The project consisted of the following phases which Bluestonex managed:
2. Value Proposition
3. Detailed Planning
After the discovery and a detailed value case phase, Bluestonex recommended the move to cloud.
Obviously at the end of the migration project, certain data objects would need to be retained for many years making it far more cost effective to move the ECC6 environment in totality to the cloud, rather than follow a traditional archiving method where time, effort and cost were far greater in establishing all data objects to be retained for legal and business purposes. We reviewed the landscape and dropped many sub systems (APO, BW as examples) and kept the core ERP and content server as critical in the retention of key data.
Bluestonex moved the whole dataset from the legacy SAP ERP & its associated Content Server to allocated storage on Microsoft Azure. We worked in conjunction with a cloud partner to make the transition easier. The process involved exporting the databases from the datacenter, building the cloud environment, importing (export files) into the cloud and testing.
Once completed, the system was then ‘switched off’ until such a time data was needed by the business or from auditors from a compliance perspective.
The target system was scaled for a small number of users
and had limitations such as ‘read only’ as the database was no longer productive & also printing but the entire set of data objects was available to users if requested.
Bluestonex then removed the services provided by the previous on premise hosting Center and ensured destruction of data and physical kit in the appropriate manner.
The data will be held in the cloud provider for a minimum of 7 years (Financial & HR Payroll data).