Defining cloud migration success starts with setting business objectives and establishing key performance indicators (KPIs) that should meet what the business aims to achieve. In agile, think of business objectives as the Definition of Done where deliverables are discussed with the teams involved to build a common understanding of work completion. On the other hand, think of KPIs as acceptance criteria that need to be satisfied before a particular deliverable can be considered complete.
Migrating databases to the cloud requires rigorous planning especially when it involves mission-critical applications like SAP. From understanding the source application environment up until the deployment of application components in the target cloud environment and monitoring your newly migrated systems on the cloud, you need to plan your database migration with more thoroughness and precision.
Cloud migration may sound as simple as migrating resources from a physical to a virtual infrastructure. However, migrating to the cloud means a lot of different things. While it's true, in concept, that you move resources from on-premises to a virtualized environment, it is not as straightforward as it looks like. It can mean migrating resources to a private or a public cloud. Moreover, virtualization can exist without cloud computing, but not the other way around.
Co-authored by OZSOFT and IT-Conductor Team
In the last year or so IT-Conductor has been working with several partners and customers to enable smarter SAP migration delivery - especially to cloud platforms such as Microsoft Azure and AWS. We are involved at the beginning phases of Assessment through Performance validation, Migration & Monitoring. As we like to phrase it APM-4-APM: Application Performance Management for Assessment of Performance, Planning and Migration.
We Found an Easier Way than the Easiest
Last year we wrote about The Easiest Migration to SAP on AWS, now we hate to say it, but we were wrong! After 17 years of doing SAP Migrations, now we found an EASIER way and we can go from any platform to any cloud and vice-versa! Why not? Even SAP is moving its own systems to a public cloud.
IT-Conductor is about IT Process Automation, so we get excited about automation technologies. SAP OS DB Migration has always been a pain, and will probably be as long as customers run business critical applications on it and have complex infrastructures. Since the early 2000's we have worked very complex migrations for SAP, SUN, IBM, and many large global customers and just when the tools and process get easier there comes new challenges of going to the cloud. There are so many cloud platforms today including SAP, AWS, VMware, Azure, GCP, IBM Softlayer, CenturyLink, and many more that supports SAP. The question becomes how do we standardize the way we migrate there in an automated fashion, without having to deal with all the technical hurdles of each cloud, as well as have options to go back if we don't like the new platform. We'll admit, we're agnostic, we want solutions to work with everything, Any-to-Any!
BW Migration to HANA
We have taken careful steps to plan, prepare, perform and publish the process of upgrading and migrating BW to SAP HANA so that you will gain further understanding of the effort and major considerations. This week we continue with Part 2. These slides will be compiled into an eBook after we publish the final part 3, and be available for download then.
If HANA migration is in your roadmap for your current SAP environments (not new implementation), then they would likely fit into one of three scenarios below: