In the last few years, the combination of traditional hosting models with public cloud resources has become standard, both for SAP customers’ internal IT departments and for outsourcing providers. Public cloud services for the operation of SAP systems are well established. More and more companies are already using such offers and a much larger number of SAP users are planning to do so in the future.
A public cloud migration can be one of many building blocks for the transformation of a company towards a more agile and future-ready organization. Operating ERP systems is just one of many use cases for cloud computing. Cloud platforms should be regarded as a means to drive continuous innovation of business processes with all of the associated services. SAP customers which have set up their operational environment for their SAP applications will benefit from looking at additional cloud services beyond the core ERP context, such as software development, data lakes, analytics, machine learning, and the internet of things.
Examples given in this paper (e.g. Coca Cola İçecek, Engie, Zalando) demonstrate how the public cloud provides added value to those companies with specific requirements in terms of fast provisioning and scalability of cloud services.
The authors of this paper, commissioned by Amazon Web Services, follow the SAP and cloud markets. The contents herein are based on results of market research projects and ongoing dialog with SAP users and partners. In addition, the writers of this document have looked at Amazon Web Services customers who have already gained experience with SAP software in the public cloud.