Once again we approach the end of another year, and I reflect on the past year. I went back to last year’s article and reviewed the topics I discussed.
The key trends were:
- The Cloud
- Mobile Solutions
As we move into 2017, these major trends will continue to dominate the IT and business landscape.
Where these strategies fit is still an outstanding question.
HANA is the number one question we hear about from clients. Unlike last year, clients are now starting to understand what the transition will be like and get ahead in their planning. We have discussed in several articles and blog posts how our clients are harnessing HANA for Analytics and ERP. There are still open questions on how to best utilize HANA – traditional ERP or non-core business applications.
Where does HANA sit on your 2017 list of priorities?
The Cloud is still hot, but the focus of the discussion is which applications are best-fit for the advantages of the Cloud. Which applications are safe, secure, and controllable for private and public Cloud or on-premise seems to be more a discussion of the hardware and infrastructure strategy and scalability for our clients.
The topic of TCO drives more C-suite conversations as executives try to get their arms around digital transformation.
In November, we sponsored an ASUG Executive Exchange and a common theme expressed by most executives is controlling IT spend and proliferation, as well as getting more from their current investment.
Total Cost of Ownership is always a relevant discussion. Now more than ever, we are having discussions with clients on how to get more from their current systems. These discussions can take several paths, but typically include one of the following:
- Implementing functionality that they already own, but aren’t using,
- Reviewing existing solutions to see if they still meet the needs of the business, and if they can be served with a better solution,
- Reviewing business needs that may be able to be streamlined with Mobile or Web-based Solutions.
Reducing TCO will be a primary focus of our services in 2017.
On another note, as we enter December, “What about them Cowboys!” It’s been a long time since we have had such an exciting season in Dallas, which is nice since we don’t have the College Football excitement here like those of you in the Big-10, SEC, and ACC with several teams in the College Football Top-10.
We would like to thank all of our clients, partners, consultants and friends for your continued trust in Titan. It is because of you and your trust in us that we come to work with passion and enthusiasm to support you.
We look forward to 2017 to unleash the power of together® and to deliver solutions that help grow your business and realize the full potential of your SAP investment.
Remember to take some time this holiday season to be thankful for what you have achieved this year and enjoy a memorable holiday season with family and friends.