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SAP Business-Critical Applications Gaining Momentum on AWS

GE Oil & Gas, Kellogg’s, Brooks Brothers, Ferrara Candy Company, GPT Group, Hoya Corporation, Lionsgate, Macmillan Publishers India, RWE Czech Republic, Zappos.com, and Bart & Associates Inc., among the many customers running SAP on AWS

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 17, 2016-- Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), shared today that more and more AWS customers, across virtually every industry and geography, are running SAP applications on the AWS Cloud and experiencing the agility, scalability, security, and cost savings of the world’s most comprehensive cloud platform for their business applications. Customers can launch entire enterprise software stacks from SAP and run their businesses seamlessly – whether they want to use AWS for development and test, or run their production SAP environments on AWS. SAP has verified and certified various solutions for production deployment on AWS, including S/4HANA, SAP Business Suite on HANA, Business Warehouse on HANA, SAP HANA, SAP Business All-in-One, SAP Business One, SAP BusinessObjects, SAP Database and Mobile Solutions. To learn more about running SAP on AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com/sap.

“Enterprise usage of SAP on AWS is growing incredibly fast across all verticals and geographies as enterprises get more comfortable running their most important applications on AWS and the cloud,” said Terry Wise, Vice President, Worldwide Partner Ecosystem, AWS. “Since becoming the first public cloud platform to be certified to run SAP production workloads in 2011, AWS has continued to innovate to deliver the capabilities and operational performance enterprise customers need to run their most critical business applications with confidence on the AWS Cloud.”

General Electric (GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE Oil & Gas is pioneering the company’s digital transformation, a key part of which is its journey to the cloud. “At GE we have to tag, monitor, measure, and automate every one of our business-critical applications and start to create patterns that allow us to make those reusable. Using the AWS Cloud has transformed how we approach this,” said Ben Cabanas, Chief Technology Officer, GE Transportation and previous Cloud Architect for GE Oil & Gas. “We are currently running more than half of our core applications on AWS, including several SAP applications, such as SAP Hybris and SAP BI. To date, we’ve achieved a 52 percent reduction in our total cost of ownership due to using the AWS Cloud and plan to continue migrating critical applications to AWS – our goal is to migrate at least 500 of our applications.”

Founded in 1818, Brooks Brothers is a leading retailer of fashion wear and accessories in the United States. “Using AWS to deploy and operate our SAP environments makes us more nimble in our approach to launching and testing new SAP software-based retail projects – reducing the time it takes from weeks to hours,” said Sahal Laher, Executive Vice President and CIO, Brooks Brothers. “Reducing our time to production means we can get new initiatives to market faster, and if some things aren’t providing the desired business results in pilot mode, we can quickly shut those down, allowing us to put greater focus on initiatives that drive revenue.”

Lionsgate is a diversified global entertainment company that produces feature films and television programming for a worldwide audience. “We have been using AWS for six years and have achieved significant savings in infrastructure costs,” said Theresa Miller, CIO and Executive Vice President, Information Technology, Lionsgate. “As a predominately SAP shop, the ability to run SAP Business Suite and Business Warehouse on AWS is very important for our enterprise IT, especially when it comes to experimenting with new workloads. Running our IT infrastructure on AWS lowers the traditional barriers that slow innovation, allowing us the flexibility to spin-up and test new workloads in near real time. This agility gives my team the confidence to try new things.”

Ferrara Candy Company was founded in 1908 and has become a $1 billion confectionery company in the United States. “Following a merger of Ferrara Pan Candy with Farley’s & Sathers, we were left with an incoherent analytical environment. Our existing solutions could not deliver timely, actionable business insight needed to make business-critical decisions,” said Mustafa Mustafa, IT Director of Business Intelligence and Application Development, Ferrara Candy Company. “The ability to run SAP BusinessObjects on HANA in AWS enables unparalleled agility for reports and analytics across our business. Finance, sales, and operations teams now have easy access to full data sets and the ability to analyze on demand, ensuring a streamlined analytical process for making strategic, tactical, and operational decisions. Our collaboration with AWS enabled us to scale our footprint in-step with superior delivered value, a key AWS differentiator!”

About Amazon Web Services

For 10 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 70 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, analytics, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise applications from 33 Availability Zones (AZs) across 12 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Korea, and Singapore. AWS services are trusted by more than a million active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit http://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about.

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