New Research released from Ensono has revealed that 79% of UK IT leaders aim to migrate their SAP applications to the public cloud within the next two years.
As for now, the majority of SAP applications are housed on-premise. Yet, 70% of SAP leaders believe that migrating to the public cloud will be more advantageous in the long run while 61% of then declare that migrating to the public cloud is absolutely necessary for the success of their business.
When surveyed, almost 20% revealed that they already had SAP applications on the public cloud. The benefits of migrating SAP are: enhancing the operational efficiency and performance, delivering better customer experience, saving cost, and improving compliance and regulation.
They also feel that migrating to the public cloud will tack the needs of business leaders as well as show their involvement with SAP, which is critical for their business, especially when the operations have become digital.
Moreover, the research shows that migrating SAP to the public cloud will allow businesses to take advantage of IoT, AI, and ML, offer security benefits, integrate with other workloads, add extra scalability, reduce complexity, access data lakes outside of the SAP ecosystem and prepare for SAP S/4 HANA migration.
The finding reveals that SAP is the lifeblood of many businesses and represents the center of gravity within the IT estate. As organizations mature in their cloud journey, many are facing a fundamental question: to continue to invest and renew their SAP hardware and software assets where they are or make a strategic shift and move these to the public cloud.
However, the research also reveals that 27% of those surveyed fear that it would create more issues than benefits to migrating to the public cloud and ¼ are not sure about defining a clear migration path. 1/6 confirms the uncertainty and time of the migration regarding integration with legacy SAP applications. Some of the many reasons against migration to the cloud are the changes created by COVID-19, security concerns, and the unpredictability concerning Brexit.