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Enabling the Managed Cloud: Our First Off Premises Migration to Virtustream

It’s the holiday season and that time of year where we get together with friends, family and loved ones.  Big gatherings are common which are fun for some, stressful for others.  My family has grown beyond the dining room in my Mom’s house, so we now find ourselves having the big family holiday dinner quite literally in the play room above her garage.  Yes, we carry all of the holiday dinner out of the kitchen, up the stairs, through a hallway, and into this room, because it’s the one big room in the house where we can all comfortably sit and eat.  So Mom gets a little stressed, but luckily she has a nice, empathetic family.  Inefficiency be damned, we optimize for the moment.

IT executives face a similar dilemma in managing day-to-day data center operations, but their customers and user base are a touch less empathetic.  Fortunately, we now have the ability to expand off-premises, so we don’t have to buy that big expensive house anymore and can pay for capacity on demand.  But we still struggle with how to optimize those expansion capabilities and manage our TCO of our enterprise IT infrastructure assets. (more…)

Moving Toward a Seamless Cloud: An OpEx, IaaS Model for the Future

Running everything under one cloud where we can seamlessly move workloads on and off premises as we need to and pay for IT infrastructure as we use it—that is the vision EMC IT is pursuing when it comes to its SAP mission-critical applications. As a first step toward that goal, we are in the midst of a pilot program to migrate some SAP applications to an off-premises environment operated by enterprise-class Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider Virtustream. EMC acquired Virtustream, a global managed cloud services provider, in 2015.

As part of our ongoing SAP ERP journey, EMC IT will begin leveraging Virtustream’s IaaS model and its unique migration and chargeback technology in a pilot effort which will begin our methodical approach to off-premises expansion.

By the end of-April, we will have migrated our first SAP application—Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP)—to Virtustream’s off-premises hosted cloud environment. Virtusteam will then support S&OP using its unique software solution, xStream, which will also provide consumption-based chargeback capabilities, enabling us to more accurately track our utilization costs and more accurately bill business units for what they consume.
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Driving the Next-Generation Sales Solution on SAP HANA

Ryan Arsenault

Ryan Arsenault

Sr. Manager, Technical Consulting, Enterprise Services
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As EMC IT remains focused on its IT Transformation journey, we continue to take calculated risks in emerging technologies and adopt bleeding-edge solutions — but not without bumps along the way. However, we have found that leveraging a strong partnership with a trusted supplier is a crucial strategy to help smooth the road ahead.

Recently, EMC IT went live with the third release of its SAP implementation, replacing our direct and channel ‘selling’ tools with a suite of software products predominantly within the SAP landscape. This grouping of products – while not currently sold by SAP as a “solution” – needed strong partnership between EMC leadership and SAP, as we cooperated to string them together.

Back in 2003, EMC’s ‘selling’ tools, Direct and Channel Xpress, went live as two separate applications as a conscious choice in a very different selling model. At the time, EMC’s direct sales force was focused on high-end deals with little to no partner interaction.  But as the channel grew and the go-to-market model adapted it became clear that this (EMC+Channel) partnership needed a more tightly coupled application – one that we just couldn’t deliver with two disparate applications.

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SAP HANA: EMC IT Trailblazes Into the Unknown So You Don’t Have To

Pat O'Sullivan

Pat O'Sullivan

Director, Data Intelligence Engineering
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Sometimes, when your organization is leading the way in adopting bleeding-edge technology, you need to be a trail blazer to help to advance the innovation as an early adopter. EMC IT has a history of doing that, most recently with its groundbreaking deployment of SAP HANA in the Business Intelligence landscape.

EMC IT has hit a new milestone in its use of SAP HANA as part of its Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) transformation, a good example of how such efforts can pay off for us and our customers. After three years of using an interim, standalone HANA appliance for its real-time reporting needs, Big Data Services has successfully incorporated the real-time environment into our main Business Warehouse (BW) environment on HANA.

The migration and consolidation of data over the past six months has resulted in a more agile, efficient and cost-effective data environment where both real-time and batch operations are performed from a central location. The move not only saved EMC an estimated one-time $1.5 million, the transition also allows EMC IT to reuse the capacity freed up by eliminating duplicate data sets to expand our burgeoning BW.

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Redefining ERP with SAP: Leveraging the Power of Virtualization

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As early as 2004, EMC IT set out on a journey of IT transformation. So far, that transformation has seen it replace an aging and highly customized ERP system to a fully virtualized SAP ERP system in production providing agility, flexibility and operational efficiency.

In late 2012, EMC IT further transformed their SAP landscape with the adoption of SAP’s in-memory high performance analytics platform, SAP HANA with a sidecar deployment to support operational reporting. Now, EMC IT is leading the way in reaping the benefits of an already virtualized SAP landscape, and continuing the same strategy with their virtualized deployment of Business Processing and Consolidation (BPC) on SAP HANA. As SAP innovates, so too has EMC IT by leveraging the power of VMware to support its SAP HANA rollout.

Watch the illustrative video below to see how the deployment came together.

To learn more about EMC IT’s deployment of SAP HANA, Why EMC IT Virtualized SAP HANA with VMware and Adopting the SAP HANA Platform to Power Your SAP Implementation.

Adopting the SAP HANA Platform to Power Your SAP Implementation

If your organization is running SAP’s software products and applications, SAP’s in-memory computing platform, SAP HANA, offers tremendous game-changing potential for delivering business value via data analytics. However, as EMC IT recently discovered, there are key steps you should take to pave the way for leveraging this new platform.

EMC is still a relatively new customer of SAP’s software products and applications, having gone live with a large-scale greenfield SAP deployment back in July 2012.  The implementation program continues to thrive, having added more SAP modules and solutions over the course of the last couple years, and gearing towards a large SAP CRM deployment in 2016.

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SAP HANA and EMC Technology: Architecting for the Future

Debajit Banerjee

Debajit Banerjee

Technical Architect, SAP, SAP HANA, Big Data Solutions, EMC IT
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A few months ago, EMC IT successfully migrated its mission-critical, SAP Business Warehouse (BW) from an Oracle database to SAP HANA, an in-memory, relational database management system that offers several benefits over our existing system.

Not only is SAP HANA providing us with speed and efficiency needed to meet today’s growing demand for real-time business analytics, it is also allowing us to showcase how several EMC technologies can be leveraged in combination with HANA to create a contemporary IT architecture.

EMC implemented an SAP-based Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system in 2012, to replace its decades-old, Oracle-based ERP system. However, since SAP HANA was still very new and developing at that time, we waited more than a year to migrate our Business Warehouse database from Oracle to a now-evolved SAP HANA-based system. In the meantime, our data volume grew and our business reporting process to analyze and report on key data was slow and not so efficient.

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The Road to Data Quality: A Journey You Can’t Afford to Miss

Barbara Latulippe

Barbara Latulippe

Sr. Director, Enterprise Information Management, EMC IT
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Like most organizations these days, your company has probably realized the crucial role Data Quality plays in driving operational efficiencies and leveraging business and predictive analytics.

Be aware, however, that managing master data and driving data quality is a long-term journey that is best approached in phases based on your needs. If your organization is just starting out, it usually takes three to five years to get to a matured/optimized model, so I encourage you to take pragmatic steps and focus on your important business priorities. It’s not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.

At EMC, we are in the midst of evolving from a managed to an optimized Master Data Management (MDM) and data quality model. Over the past several years, we established and implemented that model for our customer data domain and are in the process of applying that same approach to additional domains, such as contacts and vendors.

Along the way, we have learned some lessons that might help your organization with its data quality journey.  These lessons include:

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Why EMC IT Virtualized SAP HANA with VMware™

As our IT transformation journey here within EMC IT has been largely predicated on the benefits of virtualization, we continue to fold this strategy into our new implementations.  After going live with a “greenfield” SAP ERP implementation in 2012, we have more recently been focusing on enabling our business users and analytics through SAP HANA.  Not surprisingly, we are actively leveraging the power of VMware to support our SAP HANA rollout.

Many of the benefits of running SAP on a virtual platform apply to Virtualized HANA as well:

  • Cost and resource management (CAPEX and OPEX), leading to increased ROI
  • Increased flexibility and agility to quickly adjust to changing demands
  • Embedded High Availability
  • Efficiencies in automation

While we were certainly aware that there could be some minimal performance impacts of running Virtualized HANA versus a “traditional” physical appliance (yes, quotes are intentional), we felt that the operational and cost benefits far outweigh these impacts.  And as a service provider, does it matter?  The business users are abstracted from physical versus Virtualized HANA… and the advantages they’ve gained from a simple migration from a traditional RDBMS to Virtualized HANA have proven substantial.

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