​Deloitte delivers on Kiwi cloud promise through AWS / SAP collaboration

​Deloitte delivers on Kiwi cloud promise through AWS / SAP collaboration

Consultancy powerhouse bolsters cloud capabilities across New Zealand through vendor partnerships.

Deloitte is supercharging its cloud capabilities as businesses become more digitally focused, with the consultancy powerhouse leveraging collaborative partnerships with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SAP across New Zealand.

Fresh from deepening ties with the world’s leading cloud provider through establishing an AWS cloud practice, the global system integrator (GSI) is now drawing on the capabilities of 2,500 practitioners globally at a local level.

Specifically, the joint practice will allow Kiwi businesses to tap into digital core enterprise applications such as SAP, analytics solutions, and front and back-office systems.

As a result, the collaboration sees Deloitte extend its current AWS capabilities in New Zealand, delivering solutions that go beyond a “lift-and-shift” approach to infrastructure, to take full advantage of the benefits of cloud.

“The collaboration is about more than just technology,” Deliotte Consulting managing partner Cobus Scholtz, said.

“It allows us to assist our clients from cloud strategy, to procurement, to considering the effects of cloud on their workforce. And our SAP customers can take advantage of our SAP AWS capability to accelerate their core transformation.”

As reported by sister publication ARN, Deloitte will leverage the cloud expertise of five acquisitions completed across Australia and New Zealand within the last two years, aligning with global ambitions to aid business transformation in the years ahead.

The professional services giant will employ 2,500 practitioners globally as part of an AWS-dedicated cloud practice roll-out, designed to “de-risk” migration of enterprise applications to the public cloud.

Specifically, Deloitte will utilise the cloud platform to build and host more than 20 preconfigured SAP S/4HANA industry solutions.

“AWS customers in New Zealand are driving down the cost of managing IT, but more importantly are becoming more agile and creating new business models by using AWS,” Amazon Web Services New Zealand country manager, Tim Dacombe-Bird, added.

“We expect the collaboration with Deloitte should support the ability of our New Zealand customers to use mission critical applications on AWS.”

Cloud approach

According to Scholtz, and in cutting through industry hype, the cloud is about more than swapping one data centre for another.

“It’s about leveraging the advantages of cloud to their fullest, to improve technology capability and increase agility,” he explained.

For Scholtz, the key facets of this centre around elasticity, scalability, automation, and global reach, with Deloitte aiming to provide a service capable of maximising such advantages as it moves Kiwi customers away from the “slow and costly infrastructure issues” of the past.

In terms of technology, Deloitte and AWS will use SAP S/4HANA, SAP BW/4HANA and the SAP HANA platform to speed up ability in a digital context, with Contact Energy recently utilising the service in New Zealand.

"When Contact wanted to migrate our SAP workloads to AWS, we needed a partner with a deep understanding of both SAP and AWS,” Contact Energy CIO, Hanno Schupp, added.

“Deloitte delivered on both fronts and were key to the success of this project. We expected our move from a legacy data centre to SAP HANA database hosted in AWS to deliver faster response times and easier integration with the analytics and visualisation tools our business enjoys using, and it delivered on this.

“But what exceeded our expectations was that fact that the new solution was much cheaper to run too, even when factoring in additional licensing costs.”

From a SAP perspective, the collaboration between Deloitte and AWS provides an opportunity to “extend the vision of streamlined business” to more organisations across New Zealand.

“We are delighted to see that Deloitte and AWS are collaborating to help accelerate delivery and operations of our clients’ SAP HANA-based solutions,” SAP president of data and data management business, Greg McStravick, added.

“SAP HANA brings a modern approach to data management, allowing clients to transform their businesses for next-generation industry-specific solutions. Deloitte’s work with AWS will further enable our mutual clients to drive innovation and ultimately run simple.”

In looking ahead, Scholtz said Deloitte’s New Zealand-based AWS team will offer "well planned cloud migrations and cloud-based innovation", which includes a strong focus on automation to speed up delivery.

“It’s incredible to think that we can now create a full AWS architecture in a few minutes - something that used to take days if not weeks,” he added.

“We’re aiming to be the AWS services provider that organisations turn to when they want to move fast with quality and precision.”

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