Executive Summary

  • This is the page for the only book to make a case for AWS and Google Cloud for SAP and Oracle environments.
  • There are plenty of books that illuminate a specific service in AWS and Google Cloud. This is the book for “why” AWS and Google Cloud, and why is AWS and Google Cloud the best hope that SAP and Oracle customers have for getting the best value from their investments. And why AWS and Google Cloud help combat the overreach of SAP and Oracle into their budgets.
  • The book offers explanations for how to get started with AWS and Google Cloud for these environments, and as well as taking the long view for what AWS and Google Cloud will mean for the future.

How to Leverage AWS and Google Cloud for SAP & Oracle

The Book on the Shift from the On-Premises Model

This book will explain the benefits of leveraging AWS for SAP and Oracle environments. Historically SAP and Oracle environments have built their entire business model based upon on-premises. They have been two of the most successful software vendors under the on-premises model. However, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, or GCP is the official name for the Google cloud offering. Still, we will refer to it as “Google Cloud” for this book) and even Azure is changing things very rapidly, allowing for the testing of software in a way that was not possible just a few years ago. AWS has the lead over all other cloud entities regarding size and growth. However, we predict that Google Cloud will get closer to AWS in the future. Amazon and Google are competitors with one another, and as with most competition, the customer wins.

The Book on the Changing Efficiency of IT Brought by AWS & Google Cloud

AWS and Google Cloud are changing the game for enterprise software in a way that people with work experience only in on-premises software will have a hard time processing. In their history, SAP and Oracle never attempted to increase efficiency. SAP and Oracle projects have not changed much over decades with the same model, designed around maximizing consulting billing hours in a one-off “job shop” implementation strategy followed. Instead, their strategy was to take a high margin model, with high margin consulting and high overhead software and databases, and market that approaches to as many companies as possible.

The result?

SAP and Oracle customers have the highest TCO, and SAP and Oracle have developed into the most challenging vendors to work with.

The Book on the Ability to Move Away from Proprietary Hardware

A critical component of AWS and Google Cloud is the ability to move away from proprietary hardware. AWS and Google Cloud have fantastic economies of scale in hardware and data center technology and management. How could a company put together a hardware setup that is competitive on price or flexibility with AWS/GCP? Those data centers have many economies of scale. It’s like mass production, versus a job shop for an IT department.

If we look at a big company, say Chevron, they are still not going to have the scale or competence of AWS/GCP. Does anyone seem to Chevron for technology? Of course not.

The Book on the True Pathway Away from SAP and Oracle Cloud and Infrastructure Advice

The most significant opportunity to improve SAP and Oracle environments is not by taking more advice from SAP and Oracle, or by investing more money with those two vendors, but rather to understand how AWS and Google Cloud can be leveraged. SAP and Oracle don’t want this. They prefer passive customers that do what they are told.

However, those are not the customers that will get the most value from SAP or Oracle.

A Book Based in Reality

Currently, to get business, many companies are making migration appear more straightforward than it is. This book is not about marketing or getting people in a lather about AWS and Google Cloud, but about getting realistic information to readers. The book provides many examples from real-life project experiences, the emphasis being on the reality of these projects.

Our Authors

Our three authors, Shaun Snapp, Ahmed Azmi, and Mark Dalton, combine for decades of SAP and Oracle experience and five years of AWS/Google Cloud experience.

Shaun Snapp

Shaun Snapp is the managing editor for Brightwork Research & Analysis. He is a long time SAP consultant and researcher. Brightwork covers a variety of topics but has a strong focus on SAP. Brightwork has increasingly been focused on researching how to combine AWS and Google Cloud services with SAP on-premises environments.
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Ahmed Azmi

Ahmed is a senior advisor for the minister of information technology and a member of the advisory board at the national telecommunication regulatory authority. Previously, he held senior leadership positions at Sybase, HP, Oracle, and SAP. Ahmed is a contributing member of the international executive association. A guest speaker at Dubai Gitex, Flat6labs, and DTEC. And a featured author on Armatic.com, Brightwork Research & Analysis, and Autodeploy.net.
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Mark Dalton

Mark’s deep commitment to creating transformational outcomes using enterprise software for customers has been a driving force throughout his career. Working at JD Edwards, Mark was able to see how great organizations focus on the customer and developed the first multi-channel business intelligence platform across the organization. That experience has guided how Mark views the importance of organizational alignment of sales, customer support, product development, and marketing to enable a superior customer experience.
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Interconnected to Web Information

In order the keep the book at a manageable and easily readable length, the book also provides numerous links out to the Brightwork Research & Analysis site, where supporting articles allow readers to get into more detail on topics that interest them.


  • Chapter 1: What are Oracle and SAP Really Investing in Cloud?
  • Chapter 2: Moving From Oracle to Open Source Databases with AWS and Google Cloud
  • Chapter 3: Database Migration, The AWS RDS and Google Cloud SQL
  • Chapter 4: Complications of Migrating SAP to the Cloud
  • Chapter 5: SAP and Oracle Pricing Versus AWS and Google Cloud Pricing
  • Chapter 6: AWS and SAP Cloud Versus SAP Cloud and Oracle Cloud
  • Chapter 7: Where is SaaS/PaaS/IaaS Going in the Future?
  • Chapter 8: Sliming and Re-platforming the Data Warehouse into the Data Lake with Cloud Services
  • Chapter 9: Speed: How AWS and Google Cloud Speeds Implementation of SAP and Oracle: Why You Can’t Listen to Consulting Firms About AWS and Google Cloud
  • Chapter 10: Responding to Oracle Arguments
  • Chapter 11: Responding to SAP Arguments
  • Chapter 12: The Hybrid Cloud: AWS for On-Premises with VMware Cloud for AWS and AWS Services for On-Premises
  • Chapter 13: Case Studies

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