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Moving ERP to the cloud doesn’t mean a world of pain

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Moving ERP to the cloud doesn’t mean a world of pain

Moving ERP to the cloud doesn’t mean a world of pain

Once upon a time, there was a joke that the only things you could rely on were death, taxes and ERP program failure. Things have changed a lot since then.  CIO Magazine noted that in 2015 only 58% of organizations rated their latest ERP project a success but that figure had grown to 88% by 2019. However, moving to the cloud and getting the most from cloud services remains a challenge for SAP users.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has been one of the most popular cloud platforms for SAP migration and Amazon has been very enthusiastic about the results for companies migrating their on-premise SAP systems.

AWS has said: “Growing numbers of organizations have already supercharged the performance, flexibility, and security of their SAP applications while simultaneously cutting their costs by moving their SAP instances to AWS. For many, the marriage of mission-critical SAP applications with the proven and multifaceted AWS Cloud has become a central element of their digital transformation initiatives.”

Indeed, the benefits of selecting AWS as the platform for SAP on the cloud are well established.

Benefits of SAP on AWS

There are, of course, many public and private cloud options available for any company looking to transition its enterprise applications. AWS has a range of advantages especially for SAP installations.

Cloud maturity

AWS is perhaps the most established and successful of all public cloud infrastructure providers. A report from McKinsey has shown that maturity in the cloud capabilities is a significant indicator to the success of its approach to transformation programs. Mature cloud installation are as much as three times faster for time to market – in as little as 30 minutes – and offer twice as much cost reduction.

Limitless Scalability

We now inhabit the world of hyperscalability and AWS offers one of the most high performance, stable hyperscale cloud environments available. It provides almost limitless compute resource that will scale smoothly up or down depending on your business requirements. This feature allows SAP users to select only the compute resource they need knowing that they have the flexibility to meet changing demand requirements in minutes.

Heightened security

AWS has addressed all the security issues of cloud deployment. In many cases, the cloud service can deliver higher levels of security than on-premise deployments while ensuring that security capabilities are always up-to-date. The Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (AVPC) adds another layer of security for SAP installations. It enables you to create a private virtual network within AWS. IN effect, you can securely link your on-premise data centers through the AWS infrastructure.

Performance and speed 

AWS have developed several varieties of the elastic compute cloud that are specialised to meet specific workload demands. These have been designed to enable high data throughput with extremely low latency that facilitates the transmission of virtually any volume of data.

Backup and business continuity

Amazon Web Services keeps all relevant user data in the cloud and therefore provides a suitable backup for your data at no extra cost. In addition, with literally hundreds of thousands of servers across its global data centres, AWS delivers complete redundancy and fail-over for a level of business continuity that even the largest enterprise will struggle to match.

No transformation is simple

If we return to our original joke then every SAP user will know that nothing in life is simple. Any transformation is a challenging exercise. ERP transformations are likely to be time consuming and complex. As Mckinsey reports, challenges like misaligned activities, poor project management, lack of business-IT integration or a missing focus on business value have the potential of making an IT executive’s life very miserable indeed.

But, that does have to be the case with cloud installations. Mckinsey suggests that focusing on investing and developing organizational capabilities, rather than “choosing specific technologies” creates the most value. While aiming for the performance, flexibility and scalability of cloud platforms, no IT executive is going to undertake an SAP transformation program without fully assessing the security and compliance risks.

Grasping the benefits of cloud means avoiding the pitfalls of cloud transition projects – and that’s something that less and less organizations are undertaking alone.

Taking the cloud managed service route

A recent Frost & Sullivan report found that fully 68% of SAP users were seeking to engage a cloud managed services partner to provide assistance with SAP installations. The correct partner can help put in place a robust strategy for developing organizational capabilities while helping adopt cloud infrastructure that actually delivers business value. In most instances, you’ll find that your cloud transition should be pretty much friction free compared to other ERP transformation projects.

If you’d like to know more about the value SAP on AWS can bring to your business, check out our website

The 7 deadly sins of ecommerce – and what you can do about them

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The 7 deadly sins of ecommerce – and what you can do about them

Virtually all retailers are now aware that an online buying experience is not only essential for growth, but also for survival. But time and again, too many suffer from the same basic pitfalls that stop their site from achieving its full potential. There are many elements to consider, but they often come down to the same basic elements, elements which retailers either ignore, or don’t get quite right. Take a look at the 7 deadly sins of ecommerce – how many are you guilty of?

The penny has long since dropped – every retailer should have an online presence and sell via ecommerce. As footfall in high street stores drops across the country, customers are increasingly moving online, and finding plenty of options to excite them. But retailers rush online, there are a range of very common pitfalls that many fall into. All can be safely bypassed with the help of a good ecommerce partner, who can establish and manage your e-commerce platform – whether on premises or on cloud. Here are seven of the most common:

Sub-par design

Online design is about much more than pictures and colours (though that’s important). It’s about the user experience, the journeys that you expect customers to make when they visit your site. These should be clear and easy to follow – which sounds simple, but actually takes a lot of planning and expertise to make happen. Customers make split-second decisions when they’re online, and an ambiguous link can make all the difference between a sale and a drop-off.
Content also needs to be reviewed regularly to make sure it’s up-to-date and being displayed at its best, in a way that customers expect to see, with working links and that descriptions and reviews are well-presented and easy to find. Your ecommerce partner will help you with this, and with the optimal infrastructure solution to ensure your content is speedily and easily delivered to your site. Using a CDN is one example of this.

Poor shopping basket experience

Your checkout procedure must be as quick and simple as possible. Industry research [] shows that the typical shopping cart abandonment rate for online retailers varies between 60 per cent and 80 per cent, with an average of 67.91 per cent. Your platform has to make it very smooth and fast. The checkout process should be straightforward, simple, minimal and very easy to understand. If it takes more than five steps to buy an item, you’ll be losing customers.

Not taking SEO seriously

Yes, it’s important for customers to find your site. But it’s also important for the right customers to find the right product at the right time. You’ll stand much more chance of converting a visitor into a customer if your search engine optimisation strategy is carefully targeted to match the search terms that best apply to your products with the people who are using those search terms, rather than just going for high traffic numbers. Of course your onsite optimisation needs to appeal to search engines as well as customers.

Insufficient website maintenance

The internet moves fast, and it’s important to maintain a quality review schedule for your site to ensure that all product details remain up to date, that links are relevant and intact, that new innovations and improvements are being incorporated regularly. It’s a time and resource-intensive process, so if you can engage a third party to do it properly, such as your ecommerce partner, then so much the better.

Ignoring upselling and cross-selling

Upselling to customers on Ecommerce websites is 20 times more effective than cross-selling. A scrolling lookbook can help you offer products as bundles and catalogues which you want to highlight. Retargeting, digital marketing and personalization are very important methods that you should not omit. And don’t forget links to partner sites you might choose to affiliate with, so you can earn commission on services or products that they offer, but you don’t.

Susceptible to fraud

Online security is a key bugbear for ecommerce sites, with armies of hackers literally working around the clock to try to exploit any potential loopholes. Every so often, they succeed, and there have been some very high-profile scalps over the years, including British Airways and Dixons Carphone. So it’s important to be ever vigilant and use the latest security software, techniques and best practices to guard against the threat. A good ecommerce partner will have this as standard, constantly updating and maintaining your system to make sure it’s always the best it can be.

Website’s too slow

Websites that take too long to load because of excessive content or third-party applications are a big turn-off for customers – and the fact is that they don’t have to put up with it any more, they’ll just go to the site that offers the smoothest, most straightforward experience to help them find what they’re looking for. Partnering with a good ecommerce partner will ensure that your site is optimised for all browsers and all devices, providing a smooth, sleek, browsing and buying experience for your customers, every time. Consider that the most efficient, cost effective and scalable option for this can be to go with Cloud. The Cloud can empower your website with ways you never deemed possible.


Runibex is an MSP specialising in e-commerce with it’s own NGI Commerce Suite allowing you to increase your customers’ shopping experience and delivering unlimited technology, functionality, and flexibility.

Runibex’s NGI Commerce Suite has a modular structure, a fully integrated and PaaS based architecture enabling you to focus on your business perfectly.
While your business is growing, our NGI Commerce Suite provides you with the means to increase your revenue with omni-channel functionality. It prevents you from redundant investments with platform scalability. Runibex manages many e-commerce projects with various e-commerce platforms like Hybris, in house solutions, as well as its own solution – NGI commerce suite.

Runibex is an MSP specialising in e-commerce, cloud services and SAP consulting. Find out more about how our insight and expertise could help your business.

5 good reasons why eCommerce is better in the cloud

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5 good reasons why eCommerce is better in the cloud

More and more retailers are finding that the cloud is the best place to host their ecommerce solution. Whether you need to scale up or down at speed to cope with sudden fluctuations in traffic (and who doesn’t?), need to stay on top of digital security (as we all do) or crave the versatility of a solution that’s always available everywhere (however your customers want to access it), then ecommerce in the cloud is for you. Here are five reasons why ecommerce is better in the cloud.

In the not too distant past, many organisations felt the need to develop their own ecommerce solutions to try to give themselves a competitive edge. But it’s expensive, resource-heavy, and not particularly effective, so many more are now looking towards proven solutions that can be adapted for specific needs. Those proven solutions that have been developed to maximise the advantages of running ecommerce in the cloud create compelling business reasons for adoption. Here are five reasons why:

Flexible scale

Sales solutions are never static. There are peaks and troughs regarding seasons and special events, perhaps even for a specific product. A strong ecommerce proposition needs to be able to handle those peaks in demand, whether they’re expected or not, by sharing the load through a series of servers. The resources of a cloud solution can flex to accommodate spikes in demand, as well as steady growth as and when necessary. Updates aren’t a problem either, as public cloud solutions will use the latest software innovations as and when they become available, so your solution always has the latest software and insights.

Security and recovery

Cyberthreats and digital extortion are on the increase, and it’s every organisation’s responsibility to make sure they’re as well protected as they can be. Cloud solutions, having a responsibility to a variety of clients, typically ensure they have the latest and most effective security systems to prevent attack. And should the worst happen, either through malign intervention or act of nature, they’ll have secure back-up systems in place to ensure business continuity in the event of a disaster.


With your ecommerce engine in the cloud, customers can easily access your site and all its functionality from virtually anywhere in the country, or the world if necessary, and on any device or web browser. Employees can do the same for upkeep, allowing the option of more flexible working. Cloud providers make it their business to ensure their services are available to all and keep up to date with new developments. This can be extremely costly for an organisation, but economies of scale make it essential for providers. A/B testing is also much easier with the versatility of the cloud, so you can optimise and bring new initiatives to market more quickly and effectively.


Maintaining a complex ecommerce system at its peak can also be a drain on internal resources. But with a cloud solution, all essential aspects will be located centrally, without the siloing that can often result from the development and introduction of a bespoke internal system. So updates, BAU maintenance and campaigns can all be handled more efficiency. You’ll also benefit from better back-end support – core business functions such as customer service, inventory and order management, search engine optimisation tools and even tax-integrated accounting services can all be incorporated into a single cloud-based solution. Despite your solution being hosted, you’ll still have full control, allowing you to make whatever changes you feel are necessary, whenever you need them.

Predictable costs

Since a cloud solution will typically be a pay-as-you-go subscription model, you’ll easily be able to plan your spend well ahead of time – and predict your investment requirements accordingly. Your initial costs are likely to be much lower because you simply implement the software to your requirements, and scaling up or augmenting your investment will be on a clearly defined payment scale. So you get the kind of solution you want, at the kind of scale you want, for a predetermined price – with no surprises.

Runibex is an MSP specialising in e-commerce with it’s own NGI Commerce Suite allowing you to increase your customers’ shopping experience and delivering unlimited technology, functionality, and flexibility.

Runibex’s NGI Commerce Suite has a modular structure, a fully integrated and PaaS based architecture enabling you to focus on your business perfectly.
While your business is growing, our NGI Commerce Suite provides you with the means to increase your revenue with omni-channel functionality. It prevents you from redundant investments with platform scalability.

Runibex is an MSP specialising in e-commerce, cloud services and SAP consulting. Find out more about how we could help your business.

Benefits of the Cloud

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Benefits of the Cloud

A dozen benefits of the cloud for corporations

To many, it would appear that the benefits of moving to the cloud are self-evident. But while the pace of enterprises moving to the cloud is picking up, many are still dragging their feet, possibly concerned by short-term implications of initial cost and disruption. But from increased agility to improved security, improved scalability to long-term efficiencies and savings, there are plenty of good reasons to make the move. In fact, here are 12 of them…

Cloud computing is far from new, but a sizable proportion of large corporations have still to make the move to full Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provision. Despite Gartner’s prediction of 17.3% growth in worldwide public cloud revenue in 2019, concerns about risk and expense are contributing to resistance to a move that most view as inevitable. Here are 13 very good reasons why they should:

1. Agility and speed

With the ability to access the cloud securely from virtually anywhere in the world, you can make changes across multiple websites and systems easily, and achieve global rollout in minutes.

2. Cost savings and Adaptability

Traditional operations like DR, backup, or hosting a mission critical environment are cheaper on the cloud, thanks to pay only for what you use and its scaling capabilities. Since you only pay for what you use in the cloud, you can trade large Capital Expense investments in hardware updates for more cost-effective, variable Operational Expense payments.
There’s no need to invest in hardware or software developments that you may never make full use of.

3. Easily scale up and down

The nature of the cloud means you can quickly deploy new applications across your entire estate. You can scale up as your workload grows, instantly. Or immediately shut down resources that are no longer required. And if you have to scale down you don’t have to pay for any unused infrastructure.

4. Flexibility

The cloud can provide whatever you need it to, from web, mobile and social applications to dedicated business applications, secure access, big data analytics, high-performance computing as and when you need it, easily accessible backup archives, disaster recovery back-up and more.

5. Security

Today’s public clouds are backed by advanced security procedures which use the latest intelligence and data, all proven by certifications from major cloud providers.

6. Reliable back-up

You can back up all your data, frequently and regularly, minimizing risk of losses. Maintaining a Disaster recovery (DR) structure is cheaper than on premises. You can scale up only when an enhanced DR structure is needed. You can keep your DR spend on minimum in normal times.

7. Global expansion

The cloud is a great resource for expanding companies that are outgrowing their existing infrastructure. You can deploy a single platform for multiple uses, thanks to multi tenancy. Refactoring your application will provide a much more controlled and easy-to-manage architecture and bring huge effectiveness.You can use it to connect employees globally and roll out changes in selected territories or around the world.

8. Rapid implementation

Implementing transformation or rolling out changes is much faster via an integrated cloud than with traditional on-premise deployment, which typically involves a range of not-quite-compatible legacy systems.

9. Upgrades included

Whatever applications you use, you’ll automatically upgrade to the latest versions as they’re rolled out – so your technology is always up to date, without the need to review and pay extra for upgrades.

10. Ease of Accessing Expert Resources

When you buy managed services from someone competent who builds and integrates
systems for a living, you can be sure they’ve thought a lot about building and
integrating systems. So you get the skills and experience for a fraction of the upfront cost of
sourcing them yourself. Good MSPs also hire the best people to get the best results for their
clients – and the nature of regularly renewable contracts and SLAs mean it’s in their interest
to make sure their clients are satisfied, all the time.

11. Frequently added new features

Application upgrades generally include new features to improve functionality, security and more. These will be available to you as soon as they’re rolled out – instantly.

12. Subscription billing

You can plan budgets and expenditure accurately according to your needs, as you pay only as long as you use each machine, or a fixed monthly charge, or pre-agreed additional usage charges, for instance when you need to upscale your computing power temporarily.

Runibex is an MSP specialising in e-commerce, cloud services and SAP consulting. Find out more about how we could help your business

The top reasons to move your SAP deployment to the cloud

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The top reasons to move your SAP deployment to the cloud

Many large organisations rely on SAP enterprise software to run their applications. But traditional on-premise deployment is both expensive to maintain and difficult to manage. New updates create migraines for IT managers and rarely function efficiently. SAP on cloud, on the other hand, is a demonstrably more cost-effective and efficient solution. Organisations are increasingly moving their SAP deployment to the cloud at an unprecedented rate, and here are some very good reasons why SAP is better in the cloud.

Running SAP in the cloud rather than the on-premise model of traditional IT has a huge range of benefits for corporations big or small. Here are just a few.


1. Ease of access to experts in the field

SAP on Cloud managed service providers (MSP’s) have cloud expertise together with a thorough understanding of SAP. An MSP will encounter all technical scenarios and will help you confidently manage your SAP on cloud landscape. Your MSP will have expertise in both SAP and cloud together and separately, which will enable you to approach all angles of your business.

2. Simplicity by Automation

In the cloud, your SAP landscape is no longer dependent on one particular set of hardware systems, which have to be carefully monitored and tuned to ensure proper system functioning. You’ll have access to the latest updates as and when you require, with change managed to make sure your applications and infrastructure are continually functioning at their best.
SAP Basis managed services allow you to utilise an established platform built for all the requirements and offerings of advanced technology. A full scope of services is delivered with checkpoints, automation; leading to shorter deployment cycles, increased reliability and more focused internal IT.

3. Easy to manage / Better Stability

Moving SAP to the cloud removes the need for complicated infrastructure management that drains resources and adds cost but little business value. Systems can be more effectively streamlined and cross-managed without the need for any on-site presence. With an MSP model, MSP resources manage your systems with up to date best practices, so that your environment keeps working with an unending consistency, no downtime or slowdowns occurring, providing stability.

4. Cost savings

Moving your SAP on-premise deployment to the cloud has the added benefit of moving potentially large CapEx on hardware updates to more stable and cost-effective OpEx payments. You only have to pay for the compute you actually use, rather than investing in developments that you may never make full use of – and probably have to make again in the near future. The nature of the cloud means you pay for what you use and no more – cost savings compared to traditional IT are inevitable. People can also save from investing in huge Disaster Recovery infrastructures.
At scale, your environment is followed up 24/7 and maintenance cost is much lower compared to in-house delivery.

5. Agility

Running SAP in the cloud makes your applications and your ability to maintain and manage them more agile and flexible. As your needs evolve, you can make changes easily and replicate them in whichever part of your set-up that you require. You can start an SAP implementation or project on AWS without any upfront cost or commitment for compute, storage, or network infrastructure.

6. Efficiency

With a cloud-based operation, there’s no need for recurring structural investment, and you only pay for what you use, when you use it. So you can get maximum bang for your buck, with minimum wastage, and all your investment is easily trackable. You can also automate resource usage to maximise efficiency.

7. Scalability

Changes and improvements can be trialled and rolled out on a small scale, and then be easily scaled up whenever you require. There’s no need to guess capacity for the coming quarter or year – you can scale up or down whenever you need to. You can rapidly develop compute, storage and networking infrastructure for new SAP projects and systems, including SAP HANA, with faster time to value in minutes rather than the weeks or months that are required with traditional IT infrastructure.

8. Resiliency

The cloud greatly improves disaster recovery, availability and business continuity. With replicated storage, and the ability to harness multiple network providers, you can avoid the risks that come with running your landscape out of a single private data centre. And it’s managed 24/7 to make sure it’s always performing at its best.

9. Security

Cloud-based systems are constantly monitored for potential security risks, and run the very latest security software to make sure they stay secure. Investing in third-party security measures can be costly, and requires monitoring – with SAP in the cloud, it’s already taken care of.

10. Globalisation

The cloud can be accessed virtually anywhere in the world. International companies with multiple sites can share access and learnings for increased efficiency and rollout savings.

Runibex is an MSP specialising in e-commerce, cloud services and SAP consulting. Find out more about how we could help your business.


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