If you’ve wanted to explore the benefits of the SAP HANA platform for your midsized business, now could be a good time, because SAP has migrated all of its SAP Business ByDesign customers to SAP HANA in the cloud.

SAP Business ByDesign is a cloud-based enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for mid-market companies and subsidiaries. It has become a key business process platform that customers use to build and run their own add-on services—which now total more than 2,600 add-ons and integration scenarios.

In 2016 alone, a worldwide customer base of mostly midsized companies relied on the SAP Business ByDesign solution to process a staggering 258 million accounting documents, 24 million customer invoices, and 15 million sales orders.

Given substantial customer growth and the ever-increasing need for more compute power, SAP made a strategic decision in 2016 to upgrade all of its customers from aging SAP MaxDB and TREX storage environments to SAP HANA databases running on new servers based on the Intel Xeon processor E7 v4 family. By doing so, SAP has enabled its customers to take full advantage of the SAP HANA platform’s capabilities.

For SAP’s worldwide operations team, the migration proved to be a massive undertaking that had to be implemented on top of all the critical day-to-day maintenance required to keep the SAP Business ByDesign solution up and running.

SAPinBlogIn August, the team started migrating SAP’s own SAP HANA sales-demo systems. Starting the migration in-house with the company’s own technology on the line signaled SAP’s total commitment to the upgrade and generated valuable early feedback critical to the success of the rest of the project.

Subsequent migration of test and live production environments started in October 2016, requiring coordination with almost 3,600 customers worldwide. Downtime was mostly reduced to approximately 30 hours beginning on a Friday before coming back online Sunday morning.

By early December, SAP’s worldwide operations team had completed migrating the entire SAP Business ByDesign productive landscape across its growing constellation of data centers.

Click here to learn more about SAP Business ByDesign—now powered by the SAP HANA platform on the latest Intel processors. You can also read more about the migration here.

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