La Trobe University is the first organisation in the world to go live with SAP’s S/4HANA Cloud platform.
The country’s 16th largest university by enrollment has been running the SAP Simple Finance cloud application since Easter and plans to move all its infrastructure to the SAP Enterprise Cloud by the end of the year.
La Trobe expects to achieve an increase in efficiency of more than 20 per cent across its business units.
During implementation process, it moved multiple legacy systems onto one. All are now running in SAP’s public Cloud infrastructure in Sydney.
The University currently operates it’s own datacentre on campus that is set to close in 2016 after all its IT infrastructure has been moved to SAP's datacentre.
La Trobe University executive director and chief information officer, Peter Nikoletatos, said despite the increased distance the data has to travel, performance has increased.
“We are creating time for our staff – simplifying our processes and giving much more capacity back to the business.
Those benefits are translating to hours and days. They [La Trobe staff] can use that time to be much more effective, either enhancing student experience, research, or anything that changes our value proposition in the sector."
Nikoletatos estimated that with the platform fully deployed, La Trobe can deliver up to one day back per week to professional staff across its operations.
SAP A/NZ president and managing director, Andrew Barkla, said the relationship with La Trobe has been one of true partnership.
"We share its vision of delivering value to customers, and this value is inherent in moving to the cloud and powering applications with the real-time capabilities of SAP HANA. This is our vision to help organisations not only run better, but run simple.”
The university also plans to move its SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence suite - components of the SAP Student Lifecycle Management and SAP Governance Risk and Compliance applications - to the HANA Cloud.
SAP has bet on the success of its Cloud model and only time will tell if itpays off.