SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) said today it has harnessed its digital core, bold technologies of the future and its expertise in ERP to help customers make everything digital, programmable, smarter. SAP’s commitment to an open ecosystem and strong partnerships will be key for the cloud-based Intelligent Enterprise, seen as a cornerstone for the new global economy.
SAP also reiterated its pledge to listen to its customers and act on their biggest concerns with two new initiatives. The SAP Cloud Trust Center and a new digital tool called the SAP Transformation Navigator were rolled out to deliver greater transparency and clearer product guidance for customers.
Expanded SAP Leonardo: Digital Innovation System
Becoming a Digital Business requires business model and business process changes that no single technology can deliver. The expanded SAP Leonardo brings together differentiating software capabilities in Machine Learning (ML), Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Analytics and blockchain on the SAP Cloud Platform together with SAP experience, deep process and industry knowledge and advanced design thinking methodology. With dozens of industry awards and recognitions, each of these areas of SAP’s portfolio can add tremendous value for our customers on their digital journey – but the real power is when they all work together.
This comprehensive Digital Innovation System will offer customers either an industry-focused approach called Industry Innovation Accelerators, aligned to specific use cases, with fixed prices and timelines or a flexible approach that allows customers to build what they need for any industry or business need. SAP also is integrating SAP Leonardo technology with its existing applications to make them more powerful and intelligent, and will offer services for developers and partners to build their own custom applications supported by a network of SAP Leonardo Centers with initial locations in New York, Paris, Sao Paolo and Bangalore.
New developments across the Leonardo innovation portfolio include: the SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation and a set of new machine learning-enabled applications for corporate functions ranging from invoicing to customer service and retention; and an SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service for building application extensions and new solutions using distributed ledger technology.
SAP also launched its new digital twin solution and new services as part of its IoT push to optimize asset management. To build its SAP Leonardo ecosystem, SAP also announced a new collaboration with Deloitte to deliver offerings that can accelerate innovation, bolster the core, and unlock exponential value. Offerings will include digital and intelligent solutions for finance, supply chain, and SaaS for industry.
SAP, Google Expand Strategic Partnership
The SAP and Google co-innovation partnership announced in March, now includes additional certification of SAP technology and applications on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). The partnership also aims to make SAP Cloud Platform on GCP available globally, as well as future collaboration and integrations in machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), data transparency and custodian services, and workplace productivity.
SAP and Google have now certified SAP NetWeaver on GCP, enabling organizations to run SAP S/4HANA and SAP Business Warehouse on GCP. Additionally, the companies announced general availability and certification of SAP HANA on GCP for larger instances and scale out and a data connector for SAP Analytics Cloud for Google Big Query. German software company sovanta is an early-adopter to showcase how SAP technology and applications, including SAP NetWeaver and SAP S/4HANA, run on GCP
Google and SAP plan to accelerate customers’ digital business transformation through intelligent applications such as conversational apps that guide users through complex workflows, transactions and answers questions around their enterprise. To achieve this, the companies plan to combine SAP’s business process expertise with Google’s machine learning services, such as the Translate and Speech APIs and the open source library for machine learning, TensorFlow.
Google and SAP kicked off the Intelligent Application Challenge, a competition for Independent Software Vendors and System Integrators to build applications using SAP HANA, express edition on GCP and Google Cloud machine learning capabilities.
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 350,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.