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ASUGNews and I decided to create this blog after SAPPHIRE Now and ASUG Annual Conference 2011. The purpose: to bring you more information about SAP’s cloud computing solutions and activities. Many customers had questions ranging from “what is cloud computing and where do I start” to “what new advances can I bring to my business?” It runs quite the gamut.
We recorded a quick video interview with ASUGNews at SAPPHIRE to address your most basic questions, and I am delighted to open an ongoing dialogue with you here—in a more interactive way.
So welcome to our new blog: Into the Cloud with SAP.
In this first post, I want to accomplish three things: Share some hot news on SAP’s thought leadership in the cloud, ask for your stories about how cloud is benefiting your business, and inquire what youwould like to see in future posts.
Not only can we cover SAP solutions and activities, but also success stories, key learnings and best practices. The goal here is to showcase your achievements and advance in our knowledge together.
I welcome your ideas and look forward to engaging with you.
In this article, I want to update you on SAP’s involvement in a key U.S. initiative to expand the global business opportunity that cloud computing offers. It’s called the U.S. CLOUD2 Commission. As part of the Federal IT Reform Initiative, former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra launched the “Cloud First Strategy,” which calls on the Federal Government to
- change up to $20 billion of the $80 billion IT spend to cloud computing solutions, to save 30 percent per year on IT infrastructure; and
- eliminate at least 800 federal data centers by 2015.
To provide the “industry voice” of recommendations and best practices on how to implement the Cloud First Strategy, the TechAmerica Foundation launched a Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud, also known as the U.S. CLOUD2 Commission.
The U.S. CLOUD2 Commission consists of 71 experts from industry and academia who collaborated to draw the roadmap for the federal government’s adoption of cloud computing, and develop policy recommendations that nurture a “healthy and vibrant U.S. market” and preserve U.S. leadership in cloud innovation.
SAP’s CLOUD2 commissioner is Sanjay Poonen, president of Global Solutions, and I am deputy commissioner, active on multiple working groups. We were honored to join with our peers to craft and deliver the industry voice in this very important venue.
With the encouragement of the Obama Administration, the CLOUD2 commissioners worked over three months to develop a Report with 14 recommendations that were released on July 26, 2011. Congressional Staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees have already been briefed, with the U.S. Senate briefing tentatively scheduled for September.
Recommendations focus on four areas: Trust, Transnational Data Flows, Transparency, and Transformation.
The Report also includes a “living” online document: “Cloud First Buyers Guide For Government.” Its purpose is to advise the federal government on how to be smart adopters of cloud services. The guide also includes case studies—including those from SAP customers—that clearly delineate how cloud computing can be an accelerator for new business and job creation.
In one case study, a U.S. chemical company launched a new specialty business by transferring a European subsidiary. With limited time and funds, installing the parent company’s existing software was too costly. Instead, the company implemented the SAP Business ByDesign software-as-a-service solution —with no up-front capital. It established a new U.S. operation in just six weeks—employed more U.S. workers—and enhanced its U.S. revenue immediately.
Many other examples can be found in the Cloud First Buyers Guide section entitled Case Studies by Business Best Practice that showcase how users of the SAP Business Suite, SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions and more are using the cloud to support growth by M&A, new market entry and global expansion.
A key point that SAP and others have emphasized is that cloud computing is a global IT phenomenon with global business benefits.
Therefore, as a European company with significant U.S. customer base—and a prominent leader in the EU Cloud Commission as well—SAP can uniquely articulate the global business perspective needed to help bridge the transnational discussions to ensue, and fully capitalize on the power of cloud computing to enable broader economic opportunities for all.
I hope you find the above summary of the U.S. CLOUD2 Commission informative and useful. I will keep you updated on key milestones in U.S. CLOUD2 and EU Cloud Commissions as they progress. (Feel free to post or email questions.)
Lastly, I look forward to hearing your cloud stories, ideas and preferences for future topics. In fact, we could submit some of your stories for the online Cloud First Buyers Guide.
Jacqueline Vanacek is SAP Vice President, Cloud Computing Evangelist and U.S. CLOUD2 Deputy Commissioner. She brings 25 years of business, IT and operations experience in the software and hardware industries. She has been with SAP for 3.5 years, having also managed business development for SAP Value Prototyping’s application and cloud modeling services. As a Partner, she promoted SAP adaptive computing hardware solutions for Fujitsu; and as a customer, she implemented SAP in multiple Business Units and led the creation of a new business/IT governance model at Hewlett-Packard. Jacqueline has a special interest in how Cloud Computing can be a strategic technology enabler to accelerate mergers and acquisitions – and invites customers to share their cloud-based business successes “to get the word out!” Contact Jacqueline at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at Twitter @JacquelnVanacek.