Unpacking the business case for a successful move to SAP HANA
Originally posted @ InsideSAP
It’s the question on the lips of SAP managers everywhere: how do you make the numbers stack up for a SAP HANA investment?
While organisations might have wildly different solution landscapes and business requirements, according to SAP vice president, conglomerates industry, Koert Breebaart, there are four common reasons businesses might choose to deploy SAP HANA:
- They want to enable a new strategy – for example, move to a new business model, or introduce new partnerships or revenue streams – so they need new infrastructure to support changes to the way they run their business.
- To supercharge their current business, by driving operational excellence, increasing productivity, or increase asset utilisation to grow company profits.
- To better manage risk, by improving compliance, or gaining transparency of key factors in the business.
- For improved employee engagement. Companies which are seeking to be competitive in attracting high-quality talent need to offer advanced technology and consumer-grade interfaces.
In a recent webinar, IBM Power Systems tech leader, Gerard Saverimuthu, shared three case studies of how companies in the Asia-Pacific region, with diverse existing infrastructure, justified the move to SAP HANA, and the benefits they achieved.
- An entertainment resort with 20 million visitors annually was seeking to make significant savings on hardware and software maintenance. By replacing its existing servers with IBM Power Systems, the business saved $130,000, and gained improved reliability, availability and scalability.
- A leading publicly listed property company looking to upgrade from SAP ERP to HANA was able to reduce its data centre real estate footprint by 65 per cent, and improved system performance by 90 per cent.
- A major South Asian manufacturing company was experiencing business disruption due to capacity constraints in its current systems. With no disaster recovery in place for business-critical applications and a lack of flexibility to support growth, the business was at risk. Following a complex storage migration, managed by IBM, the company had a full disaster recovery setup, a failover for its production systems, and zero data loss.
A critical common factor among these success stories were that the businesses engaged in detailed studies to analyse the financial benefits, total cost of ownership or workload and environment, prior to making the decision to deploy HANA.