Enterprise business is becoming very challenging day by day and in order to counter the challenges, there need to have alternative and smart ways from their IT departments. Therefore, increasingly the enterprises are adopting hosted services or cloud services strategy to optimise their employees’ performance.
Look around you. You will see many people fully engaged with their mobiles. Personal and professional work – it’s all getting done on the mobile phone. The app culture is very much here, and there is no tolerance for latency or delays. A real-time generation is in action.
But ‘real time’ is not just a term for the generation glued to the small screen. It is also for enterprises. We are now well into the digital economy, the new way of doing business for all enterprises, whether traditional or digital.
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“With Progression team’s expert solutioning and support, and the access to on-demand infrastructure during the migration, we were able to go live in record time of just 42 days!,”
GM-IT, Lumax Industries
Can enterprises wait for weeks to get business critical reports of the previous month? Can you wait for invoices to be generated a few hours later? Should IT infrastructure performance and uptime issues come in the way?
In fact, enterprises eyeing great growth know that, ten minutes isn’t good enough. Near real-time isn’t good enough. Only real-time will do.
It is the way forward, for all businesses, says JB Hooda, Co-founder and Director, Progression Infonet. As an IT infrastructure and Managed Cloud services provider, Progression has been seeing some trends that indicate the emergence of the real-time enterprise. Here are a few.
The SAP HANA shift: With giant strides made in the in-memory computing space championed by SAP, we now have enterprises moving to the SAP HANA platform and reporting significant breakthroughs. At Progression, we expect the majority of SAP HANA implementations to be upgrades from older versions of SAP. However, we also expect a small share of mid-size businesses that have not gone the ERP route yet, to dive right into SAP HANA. And we expect this segment to grow in the coming year.
One of Progression’s clients in the domain of auto components manufacturing, Lumax Industries and its sister companies, have moved to SAP on HANA on a hosted private cloud at our data center. And the entire organization is seeing some great gains in terms of real time business. Six-monthly reports that would take over 24 hours to be collated by their older ERP system are now ready within 20 minutes! That means decision making is now real time. Backups would take 12-15 hours in their older setup; with SAP HANA it’s down to 1.5 hours! Online transactions are also now noticeably faster, so productivity gains are huge.
If you think that it takes a very long time to get your business enabled on HANA, think again. Lumax had planned for HANA project to take 3 months, as the work involved migration of OSs, databases and a version change of EHP for SAP ECC. “With Progression team’s expert solutioning and support, and the access to on-demand infrastructure during the migration, we were able to go live in record time of just 42 days!,” says Lalit Madan, GM-IT, Lumax Industries.
Mid-size enterprises going real-time than large behemoths: Mid-size enterprises hungry for growth won’t wait for technologies to mature or new business models to consolidate and streamline. They are nimble and quicker to adopt new technologies which enable them to be real-time. They are fearlessly exploring cloud models with stringent managed services, and they are setting up greenfield HANA implementations. They are leveraging their size to move faster and garner new differentiators and technological leadership to enable great growth.
Real-time View of IT Infra: Enterprises now need real-time view of their IT infrastructure. IT heads get alerts on SMS and mail, or through online dashboards accessed on desktops. But, in the real time era, is this good enough? Progression now enables IT heads to have IT infrastructure view right in their mobile through an app that gives visual data trends, and real-time data on a host of performance indicators. According to Mr Rohit Luthra, Co-founder & Director, Progression Infonet, “An app is all the client IT team needs to keep track of the health of their IT infrastructure. It means less intrusion, more decision making power and more control on the infra for them.”
This is the kind of innovation enterprises need today to stay on top of their business and take decisions quickly with real-time data and insights. Ever since its inception in 1995, Progression has been at the forefront of technology delivering outstanding IT infrastructure services to create significant business value for its customers. Today, Progression delivers a comprehensive range of cloud offerings, remote management services, managed hosting and DR services to its valued customers across the world. Progression handles the entire lifecycle of IT deployment.
Progression has helped clients like Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Private Ltd, Maruti Suzuki, Interglobe Enterprises Limited deploy optimized on-premise infrastructure to run their business critical applications with uptime that their businesses demand. Many mid-size enterprises such as Religare Wellness Limited, Lumax Auto Technologies Ltd and SKH Metals Ltd have been enabled by Progression to make their move to the managed private cloud model, thereby enabling them to easily embrace change and rapid growth in business.
Now in its 21st year of operation, Progression’s differentiation is simple, which is evidenced by its motto, whatever IT takes. Hooda says, “Whatever IT takes is the attitude that can solve challenges faced by clients, night or day, workday or not. This is the attitude that helps Progression’s team find easy workable solutions where others can’t spot one. This is the attitude that ensures infrastructure is always available for business. And that’s what ensures businesses are real time!”