May 17, 2020

Digital enterprise transformation with SAP and Deloitte

Cloud
Digital Transformation
William Smith
2 min
You can read the full set of questions and answers with Frederic Girardeau-Montaut about SAP and Deloitte in this month’s issue of Gigabit
In this month’s issue of Gigabit, we spoke to Fawaz Al-Nouri, General Manager Transformation Acceleration Programs, EMEA, at SAP, who spoke in part ab...

In this month’s issue of Gigabit, we spoke to Fawaz Al-Nouri, General Manager Transformation Acceleration Programs, EMEA, at SAP, who spoke in part about the assistance consultancy Deloitte provides organisations as they digitally transform. 

“Whether you want to undertake an end-to-end procurement transformation or plan a bigger digital enterprise transformation with cloud technology, Deloitte can help,” he said.

Alongside the profile, Frederic Girardeau-Montaut, leader of Deloitte Consulting LLP’s SAP Ariba practice, shared his insights into what business leaders need to know about the transition as SAP ends support for its SAP Supplier Relationship Management solution in 2025. “For many SAP customers, the next step will be the SAP Ariba cloud suite,” says Girardeau-Montaut. “That’s where SAP is focusing its energy, innovations, and solution enhancements when it comes to procurement.”

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When asked about the possibility of needs changing in the run up to 2025, and whether that affected the adoption of the SAP Ariba cloud suite, Girardeau-Montaut emphasised the versatility of a cloud solution. “With cloud, you can respond, scale, and evolve as the market evolves,” he said. “You can become a more kinetic enterprise—one that moves fast and with impact. Cloud also allows you to more seamlessly integrate capabilities—so you can link SAP Ariba solutions with the SAP S/4HANA digital core, for example, and take it one step further with SAP Integrated Business Planning. The payoff? You can drive intelligent automation and insights across the entire plan-to-procure-to-pay spectrum.”

Girardeau-Montaut also stresses the importance of a holistic digital transformation as opposed to an incremental technology upgrade. “This is an opportunity for a true digital business transformation,” says Girardeau-Montaut. “This is your chance to enable intelligent spend management that can drive savings and efficiencies across the business.''

You can read the full set of questions and answers with Frederic Girardeau-Montaut about SAP and Deloitte in this month’s issue of Gigabit.

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Jun 15, 2021

IT Employees Predict 90% Increase in Cloud Security Spending

Technology
Cloud
Cybersecurity
Investments
Elise Leise
3 min
Companies that took the initiative on cloud platforms are trying to cope with the security risks, according to Devo Technology’s report

As companies get back on their feet post-pandemic, they’re going all-in on cloud applications. In a recent report by Devo Technology titled “Beyond Cloud Adoption: How to Embrace the Cloud for Security and Business Benefits”, 81% of the 500 IT and security team members surveyed said that COVID accelerated their cloud timelines. More than half of the top-performing businesses reported gains in visibility. In fact, the cloud now outnumbers on-premise solutions at a 3:1 ratio

But the benefits are accompanied by significant cybersecurity risks, as cloud infrastructure is more complex than legacy systems. Let’s dive in. 

 

Why Are Cloud Platforms Taking Over? 

According to Forrester, the public cloud infrastructure market could grow 28% over the next year, up to US$113.1bn. Companies shifting to remote work and decentralised workplaces find it easy to store and access information, especially as networks start to share more and more supply chain and enterprise information—think risk mitigation platforms and ESG ratings. 

Here’s the catch: when you shift to the cloud, you choose a more complex system, which often requires cloud-native platforms for network security. In other words, you can’t stop halfway. ‘Only cloud-native platforms can keep up with [the cloud’s] speed and complexity” and ultimately increase visibility and control’, said Douglas Murray, CEO at cloud security provider Valtix. 

Here’s a quick list of the top cloud security companies, as ranked by Software Testing Help: 

 

What are the Security Issues? 

Here’s the bad news. According to Accenture, less than 40% of companies have achieved the full value they expected on their cloud investments. All-in greater complexity has forced companies to spend more to hire skilled tech workers, analyse security data, and manage new cybersecurity threats. 

The two main issues are (1) a lack of familiarity with cloud systems and (2) challenges with shifting legacy security systems to new platforms. Out of the 500 IT employees from Devo Technology’s cloud report, for example, 80% said they’d sorted 40% more security data, suffered from a lack of cloud security training, and experienced a 60% increase in cybersecurity threats. 

How Will Companies React? 

They certainly won’t stop investing in cloud platforms. Out of the 500 enterprise-level companies that Devo Technology talked to throughout North America and Western Europe, 90% anticipated a jump in cloud security spending in 2021. They’ll throw money at automating security processes and investing in security upskilling programmes. 

After all, company executives will find it incredibly difficult to stick with legacy systems when some cloud-centred companies have found success. Since moving from Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) offerings to the cloud, Accenture has saved up to 70% on its processes; recently, the company announced that it would invest US$3bn to help its clients ‘realise the cloud’s business value, speed, cost, talent, and innovation benefits’. 


The company stated: ‘Security is often seen as the biggest inhibitor to a cloud-first journey—but in reality, it can be its greatest accelerator’. 

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