Less than 18 months ago, research specialist Gartner predicted that the shift to cloud technology would affect more than $1 trillion in IT spending – making cloud computing one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the early days of the digital age.

Ed Anderson, Research Vice President at Gartner, explained that cloud-first strategies would be the foundation for staying relevant. He said: “The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and “born in the cloud” providers.”

The move to a cloud-based infrastructure – or even hybrid versions to retain part of your on-premise offerings, not only create a new IT architecture but also opens up your business to new exciting opportunities, such as the Internet of Things while reducing operating costs and increasing competitiveness.


“The market for cloud services has grown to such an extent that it is now a notable percentage of total IT spending, helping to create a new generation of start-ups and “born in the cloud” providers”

Ed Anderson – Research Vice President at Gartner

Managing applications on PaaS

There are many ways to utilise cloud infrastructure even if an organisation’s existing set-up primarily follows an on-premise strategy and Keytree is helping clients realise the benefits of switching to a more flexible cloud-based platform. We helped one of the world’s largest oil and gas companies move more than 25 apps from SAP Mobile Platform, an on-premise mobile delivery platform to SAP Cloud Platform, which was selected as the Platform as a Service (PaaS) with which to deliver the new era of apps.

The oil and gas giant had a complex internal system landscape with many different versions of backend systems and several different ‘sign on’ mechanisms; therefore, Keytree built a ‘pattern’ approach to enable the apps to be grouped and migrated efficiently. Keytree tackled these through ‘technical proving’ (for each app); a series of tests to check ‘sign on’ from the cloud through to all the backend systems so we could ‘prove’ it functioned as required. The move to the cloud also has some immediate benefits, as it allowed the business to efficiently reassign licensing fees into other parts of its existing SAP infrastructure.

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Hosting nirvana

As an Amazon Web Services (AWS) partner, Keytree also helps companies realise the benefits of moving to the cloud instead of continuing with on-premise. Our range of projects with Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) includes the deployment of the car manufacturer’s SAP CRM system on AWS – completed in days as opposed to spending up to six months deploying a new data centre.

By using AWS to set up a secure, scalable, reliable host for JLR’s SAP CRM system it helped them move their application to a live production environment as quickly as possible. The bonus is the cost, which is significantly cheaper than an on-premise or virtual private cloud solution. Cloud allows JLR to switch to a consumption model, paying for the IT services it uses, and away from the upfront capital cost of new data centres.


Cloud covers many types of services. Therefore, many different workloads can be moved in different ways. What is clear is where the details and method may vary, cloud should be the default.