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[RISE on Azure] Want A Thriving Business? Learn New ERP Trends & Avoid Re-Disruption

Wilmar Consultancy Services X Microsoft Indonesia

A study from analyst IDC has reported that 92% of CEOs globally are under pressure to execute a successful digital transformation.  Based on a survey of 382 IT professionals, IDC’s report for Rimini Street, The cloud at your pace: linking business strategy with cloud strategy, also found that 37% of respondents prioritize IT projects to help their organizations reduce operating costs and recover from the pandemic. One-third (33%) say their IT investments have focused on projects that address areas that were revealed as weaknesses during the pandemic or projects that support the new operational requirements brought on by Covid-19.

Businesses around the globe are experiencing the immense impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, and for most, it has been profoundly negative. They are forced to adapt to shrinking budgets and shifting priorities. To sustain, it becomes crucial for businesses to elevate their strategic decisions and plan actions that would lead them to a renewed future state.

As we think about life after COVID we can’t help but wonder, what role does ERP play in a post-pandemic world?

Let’s take a look into it and here’s why 

Identifying the significant volatile condition, evaluating them, and framing strategies to mend them as per their importance could improve the near and long-term future of the organization. In nearly every company across every industry, all non-essential workers were forced to work remotely. Never has to have an integrated business management platform such as an ERP system become more crucial than it did when workers shifted from in-office to remote work in an instant.


Creating a Resilience Business Model

When organizations begin to adjust their crisis management plans and reconfigure their business operating models for recovery, they need cloud ERP software with the right set of tools for a sustainable transition. Many large organizations rely on SAP enterprise software to run their applications. But every enterprise needs to develop new business models to ensure business continuity in the new reality and avoid being disrupted. But before that, they must determine where and how the crisis has affected their existing business models, and risks or opportunities lie as a result.

While many manufacturers had a strong ERP system to rely on during this period, running an ERP system with deep functionality meant that your business didn’t skip a beat even during a crisis. Employees could access real-time business information no matter their geographical location. Decision-makers could still review key reports and metrics to make quick but content business decisions. While nothing could take the place of face-to-face communication, notification and approval systems built into many ERP systems improves internal communication among employees and ensures requests are being reviewed, approved, or denied in a timely manner.

However, new updates create migraines for IT managers and rarely function efficiently today. The traditional ERP on-premise deployment is both expensive to maintain and difficult to manage. Every enterprise needs to develop new business models to avoid being disrupted, gain efficiencies to find innovation, and transform mission-critical systems without business risk. On the other hand, SAP on cloud, is a demonstrably more cost-effective and efficient solution.

Organizations are increasingly moving their SAP deployment to the cloud at an unprecedented rate, and here are some very good reasons why SAP is better in the cloud. Running SAP in the cloud rather than the on-premise model of traditional IT has a huge range of benefits for corporations. RISE with SAP - powered by Microsoft Azure - is the solution. A comprehensive cloud offer that integrates data and processes to become an intelligent a sustainable enterprise.


Get More Benefits of RISE with SAP on Azure

Microsoft has chosen to adopt the RISE with SAP solution on Microsoft Cloud, shifting the company’s SAP ERP software systems to SAP S/4HANA Cloud, private edition. Microsoft is the first public cloud provider to adopt RISE with SAP internally to transform some of its large SAP ERP deployments. The decision to adopt RISE with SAP builds on its wide adoption of SAP solutions. These include SAP SuccessFactors solutions, the SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain solution, SAP Business Technology Platform and other SAP solutions running on Microsoft Azure. Microsoft’s implementation of RISE with SAP will deepen Microsoft’s expertise with SAP solutions and establish best practices that can be shared with the customers.

SAP has also migrated several of its business-critical IT landscapes to Microsoft Azure, an open and flexible cloud computing platform. As part of its own transformative journey and to gain operational efficiencies, SAP will optimize IT operations for some critical internal business systems under the operations model used for the RISE with SAP solution hosted on Microsoft Azure.

“Microsoft’s move to RISE with SAP is a testament to the commitment and strength of SAP and Microsoft’s ongoing partnership to simplify customers’ journey to the cloud by accelerating adoption of SAP S/4HANA Cloud on Microsoft Azure,” said Florian Roth, Chief Digital and Information Officer, SAP. “Likewise, SAP has optimized its critical internal business systems running on Microsoft Azure to benefit from its security, flexibility and scalability. We will be sure to use the learnings from these deployments and share best practices with our customers.”

Customer Success Story

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is known for bringing leading-edge technology to the sport of basketball. To expand the possibilities for innovative fan experiences and streamline day-to-day operations, the league chose to migrate its SAP solutions and other IT resources to Microsoft Azure and to use the RISE with SAP offers to facilitate its ongoing cloud evolution. The NBA has gained flexibility, scalability, and access to a wide range of data and AI services in Azure that will help the league deliver best-in-class fan engagement through data consolidation and reduced IT management overhead.

"Microsoft has deep expertise running SAP applications on Azure, in addition to a strong, ongoing partnership with SAP, and that gave us confidence that Azure is the right cloud platform for us." Sahil Gupta, Senior Vice President and Head of Application Development, National Basketball Association.

Not only is that same innovative spirit driving a digital transformation that includes enhancing IT assets and processes, but it's also fundamentally changing the way the NBA operates. "To truly transform our organization, we need to do more than just build new websites and mobile apps," says Gupta. "We need to change our culture and the way we think about technology, and we need to get into a mindset of constant disruption." Embracing the cloud has been an important means of facilitating this disruptive technology. Like many organizations, the NBA ran up against the limitations of an on-premise IT infrastructure. New hardware and environments required time to procure and set up, and the seasonal nature of the sport meant that systems and applications see dramatic usage spikes during certain times of the year, placing a premium on scalability, reliability, and high availability. For an organization that takes a forwardlooking approach to technology, the cloud was a perfect alternative.

For nearly 10 years, the NBA has heavily used SAP applications as part of its daily operations. Today, the league considers these business process applications an essential part of its technological backbone–for example, SAP functions encompass all finance operations, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, treasury, cash flow, bank statements, customer learning statements, and purchase order workflow. The NBA took a careful and thoughtful approach in choosing a cloud provider, evaluating leaders in the cloud service space before establishing a strategic partnership with Microsoft and choosing Microsoft Azure as the new home for its SAP landscape and other IT resources.

The NBA expects that as it moves more of its IT assets to Azure, it will start to benefit from new synergies. "We're not just moving SAP into the cloud–we're also moving our web application footprint, our data, and other resources," says Gupta. "We're building an ecosystem where applications, business systems, and data can all come together in Azure to provide us with opportunities to build solutions that extract new insights that weren't possible in an on-premises environment."

As the SAP migration progresses, the NBA is looking forward to the benefits of having data and applications co-located in Azure. "We're excited by the possibilities that will come from having our business and non-business data, our fan data, and our game data all in a single repository," says Gupta. "We've thought about many use cases that we didn't even consider a few years ago when we were all on-premises. And I'm sure there are many more use cases we haven't even thought of yet. It's exciting when technology is no longer a barrier to innovation, and we can finally act on our organization's vision."



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