The customer is a multinational company that offers solutions which integrate unified communications, AV presentation, lighting, environmental and HVAC systems. SAP is a key application for the customer. The SAP software is used to run just about every aspect of their business. The landscape consists of ECC, BW, CRM, Portal and Solution Manager running on a Windows/SQL platform. As their business velocity accelerated, the customer began to look for a more cost-effective, scalable, and reliable way to run SAP and other applications. They maintained data centers across the USA, which they had virtualized using VMware software, but they did not want to continue pouring money into data center real estate, server farms, and infrastructure technicians.
As a fast-growing company in the control and automation business, the customer is constantly provisioning new IT infrastructure to support various business initiatives within the company.
Purchasing, maintaining, powering, and cooling servers were expensive. Experts trained in SAP BASIS administration and infrastructure management were expensive. They felt that they could not sustain the rate of growth with such heavy IT infrastructure costs. They wanted to find a more agile way to deliver IT.
It was clear that there was only one way to tame the firm’s infrastructure problems, particularly as they related to SAP: move to the cloud.
WFTCloud presented an end-to-end solution to the customer which involved evaluating their existing SAP landscapes for feasibility of migrating to WFTCloud’s SAP Managed cloud, provide multiple cloud migration options, execute migration and provide SAP BASIS support. Eager to use WFTCloud as soon as possible, the customer had created a copy of their development SAP environment in WFTCloud, the initial data load into WFTCloud was done using portable external drives and a site-to-site VPN tunnel was established to allow dedicated access from Crestron network to their servers residing in WFTCloud.
- End-to-End Solution
- SAP BASIS Support
- VPN tunnel Established
By migrating its SAP environment to WFTCloud, the customer was able to reduce IT costs, speed SAP project delivery, gain instant scalability by circumventing hardware barriers and improve the availability of critical SAP systems. The time to value was reduced from months to a couple of weeks and this allowed them to respond to business much faster.
The customer typically had big delays in SAP rollouts because they have to budget, order, and wait for hardware. Being able to set up everything in the cloud means they were able to roll out SAP projects in a very short period of time. This was a significant accelerator and business advantage for them.