Microsoft Datacenters in the Middle East

Microsoft’s new datacenter regions

Microsoft is investing strongly in the global digital transformation and economic growth, launching two new datacenter regions in the Middle East. The cloud services are being delivered by the two new cloud locations, in Abu Dhabi and Dubai:

ME MS Cloud regions
Microsoft launched two new datacenter regions in the Middle East.

Azure and Office 365 are already available from the Middle East, since the launch of the datacenters last week, with Dynamics 365 and Power Platform following by the end of 2019.

The importance of the cloud

Microsoft’s cloud already serves more than a billion customers and 20 million businesses across the world. With these two new regions, the organization aims to increase this number even further – as a recent Microsoft study unveiled that 70% of the organizations in the Middle East plan to migrate their IT infrastructure to the cloud by 2020.

The two new datacenters are especially interesting for government organizations and enterprises residing in the UAE that need to comply with their in-country regulations. Having cloud regions in Abu Dhabi and Dubai allows for them to transition to the cloud while maintaining security and meeting compliance needs.

Furthermore, these new regions are expected to create more than half a million jobs in the region by 2022:

“We are working closely with governments in the region to ensure both businesses and individuals are appropriately skilled to take advantage of these opportunities, and we are aligning a number of these initiatives to our new datacentres in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.”

Samer Abu-Ltaif, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa.

What are you waiting for to start your SAP datacenter transformation?

By moving your SAP landscape to the cloud, organizations are able to:

  • Achieve significant cost savings in CAPEX and OPEX;
  • Increase their ability to react to innovations and
  • Prepare for the upcoming S/4HANA migration.

Have we aroused your interest in migrating your SAP landscapes to the Microsoft Cloud? Contact us so we can discuss further advantages personally!: https://www.itpcgroup.com/contact/

For more information on SAP on Cloud visit: SAP on Cloud or www.saponazure.cloud

Source: The official Microsoft announcement about the new datacenter regions in the Middle East: https://news.microsoft.com/en-xm/features/microsoft-opens-two-more-datacentre-regions-in-the-middle-east-and-africa-strengthening-its-cloud-footprint-in-the-region/

Microsoft Swiss Data Centers: Update

Today, we were invited by Microsoft Switzerland to a very special event dedicated to all communication and marketing managers from the Microsoft Partner Network. The goal of this information- and networking-event was to inform us in first-hand about the current status of the Swiss data centers and the planned activities for the launch of the highly anticipated Microsoft Cloud in Switzerland.

Much has happened since Microsoft first communicated the launch of the Cloud in Switzerland, but they have been quite secretive about the details of this launch. Unfortunately, there are still many things they cannot tell us (yet) and others that, even though we know, we cannot share with you (yet). But here is what we you can know so far:

Microsoft is right on schedule

Even though there is no specific and public date yet, Microsoft is on schedule with the plan: the launch of the Swiss datacenters will take place in 2019! We will be informed of the exact launch date in time and the launch itself will be, of course, celebrated and communicated accordingly.

Advantages of the Swiss datacenter

The Microsoft Cloud in Switzerland brings many advantages, from which Microsoft highlights the following:

  • Compliance
  • Data residency
  • Performance

The Swiss datacenters are especially interesting for highly regulated industries which require for the data to be saved and remain locally. Microsoft’s new Cloud is FINMA-compliant, displaying the highest security standards.

Two locations in Switzerland

Microsoft is launching two data centers, which are paired within Switzerland, based in the greater Zurich- and Geneva-areas:

For security reasons, the exact location is kept under high confidentiality – even within Microsoft itself. However, both data centers are deliberately set up at a distance of approximately 200km from each other for geo-redundancy reasons. This ensures, for instance, disaster recovery scenarios.

Have we aroused your interest in migrating your SAP landscapes to the Microsoft Cloud based in Switzerland? Contact us so we can discuss further advantages personally!: https://www.itpcgroup.com/contact/

For more information on SAP on Azure, visit: www.saponazure.cloud

Read the official Microsoft announcement of the Swiss datacenters: https://news.microsoft.com/de-ch/2018/03/14/microsoft-cloud-services-expand-in-europe-including-new-swiss-datacenters/

Mission Migration 2025

Launch with us to SAP S/4HANA!

We have joined forces with Microsoft Azure, Red Hat, SoftwareONE and Adfinis SyGroup to smooth transition to SAP S/4HANA for our customers.

Together, we offer a complete solution for the migration from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA running on Microsoft Azure, including managed services, licensing and cloud consumption.

With Mission Migration, we cover services before during and after the migration to SAP S/4HANA.

You can find an overview of our services and determine your migration status on the following flyer or on our website:
www.mission-migration.com

Mission-Migration Flyer

Visit SAP on Cloud and S/4HANA transformation for more information on our services.

Interview with IT Markt

Want to get to know our CEO, Vincenzo Boesch a bit better?

Then read the short interview he did with IT Markt (in German):


The interview is published here:
https://www.it-markt.ch/news/2019-03-17/sieben-fragen-an-vincenzo-boesch-gruender-und-ceo-von-itpc

For more information on our team, visit https://www.itpcgroup.com/about-itpc/our-team/.

SOLHANA Operation

Being on S/4HANA does not mean it is time to rest: your SAP systems still need to be constantly monitored and regularly updated to secure seamless operation of your business. Daily system checks and regular monitoring activities, as well as pro-active working and thinking ahead, help identifying potential problems at an early stage and prevent them on time.

SOLHANA – short for „Solutions for HANA“- is a single point of contact for organizations searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. SOLHANA covers the broad expertise needed to offer independent hardware or public cloud evaluations, Linux systems engineering and maintenance, SAP migrations as well as SAP operations.

SOLHANA’s deep business domain expertise and experience in both SAP and Linux guarantee the smooth operation of your SAP S/4HANA landscape. The SOLHANA experts provide SAP technology and application managed services on 24 × 7 × 365 basis to support and maintain your SAP S/4HANA environments, delivering high-quality services with maximum flexibility, efficiency and scalability of operations.

Within the framework of our Service Level Agreements (SLA), SOLHANA offers comprehensive support and monitoring services, tailored to your individual requirements and wishes.

SOLHANA Operation

Services and SLAs:

  • Maintenance & support 5 × 24h, 7 × 24h or customized, available per SAP system.
  • Technical support: various alternatives, ranging from proactive monitoring, securing uninterrupted operation of systems up to full management of your entire SAP landscape.
  • Application support: attractive packages, which can be extended to include change requests and additional projects. A ticket-based processing is recommended for low ticket volumes.

SOLHANA provides fast, professional and reliable support in line with your requirements so you can fully concentrate on your core business.

Contact us now for more information about the SOLHANA Operation!

Are you not on S/4HANA yet, but want to prepare for your upcoming migration to S/4HANA? We can assist you with that as well! Visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation to see how!

SOLHANA Migration

SOLHANA – short for ‘Solutions for HANA’ – is a single point of contact for companies searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. SOLHANA covers the broad expertise needed to offer independent hardware or public cloud evaluations, Linux systems engineering and maintenance, SAP migrations as well as SAP operations. SOLHANA’s approach and deep business domain expertise in both SAP and Linux facilitates a structured framework for your business to move to the next generation of SAP ERP Suite. Our dedicated team of consultants will accelerate your journey to S/4HANA with the following 6-step migration process.

The SOLHANA Migration includes the following 6 steps:

SOLHANA Migration Process

1. Preparation

Preparatory steps for the migration are executed on the source system and the business processes of the organization are revised.

2. Design

The ideal architecture deployment is designed in detail, including the backup solution, the desired software components and a cost overview of the project.

3. Planning

A holistic S/4HANA migration roadmap is laid out, with respect to timeframe, sequence of events and area of responsibility.

4. Pilot

A pilot migration is carried out to finalize the plan and for the organization to gain experience with HANA.

5. Migration

The migration of the current SAP ERP to S/4HANA is carried out and the business processes of the organization are tailored to leverage the new system capabilities.

6. After Go-Live Support

Postmigration support to ensure the S/4HANA landscapes are performing as required. As every organization’s migration path is unique, this process is tailored for each organization. SOLHANA recognizes that priorities vary and each organization needs to determine the right timetable for its specific requirements.

Contact us now for more information about the SOLHANA Migration!

Are you not ready to migrate yet, but want to prepare for your upcoming migration to S/4HANA with an assessment? We can assist you with that as well! Visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation to see how!

What companies need in order to start their ‘HANA on Azure’ journey

On our event ‘HANA on Azure’, in Zurich, manufacturers and service providers showed what companies need to consider when switching to HANA: New skills, Linux, cloud readiness and good planning are needed.

Did you miss the event? Don’t worry, you can read about the topics covered in this article from Netzwoche! (in German)

‘The effort for the migration to S/4HANA should not be underestimated. The company’s central IT systems have to be migrated during ongoing operations, new skills, new hardware, a new operating system and good planning are required, as Nicolas Christener, CEO of Adfinis SyGroup, said in his presentation. Together with ITPC, Adfinis SyGroup founded the joint venture “SOLHANA” (Solutions for HANA). Solhana is designed to help companies make the transition.

Adfinis SyGroup brings its experience in the Linux world to the partnership, ITPC contributes its expertise as an SAP technology consultant, as ITPC CEO Vincenzo Boesch said. Together, the two IT service providers put together a package that ranges from an assessment of the necessary technical and functional measures to the actual migration of the workloads to S/4HANA to the operation and support of the new ERP landscape. ITPC also offers various cloud services for SAP HANA on Azure – from archiving subsystems to complete operation in the cloud.’

Vincenzo Boesch at the HANA on Azure event
Vincenzo Boesch advises companies on the use of SAP solutions in the cloud. (Source: Netzwoche)

Read the published press release on IT Reseller here:

https://www.netzwoche.ch/news/2019-01-16/wie-unternehmen-den-sprung-in-die-neue-sap-welt-schaffen

Visit https://www.itpcgroup.com/services/s-4hana-transformation/ for more information on how we can assist you on your S/4HANA transformation.

Partnership with license advisor Crayon

SAP is a very complex topic, which is only tackled by a few consultants in Switzerland. This makes it even more important to find the right partners for the various aspects of SAP. For this purpose, Crayon and ITPC have decided to start a partnership which optimally complements each other, covering all the customer’s SAP needs.

In this collaboration, Crayon will focus on the long-term optimization of SAP software licenses, so that customers only license what they need, while guaranteeing that compliance is consistently covered. On the other hand, ITPC ensures that customer SAP platforms are solidly installed, supported, maintained and managed both on-premise and on the cloud.

With both parties at the customer’s side, SAP licenses and infrastructure is ideally covered, including topics such as cloud readiness, database migration and optimization services, contributing to customer profitability. Thus, it is safe to say that Crayon and ITPC start the new year with a win-win-win situation!

CEOs from ITPC and Crayon Vincenzo Boesch (left) and Rolf Stadler (right) announcing their partnership. (Source: Crayon)
Crayon Logo

Read the published press release on IT Reseller here: IT Reseller: Crayon und ITPC (DE)

Visit https://www.itpcgroup.com/about-itpc/partnerships/ for further partnerships.

SAP on Azure

Migrating your SAP landscape to Microsoft Azure can:

  • Lead to cost savings in capital expenditure and operating expenses
  • Increase your ability to react to innovations
  • Prepare you for your upcoming S/4HANA migration

ITPC is Microsoft Gold Partner with Gold Cloud Platform competency and certified Cloud Solution Provider (CSP). As a Microsoft certified CSP partner we are entitled to sell Microsoft cloud services along with our own offerings and services. We will own the complete customer lifecycle through direct billing, provisioning, management and support.

ITPC is more than just a Cloud migration partner. With ITPC you get one solution provider to take complete care of all your SAP infrastructure challenges, from migration planning to post-migration operations support in a 5-step migration process.

Watch the short video to learn how we take care of your migration to Microsoft Azure:

The migration to the Cloud consists of the following 5 steps:

1. Cloud Readiness and Governance

2. Design & Sizing of SAP infrastructure

3. Pilot of SAP on Azure

4. Migration to Microsoft Azure

5. Managed services & Operations

Contact us now for more information about the migration to Azure!

For more information about the advantages of migrating your SAP landscapes to the Microsoft Cloud, visit saponazure.cloud or SAP on Cloud.

SOLHANA Assessment

SOLHANA – short for „Solutions for HANA“- is a single point of contact for organizations searching for a service provider to plan, implement and operate SAP S/4HANA in their organization. Through a unique assessment, our SAP architect experts will provide you with the optimal SAP architecture design, the best possible migration path to S/4HANA and its effects on your company’s business processes.

Watch the short video to learn more about the SOLHANA Assessment and how we can help you prepare for your upcoming migration to S/4HANA:

The SOLHANA Assessment includes the following 6 steps:

SOLHANA Assessment Process

1. The kick-off meeting

Assessment process is explained in detail.

2. Current situation – what are your requirements?

Intensive workshop to understand the organization’s situation in the following dimensions:

  • Current SAP: how does your current SAP landscape look?
  • Modifications: which adjustments to your current SAP were made?
  • Infrastructure requirements: what specifications do you need of S/4HANA?

3. Business transformation to SAP S/4HANA

The upgrade to S/4HANA is analysed from a functional perspective:

  • Process workshop: what are the (core) business processes of your company?
  • Presentation of new features in S/4HANA: which innovations does S/4HANA have?
  • Delta workshops: which innovations of S/4HANA have an effect on your business processes?
  • Greenfield vs. brownfield: How should the transition to SAP S/4HANA look like?

4. S/4HANA architecture design and deployment options

1-3 proposals for a future architecture design are worked out based on the organization’s requirements for SAP S/4HANA.

5. Roadmap to SAP S/4HANA

A high-level plan of migration to SAP S/4HANA with milestones and approximate dates is developed. This helps organizations to plan and guide their transition to SAP S/4HANA in terms of invested time and objectives to be met.

6. Assessment review and closure

The results of the previous sections – SAP S/4HANA readiness check, overview of the new features in S/4HANA related to your business processes, architecture design proposals, conversion path options, a roadmap to SAP S/4HANA – are presented to the organization’s management and summarized in a report. These documents can serve as a basis for the management’s decisions on how to move forward.

Contact us now for more information about the SOLHANA Assessment!

Have you already completed an assessment and are ready to migrate to S/4HANA? We can assist you with that as well! Visit www.solhana.com or S/4HANA Transformation to see how!