Connecting to LinkedIn...

W1siziisijiwmtuvmdqvmtuvmdgvntqvmzgvnzi1l01ptlrbu0hfqkxpr19vtljftkrfukvex0lnqudfx3jlc2l6zwrfyw5kx3jlbmrlcmvklmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimtkymhgxmjuwiyjdxq

Blog

SAP Customers Seek Unified ‘Cloud Architecture’

25/11/2014 by Sharon Shahzad

W1siziisijiwmtqvmtevmjuvmtivmjevmzcvotk3l0nsb3vkx09urgvtyw5klmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwinjawedqwmfx1mdazzsjdxq

CIO customers of SAP SE ’s cloud software say they would like to see the company consolidate its various applications onto a common architecture. The CIOs tell CIO Journal that consolidation would make it easier for SAP to upgrade the software, reducing potential disruption to their own businesses.

SAP CEO Bill McDermott said, in an interview with Re/Code published Monday, that the German software maker will outline a five-year plan for its business expansion, including a drill-down into its cloud strategy. Broadstrokes for the plan will emerge in January, when the company reports its quarterly results, with more details coming at a February shareholders meeting.

What SAP shares will be critical; the company has waded into the cloud market by spending about $16 billion on acquiring commerce software maker Ariba, human resources concern SuccessFactors and, most recently, corporate travel management firm Concur Technologies Inc. It’s also building versions of its on-premises financial and procurement applications that run in the cloud.

John Hill, CIO of industrial conveyor belt maker Veyance Technologies Inc., said SAP could make CIOs’ lives easier with a unified “cloud architecture.” The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. subsidiary uses SAP’s enterprise resource planning software as well as Concur. Mr. Hill says a unified architecture would help SAP rapidly deploy upgrades to its various cloud apps. And a single technology base would make training easier and allow his team to be more “nimble and agile” in deploying additional SAP cloud apps in the future.

SAP is no stranger to common software architectures; its NetWeaver platform forms the technical foundation on top of which several SAP business apps run.

A converged cloud architecture would ideally lead to a smoother user experience, said Vince Kellen, CIO of the University of Kentucky, who spends about $1.5 million a year on SAP’s financial and procurement apps, SAP’s HANA in-memory database software, and SuccessFactors. He’s evaluating SAP’s Enterprise Cloud suite, which includes cloud versions of SAP’s business apps and HANA software. If he chooses that platform, he’s going to need to be able to integrate data from SuccessFactors, as well as data from non-SAP applications, such as student information cloud apps he is mulling. “I want good interoperability,” said Mr. Kellen.

This article has been extracted from http://blogs.wsj.com, please click on this link to read the article in full http://blogs.wsj.com/cio/2014/11/24/sap-customers-seek-unified-cloud-architecture/

Montash is a multi-award winning, global IT recruitment business specialising in permanent and contract positions across mid-senior appointments, which cover a wide range of industry sectors and IT functions, including:

ERP, BI & Data, Information Security and Assurance, Architecture & Strategy, Energy Technology, Demand IT and Business Engagement, Digital and E-commerce, Infrastructure and Service Delivery, Project and Programme Delivery.

With offices based in London, Montash has completed assignments in over 30 countries and has appointed technical professionals from board level to senior and mid-management in permanent and contract roles.

 

comments powered by Disqus

Social Stream

Latest News

W1siziisijiwmtyvmtivmdivmtavmdcvntcvotkwl2j1c2luzxnzigludgvsbglnzw5jzs5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijm4mhgxmdajil1d

Annual growth rate for BI market set at 8.4%

2016-12-02 10:00:00 +0000

A new report has suggested that the compound average growth rate (CAGR) for the business intelligence (BI) market between 2016 and 2021 is likely to be around 8.4 per cent. The latest publication, named Global Business Intelligence Market by Mobile BI, Cloud BI, and Other Applications: Global Industry Perspective, Comprehensive Analysis and Forecast, 2015-2021, said that 2015 saw the global BI sector valued at $16.33 billion. By 2021, this is expected t...

W1siziisijiwmtyvmtevmzavmtavmjavntuvndgzl09jbcbyawcgc2vhlmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwimzgwedewmcmixv0

Crisis in oil and gas industry nears turning ...

2016-11-30 10:00:00 +0000

A new report has suggested that the current crisis being experienced by the gas and oil industry is nearing a turning point. As part of the 25th Oil and Gas Survey, it was found that although two-thirds of firms had cut employment levels in 2015, the speed at which these cuts are occurring has slowed. In addition, other methods of saving have been utilised to drive operational costs down. Amongst the firms questioned, it was found that 67 per cent of bu...