to tell you how much it will cost.

For more information on our SAP on Azure services, visit https://saponazure.cloud or SAP on Cloud!

Source: https://news.microsoft.com/de-ch/2019/08/28/the-microsoft-cloud-switzerland-is-up-and-running/

Why and how are SAP customers moving to S/4HANA?

IDC conducted a study with 300 SAP clients to understand better if and how they are preparing for their S/4HANA transformation. The participants of this survey, which was published in April 2019, were from organizations with 1’000-25’000 employees across multiple industries and covering 10 countries.

Here are the key findings:

Why are companies moving to S/4HANA?

54% of the companies are planning on deploying SAP S/4HANA within the next three years. The following reasons were mentioned:

  • S/4HANA is part of the organization’s digital transformation strategy
  • S/4HANA gives more speed and agility to the organization’s systems
  • They require innovation
  • They need to be able to scale fast
  • S/4HANA is part of SAP’s future strategy

How are companies moving to S/4HANA?

Once the decision to implement s/4HANA is taken, the organization needs to choose the migration path. The best way to move to SAP S/4HANA is dependent on the organization’s current SAP landscape and requirements for S/4HANA.

Some organizations – for  example those running earlier versions of SAP software that have few elements which can be reused in an SAP S/4HANA environment – may elect not to convert, but instead to opt for a “greenfield” installation that requires data migration from the old system into a completely new SAP S/4HANA environment.

Others prefer the “brownfield” conversion is the likely path: upgrading live systems and reusing existing system elements selectively.

What is the chosen pathway of the organizations in this study?

  • 33% will be a system conversion
  • 23% will be a new implementation
  • 77% will use a partner to assist in the S/4HANA transformation

What are the benefits of migrating to S/4HANA?

The advantages of going through this transformation can be grouped into two categories, which include:

From a business perspective:

  • Improved agility
  • Digitally enhanced and digitally enabled the business
  • Improved visibility
  • Optimized processes
  • Encouraged innovation
  • Reduced costs

For the IT Organization:

  • Optimized processes (such as maintenance, HA/DR)
  • Improved agility
  • Allows IT to offer innovation to the business
  • Digitally enabled the organization
  • Reduced costs
  • Simplified the landscape (fewer systems to manage)

How can you move to S/4HANA?

SOLHANA – short for “Solutions for HANA” – is a single point of contact for organizations searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. We provide fast, professional and reliable support in line with your requirements so you can fully concentrate on your core business.

Contact us now so you can start preparing for your S/4HANA migration.

For more information, visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation!

Source: https://www.itpcgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/SAP-Customers-on-the-Move-to-SAP-S_4HANA.pdf

Mission Migration 2025

Launch with us to SAP S/4HANA!

We have joined forces with Microsoft Azure, Red Hat, SoftwareONE and Adfinis SyGroup to smooth transition to SAP S/4HANA for our customers.

Together, we offer a complete solution for the migration from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA running on Microsoft Azure, including managed services, licensing and cloud consumption.

With Mission Migration, we cover services before during and after the migration to SAP S/4HANA.

You can find an overview of our services and determine your migration status on the following flyer or on our website:

Mission-Migration Flyer

Visit SAP on Cloud and S/4HANA transformation for more information on our services.

SOLHANA Operation

Being on S/4HANA does not mean it is time to rest: your SAP systems still need to be constantly monitored and regularly updated to secure seamless operation of your business. Daily system checks and regular monitoring activities, as well as pro-active working and thinking ahead, help identifying potential problems at an early stage and prevent them on time.

SOLHANA – short for „Solutions for HANA“- is a single point of contact for organizations searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. SOLHANA covers the broad expertise needed to offer independent hardware or public cloud evaluations, Linux systems engineering and maintenance, SAP migrations as well as SAP operations.

SOLHANA’s deep business domain expertise and experience in both SAP and Linux guarantee the smooth operation of your SAP S/4HANA landscape. The SOLHANA experts provide SAP technology and application managed services on 24 × 7 × 365 basis to support and maintain your SAP S/4HANA environments, delivering high-quality services with maximum flexibility, efficiency and scalability of operations.

Within the framework of our Service Level Agreements (SLA), SOLHANA offers comprehensive support and monitoring services, tailored to your individual requirements and wishes.

SOLHANA Operation

Services and SLAs:

  • Maintenance & support 5 × 24h, 7 × 24h or customized, available per SAP system.
  • Technical support: various alternatives, ranging from proactive monitoring, securing uninterrupted operation of systems up to full management of your entire SAP landscape.
  • Application support: attractive packages, which can be extended to include change requests and additional projects. A ticket-based processing is recommended for low ticket volumes.

SOLHANA provides fast, professional and reliable support in line with your requirements so you can fully concentrate on your core business.

Contact us now for more information about the SOLHANA Operation!

Are you not on S/4HANA yet, but want to prepare for your upcoming migration to S/4HANA? We can assist you with that as well! Visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation to see how!

SOLHANA Migration

SOLHANA – short for ‘Solutions for HANA’ – is a single point of contact for companies searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. SOLHANA covers the broad expertise needed to offer independent hardware or public cloud evaluations, Linux systems engineering and maintenance, SAP migrations as well as SAP operations. SOLHANA’s approach and deep business domain expertise in both SAP and Linux facilitates a structured framework for your business to move to the next generation of SAP ERP Suite. Our dedicated team of consultants will accelerate your journey to S/4HANA with the following 6-step migration process.

The SOLHANA Migration includes the following 6 steps:

SOLHANA Migration Process

1. Preparation

Preparatory steps for the migration are executed on the source system and the business processes of the organization are revised.

2. Design

The ideal architecture deployment is designed in detail, including the backup solution, the desired software components and a cost overview of the project.

3. Planning

A holistic S/4HANA migration roadmap is laid out, with respect to timeframe, sequence of events and area of responsibility.

4. Pilot

A pilot migration is carried out to finalize the plan and for the organization to gain experience with HANA.

5. Migration

The migration of the current SAP ERP to S/4HANA is carried out and the business processes of the organization are tailored to leverage the new system capabilities.

6. After Go-Live Support

Postmigration support to ensure the S/4HANA landscapes are performing as required. As every organization’s migration path is unique, this process is tailored for each organization. SOLHANA recognizes that priorities vary and each organization needs to determine the right timetable for its specific requirements.

Contact us now for more information about the SOLHANA Migration!

Are you not ready to migrate yet, but want to prepare for your upcoming migration to S/4HANA with an assessment? We can assist you with that as well! Visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation to see how!

SAP on Azure

ITPC is Microsoft Gold Partner with Gold Cloud Platform competency, Run SAP-partners and SAP on Azure specialists. We are the pioneer of SAP on Azure in Europe, having successfully completed over 30 SAP on Azure projects in different markets and across various industries.

The benefits of SAP on Azure

Migrating your SAP landscape to Microsoft Azure can:

  • Lead to cost savings in capital expenditure and operating expenses
  • Increase your ability to react to innovations
  • Prepare you for your upcoming S/4HANA migration

Calculate your individual business case

How much does hosting your SAP landscape on Azure cost?

To do this calculation, we would only need some information about your landscape, such as the number and type of SAP systems. With the details of your SAP landscape we are already able to calculate your SAP on Azure business case! Fill in the following contact form and we will send you a questionnaire to be filled in.

This calculation is free and non-binding.

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Migrating to Azure

ITPC is more than just a Cloud migration partner. With ITPC you get one solution provider to take complete care of all your SAP infrastructure challenges, from migration planning to post-migration operations support in a 5-step migration process.

The migration to the Cloud consists of the following 5 steps:

  1. Cloud Readiness and Governance
  2. Design & Sizing of SAP infrastructure
  3. Pilot of SAP on Azure
  4. Migration to Microsoft Azure
  5. Managed services & Operations

More information

Contact us now for more information about the migration to Azure!

For more information about the advantages of migrating your SAP landscapes to the Microsoft Cloud, visit saponazure.cloud or SAP on Cloud.

SOLHANA Assessment

SOLHANA – short for „Solutions for HANA“- is a single point of contact for organizations searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. Through a unique assessment, our SAP architect experts will provide you with the optimal SAP architecture design, the best possible migration path to S/4HANA and its effects on your company’s business processes.

Watch the short video to learn more about the SOLHANA Assessment and how we can help you prepare for your upcoming migration to S/4HANA:

The SOLHANA Assessment includes the following 6 steps:

SOLHANA Assessment Process

1. The kick-off meeting

Assessment process is explained in detail.

2. Current situation – what are your requirements?

Intensive workshop to understand the organization’s situation in the following dimensions:

  • Current SAP: how does your current SAP landscape look?
  • Modifications: which adjustments to your current SAP were made?
  • Infrastructure requirements: what specifications do you need of S/4HANA?

3. Business transformation to SAP S/4HANA

The upgrade to S/4HANA is analysed from a functional perspective:

  • Process workshop: what are the (core) business processes of your company?
  • Presentation of new features in S/4HANA: which innovations does S/4HANA have?
  • Delta workshops: which innovations of S/4HANA have an effect on your business processes?
  • Greenfield vs. brownfield: How should the transition to SAP S/4HANA look like?

4. S/4HANA architecture design and deployment options

1-3 proposals for a future architecture design are worked out based on the organization’s requirements for SAP S/4HANA.

5. Roadmap to SAP S/4HANA

A high-level plan of migration to SAP S/4HANA with milestones and approximate dates is developed. This helps organizations to plan and guide their transition to SAP S/4HANA in terms of invested time and objectives to be met.

6. Assessment review and closure

The results of the previous sections – SAP S/4HANA readiness check, overview of the new features in S/4HANA related to your business processes, architecture design proposals, conversion path options, a roadmap to SAP S/4HANA – are presented to the organization’s management and summarized in a report. These documents can serve as a basis for the management’s decisions on how to move forward.

Contact us now for more information about the SOLHANA Assessment!

Have you already completed an assessment and are ready to migrate to S/4HANA? We can assist you with that as well! Visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation to see how!

SOLHANA: Solutions for HANA

Start your S/4HANA transformation with SOLHANA before 2025 to keep up with the innovation of SAP!

SOLHANA – short for “Solutions for HANA” – is a single point of contact for organizations searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization.

Watch the short video to see how SOLHANA can assist you on your migration to S/4HANA:

SOLHANA consists of three modules:

  • SOLHANA Assessment: Pre-HANA-migration. Plans and evaluates the optimal pathway to S/4HANA from a functional and technical perspective
  • SOLHANA Migration: HANA-migration. Update current SAP ERP landscape to S/4, install HANA database and adapt the needed business processes
  • SOLHANA Operation: Post-HANA-migration. Monitoring, maintenance, intervention and support for the migrated S/4HANA landscape, in both SAP and Linux environments

Visit www.solhana.com for more information on SOLHANA and how we can assist you on your S/4HANA transformation.