Systems Integrators as Trusted Partners
Not all businesses are sold on a public cloud–first strategy. IDC finds that businesses are seeking to implement a hybrid cloud operating strategy that governs their on-premises footprint with selective deployments in the public cloud. They cite greater security, more cost efficiency, and easier data management as the key benefits to this approach. Their biggest challenge — as they cite it — is that they lack the expertise to implement this approach for their SAP environments.
Systems integrators play a key role as trusted advisors and partners to businesses with large and/or complex SAP deployments or to businesses seeking to deploy a new SAP S/4HANA environment. They can help them in guiding them through the various steps of SAP implementation or modernization journey, which often starts with gathering business requirements and size and growth estimates and determining the right application and infrastructure architecture and deployment type. Selecting the right vendors and service providers that can deliver the computing platform is important — it ties into whether the platform enables deployment of SAP workloads in a hybrid cloud environment.