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:

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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

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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/

KOT Insurance Company improves the resilience and security migrating its SAP landscape to Microsoft Azure

Identifying optimization opportunities

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, KOT Insurance Company AG conducts reinsurance activities for its parent company, Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), Mexico’s state-owned petroleum company. Like many businesses in the insurance and financial sectors, KOT Insurance is governed by regulatory entities such as the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA), so security is always a high priority.

In the past, KOT Insurance hosted its SAP systems in a local data center, with Swiss-based ITPC Group delivering managed services for the company’s SAP landscape. KOT Insurance was extremely conscious of the importance of its business information and of ensuring the highest security when it came to accessing this information, so when vulnerability concerns related to its overall IT infrastructure surfaced in 2017, the insurer accelerated its previously made decision to undertake changes to its infrastructure. KOT Insurance was looking to implement a more cost-efficient solution with higher flexibility and security for its systems, and turned to a trusted partner that had already established itself as a leader in SAP cloud migrations: ITPC.

When we decided to change a paradigm—to use Azure cloud in our company—we knew where to go, but not “how.” Fortunately, ITPC collaborated on one of the biggest IT infrastructure changes for KOT Insurance Company. The ITPC team showed, without a doubt, that it was ready for the implementation of our project without any difficulty.

Erick Cardenas: IT Administrator at KOT Insurance Company AG

Cloud as the ideal solution

As both a Microsoft Gold Partner with Gold Cloud Platform Competency and a pioneer of SAP on Azure throughout Europe, ITPC outlined the advantages of deploying SAP systems in the cloud over hosting such systems locally. More specifically, ITPC demonstrated how Microsoft Azure was the most suitable cloud option for KOT Insurance, and how the company’s SAP landscape could be built up in Azure using a Disaster Recovery solution. As part of a highly regulated industry with strict security requirements, KOT Insurance was especially impressed with Azure’s inherently high level of security—a feature which, together with the increased flexibility of the systems, was a deciding factor to move forward with the project.

Utilizing its proven SAP on Azure solution, ITPC planned, executed, and performed a “lift-and-shift” migration of the SAP landscape to Microsoft Azure, including rebuilding the infrastructure using a new network design. To further increase the security of the landscape, ITPC created four separate subscriptions in Azure, controlling data exchange with just-in-time access using Network Security Groups (NSGs). The migration itself was completed in less than a month and went live in February 2019.

Flexible for the future

KOT Insurance is extremely pleased with the SAP on Azure solution delivered by ITPC and the greater resilience and security it provides. On Microsoft Azure, the response time of the current support team is far superior to that of the previous one, and the company has been able to reduce the amount of technical issues with the new Azure-based solution. Additionally, the insurance company now has improved security and recovery processes as compared to the previous platform and hosting provider, thanks to a Disaster Recovery Plan that was implemented following completion of the SAP on Azure migration. KOT Insurance is currently planning to migrate additional internal applications to Microsoft Azure, which will benefit greatly from the platform’s flexibility and built-in security. In doing so, the insurance company hopes to use Microsoft Azure as an ideal solution for reducing infrastructure costs while increasing security, flexibility and accessibility—even for business-critical applications.

In the last three years of cooperation with the ITPC company, they have demonstrated that their level of professionalism and commitment to deliver projects is their priority. We have noticed that the quality of services is distinguishable and was exactly what we expected from a company like ITPC. We are really happy to work with them.
Cloud computing is easily one of the best IT achievements in the business world. When we decided to move to it with the help of Microsoft Azure, we got efficiency, reliability, flexibility, and speed as much as we wanted. We still think we received nothing but benefits.

Erick Cardenas: IT Administrator at KOT Insurance Company AG

Read the original success story here: https://customers.microsoft.com/en-us/story/792870-KOTInsurance-ITPC-Azure

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

Update on COVID-19

At ITPC Group, we are committed to deliver the highest quality services as per Swiss standards at excellent values, creating a foundation for a sustainable growth for our customers and partners. In the light of the recent developments regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19), we want to assure you that maintaining a safe, secure and uninterrupted operations for our customers, partners and employees remains ITPC Group’s highest priority.

We want to inform you we are taking the necessary precautions for our and our community’s health, including postponing events, eliminating unnecessary travel and working remotely.

As a cloud-based technology business, we are working remotely, ensuring the business continuity of our and your business. Thus, we are confident that business will remain unchanged regarding this and that we will continue to deliver the highest possible service to support you and your business.

Our global presence further allows us to segment projects by location, product, customers and support times, providing business continuity in times of crisis.

Any potential changes that affect certain support channels in the future – such as temporary shifts or reductions of support times – will be informed accordingly and in time.

We are committed to providing you with the best support possible during this uncertain time and to do everything we can so that your and our businesses remains unchanged.

5 Years of SAP on Azure – Postponed

The event is postponed until further notice

The health of our customers, partners and employees has the highest priority for ITPC AG. Against the background of the current situation regarding the spread of the coronavirus, we are therefore postponing our 5-year SAP on Azure celebration until further notice.

About the event

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.

Agenda:

  • 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

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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