We are very pleased to announce that Zscaler Private Access (ZPA) for SAP S/4HANA® is now available on SAP® Store, the online marketplace for SAP and SAP partner offerings. SAP customers and SAP partners now have a fast and easy way to leverage ZPA—part of the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange platform to provide secure remote access directly to SAP ERP and accelerate cloud migration to SAP S/4HANA. The SAP Store delivers a simplified and connected digital customer experience for discovering, trying, buying, and renewing SAP-validated solutions such as Zscaler.
In the months since our previous blog on SAP solution-based transformation, we have heard from customers about their experiences working with Zscaler and SAP solutions. It’s our goal to share what we’ve learned to help more customers achieve ERP transformation success.
Addressing security to accelerate ERP modernization and migration
Each organization faces unique challenges during ERP migration and modernization, but there are some common trends. When it comes to SAP solution-based transformation, we’ve spoken to many customers that have SAP ERP deployed in a central data center and rely heavily on traditional VPNs to connect employees, partners, and third parties to business-critical ERP applications. For many organizations, the primary drivers for modernizing remote access security are the shortcomings of their legacy VPN infrastructure, such as backhauling traffic to the data center and making access painfully slow for users.
As organizations plan or actively transition ERP applications to the cloud, they should think about improving their cybersecurity posture by considering several key factors, such as:
- Eliminating exposure to VPN vulnerabilities and blind spots into remote user activity on business-critical applications such as SAP
- Minimizing the application attack surface and the risk of ransomware targeting ERP applications by never placing users directly on the company network
- Shifting away from hardware-based appliances to cloud-delivered services to deploy remote access easily and quickly to new cloud-hosted ERP apps
- Providing employees and third parties with always-on access to applications without interruptions or failures
- Ensuring an exceptional user experience by monitoring application performance
- Ensuring ERP data is safe in the cloud while maintaining visibility into ERP user activity
Sharpening focus on supply chain defenses
Furthermore, the recent White House Executive Order on Improving Cybersecurity challenges the federal government to lead the way and increase its adoption of security best practices to improve supply-chain security. These practices include employing a zero trust security model and accelerating movement to secure cloud services. Customers focused on federal government should expect zero trust security requirements to be included in the NIST, FedRAMP, and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Framework requirements.
“With ZPA for SAP [solutions], we’re getting a better security footprint, better visibility, and we’re more compliant.”
- Eric Fisher, Director IT Enterprise Systems, Growmark
Helping to further modernize access to SAP solutions with the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange
With the Zero Trust Exchange, IT leaders can enable remote workers to securely access SAP S/4HANA in any environment without the need for insecure VPNs, drastically reducing the attack surface, ensuring exceptional user experiences from anywhere, and increasing ease of migration. Companies like Growmark are already benefiting from the Zero Trust Exchange with increased security and improved user access experiences—even while users roam on poor-quality rural connections.
Zscaler for SAP S/4HANA is just one example of how the Zero Trust Exchange can enhance security, improve user experiences, and leverage policy to easily streamline application access and cloud migration.
For more information on Zscaler solutions for SAP, please visit SAP Store.