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Is moving data storage from on-prem to public cloud always cost effective?

Top Answer: Only if appropriately designed and the right storage is used for the right data type. Likely you don't need all your data all the time, so it's important to put archival data on a different storage type than daily accessed data. Aside from how often you access the data, it's important how many transactions on the data you perform. If you are copying/moving the data periodically, it's important to have it within the same region for the egress cost. I've put terabytes of data into a storage account in the cloud and have chosen the cheaper type per GB, only to find that thousands of transactions are done on that data daily. The total monthly cost of all the transactions far exceeded the price per GB, so by switching it to a storage account that is more expensive per GB but cheaper per transaction, the overall cost significantly decreased. For example, recently, I have reduced our data cost for backups by 85% by moving it from one object storage vendor to another. It's all about what makes sense for what type of data. Don't restrict yourself to using one type of storage or one vendor; explore and do the math on what makes sense for your situation.

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If you had a magic wand - what's the #1 daily business challenge you'd eliminate?

Top Answer: Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.

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Is it viable to change ERP provider when upgrading? i.e. Oracle to SAP. What reasons would drive your decision to even consider an alternative?

Top Answer: Probably a very heavy lift and hard to justify a business case . Usually such decisions to move from one ERP to another has to be made due to some compelling underlying drivers . In my experience - most of the problems faced by ERP users are rooted in bad operational design, lack of system proficiency and organizational complications such as unclear department responsibilities, lack or missing functional roles , disconnected systems and data relationships etc

How do you keep your cloud infrastructure, applications and data secure in a continuous manner?

Top Answer: Depending on the cloud vendor you use... We use Azure Security Center, Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Azure Sentinel, enhanced with Azure Monitor and Azure Automation so you don't have to do everything manually

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Is stability / uptime a concern for you with your cloud provider?  Thinking back to AWS' major outage in 2017, shouldn't we be past these issues? https://www.zdnet.com/article/ibm-cloud-outage-downs-customer-websites-globally/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=29349190877791638188562104926226&mid=12873514&cid=2259891406

Top Answer: It should be a concern.    No Hyperscaler is immune,  and we're not past these issues. AWS confirmed on 12-07-2021 "it was experiencing issues in the US-East-1 Region" that took down business and consumer services.  Many companies have already adopted a Multicloud strategy.  Moreover, it makes sense to use cloud service providers with complementary capabilities so that the business maintains access to best in class technologies.

If you are a current SAP customer, when do you plan to migrate to SAP S/4HANA?

Top Answer: No plan to migrate soon.

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What is your take on this article by Joe Peppard about the need to get rid of IT Departments? https://www.wsj.com/articles/get-rid-of-the-it-department-11637605133?mod=djemCIO

Top Answer: I like the idea that IT is the business, but pushing out the team to be decentralized scares me a little. It might work in a smaller org, but in larger organisations I think you would lose some of the advantages of scale and end up solving the same issues multiple times.

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