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As a trusted partner and SAP-Certified provider, we align with our clients to ensure seamless migration experiences. Part of that alignment comes with selecting which hosting provider meets their regulatory and cost needs both in the near term and to be set up for future growth. Microsoft Azure’s secure cloud platform has been the answer for many of our clients (ex: HDT Global), but why are enterprises choosing Microsoft Azure as their secure cloud platform and what’s the process companies go through to migrate?

Security and scalability

Microsoft invests over a billion dollars annually on security for all of their products and is one of the largest security companies in the world. The Microsoft cyber defense teams monitor the Azure environment as well as the other products and services that they have in their global footprint around the clock. Given their widely used integrated tools for enterprises, they have an intimate understanding of how security affects not only workloads in the cloud, but services that teams rely on to work every single day.

Workloads that are run in Azure have direct insights with Azure Security Center and Azure Defender. You are also able to extend those benefits to HyperCloud, so all of your on-premise assets can link up to Azure and have one single pane of glass.

In addition to security, the enhanced scalability and Azure’s consumption-based payment model lowers both capital and operational costs, which can be controlled directly by business, allocation-based infrastructure or SAP support skills. A secure, resilient and highly available infrastructure with 24/7 data access has been a large part of why some of our client partners have chosen to move to Azure.

Security at the application level

Beyond easily quantifiable software licensing and maintenance costs, other costs associated with implementing a new solution often include incremental IT infrastructure (and associated administration and maintenance costs), solution administrator training, GRC implementation consulting services, end-user training, documentation, and ongoing support services.

For our clients who also require a Governance Risk and Compliance partner for their SAP environments, our solution, ControlPanelGRC, has no additional infrastructure or associated costs required. The solution runs within existing client SAP systems as simply additional software functionality. Training and GRC implementation are measured in days, not weeks or months. Generally, ControlPanelGRC can be implemented incrementally, without interruption or retraining required outside the specific functionality being ‘turned on’.

Migrating with a trusted partner

Should you decide that Microsoft Azure is the best platform to migrate or scale your SAP environment, the best place to start is to look at the financial, business, and government models that are running today. These models directly affect how and why you end up using certain Microsoft products. Knowing priorities will become incredibly important at the technical level so that you can move and adapt in a manner that works for your company and team.

Working with a trusted partner who knows your business, teams, and technology stack will help you continue to create a seamless and cost-effective experience throughout, even with complex systems and licensing at play.

At NTT, we guide organizations through the cloud transformation process so they can avoid challenges and build out the cloud environment that works best for them. With Azure, these organizations gain resources that are easy to use, easy to stand up, and provide flexibility.

Contact us today to discuss a cloud transformation to Microsoft® Azure.