Gain Competitive Advantage by Moving SAP Applications to the Cloud

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In every industry, IT leaders are searching for new ways to gain a competitive edge, whether that means getting products and services to market faster, delivering a superior customer experience or improving operational efficiency.

At Think 2018, my core session will discuss strategies for achieving these game-changing benefits through managing your SAP applications in the cloud. You’ll learn about how the co-innovation between IBM and SAP is helping clients gain more value from data and hear how one CFO developed the business case for moving to cloud managed services and the resulting benefits. Here’s a preview of the session.

Why Move SAP Applications to Managed Cloud?

Offloading these workloads to skilled specialists can help run your environment more efficiently, while freeing up in-house teams to focus on creating new products and services. Among IT leaders already using cloud managed services:

  • 76 percent report that it’s now essential to their IT strategy.
  • 68 percent report improvements to their customer service
  • 66 percent report increased performance in their SAP workloads

But choosing to move SAP — including S/4HANA — to a managed cloud environment is only the first step.

A Partnership of Innovation

IBM was SAP’s first premium cloud partner. With over 30 years of providing SAP services and 60 data centers across the globe, IBM Cloud can deploy your data where it makes the most sense for your business while helping maintain compliance with data sovereignty regulations.

But the benefits extend far beyond the deployment and availability of your critical data. IBM’s co-innovation efforts with SAP are using game-changing technologies such as artificial intelligence to create solutions that help clients transform SAP data into new insight into their business and customers.

Learn More at Think 2018

During my Think 2018 session, SAP Vice President of Business Development Anil Saboo will discuss how IBM and SAP are working together to accelerate the business value of deploying HANA on IBM Cloud. My team will also demo a blockchain solution that combines SAP data with AI and Watson IoT to provide supply chain transparency for sensitive shipments that require constant monitoring.

If you’re still weighing the pros and cons of cloud managed services and not quite ready to jump into AI, this session has you covered. Darren Wyatt, CFO of LiquidPower Specialty Products, will discuss his company’s migration of SAP workloads to IBM Cloud after the business became a standalone entity. Darren will also address the important factors in building a business case for cloud from his unique perspective as a CFO.

To join the conversation about accelerating business transformation with cloud managed services, go to the Think 2018 website and register for session #8345. I look forward to seeing you there.

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About The Author

Mark Slaga

General Manager of IBM Cloud Managed Application Services

As General Manager of IBM Cloud Managed Application Services, Mark Slaga is responsible for accelerating the business transformation of clients as they plan, build, and run their enterprise applications on the IBM Cloud. Mark is a strategic leader in the Cloud business community, and brings with him a wealth of experience to IBM. Previously he... Read More