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Cordys Cloud: Agility to ERP, unlock your SAP installation

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Mon, 01 Jul 2013 05:03:00 GMT-05:00



Blog post by Theodoor van Donge

In my last blog post, the focus was primarily on the development
frameworks we offer in our Cordys Cloud offering. In this blog, we
will focus on the theme: “Agility to ERP – unlock your SAP installation”.

In this context, I like to use the metaphor of a car: Cordys provides
the ideal solution to connect the ERP engine to other business
critical. In other words, it means leveraging existing systems and
investments but still drive business efficiency and start innovating
by blending SAP systems with other on-premise applications as well as
cloud services.

In this blog post, I will touch upon the remaining aspects of James
Staten’s 2013 predictions “We will Finally Get Real About Cloud’
which he recently made on in the context of ‘Agility to ERP’.

You might remember these points from my previous post about James
Staten’s 2013 predictions:

What does ‘Agility to ERP’ mean? Ever thought about this? Pretty
‘open-door’ questions I would say, but you have to think about it twice.

The roadmap of the ERP vendors highlights the fact that it completely
fulfills all your dreams for the coming years, and it feels pretty
safe, that somebody else is thinking about your business problems. But
is that the right attitude? Do you know that adopting new releases of
ERP software is a huge investment, especially when you have created
your own version of it by customizing the ERP software? Well, if you
de-customize your ERP software and take it as standard software as it
was developed, you could achieve a big improvement in Total Cost of
Ownership. You could also add customizations to your ERP system to
support your true business advantage. Cordys BOP is ‘the’ agile
platform you could be looking for to design, implement, innovate and
improve those additional capabilities for your enterprise.

With Cordys you can:

Cordys enables faster delivery of new applications, processes and
solutions developed for specific business needs, while safeguarding
the core ERP functionality. The Cordys platform is offered as a cloud
service or can be run on-premise. This gives you innovation at lower
cost with improved flexibility and agility, speed of change in your
business operations and allows your company to differentiate from your
competitors using the same ERP back-end.

Let me talk about each of the highlighted Staten’s 2013 predictions:

We’ll stop stressing
about cloud SLAs:
Fully agreed, you can use our
platform to build your solutions, depending on the complexity of the
solution, which differs per business process definition or even per
process instance (importance of customer or value of contract). It is
very difficult to place all this in contracts. The Cordys BOP
scale-out architecture gives you always enough room to scale.

We’ll get real about
cost modeling:
The point James Staten is making is
right, but this is a challenge for the providers. There is a minimal
cost that needs to be covered, but we have to continuously make this
lower. Supporting the customer’s expansion/reduction plans is vital.

We’ll get real about
using the cloud for backup and Disaster Recovery (DR):

Yes, Cloud centers and networks can have problems. Offering a DR
capability for your Smart Process Applications is a necessity.

We’ll stop equating
cloud with commodity:
Many business services,
especially when they are oriented to support the value chain of your
enterprise, are much better supported with a cloud-based offering.
These offerings deal with complexities like: multi-organizations
aspects, role aspects, connectivity aspects, organization specific
customizations, etc and not just commodity solutions as such. It’s all
about simplifying complexity and Cloud is a big contributor to that.

We’ll stop equating
cloud with Amazon Web Service (AWS):
Although AWS has
set the benchmark for the industry; many more aspects need to be
considered when choosing a Cloud center. Probably a ‘local’ Cloud
center is a better choice. Distance, good contacts, low latency, and
such others need to be considered as well. Another good alternative
can be offered by your preferred Systems Integrator, many of them have
a Cloud service. They have good knowledge of your solution, your
requirements, etc. In my blog BOP-in-the-Cloud I
have mentioned about this as well.

We’ll acknowledge that
advanced virtualization is a good thing, and no, it’s not a
Sure we have a hybrid deployment pattern. That’s
the strength of the Cordys Cloud offering, you can extend your
existing solutions deployed in your data center with Cloud based
solution. By doing so, you can rapidly extend the existing IT solutions.

I’ll end this blog post with a great video that explains how a
leading aircraft manufacturer extended SAP to keep its aircraft
flying, improved the quality of service and supported global customer service:

In my next blog, I would like to talk about the rise of Industry
specific models for process, capabilities, entities and what its
impact could be.

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