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3 reasons to modernize your SAP environment

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Guest blog Randy Meyer, VP & GM, HPE Mission Critical Systems

“The backbone of the enterprise” – it’s pretty common to hear SAP business processing applications described that way, and rightly so. These are true mission-critical systems, including enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), and more. When they’re not performing well, it gets noticed; customers’ orders are delayed, staffers can’t get their work done on time, execs have trouble accessing the data they need for optimal decision-making. It can easily spiral into damaging financial outcomes.

At many organizations, business processing application performance is looking creaky – especially around peak utilization times such as open enrollment and the financial close – as aging infrastructure meets rapidly growing transaction volumes and rising expectations for IT services.

Here are three good reasons to consider a modernization project to breathe new life into the solutions that keep you in business:

  1. Reinvigorate RAS (reliability, availability, and serviceability).  Companies are under constant pressure to improve RAS, whether it’s from new regulatory requirements that impact their ERP systems, growing SLA demands, the need for new security features to protect valuable business data, or a host of other sources. The famous “five nines” of availability – 99.999% – is critical to the success of the business to avoid loss of customers and revenue. For a long time, many companies have relied on UNIX platforms for the high RAS that their applications demand, and they’ve been understandably reluctant to switch to newer infrastructure. But you can move to industry-standard x86 servers without compromising the levels of reliability and availability you have in your proprietary environment. Today’s x86-based solutions offer comparable, demonstrated capabilities while reducing long-term TCO and overall system OPEX. The x86 architecture is now dominant in the mission-critical business applications space.  See the modernization success story below to learn how IT provider RI-Solution made the move.
  2. Consolidate workloads and simplify a complex business processing landscape. Over time, the business has acquired multiple islands of database solutions that are now hosted on underutilized platforms. You can improve efficiency and simplify management by consolidating onto one scale-up server. Reducing Oracle or SAP licensing costs is another potential benefit of consolidation. IDC research showed that SAP customers migrating to scale-up environments experienced up to 18% software licensing cost reduction, and up to 55% reduction of IT infrastructure costs.
  3. Access new functionality. A refresh can enable you to benefit from newer technologies like virtualization and cloud, as well as new storage options such as all-flash arrays. If you’re an SAP shop, you’re probably looking down the road to the end of support for R/3 and SAP Business Suite deployments in 2025, which will require a migration to SAP S/4HANA. Designed to leverage in-memory database processing, SAP S/4HANA offers some impressive benefits, including a much smaller data footprint, better throughput and added flexibility.

 A modernization success story

RI-Solution Data GmbH is an IT provider to BayWa AG, a global services group in the agriculture, energy and construction sectors. BayWa’s SAP retail system is one of the world’s largest, with more than 6,000 concurrent users. RI-Solution moved from HPE Superdome 2 Servers running at full capacity to Superdome X servers running Linux on the x86 architecture. The goals were to accelerate performance, reduce TCO by standardizing on HPE, and improve real-time analysis.

Whatever path you choose, HPE can help you migrate successfully. To learn more, register to download our best practices guide, Modernize Your SAP Business Processing Applications.

Randy Meyer is the Vice President and General Manager of the HPE Mission Critical Systems business where he is responsible for HPE’s mission-critical portfolio including NonStop systems, Scale Up x86 and Integrity servers, and the HP-UX operating environment. With more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, he has held a variety of technical and managerial roles in marketing, product management and finance. 

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RubyNicholson

I am a Senior Manager managing external content and social media for HPE Servers Awareness. Stay tuned for topics on Mission Critical Solutions, Core Enterprise and SMB Solutions, Next Gen Workload Solutions, Big Data and HPC, Cloudline and HPS Options! Follow me @RubyD_Nich