blog-2014-04-03-fiYou would have to search long and hard to find an organization that doesn’t value efficiency and a focus on maximizing each dollar invested across the organization. When these two objectives are harnessed together, they can help drive value across an organization, which oftentimes can provide leadership the opportunity to take a step back and look at other areas of efficiency.


Take for example the idea of turning to a high-performing cloud environment for your SAP system. A high-performing cloud environment can bring enhanced operations, continuous maintenance, query assistance, and an unmatched level of ROI to any organization if done effectively.


As SAP technical managed services experts and Cloud partners, we often get asked how to best optimize a company’s environments in a way that lets you focus on your core business. Here’s what we did for our friends at Advanced Technology Services (ATS) that helped them experience a cost effective and efficient solution in only 45 days.


ATS helps factories run better through managed services of production equipment maintenance, industrial parts services and IT solutions. As a company built on making other companies run better, they understand the importance of an SAP management system.


The company spends time improving clients’ output, so it requires operational efficiency at all time. An SAP solution would offer growth and operative potential. And most importantly, company leadership knew that it required outsourced support to keep systems running smoothly.


ATS wanted a partner who could provide a comprehensive solution, from implementation to post SAP-managed support. They also wanted a solution that wouldn’t bend their budgets or internal resources.


Based on these requirements, they turned to fixed-rate budget plan, where all project costs were presented upfront to alleviate surprises.  ATS needed the implementation to be as seamless as possible to avoid business disruption.


They turned to our team because of our experience, knowledge and commitment to meeting their timeframe. Symmetry created a 45-day project plan that would ensure every box was checked for a successful deployment. The program included scheduled windows for testing and syncing during a holiday weekend—an ideal timeframe to provide business continuity for ATS.


As planning progressed, our team and ATS reached an agreement that a Cloud environment would be the best benefit for their SAP system, increasing uptime and performance while reducing operational costs and the company’s overall carbon footprint.


The result of the integrated SAP Cloud Solution: increased efficiencies and reduction in internal staff maintenance which allows them to focus more time serving their client base, a client base which never even noticed the systems swap.  With Cloud’s secure but flexible solution, ATS is positioned for seamless updates, keeping them current and functional for all SAP services.


Interested in taking a second look for yourself? Visit us at to start the discussion. Just like ATS, you’ll be glad you did.


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About Kevin Knuese - Vice President of SAP Solutions

As Vice President of SAP Solutions, Kevin Knuese leads Symmetry’s SAP Cloud Hosting and SAP HANA solution development efforts. After decades of problem solving within the IT world, Knuese provides strategic leadership to help navigate the complex world of SAP application management for Symmetry’s valued customers. Working shoulder to shoulder with our customers’ executive management team, Knuese assess business requirements to ensure the IT infrastructure in place is meeting the enterprise needs, while providing operational guidance to leverage emerging technologies. Knuese ensures Symmetry customers are delivered tailored enterprise cloud solutions that are expertly managed, with state-of-the art security and built in scalability to grow as our customers’ businesses grow. He is a sought after thought leader and can be frequently seen presenting on the main stage at leading edge IT conferences in the U.S. and around the world.