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CLOUD COMPUTING – GOOD RAIN FOR SAP?

Escrito el 23 octubre 2010 por Jesus Guerro en General

According to recent research in the field of Technology Industry, 73% of CIOs are manifested

skeptical facing the IT fashion each year emerges.

Among the latest trends we should highlight the concepts of SOA, Cloud Computing and Green IT.
The latter are driven socially in the context of web 3.0 from  it 
intends to manage digital assets, both hardware and software, in a partnership between various companies for the purpose of

 optimizing their capacity and establish network models that allow the “Billing by Use” concept while reducing global energy consumption per transaction.

However, the same sources point out that 63% of IT managers admit to not knowing what cloud computing can bring to their business and 32% recognize to not knowing exactly what it  really is and how it differentiates from the well-known client-server structure.

Certainly Cloud Computing does not bring a new technology, but rather a new model for managing IT assets.
Let us note here the 5 pillars on which the notion of Cloud Computing is supported:
1) Approach to Services. The assets are managed by the service provider and shared by all its customers.
2) Accessible via the Internet. “The cloud” is the unique channel for input and outputs.
3) “Billing by Use”. Partners pay for what they use, for example based on the number of transactions and / or their volume.
4) Share Resources. Companies do not buy assets, no longer interested in the acquisition, management and maintenance of IT assets as well as their associated costs.
5) Flexible and Scalable: Allows easy access to new scales of work both functionally and regarding capacity terms.

 

There are two significant challenges to Cloud Computing succeed in Organizations. On the one hand, Information Security and on the other, the difficulty of standardizing services. This last goal will not be so difficult when it refers to hardware components, such as large data centers, but it becomes more complicated when we talk about software applications such as ERP, CRM and Reporting Tools.

 

By this way, It opens up an opportunity for large ERP as SAP as its cost and size becomes inaccessible to the vast majority of companies and their capacity far exceeds the use to which an important section of their purchasers do once installed the ERP.
So that, we could think in a unique SAP machine shared with several companies through the cloud, requiring a similar Business Plan and architecture in terms of functionality they want to extract from the ERP.

By this strategy, customers may share acquisition and implementation cost among all them in proportion to the use each of them makes the system.
This would allow medium-sized companies to access to a complete SAP technology underestimating other midmarket solutions as “SAP Business One” or “SAP Express” designed for medium size companies, which have not proved such successful for both customers and SAP Company, as they had expected.

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