Deloitte NZ leverages AWS collaboration

Cobus Scholtz, Deloitte NZ

Deloitte New Zealand will extend its current Amazon Web Services (AWS) capabilities to deliver solutions that “go beyond a ‘lift-and-shift’ of infrastructure”, to assist their clients to take advantage of the cloud.

It follows the recent global announcement by Deloitte of a collaboration with AWS to form a cloud practice with 2500 practitioners around the world.

According to Deloitte, the global practice will help businesses to change the way they work across their entire organisations, including digital core enterprise applications such as SAP, analytics solutions, and front- and back-office systems.

Deloitte Consulting managing partner Cobus Scholtz said the collaboration is about more just technology.

“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,” said Scholtz.

He added that the New Zealand AWS team takes an approach based on well-planned cloud migrations and innovation that 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. We’re aiming to be the AWS services provider that organisations turn to when they want to move fast with quality and precision,” said Scholtz.

AWS New Zealand country manager Tim Dacombe-Bird said that customers are using the service not only to lower their IT management costs, but also to become more agile and create new business models.

The companies plan to assist customers to undertake accelerated digital core transformations through SAP S/4HANA and BW/4HANA, use industry-specific and pre-configured analytical solutions, and migrate enterprise applications and data to a scalable AWS environment.

Hanno Schupp, head of IT solution centre at Contact Energy, has utilised AWS infrastructure as part of a major recent SAP program, assisted by Deloitte.

“When Contact wanted to migrate our SAP workloads to AWS, we needed a partner with a deep understanding of both SAP and AWS. 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,” said Schupp.

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