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SAP Cloud Migration: 4 Trends to Watch


There’s no doubt that SAP migration to cloud and the evaluation of SAP S/4HANA are top of mind for enterprises globally. In fact, as SAP phases out its maintenance of legacy SAP systems in the next five years, companies will have to embrace modernization.

As companies increasingly migrate to the cloud and update their systems, we have identified emerging SAP cloud migration, and modernization, trends.

In this article, we’ll explore four of these trends seen most prominently across industries:

  • Hybrid cloud models
  • Sustainability as a business priority
  • Low-code/no-code
  • Increased focus on process mining
  • Popularity of edge computing

Quick Takeaways

  • A large majority of organizations migrating to the cloud are using hybrid cloud solutions.
  • Sustainability and the reduction of companies’ carbon footprints will be an increasingly prevalent priority during SAP cloud migrations.
  • Low-code/no-code tools will be used more widely in the coming months and years as companies seek higher levels of agility.
  • Process mining is a key part of SAP cloud migration that allows companies to optimize processes and align them with modernized systems.
  • Edge computing is a component of hybrid cloud operating that increases the speed at which IoT devices deliver data.

Four SAP Cloud Migration Trends to Watch For

Hybrid models 

Cloud migration has been a major player in digital transformation over the past decade. As more organizations migrate to cloud environments, they’re adopting multicloud strategies that enable higher efficiencies, resilient infrastructures, and economies of scale.

Multicloud strategies can include multiple public clouds, multiple private clouds, a combination of both, and hybrid models that still use traditional data centers.

Multicloud and hybrid cloud strategies enable companies to leverage the cloud and environment that works best for a task or function while still maintaining the ability to integrate applications across tenants. As more companies migrate to the cloud, we may continue to see more intention behind selecting delivery vectors and how to find the right hybrid balance.

Sustainability plays a role

A number of geopolitical factors have led to sustainability as a top business priority globally over the past several years. Cloud computing allows companies to significantly lower their energy use by eliminating inefficient on-site data centers.

Research from S&P Global found that moving applications to the cloud decreases the energy output of a workload to one-fifth of what it would require if run on-premise.

The ability to reduce carbon footprint will continue to be a growing driver for companies to pursue SAP cloud migration as we move through the rest of the year.

Low-code/no-code use cases increase

Low-code and no-code platforms are rapidly decentralizing IT management in organizations and allowing companies to increase the speed at which they can create new applications. The result? Higher agility, greater IT ownership across the organization, and reduction in burden and cost..

Low-code platforms require some coding knowledge, and provide significant guidance that reduces the time it takes to develop new applications. No-code platforms utilize drag-and-drop capabilities to build customized applications without having to enter any code at all.

Companies are adopting these platforms to eliminate IT bottlenecks and give employee users more control over the tools they use to succeed. As companies migrate to the cloud and implement more anywhere-accessible work environments, the benefits of low-code/no-code platforms will only increase.

Process mining is a priority

Process optimization is a critical part of achieving key SAP cloud migration benefits like cost reduction, higher efficiency, improved customer service and more. As such, organizations are making process mining a priority throughout their cloud migration process.

Process mining is the analysis of business processes in SAP system environments. It allows companies to standardize current processes, eliminate those no longer relevant, remove bottlenecks and inefficiencies, increase transparency and more.

Over to You

Do thesetrends sound relevant to your company’s SAP cloud migration and modernization roadmap? To implement them most effectively, it’s critical to choose the right partner to guide you through the process.

Protera’s SAP Cloud Migration and SAP Cloud Management services save you up to half the time and cost, improve your service levels, and enable a new standard of agility when migrating and running your SAP on cloud.


Contact us today to begin your transformation.