Accenture has announced a service to enable SAP ERP and NetWeaver Business Warehouse customers to migrate easily to lower-cost, managed private cloud infrastructure.
The service was unveiled at the SAP customer and partner event Sapphire Now, taking place in Madrid 9 to 10 November.
The service is intended to enhance the performance of systems running SAP applications, improve flexibility, lower costs and use newer SAP technologies, including analytics and mobility.
Accenture said migrations can be delivered in under six months at a fixed price.
"Clients stand to realise a reduction in total cost of ownership, while also benefitting from the ability to deploy new SAP systems quickly," said Kevin Campbell, group chief executive of technology at Accenture.
"We're pleased to be taking our relationship with SAP to an even greater level of commitment by sharpening and deepening our focus in this strategic growth area," he said.
The infrastructure of Accenture's private cloud service is based on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS).
"With UCS, clients can move to a new category of enterprise applications from large, expensive servers to UCS, a smaller, highly efficient virtualised system powered by low-cost microprocessors," said Jack Sepple, global managing director of the Accenture & Cisco Business Group.
"The UCS platform is a great example of achieving higher performance at a lower cost," he said.
Some businesses are uncomfortable moving business-critical systems off-premise to the public cloud, but private cloud systems offer the same efficiency and performance benefits, said Sepple, while providing a level of data security and integrity found with on-premise legacy technologies.
In the case of Accenture's private cloud solution, Accenture will manage the applications and infrastructure being delivered to the client.
"Accenture and SAP possess a unique combination of skills, experience and capabilities to deliver an infrastructure transformation solution," said Mark Willford, global managing director of Accenture's SAP business. "We intend to help our customers maximise the performance of their SAP enterprise systems through a managed, private cloud solution."
Accenture expects the first adopters of the service will be organisations with mature SAP systems that are looking to improve performance, reduce costs and expand their SAP technology footprint.