This is part 1 of our 3 part Google Cloud and SAP blog series. This entry focuses on the discovery phase of implementing and hosting SAP on Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
Are you looking to transition your SAP environment from on-premise to Google Cloud Platform (GCP), or create a hybrid/multi-cloud environment? Whatever your starting point is, you will want to spend a significant amount of time in the discovery phase to ensure Google Cloud is the right solution for you. Not only does GCP support SAP’s business suite, but it also supports SAP’s broader catalog including HANA, Netweaver and more. To help narrow your search for the perfect solution, the first thing you will want to do is take inventory and review how your current SAP environment is configured, what business processes it powers and how it fits into your overall IT infrastructure. It may seem pretty obvious, but if it’s been a while since you originally implemented SAP, some knowledge about how it was set up may have been lost over time. If you did not carefully document your implementation process, you may find yourself doing some detective work to figure out everything works.
Understanding how your current SAP environment works is critical to a smooth transition from on-premise to the cloud, helping ensure all of your pieces are in place during the switch. Being familiar with your architecture will be an enormous help you know exactly what you are looking for when it comes to a cloud solution for SAP. Since everyone’s ERP needs are going to be different, we won’t be able to tell you exactly what to do, but we can point you in the right direction to get started.
Now that SAP has partnered with Google, GCP brings exclusive key-benefits to SAP’s environment. Together they want to make it easy for you to find the right solution by offering a few industry-specific out-of-the-box solutions. These include retail, government, and healthcare solutions, all tailored to better serve user needs.
Along with these industry-specific solutions, hosting SAP on Google Cloud offers a few other key features. GCP makes it easy to migrate to the cloud by offering simple upgrade paths and migration tools that will save you significant costs. In other efforts to ease the challenge of migrating to the Cloud, GCP features flexible scaling and a fully hybrid infrastructure that lets you migrate your systems in a way that works for you.
Leverage the power of Google Cloud by applying citizen analytics, and machine learning capabilities to your SAP deployment, creating more efficient processes to save resources and driving more revenue.
Google Cloud and SAP’s broader Catalog of solutions seamlessly integrate with each other, offering benefits that you could not get otherwise. These include optimizable workloads and custom machine types for SAP Netweaver and HANA. Google Cloud’s full ecosystem for SAP HANA, 3rd party backups, monitoring, data flow processing, and big query tiering, greatly expands your SAP HANA ecosystem.
After learning about Google Cloud and SAP’s core features, we suggest that you conduct further research into the common tasks that other users use GCP with SAP to complete. For example, GCP is commonly used to automate SAP deployments on the cloud and modify SAP VM configurations. Benefits like these aren’t always showcased upfront on Google’s product page but can save you from some headaches if you do know about them. Some simple Google searches or calls to colleagues to dig up some more tips and advice on your migration.
Google Cloud takes security very seriously. Migrating from an on-premise legacy system to a modernized SAP environment hosted in the cloud can create security concerns that you may not be entirely equipped to handle. Google helps by working with users “build, deploy and operate securely at internet scale”. Take a look at their white pages to learn more about how Google Cloud works to secure your sensitive data. We will talk more about the security risks related to migrating SAP to the cloud in part 2 of this series.
Cost is a huge factor when it comes to migrating from on-premise to the cloud. When considering costs, don’t only take the cost of GCP into account, but also the cost of the other resources and personnel required to ensure a transition with minimal hiccups and keep everything running during migration (our next blog will dig into this further). Google Cloud offers a “Pay as you go” pricing model with no upfront cost and no termination fees. This is a big upside when using Google Cloud and SAP.
Keeping your systems and operations up and running while you migrate from on-premise to the cloud can be a difficult task. Now that you have decided that Google Cloud and SAP together are the right solution for you, you’ll want to get your implementation strategy put together. The next blog in this series will help you understand what strategies and resources you should have in place to ensure a smooth implementation process and minimize mistakes that will cost you valuable time and resources.