Is Your E-commerce Prepared for a Move to the Cloud?

Is Your E-commerce Prepared for a Move to the Cloud?

Are Cloud Solutions the Next Step for E-commerce Brands?

Is Your E-Commerce Ready To Move To The Cloud?

Gartner (2019) predicted that by the end of 2019, more than 30% of the top 100 largest vendors will have invested in a cloud-only approach. SAP is committed to providing the best and most advanced solutions for their customers – whether on-premise or in the cloud. With that being said, businesses have increasingly started migrating their e-commerce to the cloud as it saves time and money, realises revenue faster and provides an overall competitive advantage.

So how do you prepare your e-commerce for a move to the cloud? More importantly, how can you be sure that you’ve done everything to ensure a seamless migration while still meeting the needs of your business? Is cloud e-commerce the next step for your brand’s growth?

Benefits of a Cloud Based E-Commerce Solution

Agility

Moving to the cloud delivers an SAP landscape that is more agile and flexible. No longer limited to the resources you have installed; through the cloud you can provision resources instantly to meet growing demands.

Scalability

The cloud is ideal for businesses with fluctuating demands so if your business needs change, you can easily scale up or down without capacity issues. The cloud allows you to future-proof your business for increasing demands.

Disaster recovery

Although businesses are interested in cutting costs, with cloud solutions there is never a fear of permanently losing data. Cloud-based solutions also help businesses avoid large up-front investments.

Reduced operational costs

Implementation is minimal and with subscription based models, you only pay for what you need with opportunities to upgrade or downgrade – which can mean huge savings compared to on-premise solution.

Environmentally friendly

A study by researchers from Imperial College, Harvard University and Reading University estimated that cloud computing will prevent 4.5 million tons of CO2 emissions from entering the Earth’s atmosphere. By scaling your server capacity in the cloud you avoid leaving an oversized carbon footprint.

Expansion

By moving to the cloud, you remove any barrier to enter into new markets and geographies without the need for a physical presence in the target market. Benefits include product development streamlining and cost efficiency.

How do you know you’re ready for the cloud?

An e-commerce move to the cloud may seem like an arduous task but the business benefits such as reduced operational costs, managed support and a reduced carbon footprint are worth the efforts. That being said, it’s important to ask yourself the right questions before getting started.

Some of the more important considerations to ask yourself before making a move to the cloud include:

  • Does your current solution provide a 360 degree view of customers?
  • Is all customer data held in one single platform and accessible from anywhere in real-time?
  • Do your sales, services, and marketing departments have access to a platform offering a single source of truth?

Our Cloud Readiness Assessment focuses on four key target areas:

Performance

  • Code optimisation
  • File compression for enhanced load speed
  • Proactive checks for upgrades
  • Roadmapping for future growth

Resilience

  • Autoscaling & auto healing
  • Audit, patch & monitoring software
  • Increased uptime, reduced downtime
  • Reduced need for support ticket

Security & Compliance

  • Secure & reliable infrastructure
  • Encryption of sensitive data
  • Firewall restrictions & back office configuration
  • PCI & GDPR Compliant

User Experience & User Interface

  • UX/UI review
  • 700+ industry guidelines scored
  • Review the full ecommerce journey
  • Collaboration with the SAP development teams

More Useful Insights into the SAP Commerce Cloud Readiness

Solution Brief: SAP Commerce Cloud.

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Industry Brief: Trade Successfully on All Channels with Omni-Channel Commerce.

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A cloud readiness assessment can help you determine if you’re really prepared for a move to the cloud. If you’d like to ensure your business is operating without silos while improving performance and placing customer experiences at the heart of it all, get in touch with our SAP Customer Experience Consultants by completing the form.


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