July 14, 2021

Five Benefits of Using Google Cloud For Your SAP Digital Transformation Journey

Megan Ferringer

When SAP announced a 2027 end-of-support deadline for Business Suite 7 software, a move from SAP ECC 6.0 to SAP S/4HANA was no longer a matter of “if” but “when” and “how.” In fact, a recent SAPinsider survey revealed that a majority of respondents (61%) who have not started using S/4HANA are currently using ECC.

While 2027 is still a few years away, the reality is that making the move to S/4HANA sooner rather than later can greatly benefit your business with more agility and innovation. And for many companies, that move also means taking a closer look at finally migrating systems off-premises and onto the cloud—and the right partner to help you get there.

There are several cloud vendors you can partner with on your journey from ECC to S4/HANA, and the right one for your company depends on your IT objectives and business goals. So, how do you know where to start?

In this blog post, we highlight five areas where Google Cloud delivers as a cloud platform for SAP digital transformation — and the top benefits you can expect by leveraging its features, technology and support.

Five Google Cloud Benefits for Your SAP Digital Transformation

1. Cost Savings

With its myriad of automation capabilities and deep expertise in workload optimization, Google Cloud can help you run an efficient and cost-effective infrastructure. In fact, on Navisite’s recent webinar “From ECC to S/4HANA: Top Benefits of Google Cloud for SAP,” Edy Sardilli, Global Strategic Alliances and Business Development Lead for SAP Google, highlighted the low total cost of ownership SAP customers can expect with a move to Google Cloud. Based on information gleaned from customer ECC migrations and S/4HANA Greenfield and Brownfield implementations, once on Google Cloud, partners like Navisite can help companies achieve a 30-40% lower TCO compared to on-premises deployments.

2. Innovation

Google Cloud has a strong alliance with SAP—and the relationship is built around co-innovation and co-engineering. As a result, Google Cloud customers benefit from consistent cloud and technology innovation. In fact, Google Cloud has made recent advancements in the areas of SAP integrations, modernization, and analytics and application modernization extensibility. For example, SAP customers report a 65% reduction in staff time to deploy SAP applications to Google Cloud thanks to its tight collaboration and commitment to innovation. Last year, SAP also announced the first ever SAP data center powered by Google Cloud infrastructure.

3. Proven Technology

Google’s strong analytics platform has been in business for 20 years, and the company has emerged as a world leader in data and analytics. Google Cloud has taken the company’s best-in-class analytics, machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data capabilities, along with infrastructure innovation associated with the analytics platform, and brought them to SAP workloads.

4. Customer-First Approach

Google Cloud operates with a customer-centric model and is highly committed to customer success. To this end, Google Cloud has focused on bringing the right SAP expertise on board to support customers. The cloud provider has hired SAP engineers, SAP customer support, SAP business development and SAP customer engineers across the globe—all with the end goal of helping customers successfully implement S/4HANA.

5. Security

Google Cloud is a secure global network, boasting more than 800 security engineers tasked with keeping customer data safe. Google Cloud supports global VPCs, which are private customer networks that span multiple regions, allowing customers to communicate with internal addresses—without deploying additional servers at each location. It also automatically encrypts data at rest and in transit, without any additional effort from the customer. All of these things give companies peace of mind that their SAP environments are completely secure on Google Cloud.

To discover the full list of reasons why Google Cloud is a great option for your SAP digital transformation, check out our recent webinar “From ECC to S/4HANA: Top Benefits of Google Cloud for SAP.”

As a recognized Google Cloud Partner in the Partner Advantage program and an authorized managed service provider on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Navisite is here to help you migrate and run your business on Google Cloud, or any other cloud vendor. Contact us today for more or check out why you should choose Navisite as your trusted Google Cloud partner.

About Megan Ferringer

Megan is the Content Marketing Manager at Navisite with more than 10 years of experience helping brands discover and tell their stories. From working at a global non-profit organization to boutique marketing agencies in Chicago, she champions the power of storytelling across all industries.