IBM, SAP Expand Partnership to Drive Digital Transformation
IBM and SAP plan to use IBM cognitive capabilities, IBM Cloud and Power Systems and SAP HANA technology to advance their existing partnership.As IBM continues on its journey to help its clients move toward digital transformation, the company is relying on partnerships with its allies as well as on its core technology to give companies a leg up in making the transition. For instance, IBM and Box on April 7 announced plans to collaborate on an IBM MobileFirst for iOS application that will help transform sales organizations. This week, Big Blue announced a sweeping enhancement to its already close partnership with SAP, in which IBM will further introduce its cognitive and analytics capabilities, as well as IBM Cloud and Power Systems technology into the mix. The companies said they will jointly produce solutions that reach into the cognitive era—solutions that feature their own intelligence to assist users and to provide insight to businesses. The solutions also will advance user experience with superior design and will feature industry-specific functionality, the companies said. On the SAP side, the new offerings will be powered by SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) software, available on-premise and in the cloud. "The future of business strategy and business value will proceed from the foundational elements of this announcement—cognitive, cloud and the design of consumer-quality experiences in every industry," Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president of IBM Global Business Services, said in a statement. "We're formalizing a complementary set of capabilities to simplify and speed outcomes for clients evolving to become cognitive enterprises."
The companies plan to co-locate resources in Walldorf, Germany, and Palo Alto, Calif. In addition, the companies said they will showcase new solutions and thought leadership to clients in IBM, SAP innovation centers around the world. IBM has innovation centers in Germany. In fact, at the end of last year, IBM selected Munich as the location for its Watson Internet of Things (IoT) unit.