Most SAP users are not questioning whether they should move to the cloud. Rather, they are asking when and how they should migrate.

The flexibility, cost savings and performance of a private cloud model are well known. Still, many businesses already planning a move to a private cloud model have 3 questions in mind: How long will it take to get there? What are the steps and considerations along the way? When is the best time to move to the private cloud?

While the implementation may vary, most solutions will take approximately 3-5 months to complete. As to the considerations and timing, our experts weigh in below:

1. When Upgrading SAP

Upgrading to a new SAP release is a great opportunity to migrate to a private cloud model.


Often, an SAP upgrade will require refreshing existing hardware to support the additional processing capabilities needed for the upgraded SAP applications.

The Benefit

Move to the cloud on an operational expense cost basis, avoiding a large capital expense spend on hardware.

2. At Current Landscape End of Life

The increasingly popular choice for organizations facing a hardware upgrade is to use the opportunity to move to the cloud.


Upgrading or replacing hardware is a costly fix that may work in the short term, but does not provide the performance boost most companies require.

The Benefit

A move to the cloud gives SAP users greater business agility, reduced cycle times and guaranteed availability. In addition, a move to the private cloud provides the opportunity for businesses to match their costs to the value they receive, making them on-demand consumers of capacity and its corresponding cost.

3. When Migrating to SAP HANA

If a client is considering migrating SAP applications to SAP HANA, it is the perfect time to transition to the cloud.


Many organizations use a move to the cloud as a way to pave the way for SAP HANA.

The Benefit

A move to the private cloud positions the client to take advantage of:

  • SAP-Specific Resources - Get access to skilled SAP resources who will build a roadmap to minimize business downtime during the SAP HANA migration
  • Saved Capital Dollars - Avoid the capital costs associated with the purchase of SAP HANA appliances
  • Additional IT Resources - No need to dedicate in-house technical resources to support and maintain the new SAP HANA environment

4. During a Merger,  Acquisition, or Divestiture

Standing up a new SAP landscape for either a new implementation or a carve out from an existing SAP landscape is much quicker, cheaper, and faster in the cloud. Utilizing a cloud based SAP landscape will also negate the need for the NewCo to buy hardware, go through a procurement and installation process, and save capital dollars.


The on-demand and scalable access of a private cloud environment builds a foundation for rapid absorption and integration during mergers and acquisitions.

The Benefit

If support is ending from a parent company, businesses can benefit from a managed cloud infrastructure.

A private cloud can also be the single environment for legacy SAP systems and others that have been upgraded. Additionally, moving to the cloud can fast track the carve out or implementation of a new SAP environment for the new company and allow for a decreased Temporary Support Agreement (TSA) and costs.

5. Faced With Constrained IT Support

Moving SAP to the cloud is ideal for organizations with IT resources that are stretched thin.


SAP can be a complex environment to keep running with limited IT resources.

The Benefit

A managed cloud environment provides cost-effective access to specialized SAP skillsets whenever they are needed. Cloud vendors are able to apply learned best practices, bringing value beyond access to additional resources.

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