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IBM and SAP Partner to Enhance Their Cognitive Cloud Capabilities

By CIOReview | Thursday, April 14, 2016

IBM Interactive ExperienceFREMONT, CA: Seizing their collaborative business opportunities, IBM and SAP are under partnership that aims to integrate IBM's cloud and cognitive computing platform with SAP's flagship S/4HANA business software suite. The planned collaboration will be based out of Walldorf, Germany, and Palo Alto, California.

Utilizing SAP’s Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) software, both the companies will co-innovate solutions that would enhance their customer value, industry-specific functionality and user experience. SAP’s customers are expected to be benefited from running HANA Enterprise Cloud on IBM's IaaS by accessing application maintenance and support services. IBM will also develop cognitive solutions for SAP S/4HANA, which is considered as the re-imagined suite of core business applications in the industry.

The collaboration is specifically centered at customer and user experiences and focuses on implementing predesigned experiences that enables customers to customize their designs. Driving the modernization of clients’ systems and processes, both companies are expected to gain significantly from the collaboration. IBM is expected to raise sales of its diverse cloud, cognitive, and analytics services and solutions and SAP will generate revenue from its enterprise applications, cloud services, and HANA in-memory solutions.

The coaction consists of six major collaboration areas viz. Cloud-based solutions, On-premise solutions, Cognitive capabilities, Customer and user experience, Integrated services, and Industry-specific road maps. Supported by IBM’s Power Systems Center of Excellence for SAP HANA in Austin, Texas, both firms look forward to client engagements for hybrid and on-premise offerings with SAP HANA on IBM Power systems. Further, IBM Interactive Experience (iX) and SAP Global Design teams will now be working together for user experience enhancements. 

"We're formalizing a complementary set of capabilities to simplify and speed outcomes for clients evolving to become cognitive enterprises," said Bridget van Kralingen, Senior Vice President, IBM Global Business Services. The IBM and SAP collaboration will provide customers with roadmap to innovate new business models.