May 9, 2017

5 Reasons to Visit Gimmal at the Microsoft Booth during SAPPHIRE NOW

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On May 16th through the 18th, SAP and the American SAP User Group (ASUG) will be hosting 2017 SAPPHIRE NOW + ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

SAPPHIRE NOW is a premier, business technology conference and one of the largest SAP customer-driven conferences. The event presents an opportunity for SAP customers to meet, interact and network with SAP and their partners from around the world. ASUG’s mission is to facilitate education and connections in the SAP ecosystem and to continually expand 

our community, bound together by real experience, to educate, influence, and enable business results and achieve real competitive advantage for all our members.

Gimmal will be exhibiting as a Microsoft Featured Partner in Pod #4 in the MS SAP Alliance booth #468. If you're going, here are five reasons you should stop by our pod while you're there. (Say hi to Chris for us!)

1. If you recognize the shortcomings of SAP for document management

SAP is not an effective document management platform, as it lacks most of the capabilities expected for document and records management. In addition, tying documents solely to transactional, structured content locks away valuable business information. Leveraging SharePoint and Office 365 content improves general resource utilization in SAP, and makes the documents available for other business processes or for compliance purposes.

2. If limited access to SAP documents is hampering your ability to share information with the broader organization or partners

Compared to other leading ECM platforms and in-memory storage, SharePoint/Office 365 is much more open. Making SAP content actionable in SharePoint and Office 365 extends the reach of valuable information generated by or associated with SAP transactions throughout the enterprise, allowing this content to be re-purposed across a variety of use cases. By widening access to business critical content, you can build user- and document-centric digital workplaces that deliver better productivity and adoption, as well as delivering substantial incremental value on your Microsoft investment.

3. If cost, change management, and resource limitations hamper your ability to build applications in SAP

SAP is a mission critical application, often with rigorous change management protocols and global templates. As a result, there is often long lead time from the time a need is identified to the time the enhanced functionality can be delivered in SAP. SharePoint or Office 365 can be used as an independent development platform, allowing you to deliver applications quickly without affecting SAP or being hampered by SAP development cycles. This supports the creation of integrated line-of-business solutions that solve a variety of departmental and industry aligned business problems without straining your SAP development resources or necessitating more. In addition, Microsoft based development resource tends to be significantly less expensive than SAP resource. This flexibility and greater resource availability enables an exponentially shorter time to value at a greatly reduced total cost of ownership.

4. If you have a legacy ECM platform (OpenText, Documentum, Filenet, etc.)

Decommissioning legacy ECMs and moving to SharePoint or Office 365 leads to a substantial savings in maintenance and administration delivering an immediate ROI and greatly reduced ongoing cost. With typical costs well in excess of $1,000 GB/yr, legacy ECM platforms cannot compete with the capacity offered by Microsoft (starting at 1 TB/tenant + 0.5 GB/user with additional storage starting at $0.20/GB/mo). Additionally, their proprietary design and outdated architectures limit (if not prohibit) extension, while the Microsoft ecosystem thrives on it. No other ECM on the market can scale like Office 365. A recent blog post from the Office 365 team mentions some new statistics related to scalability. Inside the article, the Office 365 team makes the following point:

“A common, incorrect impression of SharePoint has been that it’s a great tool to manage team content, but you need an “old-fashioned ECM system for scalability” or “true records management.” Neither of those are true today, with SharePoint having incredible scalability of up to 30-trillion documents and up to 12.5 (EB) exabyte in a single SharePoint Online tenant.”

5. If you are moving to HANA

The long term storage of unstructured content in HANA is unsustainable on both a cost and architectural basis. Document and data archiving are a required part of any complete strategy designed to keep capital and operational costs associated with HANA down.

This is quite a change since, historically, SAP customers could go years without an archiving strategy. However, technical preparation and planning for archive are now more important than they have ever been for SAP customers. One major reason for planning is that HANA doesn’t scale like traditional systems. Leveraging your SharePoint or Office 365 platform can manage these documents for pennies on the dollar compared to keeping them in the HANA database.

If any of these sound like you and you will be in Orlando next week, come stop by our pod for a quick chat! Come talk to us to learn how SharePoint and Office 365 can deliver full-featured ECM for SAP, providing better document management, access, governance, and compliance at a fraction of the cost of other ECM platforms.


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