Most CIOs predicted 2016 to be the year of cloud and analytics, so it comes as no surprise as more and more companies are ditching their on-premise infrastructure for a faster and more efficient cloud infrastructure. This is why leading plywood and veneer vendor CenturyPly went live on SAP HANA\u2019s cloud data center in March 2016. The company was upgrading legacy SAP implementations that had been implemented in 2008 in five factories and over 50 branches and warehouses.\n\nAs an in-memory platform that performs smarter analytics applications and makes business processes faster, SAP HANA was the natural progression from its legacy SAP infrastructure to support the company\u2019s business expansion.\n\nAlso read:\u00a0How Networking Helped Century Plyboards Reduce Cost\n\n\u201cCenturyPly\u2019s SAP infrastructure was due for a refresh. The applications became slow and month-end server performance was degraded due to high transaction load,\u201d said Sabyasachi Thakur, general manager SAP and IT, Century Ply. He said there was a need for a scalable model for the company\u2019s ERP server infrastructure so that the in-house IT team could focus more on solving business and end users problems.\n\n\nThe whole process was done in a span of three days of planned downtime, which involved manually carrying all the company\u2019s data from their offices in Kolkata to the datacenter hosted in Mumbai and restoring it on the HANA server.\n\n\nThe new infrastructure is hosted at a managed virtual private cloud (VPC) datacenter in Mumbai with in-memory architecture and high processing speed, which provides users with accelerated business transactions and analytical reports.\n\nThe migration from on-premise to cloud was the biggest challenge. The whole process was done in a span of three days of planned downtime, which involved manually carrying all the company\u2019s data from their offices in Kolkata to the datacenter hosted in Mumbai and restoring it on the HANA server. Any delay would have resulted in loss of business as the entire business runs on SAP, especially in the financially crucial month of March.\n\n\u201cThe implementation had its challenges as we needed to ensure that all existing custom programs and reports developed over years ran smoothly on the new platform,\u201d said Thakur.\n\nInstead of a public cloud, the company opted for a managed VPC on an opex model with a five-year contract, which helped the company keep the TCO low.\n\nKnow more:\u00a0How Fortis Healthcare Moved Entirely to a Public Cloud\n\n\u201cWe sometimes miss out on the opportunity of upgrading and scaling infrastructure in an on-premise model because of the capex cost. This often leads to slow responses and user dissatisfaction at the end of the product lifecycle,\u201d Thakur explained. Having agreed on an opex model, the company can upgrade the hardware at the right time.\n\nCenturyPly has experienced great benefits with this implementation by accelerating transaction entry and report generation. While the time saved varies from transaction to transaction, there is increased overall productivity and efficiency. Reports which used to run in the background for over a day earlier are now executed in less than three hours.\n\n\u201cHaving implemented SAP HANA on managed VPC, CenturyPly is remodeling the financial and costing modules to provide better visibility to product costing and profitability. In the future, we propose to implement applications such as simple finance on HANA as well,\u201d said Thakur.