Cloud adoption has become the new standard in 2020. In Germany alone, almost 92% of all companies are either using or considering using cloud services. While the migration to Commerce Cloud v2 becomes necessary for on-premise users, it also brings clear benefits to your business.
Cloud offers full accessibility to data, data recovery and flexibility, relieves the IT staff and helps to cut costs. The choice for cloud is one that 9 out of 10 companies is making according to research by 451. The average business runs 38% of workloads in public and 41% in private cloud, RightScale reports. From the very start, SAP has been on top of this trend, transforming from a software licenses vendor into a leading cloud services vendor.
SAP COMMERCE CLOUD MIGRATION AHEAD
With the SAP Commerce Cloud solution now available as Commerce Cloud v2 running on Microsoft’s Azure platform, cloud migration becomes necessary for on-premise or Commerce Cloud v1 users. Starting with release 1905, provided in May 2019, SAP Commerce on-premise is planned following an annual release cadence. SAP Commerce Cloud v2 is planned following a monthly release Cadence, using Cloud Extension Packs (CEP). CEP includes new innovations for SAP Commerce Cloud v2 customers. To prevent an untimely, forced migration and to reap the benefits of cloud early on, a cloud migration to Commerce Cloud v2 within the next 12 to 18 months is strongly recommended.
PLANNING YOUR ON-PREMISE TO CLOUD MIGRATION - 5 KEY QUESTIONS
Whether you want to wait for SAP’s support for on-premise to run out or plan cloud migration according to your business needs, depends on the following five key questions:
The answers to these questions will help you determine how timely your cloud migration to SAP Commerce Cloud v2 (CCv2) should be. In addition, there are clear business benefits to consider as well.
Compared with on-premise or the SAP Commerce Cloud v1 (CCv1) installations, choosing for CCv2 comes wit the following business benefits:
The existing back-end integration in SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Suite makes implementation quick and easy. Integration with other cloud solutions like Marketing and Sales becomes much easier than ever before.
CCv2 runs on Microsoft Azure cloud infrastructure with database-as-a-service (Azure SQL). This offers scalability to meet traffic demands and smooth out peaks and committed low page and API response times at a low TCO.
Rapid onboarding and simplified operations allow for faster time-to-market. The self-service auto-deployment portal with continuous delivery/integration pipeline makes your organization flexible and provides true business agility.
With fixes and updates installed in short iterations, you can rely on working with the most up to date version of SAP CX available.
Dedicated to providing security at the highest levels available, CCv2 complies with the SAP Cloud Security mandate with a five-star rating.
With the benefits for migrating from SAP Commerce Cloud on-premise to Commerce Cloud v2 clear, your next question will be on the licensing model. Unfortunately, the impact on licensing costs will vary from customer to customer. As an experienced SAP partner, we’re happy to help you clarify the consequences of migrating to CCv2.Please reach out to us for any questions on licensing and support continuation.
You start with considering the business and system requirements. The assessment is an overarching process that encompasses organizational readiness as well as a code review by an experienced SAP Commerce Solution Architect. These actions are typically taken in an assessment for cloud readiness:
The actual migration preparation depends on the defined requirements. With this, we create a cutover plan that lists all the activities and their dependencies. It may include an upgrade to the latest v6.7 version and describes whether refactoring/code adaption is needed. We prepare on your data and media transformation and check the 3rd party configurations. Last but not least comes Testing and User Acceptance Testing (UAT):
Finally, the conversion can begin according to a well set up planning. Key tasks include code migration, data and media migration and sanity checks:
Your SAP cloud migration requires careful planning and execution. As an experienced SAP partner with hundreds of delivered projects, SQLI is best suited to make your SAP cloud migration successful.
Ready to migrate your SAP Commerce Cloud on-premise to CCv2? Or do you have specific questions on licensing and requirements you need addressing first? Our SAP experts can support you in any phase of your cloud migration. Contact us to set up a consultation session. We’re dedicated to your digital success by ensuring a smooth transition to the cloud.
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