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Huawei & Accenture Build SAP Cloud Solution

By Yu Hongbiao, Managing Director, Electronics and High Tech, Shan Yu, Strategy Consultant, and Kong Hui, Strategy Analysist, Accenture (China) Co., Ltd.

As digitalization technologies develop, traditional business is changing tremendously. Customers now have more access to information about goods and transactions, company strategies, and market competition, allowing them to choose the products and services that most suit their needs. Besides being convenient, digitalization also intensifies industry competition and makes the market more complex. Pressure both from markets and from customers is making companies more agile, so companies can now rapidly adapt to market changes and keep up with changing customer requirements. A combination of enterprise management and cloud computing serves as the strategic foundation of this transformation.

Challenges and Concerns in Enterprise Cloud Transformation

According the latest Accenture research, CFOs and CIOs face the following challenges during company transformation:

  • How can companies reduce IT TCO and improve ROI? While there are often tight budgets in IT, IT investments are expected to bring immediate benefits and long-term returns.
  • How should companies simplify complicated IT environments and configure resources efficiently? Currently, company IT environments, from facilities and software to services, are too complicated and hard to manage and operate. Data centers also need flexible resource allocation to support their performance. Isolated resources and distributed management tools cause inefficient resource configuration and low usage. However, requirements for resources still exist, leading to high allocation levels.
  • How should companies enhance their data analytics, management, innovation, and competitiveness? Companies need to constantly innovate their products, services, and customer relationship management using data analytics to understand and meet customer requirements.

Moving SAP systems to the cloud is the right answer to the questions above. According to Accenture, most customers plan to move SAP mission-critical applications to the cloud in two to five years. Tasks can be implemented rapidly at scale with ensured cost efficiencies. This will also empower agile companies to transform their IT, so that they adapt to changing markets and business requirements and embrace a digitalized future.

In moving SAP applications to the cloud, Accenture found customers’ top concerns were as follows:

  • Cloud transformation roadmap with attention to innovation
  • Simple purchase mechanism
  • Flexible deployment solutions and resulting improvements
  • Economic benefit, security, flexibility, and more hosted solution options
  • Shared risks, time-proof technologies, as well as value- and result-oriented contracts
  • Proper technology tactics and dynamic evolution
  • End-to-end solutions for services

Huawei & Accenture Team Up to Build an SAP Enterprise Cloud Solution

To propel SAP cloud transformation and fully utilize the benefits of cloud computing and SAP, Huawei and Accenture have formed a strategic partnership to build enterprise cloud solutions for SAP systems, integrating cloud infrastructure and industry practices. The solutions not only can support the core components and databases of SAP ERP, but they also help companies make the most of in-memory analytics, mobile applications, and other recent SAP technologies. Bringing together cloud computing, SAP technologies, and industry practices enables the Huawei-Accenture partnership to migrate the existing scheduling systems for SAP enterprise resources and deploy new ones as fast as possible, enhancing companies’ agility, resource availability, and enterprise performance. The solutions meet various requirements, such as infrastructure upgrades, system migration, environment virtualization, and data protection, helping enterprises improve their performance at a lower cost.

SAP enterprise cloud solutions fully utilize the cloud infrastructure and provide higher availability, performance, and agility for SAP systems. Using Huawei SAP HANA Appliances and Accenture’s solution to upgrade to the SAP S/4HANA platform, companies gain real-time business insight and make faster and better business decisions based on data analytics. The solutions also can manage software and infrastructure, simplifying the management of the system and applications. This can then be applied in various industries, including telecommunications, public utilities, oil and gas, finance, and retail.

As SAP’s largest partner, Accenture provides various application software services for SAP systems, including consulting, system integration, migration, application maintenance outsourcing, and technical support. Accenture Advanced Enterprise Solutions (AAES) is a suite of pre-configured solutions for specified industries with diagnosis tools, delivery accelerators, on-site testing methods, templates, and assets. It can simplify and accelerate the replacement, migration, and deployment of new functions and modules. Huawei, as a leading infrastructure and SAP solution vendor, provides certified SAP HANA Appliances, including FusionCloud, which supports the SAP HANA platform, the hyper-converged infrastructure solution FusionCube, the E2E datacenter management solution ManageOne, and the cloud computing OS FusionSphere. Thanks to Huawei and Accenture’s one-stop E2E services, customers can migrate their systems efficiently and securely with higher ROI from SAP infrastructure.

Accenture Advanced Enterprise Solutions and Huawei FusionCloud Solution

Creating Value for Customers

In the past two years, Huawei and Accenture’s joint SAP solutions have served customers in different industries and countries.

Hunan Tobacco Industrial Company in China has entrusted Huawei and Accenture to build an integrated ERP platform. This platform is based on SAP’s latest S/4HANA system. Accenture is in charge of designing the platform, core business processes, and modules, whereas Huawei will provide HANA hardware. The customized SAP solution deals with the growing volumes of data and prepares the company for future business development.

In Indonesia, Huawei and Accenture won Delfi’s bid, which requires enabling its SAP private enterprise cloud to support SAP S/4HANA. They built a cross-DC infrastructure platform featuring agility, high availability, and fault tolerance with Accenture’s planning and implementing methodologies for SAP and infrastructure, Huawei’s SAP HANA Appliances, FusionServer, FusionSphere, and OceanStor.

Huawei and Accenture will continue to invest in their partnership, bringing their teams together and ensuring optimal customer relationships, delivery capabilities, and service range. By consolidating their experience in SAP, Huawei and Accenture will provide best-suited enterprise cloud solutions and create value for customers based on openness, collaboration, and joint innovation.

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