Last January 30th, a working breakfast on the benefits of SAP on Azure took place in Barcelona. In the event, SAP experts from CAPSiDE | NTT and Microsoft discussed how to tackle the adaptation process of both of these technologies. And now, it seems like a good time to summarize the knowledge acquired in that session. Would you like to join us?
This technical day was an opportunity to get into detail about Azure and SAP with experts in both technologies. And towards the end of it, a discussion space was opened for attendees to solve any doubts or questions.
Microsoft Barcelona’s Perspective: Susana Martínez
Susana Martínez, Azure Partner Development Manager at Microsoft, was in charge of giving the introductory presentation of the event. In her part, Susana explained the concept of digital transformation within the scope of Microsoft and why is SAP on Azure leader in it. The close relationship between SAP and Microsoft, a well-established and long-lasting alliance, was also highlighted.
Likewise, Susana mentioned the different SAP and SAP HANA packed solutions on Microsoft Azure. And finally, what strategic differences there are between the customers’ journey to S4 / HANA on Azure.
CAPSiDE | NTT’s Perspective: Tomàs Manzanares
Tomàs Manzanares, Presales Engineer at CAPSiDE | NTT, led the technical part of this working breakfast. Tomàs stressed that the services added on SAP within Azure are integrated within the managed service strategy of CAPSiDE and NTT’s Public Cloud. On the other hand, it was mentioned that the experience in these services includes Cloud consulting and training, as well as managed services themselves, where the 24×7 operation of critical digital platforms is included. In addition, the position of CAPSiDE | NTT within this context as Azure Expert MSP and SAP on Azure Advanced Specialization partner was highlighted.
Tomàs continued explaining CAPSiDE | NTT’s cost-reducing mechanisms both with SAP on Azure operations and migrations. On these real elements based on experience, specific examples of resizing, snoozing, and instance reservation were mentioned. Then, they discussed strategic differences and initiatives that Microsoft Azure offers to customers starting SAP platforms. The differences between a classic migration and a SAP Database Migration Option (DMO) were explained in detail, and the Project Embrace initiative was highlighted, which helps clients on their journey to S/4HANA.
Towards the end of Tomàs’s presentation, full examples of SAP architectures on Azure were shown in real high availability and in multi-regional Disaster Recovery. As a closure, Tomàs mentioned national and international references of SAP on Azure-regulated migrations performed by CAPSiDE | NTT. That’s when the round of questions and presentation of attendees’ cases started. Several people brought up their own challenges with these technologies, and everyone presented ways to address each migration process.