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Public cloud has helped accelerate digital transformation in the last decade. With the events of 2020 finally providing a nudge to many enterprises, more have realized the benefits. At the same time, organizations understand that those gains cannot be realized by all workloads immediately, or, perhaps, ever. While significant cloud services growth is expected in 2021, evidence shows that some mission-critical workloads that moved to public clouds under a “cloud first” mandate are now coming back on premises.
Is this the start of a larger wave of repatriations and the rebalancing of workloads?
On a world-wide basis, my Hybrid Cloud Practice is seeing a wave of enterprises with mission-critical workloads in or targeted towards public cloud. As our customers exit the disruption of the last 18 months, with new outlooks on resilience, there is a material number that are either cancelling their full migration plan for ERP workloads, and in particular SAP®, or migrating the workload/data back to an on-premises model a year or so after moving to public cloud. The momentum with SAP workloads is particularly strong. Findings from my own SAP consulting and migration activities are also reflected from the Americas SAP User Group (ASUG) that notes enterprise intent to host SAP in cloud has moved from 16% in 2019 to 8% in 20211.