When getting the suitable product to the suitable particular person is a matter of life and demise, you don’t need to have to fret about how nicely your ERP system is performing. That’s why FFF Enterprises, Inc. (FFF), a number one provider of critical-care biopharmaceuticals, plasma merchandise, and vaccines—together with these used to guard towards COVID-19—selected emigrate its core SAP enterprise functions to Google Cloud. “Our mission is to secure the biopharmaceutical supply chain and ultimately achieve the goal of ‘Helping Healthcare Care,’” says Brian Wemple, SAP Technical Supervisor at FFF. “We’re 100% dependent on the ERP system. It runs the business by integrating with our e-commerce systems; our pick, pack and ship; and our business intelligence. It has to be always available and always accurate.”
FFF’s enterprise and fame rely upon having a safe, dependable, and high-performance expertise spine. “Our supply chain security is second to none,” Wemple says. “With over 33 years of counterfeit-free product distribution, we take pride in the fact that our healthcare providers can purchase through us with confidence, knowing we make the safety of their patients our top priority. Our commitment to purchase directly from the manufacturer ensures the integrity of our supply channel is never compromised.”
In 2016, FFF selected to host its SAP S/4HANA on-premises functions—together with SAP’s Enterprise Intelligence suite, BusinessObjects (BOBJ)—on a personal cloud in hopes of accelerating scalability. However the outcomes fell wanting expectations. “To upgrade a server, we had to place a change order to get a statement of work quote from the hosting company, approve the statement of work, then wait for the hardware to be provisioned and turned over to us to install and configure the application,” Wemple remembers. “Not quite the nimble, rapid response we were looking for.” After working SAP on legacy infrastructure for a while and experiencing core swap outages, server outages, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) edge router outages, and different points, FFF knew it wanted to revisit its expertise infrastructure.
Google Cloud and Managecore: Deep expertise with SAP
After reviewing its choices, FFF selected emigrate from its outdated internet hosting platform to Google Cloud. “Our decision was based on many factors, such as the ability to spin up and down servers on demand, as well as the strong relationship between SAP and Google Cloud,” Wemple explains. FFF chosen Wisconsin-based Managecore, a Licensed Premier Google Cloud Accomplice, to carry out the migration with ongoing SAP and Cloud managed providers thereafter. “Managecore is our partner for our entire SAP environment,” Wemple notes. “Their knowledge of Google Cloud is superior to anybody else that I’ve spoken with, and with that extra knowledge, they’re able to offer solutions that both reduce our costs and improve our performance.”
“The Managecore team leveraged our years of SAP technical expertise, and leading-edge tools to flawlessly execute the SAP to Google Cloud migration for FFF Enterprises within a rigorous time frame. Working with Brian and the FFF Enterprises leadership team for the migration was a real pleasure and continues to be as we manage their SAP landscape on the Google Cloud,” says Nick Miletich, Chief Expertise Officer for Managecore.
Managecore carried out the migration to Google Cloud within the tight 12-week time-frame that FFF required and upgraded FFF’s IT structure to help higher availability and reliability for its SAP methods. FFF now runs important SAP S/4HANA functions, together with BusinessObjects, Gross sales and Distribution, Materials Administration, FICO, Warehouse Administration, and extra, on Google Cloud all managed by Managecore.
A quicker, extra reliable infrastructure with 80% improved efficiency
“We’ve experienced an 80% improvement in the speed of our SAP environment for a lower monthly cost than we saw with our previous provider,” Wemple says concerning the migration to Google Cloud. “Our SAP applications are so much more reliable than they were previously. We’ve had no outages since we’ve gone live—that’s just a perfect situation for us.”
With out the necessity to preserve methods or fear about outages, FFF’s IT staff has extra time and assets to deal with innovation and help. The transfer to Google Cloud additionally paves the way in which for additional digital transformation, together with superior analytics and Web of Issues (IoT). “Since we went live on the Google Cloud in January 2019, we have expanded our footprint at Google Cloud,” Wemple says. “We’re now taking advantage of Google Cloud technology such as BigQuery, Cloud Data Fusion, Kubernetes Engine and IoT tools, just to name a few. Managecore has been helping us along the way, putting everything together.”
In the long run, Wemple says, having a reliable and responsive associate to host and handle its core methods lets FFF Enterprises get again to the essential work at hand. “Our business is distributing lifesaving medical supplies with speed, reliability, and integrity,” he says. “It is not to worry about our ERP system. For that reason and many more, we look forward to a long and prosperous partnership with Google Cloud.”
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