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TM International Logistics Limited (TMILL) moves S/4HANA to Azure…

Case Study - Azure, SAP, SAP HANA

Promise Delivered.

Logistics enterprises are always seeking newer technological avenues that could help them be nimble in an evolving competitive landscape and deliver the best possible customer service. One such early adopter that has experimented with new technology to simplify its workload is TM International Logistics Limited (TMILL). A joint venture between Tata Steel, NYK, and IQ Martrade, TMILL provides end-to-end logistics solutions for dry bulk, containerized break bulk, and project cargo. In addition, TMILL offers a diverse portfolio of logistics services, including port operations, shipping, freight forwarding, custom housing agency, inland logistics, warehousing, rail logistics, and supply chain management. Headquartered in Kolkata, the company operates from its offices across cities in India and has established its presence overseas in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, and China.

Weighing down the growth wave

TMILL has been taking advantage of the SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ECC) application for its various services, like port operations, shipping, rail logistics, warehousing, and supply chain management. However, due to its existing on-premises Microsoft Windows operating system and Oracle database, the ECC application ensued in high time on maintenance and monitoring. Standardization of datacenter practices, security, reporting, and integration with other systems continued to pose challenges. The company explored S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure as a possible solution, not only for the immediate business requirement but also for a long-term technology roadmap.

Setting sails on the cloud

TMILL considered various possibilities of migrating to a cloud platform that would support core features like in-memory computing and faster results, and lower total cost of ownership (TCO). The company consulted its partner MSRCosmos LLC for expertise, which conducted a detailed evaluation of the existing infrastructure. MSRCosmos drafted a plan to unify TMILL’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) landscape and charted ways to simplify its business processes.

“The challenges that we faced in the process were manifold. In the first phase, the as-is migration from on-premises to Microsoft Azure with Oracle upgrade was homogenous. In the second phase, we went through the full setup of SAP S/4HANA infrastructure on Azure and did the conversion from ECC on Windows/Oracle to S/4HANA without any data latency and with minimum downtime,” explains Abhishek Verma, Chief IT at TMILL.

“We were impressed with TMILL’s long-term vision for digital transformation. The migration of the business-critical SAP workloads was just the starting point. The migration allows TMILL to leverage a host of advance Azure services, including Azure PaaS and AI capabilities that add high business value and differentiation,” says Raghavendra Prabhu, Sr. Vice President, Global Sales & Solutions at MSRCosmos LLC.

Promising tides, empowering stakeholders

TMILL has successfully built a holistic platform for its critical functions on Microsoft Azure. Now, any stakeholder can access real-time data from anywhere, empowering every employee and business partner worldwide. With SAP S/4HANA running on Azure, it’s easy for TMILL to manage its SAP infrastructure footprint with the highest degree of security and compliance controls.

The “icing on the cake” is lower software development cost enabled by the frictionless interface of Azure and the user-friendly GUI of SAP Fiori. SAP application developers also benefit from its intuitive user experience and negligible change management efforts. End-users take advantage of the benefits of the seamless workings of the SAP Fiori-based transactions that support functions, such as apps for calculation, self-service, work approvals, and quotations.

“Azure not only gives us the benefit of an attractive pay-as-you-go advantage but also helps us strategize for innovation and incorporate necessary measures for long-term viability with advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence,” concludes Verma.

“The challenges that we faced in the process were manifold. In the first phase, the as-is migration from on-premises to Microsoft Azure with Oracle upgrade was homogenous. In the second phase, we went through the full setup of SAP S/4HANA infrastructure on Azure and did the conversion from ECC on Windows/Oracle to S/4HANA without any data latency and with minimum downtime.”

Abhishek Verma: Chief IT
TM International Logistics Limited

We were impressed with TMILL’s long-term vision for digital transformation. The migration of the business-critical SAP workloads was just the starting point. The migration allows TMILL to leverage a host of advance Azure services, including Azure PaaS and AI capabilities that add high business value and differentiation.

Raghavendra Prabhu: Sr. Vice President, Global Sales & Solutions
MSRCosmos LLC

Azure not only gives us the benefit of an attractive pay-as-you-go advantage but also helps us strategize for innovation and incorporate necessary measures for long-term viability with advanced data analytics and artificial intelligence.

Abhishek Verma: Chief IT
TM International Logistics Limited

This blog was originally published on Microsoft website: –
https://customers.microsoft.com/en-us/story/754613-tmill-travel-and-transportation-azure-india

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