Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 76 | Page 7


Greetings to the readers of Intelligent CIO Africa . Adoption of public cloud is usually a game changer for most enterprises . The larger the organisation and the more diverse its business application stack , the more complex will be migration to public cloud . And it does help if the business application vendor on-premises and the public cloud are the same .

In this month ’ s lead feature we present Royal Eswatini Sugar Corp ’ s journey from legacy , on-premises SAP to SAP S / 4HANA Public Cloud . Cost savings , rapid time to market , access to analytics , and end to end integration are some of the early benefits that Rob Coombe , Group IT Manager has experienced from the successful implementation .
Turn these pages to read more about Royal Eswatini Sugar Corp journey into the public cloud .
In this month ’ s CIO Opinion , Cameron Beveridge at SAP explains why African businesses need to follow well-trodden path while moving to the cloud . Understanding how and where the journey to the cloud should start remains the biggest obstacles for African organisations .
And in our Final Word section , Bernard Montel at Tenable writes that cyber threat actors see an opportunity as African energy companies embrace renewable energy and digital microgrids . Renewable energy companies in Africa must protect against cyber threats targeting assets .
One of the factors for success around deployment of SAP S / 4HANA is usage of best-practice processes , which meant the manufacturer could implement without any requirements of customisation . More importantly , SAP S / 4HANA has opened the portfolio of opportunities enabling Royal Eswatini Sugar Corp to add solutions , from sensors in the field measuring moisture content to improving warehousing .
Moving forward , in one of our most thumbed sections Editor ’ s Question , we invited responses from the industry to describe the approach CIOs and IT decision makers need to adopt to reduce the cost of IT operations across the enterprise and IT organisation .
All of this and our range of thought leadership blogs , news , and trends in the pages ahead . Happy reading .
The public cloud platform has given Royal Eswatini Sugar Corp confidence to relook at its processes of innovation across the business . The manufacturer is using SAP S / 4HANA to run everything from schools to roads to refuse to sugarcane production .
Arun Shankar Managing Editor
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