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Tips on how to choose the best cloud managed service provider to maximize the value of your SAP deployment

Originally broadcast on:
Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016
Time: 11:00 am EDT/ 8:00 am PDT
Duration: 60 minutes (including Q&A)

Hosted by SAPinsider, sponsored by IBM

Increasing numbers of SAP customers are moving their SAP systems to the cloud, attracted by the flexibility, cost savings, and other benefits cloud computing offers. For many of these SAP customers, third-party experts provide an ideal route to successful cloud adoption. However, many SAP systems are highly mission-critical, and customers don't want to hand them over to just anyone. Partnering with the wrong provider could jeopardize these essential systems.

So how do you go about choosing the right cloud services provider to handle your SAP systems?

Attend this webinar for tips on what to look for when choosing a cloud service provider. Gain advice for determining what key considerations need to be kept in mind when making this choice, including::

• The primary characteristics a company should look for when choosing a cloud services partner
• How to arrive at the right service-level agreement (SLA) for your business
• How to ensure that your data will be properly secured
• What questions to ask to ensure your partner has the right technical expertise for your particular landscape
• How to determine what workloads the cloud service provider has the most expertise in

Featured Speakers:

Mark Nordick, Director, Global SAP Cloud Sales, IBM

Mark Nordick is the Global Director for SAP Cloud Sales. In his current role Mark leads the go to market activities around SAP Cloud globally for IBM and works with leading corporations to help define their future SAP Cloud strategy. Mark has been with IBM for over 18 years and held a number of leadership roles across the U.S. and Pacific, most recently as the VP for Account Management at SoftLayer, a cloud computing company that IBM acquired in 2013. Mark lives in Dallas, TX and is graduate of the University of North Texas.

Madhuri Chawla, Director & CTO, IBM Global Cloud Services for SAP Technical Sales & Solutioning, IBM Global Cloud Services

Madhuri is an IBM Executive responsible for Global SAP Technical Sales in Cloud Services. She is known for providing strategic direction in cloud services transformation initiatives for customers and business partners. Her direction in the development of Cloud Services largest cloud offerings to date was instrumental in taking the managed applications cloud offerings to market. She works with enterprise customers on a worldwide basis, in helping them define their IT roadmaps and cloud transformation journey.

She has extensive IT and business experience in which she led many innovative solutions for clients and has negotiated partnerships with key business partners such as SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Her areas of expertise include cloud services strategy, systems and service management integration, solution architecture and business process re-engineering.