Shyam Steel Modernizes while Optimizing Costs with SAP on AWS
Migrating SAP to the Cloud for Improved Performance
By running SAP on AWS, Shyam Steel has sped up report generation, enabled more granular data access, and automated backups. It benefits from ongoing technical support from AWS and AWS Advanced Consulting Partner PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt Ltd. (PwC), who’s also a managed service provider for SAP and Shyam Steel’s long-term business consultant.
“Because SAP is the heart of our business, it needs to be supported by a highly trusted and reliable cloud provider. We selected AWS based on recommendations from SAP and PwC and the customer references we had received,” Tripathi says. Since migrating, Shyam Steel has reduced its cost of operating SAP on AWS by 25 percent. The monthly savings are due to increased automation, alongside lower cooling and hardware maintenance fees. The on-demand computing model on AWS also enables the business to only pay for servers that are in use.
“Because SAP is the heart of our business, it needs to be supported by a highly trusted and reliable cloud provider. We selected AWS based on recommendations from SAP and PwC and the customer references we had received.”
Prakash Mani Tripathi
General Manager of Information Technology,
Reduced Time for Generating Key Reports
The improvement in reporting capabilities extends to other SAP users at Shyam Steel as well. Members of the finance team often had to pull accounting reports from SAP and combine them with data in Microsoft Excel to extract key month-end profit and loss figures. Now, the need to use Excel is eliminated. SAP S/4HANA on AWS offers more granular data access and the potential to combine data in new ways. It’s also well-integrated with third-party applications, such as those used for business intelligence.
“Running reports was a big challenge in our previous system, but now our teams get the data they need in just a few minutes. Everyone’s happy to work with new, high-functioning technology that gives them more options for downloads, dashboards, and even analytics,” says Tripathi.
Optimized Architecture with 25% Cost Savings
Furthermore, the business is also saving time from a reduction in labor required to perform daily backups. These were previously a highly manual practice, with several employees managing dedicated servers and the transfer process to tape. AWS Backint Agent and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) now automates these. Backups are performed according to custom intervals set by Shyam Steel and recommendations in Amazon S3 lifecycle policies.
Altogether, these practices reduce the time spent on backups by 50 percent. For Shyam Steel, the ability to change backup policies and duration at the click of a button is particularly useful, as auditors in the manufacturing industry frequently alter their backup recommendations for compliance.
Robust Security Monitoring and New Analytics Potential
The suite of AWS services in use has increased automation for Shyam Steel in many ways, including automatic hardware recovery, and starting and stopping servers using AWS Lambda functions. As a result, the IT team is focused on developing analytics capabilities that leverage all the data the company now has at its fingertips. They also continue to deepen their knowledge of AWS and the range of functionality available on the AWS Cloud through online tutorials. “There are many new capabilities to explore all the time, and we look forward to working with AWS further to help us build an infrastructure to support our next phase of data and analytics,” Tripathi concludes.
About Shyam Steel
Benefits of AWS
- Reduces time to generate reports from 12 hours to 3 hours
- Lowers cost of running SAP S/4HANA by 25%
- Reduces backup time by 50% with automation
- Accesses new dashboards and provides more granular data reporting
- Improves security with zero data breaches
AWS Services Used
SAP on AWS
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