Having launched three new data centers in Japan and Australia earlier this year, SAP is now targeting to add at least three more in the region and grow its global datacenter footprint to 20 locations by the end of 2014.
Such plans are fueled by the company’s goal to deliver all its applications via the cloud and become “the cloud company”, powered by its cloud platform HANA. The German software vendor is also preaching a “run simple” business strategy that includes simplifying its own products, noting that 90 percent of companies fail because of complex IT infrastructures.
Customers are seeing the value of a cloud approach, said Adaire Fox-Martin, SAP’s president for SAP Asia-Pacific Japan, who was appointed to the role in February 2014.
In a phone interview Friday with ZDNet, Fox-Martin underscored the importance of cloud in simplifying IT infrastructures. She used the analogy of buying and driving away with a new car from a showroom compared to building and assembling a new vehicle in a garage. A public cloud model offers customers the ability to “drive away immediately” with the applications they need to support their business, she said, and noted that offering its ERP tool on the cloud speeds up time to value for SAP customers.
Cloud provides the opportunity to simplify infrastructures and operations, reduce the time to value, and free up dollars for innovation, she added. “If you think about it, innovation really comes from software. When you look at a typical stack for any on-premise environment, you have a very small percent of total IT cost, less than double-digit, attributed to software and the vast majority is spent on infrastructure, services, support, hardware, network, and so on.
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