More and more enterprises “All-In” with AWS – When will you Start?

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This blog is long overdue, especially based on the number of times I am being asked about the AWS adoption in large enterprises. And yes, this is not well known, but a growing list of world renowned companies are going “all-in” with Amazon Web Services for SAP workloads and beyond. But first of all, what does “All-In” even mean? 

Great blog read: Going “All-In” on Amazon Web Services

Since I am talking about AWS here, I find it most appropriate to refer to a definition given by AWS themselves. In a public sector blog from earlier this year, “going all-in on AWS, mean[s customers] have declared that AWS is their strategic cloud platform.” All organizations listened, like Notre Dame, National Democratic Institute, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago and more, are at various stages of their transformation. While Notre Dame is a year in and a third done, Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago pulled the plug on their last on premise workload earlier this year. 

While the original blog is definitely worth a read, I am listing a few of the tidbits that really resonated with me when reading: 

  • Initial pilots led to success highlighting the overall capabilities and possibilities like scalability, cost savings and most importantly business value with AWS. Of course, this led to an acceleration in the migration to cloud.
  • “Look for things that are as straightforward as possible to guarantee success,” advised Mike Chapple, Sr. Director for IT Service Delivery, Notre Dame.
  • The successful leaders of the mentioned cloud transformations “told the cloud story”. In other words, trusted internal change agents are a proven way to take advantage of the next wave in enterprise IT.


AWS Enterprise Success Stories

I am an avid attendee of AWS events like the AWS Summits that is touring major cities in all continents. Especially at these summit events, AWS showcases exciting enterprise use cases. I especially liked the following.


Kellogg’s Moves Mission-Critical SAP Apps to AWS for Better Reliability and Performance

Kellogg’s is a company most of us know and love. But honestly, would you have expected them being on the leading edge of could adoption? Yes, they are: Starting in 2013, they have moved their mission critical enterprise class high performance SAP workloads into AWS. And this also includes SAP HANA on the latest X1 instances. 

And based on their two Availability Zone (AZ) architecture, Kellogg’s now benefits from increased reliability, improved performance and faster replication across systems for business continuity and disaster recovery.  

But best of all, Kellogg’s is now in a perfect position to build strategic applications around Digital Consumer experience and more.

 If you want to hear the full story, please listen to the video here.

More SAP Case Studies

Visit this page on the AWS website to see many more examples for companies moving to AWS. The most prominent names and often household names are the following:


  • Brooks Brothers – SAP HANA
  • Coca Cola İçecek – SAP Business Suite
  • RWE – SAP Business Suite
  • Lionsgate – SAP Business Suite
  • IATA – SAP Business Objects
  • GE Oil & Gas – SAP Hybris
  • NOTE: Even more large enterprise case studies can be found here.

I hope this intrigues you to start exploring a path to the cloud and AWS for your own enterprise. And as Mike Chapple, Sr. Director for IT Service Delivery, Notre Dame states, “Look for things that are as straightforward as possible to guarantee success.” 

I would love to hear about the status quo of your cloud endeavors. Please do leave a comment below. 


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