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MSRcosmos Has Earned the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

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MSRcosmos Has Earned the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization

Seattle, WA – 28 September 2021 –   MSRcosmos   today announced it has earned the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure advanced specialization, a validation of a solution partner’s deep knowledge, extensive experience and proven expertise in migrating workloads running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE virtual machines and/or utilizing MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB databases to Azure.

Only partners that meet stringent criteria around customer success and staff skilling, as well as pass a third-party audit of their migration practices, are able to earn the Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Azure advanced specialization.

As companies look to modernize their applications and take full advantage of the benefits that cloud computing can deliver, they are looking for a partner with advanced skills to assess, plan, and migrate their existing workloads to the cloud.

We are very pleased to have earned the Linux and Open-Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization. It is indeed a proud moment for MSRcosmos to have earned the third advanced specialization after Modernization of Web Applications to Microsoft Azure, and SAP on Microsoft Azure Advanced Specializations” stated Devi Kondapi, CEO of MSRcosmos. “Database migration is a strategic process and is often fraught with risk. We are pleased to have proven our expertise in databases migration to Microsoft Azure, and continue to strengthen our relationship with Microsoft.”

Rodney Clark, Corporate Vice President, Global Partner Solutions, Channel Sales and Channel Chief at Microsoft added, “The Linux and Open Source Databases Migration to Microsoft Azure advanced specialization highlights the partners who can be viewed as most capable when it comes to migrating workloads running on open source technologies over to Azure. MSRcosmos clearly demonstrated that they have both the skills and the experience to offer clients a path to successful migration so that they can start enjoying the benefits of being in the cloud.”

About MSRcosmos:

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Greenfield Implementation of SAP S/4HANA on Azure for a Food Retail Chain

SAP S/4HANA on Azure for a Food Retail Chain

Client Background

The client owns a nationwide food retail chain in the USA. Their business covers 3 core areas, namely food distribution, import of goods and building own stores. Besides, they offer thousands of various goods in the food categories and produces the widest range of exclusive edible products.

Business Challenge

The client was using SAP ERP on on-premises VMware infrastructure. The ERP system covered the majority of the operations which included finance, logistics, procurement, etc, however, it almost reached its end of life and was beyond support. Thus, to meet the growing needs of the business they decided to shift to the modern SAP S/4HANA platform. Having worked with MSRcosmos earlier, a solution partner in one of their earlier cloud project, they relied back on the team without much overthought.

MSRCosmos informed the client of the multiple ways to proceed with the transformation, such as Brownfield migration or Greenfield installation from the ground up. The client took some time to speculate what would work best for their situation — whether they should stay with existing on-premises infrastructure, build a new one, or migrate to the cloud. As a Microsoft Gold certified partner, MSRComos soon pitched in and offered the most viable solution. MSRCosmos proposed to try out the transition to the cloud infrastructure, where the team would create an SAP HANA virtual machine on Red Hat Linux in Azure to test different scenarios, capabilities and requirements of the Azure cloud.

Solution

As a part of PoC implementation, MSRComos started with a demo testing of Azure cloud infrastructure for their SAP S/4HANA workloads. Our team set up a virtual machine in Azure and deployed SAP S/4HANA to the cloud:

  • Conducted deployment and preparation of VM with RHEL according to SAP requirement.
  • Migrated Marketplace system from VMware environment to Azure.
  • Configured network connection between the local and Azure cloud infrastructure.
  • Tested the monitoring system (server availability, memory load, CPU, HDDs).
  • Prepared the mechanisms of direct and reverse migration of VMs.
  • Tested tools for reverse migration to the local infrastructure without business halts.
  • Conducted workshops on Azure tools for the client’s in-house specialists.
  • Created technical documentation for SAP on Azure migration.

The client was worried about the project cost, so they insisted our team to cut down the timing of SAP HANA as much as possible. We understood this concern, and readily provided an option that would suit the client’s requirements and at the same time meet the requirements of Microsoft and SAP without raising costs.

MSRCosmos initiated the project even before the VM image with required OS compatibility was released by Microsoft. But the required VM image version was soon released afterward, thanks to the collaboration between MSRCosmos and Microsoft.

Business Benefits

MSRCosmos MS Cosmos designed a well-thought-out architecture that enabled the implementation of SAP ERP infrastructure from VMware to SAP S/4HANA on Azure. We documented the full migration roadmap and full-scale migration strategy with calculations for the client to understand. We achieved the maximum output by utilizing all capabilities of the platform for the client. Besides, our client was able to investigate a number of the critical aspects of migration.

Microsoft Azure as a cloud platform brings SAP S/4HANA solution the following benefits:

  • 98% resource availability.
  • Enables to quickly change specifications of the resource.
  • The lower total cost of ownership.
  • Provides continuous updates along with new features and easy integration with next-gen Azure services.
  • Complete security compliance, and more.

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SAP Workload Migration to Azure for a Pharmaceutical Company

Azure for a Pharmaceutical Company

Client Overview

The client is a leading pharmaceutical company headquartered in the US. With over 50 years in the medical tradition, the client is a leading supplier in the domestic pharmaceutical market enhancing their business output and growth with the implementation of market-leading technologies. The client wanted to make progress with their digital transformation journey and hence saw an opportunity with cloud for business.

Business Challenge

The client wanted to migrate its SAP infrastructure to the cloud environment as they wanted a cost-effective approach for the platform. At the same time, they wanted better management of the SAP platform and intensive operations along with the dynamic allocation of computing and data storage resources. The task was monumental and the client required a solution partner who could them with the following challenges:

  • Upgrade local SAP infrastructure in terms of performance and capacity.
  • Support traditional server/storage/network hardware with backup/HA solutions.
  • Ensure seamless migration planning.
  • Business Continuity with High Availability and Data Recovery processes.
  • Dev/Test/QA environment support.
  • Have an on-demand functional SAP Partner with a local presence.

 
MSRcosmos, a Microsoft gold partner with SAP on Azure Advanced specialization, had previously worked with the client on another cloud migration project. The client identified Microsoft Azure as the ideal cloud partner. Azure is fully certified and approved by SAP and now used by 90% of Fortune 500 companies – was unanimously the first choice in terms of migration. Also, SAP migration to Azure allows spinning up VM’s in minutes.

MSRcosmos offered to boost the client’s SAP systems through migration to Azure with enhanced agility, lower TCO and storage expenses, higher availability, and innovation.

Solution

In the initiation phase of the project (PoC), MSRcosmos did a complete assessment of the existing SAP environments, the team developed a mock architecture of SAP in Microsoft Azure, prepared SAP QAS and PROD environments using different Oracle and SAP HANA DB management systems, tested two different scenarios with SLES and RedHat Linux platform in Azure Linux Virtual Machines, tested Azure workloads and presented the outcomes to the client. Post client’s approval of PoC results the team started with the full-scale implementation:

  • Configured SAP ERP (based on SLES OS and Azure Linux Virtual Machines) architecture within Azure infrastructure.
  • Verified conditions for migration from Oracle DB to SAP HANA.
  • Integrated backup and Disaster Recovery solutions.
  • Monitored solution for the Linux and SAP parts.

With the help of Microsoft, MSRcosmos led a full-scale migration of the SAP platform to Azure replacing Oracle DB with SAP HANA.

Business Value

MSRcosmos with the help of Microsoft successfully conducted the cloud migration project for the pharma giant. 100% of SAP infrastructure transition was finalized within 2 months from the initiation of the project, with immediate proven results:

  • Up to 30% performance boost.
  • 60% fewer storage costs.
  • 50% TCO cost savings with MS Azure Reserved Instances and Azure Hybrid Benefit.
  • Hardware cost savings on hyper-scale cloud infrastructure.
  • 300 end-users (executives & decision makers) benefitted.
  • Faster provisioning – minutes instead of days and improved time-to-market for new requirements.
  • High levels of SAP automation allows to focus on strategic tasks.
  • SAP systems to scale up/out/ down depending on workload.
  • Enhanced security and enterprise GDPR compliance.

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Smooth S/4 Conversion And SAP Workload Migration To Azure for a Tech Company

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Client

The client is a leading information technology outsourcing company headquartered in the USA. They provide technology solutions, from ideation to execution to Global clients.

Challenges

The client was struggling with its legacy systems as it was unable to cope which the increasing requirements of the business. They faced problems with scaling and had to make some serious decisions as to how to meet business needs. They had two choices 1. On-Premise and 2. Cloud. They consulted MSRCosmos for help and ultimately decided to go with Azure, for its pay-as-you-go cost, structure, and agility. Following that, MSRCosmos’ team did an initial assessment of the client’s legacy systems and engaged with their IT to ensure a smooth transition. The Team had to go through several roadblocks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The situation had made the task much more difficult. Moreover, other factors contributed to the nature of the challenge and delay:

  • System build of 7+ servers per landscape
  • Unicode Conversion Integration of C Projects to S4-HANA -PPM
  • BW to BW-HANA Migration
  • High availability set up (S/4, Portal)
  • Azure Cloud Migration in One Program

Solution

The client was dependent on legacy processes for more than 15 years, this caused hindrances in terms of scaling. They wanted to re-platform the system core. MSRCosmos, their solution partner, suggested S4HANA digital core as it resembled the client’s earlier setup. To further aid them to decide, MSR along with SAP conducted several workshops to showcase the various benefits. They successfully demonstrated the product roadmap as well as components used, making the whole journey clear to the client and its team. Following the visit, the client had some internal discussion and then gave the green signal to move ahead with the plan. MSR along with the SAP Practice team started the implementation. While the team carried out the setup, the client continued with the On-premise systems till the production cutover. A Parallel Azure landscape was built for the project that helped with the process.

This landscape was then activated as BAU production and the On-premise landscape was closed. The production cutover plan was refined with learnings from Mocks, VAS, COE, and service inputs. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the complete task was performed remotely.

Benefits

With smooth S/4 conversion and SAP workload migration to Azure, MSRCosmos was able to deliver:

  • Single S/4 HANA Landscape for S/4 HANA and PPM
  • Reduction in the size of DB by 30%
  • Flexibility and scalability

Better performance in transaction and reporting.

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Elicit Actionable Insights from Gigabytes of Data with Data Science

Data Science and Data Analytics approach Big Data in different ways. Data Science is a broad term that encompasses both Data Analytics and Data Science. Data Science is a synthesis of many disciplines such as information science, statistics, computer science, mathematics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

The data produced by the digital world every day is so hugely complex that traditional data processing and analysis systems are incapable of handling it. So the term data science comes into action.

Data Science and Data Analytics approach Big Data in different ways. Data Science is a broad term that encompasses both Data Analytics and Data Science. Data Science is a synthesis of many disciplines such as information science, statistics, computer science, mathematics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. People frequently mix up data science and data analytics due to their many similarities. Data science is the process of creating, cleaning, and structuring data sets for analysis and extraction, whereas data analytics is the act of analyzing and interpreting data. Both of these processes have applications in the workplace.

Data science in business offers you many benefits:
Gigabytes of Data with Data Science

  • Identification and refinement of target audiences

Customers’ data can reveal their habits, demographics, preferences, aspirations, and other information. With so many possible sources of customer data, a basic understanding of data science can assist in making sense of it. It helps to know your customers, encourages them, and ensures that your product meets their needs. It results in your marketing and sales efforts go in the right direction. Having information about reliable customer data can also help to inform retargeting efforts, personalized experiences for specific users, and improvements to the user experience of your website and products.

  • Instructing actions based on trends, which aid in objective

Data collection and analysis on a larger scale can help you to identify emerging trends in your market. Purchase data, celebrities, influencers, and search engine queries can determine in which products people are interested. Data science uses existing data to simulate potential actions; this allows an organization to learn which path will result in the best business outcome.

  • Data science gives the tools to make better decisions

Organizations must develop a comprehensive process for transforming data into a useful decision-making tool. Harnessing the power of data through Data Science has become essential for every business. So businesses have started harnessing the power of data science to improve customer relationships. It helps executives and officers to make business decisions.

  • Implementing decision

Businesses should understand how their decisions affect their performance and growth after being implemented. If the decision made a negative impact, they should analyze it and resolve it that impedes their performance. Businesses can evaluate their decision and plan a suitable action strategy using a variety of procedures. These decisions are as per the needs of the project executives and the needs of their customers. Furthermore, by using data science to forecast future growth based on current actions, businesses can increase profits significantly.

  • Simplifies recruitment process

Some large corporations may receive thousands of resumes for a single position. They will sort all these resumes and select the best candidate. It is then processed using various analytical algorithms such as clustering and classification to find the best candidate for the job. The visual information on the resume can be converted into a digital format using image recognition and other data science technologies. Businesses investigate relevant trends and evaluate potential job candidates. It enables them to contact candidates and gain a comprehensive understanding of the job-seeker market.

  • Minimize the environmental effect

When it comes to climate change, the world has reached a tipping point. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), carbon dioxide emissions should reduce by approximately 45 percent from 2010 levels to prevent irreversible damage to our planet. According to the World Economic Forum, data can play a critical role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and preventing environmental damage. A data science-designed platform can help to target climate-control measures.

The impact of data science on the world around us will grow as technology advances. In some cases, it may represent the best platform for resolving some of the world’s serious and pressing problems.

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Boost top and bottom-line performance of your industry with RPA

Unlike traditional automation, which relies on instructive code, bots are skilled in using illustrative steps. RPA(Robotic process automation)  enables bots to adapt to changing conditions. Traditional automation cannot execute steps that are undefined in its code. Traditional automation, for example, would detect an error in a blank field when processing data in an excel sheet and would require human intervention. RPA bots would find out the problem and locate the missing data in the blank field. Bots interact with other applications regardless of the technology used. Once trained then they will continue to perform their action.

Gartner says, worldwide RPA Software Revenue (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

  2021 2020 2019
Revenue ($M) 1,888.1 1,579.5 1,411.1
Growth (%) 19.53 11.94 62.93

Source: Gartner

The global Business Process Automation (BPA) market is likely to be double between 2020 and 2025, rising from $9.5 million in 2020 to more than $18 million by the end of 2025. RPA is a key technology driving this growth.

Business transformation is no longer just a process-oriented endeavor. A truly resilient and self-improving enterprise automates all business areas from operations to people, culture, and system integration ensures long-term success. Initially, the RPA journey can seem complicated, but understanding the first steps in an RPA implementation will set you up to achieve success in automating the business process.

RPA employs an “outside-in” approach in which existing information systems are left untouched. Humans replaced agents rather than redesigning the system. RPA strives to be resistant to changes in the underlying information systems.

Robotic process automation is the best technology option for simple and effective streamlining functions. RPA provides a stopgap measure to avoid tactical bandages and costly disruption while extending the life of legacy systems and keeping up with technological transformation.

The healthcare, banking, and wealth management industries have begun to reap the benefits of RPA implementation. Utilities, manufacturing, hospitality, and mining are among the industries investing in RPA.

How to implement RPA in business processes is a big challenge in front of businesses. Let us understand its stages of implementation.

Analysis: The first step in adopting RPA is to select an area of your business process which you want to automate. As every process in the organization may not be appropriate for RPA implementation. This preliminary step determines which areas will benefit the most from RPA implementation.

Development: Then comes choosing the best vendor to implement this process. During this phase, invite RPA vendors to help you fine-tune your procurement strategy. As a proof of concept, many vendors will agree to demonstrate RPA in action on your chosen processes. These presentations should include a technical demo that focuses on the functionality found in each use case or the process that the RPA is replacing, allowing you to compare the various solutions.

Deployment:  After determining the best process for automation, the next step should be to find the right tool with the best features for implementing the automation solution. Install and start using it.

Support: If issues remain in the software bots, they are sent to the production environment and resolved.

Execution: Installing the updated robot on your computer or server, start giving instructions on how to complete a task. These instructions are known as training which does not require any programming skills or complex software configurations. The most common RPA training method is a screen capture. You have to complete a task once for the bot to capture steps and file directories. RPA is then ready to replicate these steps.

After following these subsequent steps, the organization will quickly start leveraging the benefits of RPA.

 

The global adoption of the RPA process has had a noticeable and positive impact on business productivity. RPA technology adoption is growing faster than ever before. It is still the best business service provider in the industry.

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Retail Giant Migrates Entire On-Premise SAP Estate To Azure To Keep Pace With Evolving Business Needs

Azure To Keep Pace With Evolving Business Needs

Client

The client is a leading US retail giant specializing in safety products. The core purpose of the business is to ensure people’s safety at work. They distribute a world-class range of over 150,000 quality assured, branded products, that includes protective equipment like safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear, safety harnesses, muffs, hard hats, respirators, to name a few and other workplace safety and hygiene products.

Challenge

The client was keen on digital transformation as they wanted to develop new-age applications that could benefit the growing business and meet the demands of evolving retail space. Having depended on on-premise systems for over 15 years, they were unable to scale. Besides, maintenance costs were high. They wanted a cost-effective, flexible solution for their size of IT operation. The client engaged with MSRCosmos and decided to migrate its entire on-premise SAP estate to Microsoft Azure and close its own data centers. Azure was a unanimous choice as it opened up exciting cloud computing opportunities to develop a fully digitally integrated business.

Solution

MSRCosmos engaged with the client’s IT team and assessed all the pain points. Our team then crafted a comprehensive strategy to ensure a smooth migration of their SAP estate workloads on Azure and tailored a cloud adoption framework according to their needs. The migration plan comprised of Azure’s public cloud services and training material for their employees on Azure.

Our team meticulously planned every detail and performed two mock-ups before orchestrating the final migration. In the process every aspect was scrutinized and assessed for potential risks, informing a program to cater for every possible eventuality.

Results

Since moving to Azure the client is able to seamlessly scale systems on demand, enjoy simplified backup and restore procedures, and benefit from a cost-effective disaster recovery solution. The move has also reduced the maintenance cost by 40% with full security compliance.

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Tech Giant Migrates Business Critical Web-based SaaS Application To Azure

Web-based SaaS Application To Azure

Company Overview:

The client is a leading software tech giant with offices in the US and Asia Pacific. The company’s main product is an end2end ERP platform that delivers product lifecycle management, supply chain and warehouse management, and other related software for web-based technology architecture. The company continues to develop and update its software to meet the changing demands of their customer with whom they work very closely.

The Business Challenge

The client’s business-critical SaaS application was running on on-premises servers, requiring separate management of the server hardware and the software. This was hindering both the scalability and availability of the application and increased maintenance efforts.

Msrcosmos’ Approach & Solution

The client consulted MSRCosmos to help migrate its on-premises application workloads to the fully managed Microsoft Azure cloud platform. MSR’s team conducted several application upgrades and transformations to make it migration-ready, post which it was moved to Azure’s managed platform.

During migration MSRCosmos reviewed the source code, transforming it to take maximum advantage of the cloud platform (i.e., replacing the on-premises message queueing system with the high throughput Azure Service Bus). MSR’s team worked with the client’s IT team to optimize database performance for scalability. MSR built out a multi-regional fail-safe highly available architecture, which now allows the application to use the global distribution of Microsoft Azure data centers, where the application is present in several different data centers across the globe.  Constant monitoring tools were also provided as support for instances of unavailability of database or application failure so that business operations could continue as normal with the reserve systems.

Benefits Delivered

The migration of on-premises business-critical SaaS applications to Microsoft Azure resulted in the following

  • Cut server maintenance efforts and costs to half.
  • In the event of a disaster maintain business as usual with the help of reserve systems.
  • Azure managed platform ensured full system availability and operating system updates.
  • The ability to scale easily, as and when needed.

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DevOps for Agility

DevOps

Bridge the gap between the development & operations team and fuel productivity, agility, and revenue generation.

In this digitally evolving era, organizations are adopting new technologies to stay competitive in the market. Businesses are now rushing to embrace the benefits of DevOps as it helps to improve operational productivity, quality, and revenue.
In recent years, DevOps has become more and more popular. Regardless of the extent of dependency business operations have on their IT infrastructure, a DevOps bounded model holds much promise in the future for business enterprises of all types. No doubt DevOps has the potential to fix all the efficiency-related problems of your business, but before implementation, the organization needs to have an overall understanding of DevOps. Different people have a different understanding of DevOps, but one thing which every organization needs to understand is that- it is a crucial concept for successful software development.
Let us go over the fundamentals and understand why DevOps matters for your organization.

What is DevOps?
DevOps focuses on rapid software delivery by adopting agile implementations. It is a software development practice along with IT operations like reviewing, testing, deploying, etc. for faster development with fewer bugs. In simple words, DevOps means Development and Operations. While DevOps is a lot about tools, technologies, and processes, it also manages the IT complexities and promotes better collaboration between operations and development teams. DevOps enables automation and eliminates ineffective, manual processes and routines. Thus, it allows organizations to deliver value to their customers more often and achieve better results economically.

Why is DevOps important?
The main reason why organizations primarily require DevOps is- for efficiency. For any organization, communication, collaboration, and integration are the key factors which provide an improved IT service delivery agility. Better cooperation among the development and operations team enables continuous delivery of applications and servers to end-users. As companies become more reliant on the cloud, organizations must ensure fluency in DevOps to remain competitive and perform with full potential. Organizations employing DevOps principles tend to strike higher performance, higher software development frequencies, and a lower software change failure rate compared to the organizations that do not. Adoption of DevOps means that your business is ready to innovate with accelerated growth.
There are countless advantages of implementing DevOps at your organization. Some of them are as follows.

DevOps for Agility

Business benefits-
1. Quick delivery time- With a collaborative culture and automation being the core of DevOps, it speeds up the feedback process to quickly fix errors and fastens the process of software release.

2. Better collaboration among DevOps teams- DevOps provides the most suitable environment by removing barriers and making it easy for employees to collaborate and share resources. With great coordination, teams placed at a global level can also improve activities and deliver quality work within low time.

3. Seamless software testing and faster deployment- Businesses can deploy systems and applications rapidly with DevOps strategies. It modifies the traditional way of software testing and maximizes your development quality. With automation, DevOps helps organizations deliver faster results and quality software constantly.

4. Easy defect detection- With the development cycles being short, new versions are released frequently. So it gets easier to detect the slightest defects early. Faster detection provides an efficient collaboration between the operations and developers. So on encountering anomalies, less time is required to resolve them. A quick resolution of a defect gives benefits of cost-effectiveness as well as reduced business losses.

5. Enhanced customer experience- Faster solutions serve customers better. DevOps improves deployment and delivery time and minimizes the failure rate. With DevOps, organizations can improve revenue and profits by enhancing customer experience.

With the benefits detailed above, DevOps improves business efficiency, customer experience, and employee collaboration. It can also has a positive impact on your business operations. By implementing DevOps, create a unified approach to both system administration & software development, and overcome the challenges of software development by streamlining the process.

Now that you have understood why implementing DevOps at your business is crucial, set foot on the right note and adopt best practices that allow your entire team to deliver better values. Achieve all three goals- high quality, low cost, speed delivery- together and stand a high chance of achieving success.

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