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Driving value and business growth through digital reinvention

Sri Narayanan | Aug. 9, 2017
How can companies extend the capabilities of existing enterprise applications to realise new potential?

Reinventing ERP with cognitive

How do you get data in and out of your core ERP faster so you can turn it into business intelligence sooner? That's the key to a true digital reinvention journey.

Chinmaya Vijayakumar, digital transformation lead, IBM, spoke on actionable insights being at the centre of enterprise innovation and increasing customer value. He observed that extracting this value required an enterprise to develop cognitive capabilities for real-time insights.

For example, using IBM Watson's APIs and working with SAP HANA as their digital core, enterprises are in a position to invent new possibilities with in-memory software. The resulting insights will accelerate key business processes with rapid reporting and analysis.

But what about greater flexibility in selecting between on-premise and IBM Cloud for SAP? Vijayakumar stressed that enterprises had many possible choices on how they could deploy SAP applications. Whether it was procurement or human resources, for example, every organisation configures a mix of cloud and on-premise deployments to suit their operational requirements.

Leveraging this digital core will help businesses redefine business models and boost innovation,  leading to a reduced TCO with less hardware, maintenance and testing. Ultimately, cognitive capabilities, when applied appropriately, will help enterprises make smarter decisions with more accurate, real-time insights.

 

IBM Cloud: Unlocking business value

Running SAP applications in an optimised architecture in the cloud will deliver faster time to value, and extend cognitive capabilities.

But how can you extend and innovate the value of SAP data through cognitive functions?

Speaking on the innovation and value of SAP data through cognitive functions, Irvin Neo, enterprise applications sales leader, noted that the IBM Cloud for SAP can reduce upgrade times by 15 to 25 percent compared to on-premise configurations. By having infrastructure and skills ready when they are needed, enterprises reduce operational costs and increase time to market.

Several participants questioned the notion that the cloud offered lower total cost of ownership. In response, Neo observed that while it was understandable that some were hesitant to embrace SAP in the cloud, it was important to differentiate costs from business drivers. He suggested that the agility and time savings generated by operating in the cloud should be attributed as a business driver to greater growth and a value-add (not costs) despite the higher initial capex.

He went on to add that the IBM Cloud architecture simplifies the transition for traditional SAP environments that are often inflexible, complex and expensive to maintain. Enterprise SLAs, project services and a free benefits estimator take the pain out of migrating to the cloud, maximising value from existing IT investments and SAP infrastructure. Not only does an IBM Cloud for SAP reduce costs and complexity, it also improves service delivery with rapid provisioning in production and non-production SAP environments.

 

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