The client is a leading information technology outsourcing company headquartered in the USA. They provide technology solutions, from ideation to execution to Global clients.
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
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.
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.
A leading American supply chain firm that creates world-changing technology solutions.
The customer experienced challenges with its on-premise enterprise SAP production system workloads. The firm was unable to scale to changing market requirements and respond faster to their consumer needs. The existing on-premises IT environment created constraints in terms of flexibility and responsiveness to the growing business needs. They wanted an agile, secure, cost-efficient, and scalable IT enterprise environment that could address these challenges. They consulted MSRcosmos, a Microsoft Gold partner with SAP on Azure Advanced specialization, to help migrate their on-premise SAP production system workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
Without much delay, MSRcosmos’ IT team got into action. After demonstrating two mock-ups and obtaining backups of the existing systems we migrated the customer’s mission-critical production system workloads to Microsoft Azure. MSRcosmos using its innovative service delivery model and SAP Cloud Assessment and Transformation framework implemented an effortless migration to Azure.
During the initial phase, our team looked after coordination between various program stakeholders, which included IT solution architects and OS, support teams. MSRcosmos’ strategic partnerships with Microsoft and SAP and domain and transformation capabilities, enabled standardization and modernization of the customer’s IT infrastructure with a digital core while ensuring business continuity.
MSRcosmos’ service delivery model and SAP Cloud Assessment and Transformation framework ensured a disruption-free migration to the cloud. Transitioning SAP applications to the cloud gives the firm a digital foundation to 1. deepen its business insights, 2. unlock new opportunities, and 3. build new business models.
Benefits and Outcome
The migration resulted in the following benefits-
- Implementation of automation resulting in a reduction in manual effort by 40%
- 30% reduction in SAP infrastructure maintenance spend annually
- Improved availability and performance of the IT environment with the ability to scale
- Strengthened compliance with information security standards
About the Customer
The client is a leading manufacturer of food & beverage in the US, with over 2,000+ employees working at their different facilities and centers. They have a global presence in more than 100 countries.
The client wanted to discontinue their dependency on their on-premise data centers and wanted to shut down the existing 3 data centers. Therefore, the client decided to embrace the public cloud for its various benefits. They kickstarted the technology transformation program with the objective to migrate all their enterprise workloads into a single cloud environment.
A high degree of complexity was posed during the migration journey due the heterogeneous composition of the on-premise infrastructure. While the company was prepared with a variety of solutions in place throughout their locations, for support: from fully outsourced external data centers, to production plants and internally managed data centers, but was unsure of the expertise the project would require.
The client, therefore, sought a solution partner who could manage the complexity of the transition and at the same time ensure smooth migration to the cloud. The task required an impressive amount of expertise to migrate a workload of hundreds of operating systems instances (Windows, AIX) and database instances (MSSQL, Oracle), nearly 120 TB of storage, and more than 60 applications.
Solution & Benefits
MSRcosmos was consulted as we belonged to the Microsoft Gold Partner Network. Our team, leveraging its proprietary methodology and best practices, ran a 3 months long assessment & planning and prepared the cloud foundation on Azure to host the workloads. We then migrated according to a 5 waves plan encompassing an elapsed of 6 months. The waves leveraged Azure Migrate, IAAS, and Data Migration Assistant technologies to address the needs of Lift & Shift and Replatform.
With the adoption of Microsoft Azure, the company is now taking all the advantages and opportunities enabled by the public cloud:
- Infrastructure innovation with ease of management granting scalability
- Improved reliability and security with geographical disaster recovery
- Increased agility and speed owing to the Infrastructure-as-Code automation
- Reduction of energy consumption and carbon footprint, due to high efficiency of Azure Datacenters