SAP announced it is now ending its support for older versions in 2027[1], but the question for most SAP customers is not if, but when, they will adopt S/4HANA. If you are starting on the journey to migrating to SAP S/4HANA, is your organisation assessing what the best Cloud Platform is for you to transition to? This article discusses the merits of Google Cloud with its competitors.

Timing is also important – is your organisation ready? Are the on-premise solutions fully depreciated? Do you have a large internal IT department to consider? Start planning now as making the move to S/4HANA can deliver huge benefits over and above a more robust and scalable platform; it will boost application performance and provide additional cloud services and data analytics – specifically designed for the SAP architecture[2].

Google/GCP – A better alternative to AWS and Azure?

By running Google Cloudcustomers can experience the cost, performance, and innovation benefits of moving their SAP apps and workloads onto a modern cloud platform – alongside the expert support and services needed to help them get there.

There are several cloud platforms and they are all slightly different. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) has a number of additional technical capabilities that increase the benefits of running SAP S/4 HANA in the cloud, including (also see table at bottom of the article):

  1. SAP to GCP Migration: seamless auto cloud migration, upgrading SAP apps, and building an agile and secure run environment, alongside the delivery of analytics and machine learning capabilities – all supported by a full suite of cloud services.
  2. The Upgrade process can be done in days/weeks, not months, depending on the number of apps with minimal risk due to auto-provisioning availability and disaster recovery functionality.
  3. GCP enables organisations to run SAP faster – sub-millisecond fast – with greater scalability, security and system availability and optimal performance.
  4. Live migration: huge savings in reduced downtime.
  5. GCP has special micro cloud services: using GCP’s advanced technologies and microservices to cut the time and cost to drive insights from data and drive innovation.
  6. Google Cloud can form part of a hybrid/multi-cloud strategy (without requiring vendor lock-in).