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An SAP HANA® migration requires some tough choices. Should your company keep its ERP hosting onsite, or move to the SAP cloud? Is it more cost effective to manage your core applications internally, or work with a managed services provider? Do you have the internal skills to handle SAP migration, setup and optimization, or do you need the skills of a managed services provider? If you’ve stayed with onsite hosting and in-house operation so far, here’s why it’s time to consider an SAP cloud strategy:

Onsite or In the Cloud?

Although the SAP HANA cloud is growing rapidly, many businesses fear they’ll have less control in the cloud. Onsite, organizations can supervise everything, which makes some feel more secure. Additionally, most SMEs have already invested considerable resources in servers, networking, licenses and other resources that go into an SAP implementation. With this sunk cost, an SAP HANA migration to the cloud can feel wasteful.

In reality, the right SAP HANA cloud partner can actually save you money while improving security. SAP HANA appliances are notoriously expensive to purchase and maintain, requiring a level of investment that most businesses simply aren’t comfortable with. With an SAP HANA migration from Symmetry, you’ll only have to pay for the resources you use. That means no bulking up your IT infrastructure in advance of future growth, and no pricey, unpredictable service costs.

Managed Hosting or Internal IT?

The managed cloud has many service levels. Some companies opt for a cheap barebones provider — choosing to do their own SAP HANA migration, as well as maintenance, optimization and security. The rationale is that it gives them more control over their SAP cloud strategy; they can design a custom installation and supervise their own security and compliance program, rather than counting on a partner they may not trust.

Early on, when cloud services were new and not that well developed, this approach was logical — but today, it no longer makes financial or strategic sense. Symmetry’s enterprise cloud allows our partners to benefit from an expert, SAP-certified, U.S.-based team, at a fraction of what it would cost to hire in-house support. We offer a full range of IT solutions, including:

Our IT consulting services give us even more ways to help your organization. Whether you’re looking for someone to fix a connectivity issue, cover for a vacationing employee, or carry out a major IT project management task, our 24-hour support line means we’re always there to support your internal IT team.

Symmetry Puts the SAP HANA Cloud Within Reach

SAP HANA may not be cheap, but you can’t afford to go without it. By cutting hosting and support costs, Symmetry makes SAP HANA more affordable to SMEs, while maximizing its benefits. Whether you’re considering an SAP HANA migration, or are looking to make your existing infrastructure more competitive, contact us to get the most out of SAP cloud hosting.

Curtis Gaska - Solution Architect

Curtis Gaska is a solution architect on Symmetry's expert SA team, delivering complete SAP® technical solutions from upgrades to complex landscape implementations. Curtis pairs his sound SAP technical expertise with sales skills to knowledgably advise clients, and prospective clients of Symmetry’s services and product offerings throughout each stage of the sales cycle.

Curtis has a unique ability to deliver technical knowledge to create customs solutions per the client requirements, by not only taking the technical specifications into consideration but also the business drivers particular to that organization in turn creating an optimal SAP environment. This skilled approached includes scoping, planning, and execution of various projects including Migrations/Upgrades/Installs, Hosting and ongoing Managed Services. He also stays abreast of the latest technologies such as road mapping solutions for client’s to leverage SAP HANA® in their current environment to then be hosted in Symmetry’s state-of- the -art Datacenter.