With the latest changes in the field of technology moving to the cloud could be a risky move for many organizations. Organizations might be reluctant in making a leap from on-premises systems to cloud solutions due to many reasons. But, it is possible to have the best of both worlds if they decide to adopt hybrid cloud approach.
Benefits of the Hybrid Cloud
A hybrid cloud approach allows the organization with an opportunity to bring innovation in their systems without the need to disrupt the system of record. The organization will be able to introduce new changes that will help them to transform the business, along with providing them with a competitive advantage and improving the existing processes by providing a user-friendly and flexible way to access the information. It also provides the user with the advantages of modern cloud-based applications like the ease of use, scalability and low cost without any sacrifice of integration and functionality that on-premises solutions provide. It also ensures stability in the business processes as the companies start moving to the cloud.
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Hybrid cloud approach might provide additional benefits to the organizations that are operating on SAP system as it provides more control over the pace of innovation and the cost related to it. Organizations can utilize these applications to easily deploy new capabilities that complement their existing processes. They can introduce new functionality where and when it is needed. Because the functionality is cloud-based, organizations can deploy new SAP Cloud Platform applications with minimal effort and without significantly adding to the cost or complexity of the SAP landscape. They also reduce security risks because applications on the platform simply extend the existing on-premise system’s security infrastructure to the cloud.
Taking the Steps towards a Hybrid Approach
Once the advantages of the hybrid approach are realized, the next logical step is to make it happen and apply these changes in the organization. So where can an organization begin the move to a hybrid-cloud model? The first place to start is by looking at moving processes that are relatively self-contained to the cloud while keeping the core system of records on premise. Any process that requires interaction with external users from vendors, customers or partners, such as a transaction-status inquiry or verification of master data, are ready for moving to the cloud. Portals are one way to provide external users with greater visibility into opaque processes. This same type of transparency should be extended to all your business partners and customers.
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Once you’re ready to move to the next step, consider moving components of the core business processes to the cloud. By extending core-business processes to the cloud, users benefit from easier access to information and greater task flexibility, while the data remains safely in the system of record. The hybrid-cloud structure reduces the security problems or potential loss of control over data that might happen in the future when companies move critical applications to the cloud. Once these types of applications are in place and ready to function, organizations can begin to broaden the adoption of cloud for more critical processes that allow companies to support new business processes and models.
Every organization should try to avoid risk by implementing the changes at a slow pace so that everyone in the organization is able to easily adapt and there is not too much change at once. They need to make a proper roadmap as to how they are going to implement the changes and always try and stick to those roadmaps. Roadmaps are essential for planning huge changes in the organization. They can be made for both short-term and long-term goals. If the organization wants to mitigate the risk and deliver the most value then they need to create a process roadmap of moving to the cloud along with the technological roadmap. It is often seen that most organizations focus merely on the technology that they are going to implement and not on its implications assuming that the benefits will follow automatically. If they decide to make a process roadmap, they will be able to outline how they want to transform their process over time and eventually deliver greater value to the business in the future.
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Once a company fully develops a process roadmap, it is easier for them to easily identify what kind of technology they need to implement in their organization to support their goals. With the help of these kinds of roadmaps, IT and business can work together and implement the cloud where it makes sense and makes sure that it delivers value and continues to build ahead to the success of the business and achievement of ultimate business goals.
Moving to the cloud is a viable possibility for many organizations if they adopt hybrid cloud approach as it is flexible, easy to use and scalable. If the organization is considering to move to the cloud they need to evaluate their internal processes and find many areas for improvement so that the company can realize their future benefits.