Improving Business Growth and Bringing Innovation by Moving to Azure


Improving Business Growth and Bringing Innovation by Moving to Azure



An American premium food bakery realizing a business growth of 10% every year needed to strengthen its IT infrastructure that could support rapid growth and changes. As a first step, the company decided to move SAP S/4HANA and other SAP applications on Microsoft Azure. Their IT team teamed up with MSRcosmos to establish a high-availability environment using SUSE Pacemaker Clusters and Azure Site Recovery. The outcome— a unified platform with instant scaling with better uptime that helps analyze data faster for decision making and operate much smoothly.

Driving innovation and change

The company started with a humble setting in 2007 with only 5 people in a backyard, that sold biscuits such as cookies, creams, crackers to local retail consumers. Over the years the company earned a name in the premium bakery segment. As business flourished, they included other bakery products in savory and sweet categories like bread, buns, and cakes. They now cater to a loyal following in 26 states.

In their initial days, the company largely depended on disparate technology tools to meet operational requirements. They lacked the right resources to build a fully functional tool within a short span that could accelerate ideas to the concept at a fast pace to benefit the business. Most of their finances were directed to procure raw materials for production. The decision-makers were unsure if their existing manpower could create the required infrastructure, and shield from investing.

The requirement changed when the company started to show exponential production growth. With expanding production, operational visibility was reduced. The company had to make some serious decisions to achieve operational effectiveness. “The need was to integrate IT systems, and after contemplating a lot we decided moving to the cloud would be the best solution, as this would provide a streamlined platform for both the front-end applications and back-end systems,” said Chief Information Officer.

Consolidation of technologies 

The company evaluated several ERP systems and then decided to embrace SAP S/4HANA, as they wanted to run its ERP on a single global instance. Next, they needed a cloud platform best suited for its SAP environment. MSRcosmos, the company’s solution partner aided them in decision-making. Microsoft Azure was a clear winner for its pay-as-you-go cost structure, agility, and ease of interoperation with the company’s existing infrastructure. Also, the company was already using Windows and Office applications, so opting for Microsoft made sense.

Azure addressed their modern business objectives such as building true disaster recovery capabilities, supporting SAP analytics without impacting production servers, and improving productivity. “Choosing Microsoft Azure for the workload was definitely the right choice, as it helped us make an impactful business transformation not just limited to technology,” says the IT head.

MSRcosmos set out to deploy SAP S/4HANA, SAP Process Orchestration, SAP Document Service, SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC), and SAP Business Object Data Services on Azure. Within 7 months, MSRcosmos finished the SAP implementation. They then moved on to migrate all the non-SAP workloads and applications from on-premises facilities to Azure.

High availability and real-time reporting

The company was clear from the start in its digital transformation goal of 1) high availability, 2) fast, efficient disaster recovery, and 3) access to real-time operational analytics directly from SAP S/4HANA. To fulfill this goal, they needed a market expert that could support the company’s vision. The company consulted and chose MSRcosmos for their expertise — a Microsoft Gold partner with SAP on Azure advanced specialization.

MSRcosmos worked in collaboration with the client’s IT team and implemented SAP S/4HANA on Azure using active-active, high availability configurations. To maintain service availability during failure the team used SUSE Pacemaker Clusters and fencing API.

The active-active used for SAP HANA now helps the client easily create live reports directly from S/4 without any performance impact to its production system. Azure Load Balancer helps deliver high availability and strong network performance. MSRcosmos also implemented Azure Site Recovery and HANA System Replication solutions that now deliver best-in-class recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) requirements.

SAP S/4HANA active-active on Azure has boosted availability with near-zero maintenance. With ready access to up-to-date reporting into inventory and production, the business now can respond faster to situations with data-driven decisions.

HANA System Replication and Azure Site Recovery, enables the company to test the reliability and availability of SAP environment on Azure.

Increased business agility

By moving to Azure, the company now can easily spin up the SAP S/4HANA instances it needs without worrying about upfront costs. They now possess the flexibility to maintain its fast pace of business as they can test application performance and scale up or down before committing to a long-term arrangement. By spinning up virtual machines for disaster recovery testing and then removing them after the test, the company saves costs of added hardware. The client now have the agility to scale up as needed and ensure that the infrastructure never becomes a bottleneck.

The digital transformation has certainly made them more nimble and agile. With the deployment of SAP on Azure, they have cleared all IT infrastructure roadblocks.

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Construction Company Trims Cost by 40% by Migrating its SAP Workload on Azure


Client Overview

The client is a leading construction and real estate management firm headquartered in the USA. To reduce cost, optimize performance, and speed innovation, the client decided to migrate all its SAP applications to Microsoft Azure. This strategic decision enabled the company to reduce costs by 40 % and improve overall SAP performance.


The client has diversified business. They are active in real estate management, develops and distributes construction materials, and owns and manages the investments and operating properties in collaboration with nine other partners in the USA.

Having widespread dealings, the client was looking for ways to operate its business more cost-effectively. It had earlier moved most of IT workloads, that included its SAP estate, to a third-party hosting facility, but service costs were high with not enough flexibility for the size of their IT operation. They were paying for server resources even when not using them, and over time they hit performance limits. This badly affected the business process and billing.


The client had earlier engaged with MSRComos— a Microsoft Gold partner with SAP on Azure Advanced specialization and had hired us to manage their SAP infrastructure. Our team together with the client assessed the pain points and after a few meetings we suggested them to move their SAP servers to Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure was a unanimous choice as the client was already using Microsoft Office 365 cloud-based productivity applications, and Azure is a totally flexible and highly secure cloud-based, cost-effective platform. Also, choosing Azure would give them the foundation for growth and migration from SAP ECC 6 to a different ERP in the future.

Our team orchestrated the migration planning and executed it over a weekend. Now, the client’s production versions of SAP, SAP ERP, Solution Manager run on Azure Storage, Azure Virtual Machines, and Azure Virtual Network. SAP runs under the Windows Server operating system and the SAP MaxDB database.


Since moving to Azure, the client realized a 40% reduction in its SAP hosting costs as the pricing is consumption-based. Lower IT costs have enabled them to compete with others in a price-sensitive market. Besides, the performance has improved drastically. They can resolve issues in minutes by upgrading to larger Azure Virtual Machines. There is a lot of flexibility than before. Their monthly process which used to take at least two days can now be completed in an hour or two.

Azure provides them a faster, more reliable network link to mobile devices. Employees can access SAP data anytime and update them as and when needed.

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Ensure the Security of Health Data with Azure

Bring the digital transformation in healthcare with new and innovative solutions offered by Microsoft Azure to provide better patient care and cutting-edge medicine.

Challenges Faced by Health Care Industry

Healthcare industries are facing many IT challenges such as minimum data storage, high IT and enterprise operational costs for legacy software. The system often gets attack by hackers, and healthcare data security comes at a risk. In case of emergency, condition likes giving CPR to cardiac patient real-time data access is required. Day by day hospitals is getting overcrowded. They failed to maintain social distancing and are unable to stop the spread of infectious diseases. Many challenges are arising while handling clinical and non-clinical applications with untrained staff. After the COVID-19 shutdown, healthcare centers are overburdened with peak responsibilities. Such as providing medical care and information to the people as everyone became cautious about their health and started consulting with doctors for minor sicknesses.

AZURE services offered by MSRcosmos provide better healthcare experiences and outcomes. Application modernization with AZURE can help to reduce operational costs. Building a secure cloud network minimizes the risk of successful attacks. AZURE-based bot services provide quick and personalized health-related information to the patients or the general public via natural online communication. Azure is expanding capabilities in the hospital context while ensuring the safety of patients and staff.

Business Benefits –

MSRCosmos– partnered with Microsoft, specializes in Cloud migration.

  • The Bot Services not only improves patient interaction to improve COVID-19 care as well as it helps in hospitals in resource management
  • It provides access to Azure servers without actually having to buy, own or maintain them
  • The advanced encryption process improve high security and handle confidential patient’s data resulting in a reduction of cyber attack
  • It offers unlimited data storage, faster data recovery to huge information generated at hospitals
  • Azure helps healthcare industries to migrate their on-premise infrastructure on Azure which brings an overall reduction in expenditure
  • Azure services gather telemetry data from a CPR card to provide valuable, real-time data about the CPR quality and provide precise, supportive feedback to the rescuer, which save the life of a patient with its fast service
  • Power Automate will contribute to employee well-being by reducing the effort required while handling the manual data entry

We, at MSRCosmos, with our cloud-certified tools and technical expertise on SAP and Azure, we are excel in providing better cloud services across the globe by handling challenges efficiently.

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Fastrack Your Retail Industry Business Growth with Azure

Retail Industry

Accelerate retail with AI, advanced analytics, cognitive services and bring agility to business

Challenges Faced by the Retail Industry

One of the first sectors to contract in times of crisis is retail. The operator whose economy is dependent on the sale of food, consumer product, etc. suffering immediately resulted in loss of revenue as consumption fell rapidly. After this pandemic, as per government guidelines, managing the workforce and customers became difficult. Businesses are facing more downtime. Old technologies failed to perform an online operation. Evolving in a continuously changing marketplace and meeting the expectations of each customer, brand migration is highly affecting the business as consumers started buying more online and preferring contactless purchases. Challenges arise in inventory management across physical and web channels. Unsecure payment activities result in more frauds. Businesses suffered a loss in the cold chain due to spoilage and theft.

For retail, AZURE is one such platform that improves customer service and efficiency. It helps retailers to modernize their IT assets by moving to the cloud. That new infrastructure architecture will bring connectivity, consistency, and efficiency required to a company. The AI and cognitive services build an effective, future-ready retail workforce. Power BI and daily Insights contribute to the company’s digital transformation and help to set marketing strategies. The secured transaction gains more trust among the customers. Dynamic 365 generates a quick response to consumer demand reduces the delivery time. It also achieved retail asset protection. It prevents the migration of customers with a loyalty program management. Augmented reality apps can be used for a range of retail activities, such as back-end stocking, providing low-contact shopping alternatives like curbside, home delivery, and demonstrating how to assemble a product to the customers offering an enjoyable and peaceful shopping experience. Azure Data Factory, Azure Data bricks, Azure Data Lake, Power BI, Azure Active Directory, Azure Monitor, and Data Addiction’s IP accelerator lake flow are all used by Data Addiction. Data Addiction may produce Azure resources 30 to 50 percent faster with Lake Flow, keeping a historical record of the data in a cost-effective data lake, and proactively monitor the data with Lake Flow. Azure Data bricks, which uses machine learning to perform real-time big data processing, gives the retailer a considerable speedy edge.

Business Benefits –

MSRcosmos- Microsoft partner that specializes in moving Retail Industries to Azure offers:

  • Prevention of fraudulent payment activity wins the trust of people and makes it more reliable.
  • Ensure employee and customer’s data security which can bring better employee-customer engagement
  • It enables customers and employees to adopt a unified platform and makes workforce management easier.
  • Real-time tracking of goods reduces losses due to spoilage, theft and fastens delivery processes.
  • It increases opportunities for customization and improves the customer experience.
  • Simplifies inventory management with the total technological environment and eliminates downtime at a warehouse resulting in time-saving.

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Modernize your operations by leveraging the power of Microsoft Azure

Logistic Industry

Using a powerful platform like Azure, streamline your entire operations, reach new heights with innovation, and build a one-of-a-kind logistics system that sets new standards for your industry with efficiency. 

Challenges Faced by the Logistics Industry 

The absence of scalable systems in the logistics industry often results in an overall reduction in efficiency. The manual check-in process delays various services such as procurement of goods, distribution, port management, etc. because of all the time-consuming paperwork done and a prolonged waiting time. These outdated business processes slowdowns the rate of improvement as the ageing on-premise infrastructures take up a substantial amount of time in monitoring and maintaining all the data. When it comes to cybersecurity, the industry cannot afford to compromise on the same as it matters equally on the ocean as it did on the cloud. Microsoft Azure, with its world-class security features, helps overcome this problem. 

For any industry, especially logistics, moving the internal IT resources to a flexible and scalable cloud platform helps achieve optimal business performance and delivers innovation. But the major concern remains the cost associated with it.  

MSRcosmos along with Azure makes this journey smooth and ensures state-of-the-art agility, security and recoverability of data while reducing costs and upgrading the infrastructure. MSRcosmos conducts a detailed evaluation of the existing infrastructure and drafts a plan accordingly to complete the migration without any data latency and with minimum downtime. 

Business Benefits – 

  • Moving to Microsoft Azure guarantees a great SAP performance and AI innovation. It makes real contributions to business agility and helps it stay ahead of the competition. 
  • Improves freight processing time by replacing paper-based check-in processes for deliveries and provides live data throughout the warehouse and front offices. 
  • Azure offers substantial operational benefits and a robust, modern technology foundation with additional layers of security. 
  • The integrated security features of Microsoft Azure strengthens the security layers, identifies hidden risks both on-premise and in the cloud, and automates routine tasks so the security team can focus on innovation. 
  • The payment process becomes better and faster using Azure as the system reads payment data from the payment partner and matches it against incoming deliveries. This alerts customers at sign-in if a payment is required and ensures a secure, speedy and smooth transaction. 
  • Replaces paper-based check-in by automated check-in which makes pick-ups and drop-offs of cargo become seamless. 
  • Halves disaster recovery time and boosts the availability of key systems. 
  • The migration helps the company to leverage a host of advanced Azure services including Azure PaaS and AI capabilities that add high business value and differentiation. 

Along with the above listed wholesome benefits and the advantage of pay-as-you-go service, Azure strategizes for innovation by delivering performance and flexibility that helps your business evolve in ways that are meaningful. 

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Azure: Stake of tomorrow’s tech world

In the tech world, Azure started spreading its roots very widely. The reason which is responsible for it is its reachability across the globe with a vast range of data centers and regions covered. It has more regulatory and security certifications, as well as SLAs and indemnification for a huge proportion of its core services. One of the main reasons for the growth of Microsoft Azure is its largest partner network

After the pandemic, the global importance of automation of things is realized to reduce human intervention and effort, so Microsoft Azure had targeted to make hardware more efficient, flexible, and scalable in a cost-effective way. It gives more options, customization, and cost savings to customers. Azure will continue to offer the option of purchasing services directly from the company.

In 2025, Microsoft is preparing for the proliferation of smart homes, smart offices, and smart cities with the Internet of things(IoT), Business Intelligence(BI), Machine Learning(ML), Artificial Intelligence(AI). The Internet of Things (IoT) will give way to the ‘Internet of Everything’. AI will connect people to their devices, offices, and cities, which it estimates will generate 250 petabytes of data per day So many of the systems running on the cloud for data storage so, Microsoft is an innovative machine when it comes to the cloud Microsoft made Azure the backbone of big data clusters, advanced analytics, BI services, machine learning, and AI.

Security is the most important concern when dealing with large amounts of data, Microsoft prioritizes cybersecurity research and development and invests more than USD 1 billion annually. Microsoft is planning for virtual machines which should encrypt temp disks, caches, and data flows between computing and storage resources. Azure is improving to save time spent on due diligence and reference checking. Increasing the efficiency of threat intelligence workflows and the overall visibility of threats targeting the organization. Microsoft envisions building super OS. Microsoft Azure in health care increases security, scales faster, and improves data coordination.

Microsoft intends to bring open-source cloud hardware to reality with one of its projects Olympus. This project aims to design an open-source cooperative cloud infrastructure standard that will provide data center and enterprise services. They are trying to design that standards should be CPU independent and minimizing the dependency of software developers on hardware drivers and CPU specifications. It has Targeted the Creation of hardware to be robust, flexible, as well as scalable in terms of capacity.

Microsoft overlooks ways to accelerate their workloads for the available flash storage. The cost of SSD deployment is reduced with Denali’s split approach. Besides that, Denali allows the development of both hardware and software for datacentre applications. Development of dedicated silicon capable of managing data across entire datacentres at high speeds using Denali-compliant SSDs will be possible.

Microsoft’s Cerberus is focusing on providing a safeguard for all platform firmware. In the entire process of pre-boot to runtime, it serves as a hardware root of trust for motherboard firmware (UEFI BIOS, BMC, Options ROMs) and peripheral I/O devices by imposing stricter access control and verification of the integrity

Ultimately, Microsoft Azure will be a critical enabler of the next technology wave, data, and AI as it has evolved into an essential infrastructure for the connected world.

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