IBM and SAP take partnership to new cognitive heights


SAP and IBM have announced plans to collaborate to a greater degree on solutions based on SAP Business Suite 4 HANA (S/4 HANA), with resources to be co-located in Walldorf, Germany, and Palo Alto, California.

The focus of co-innovation efforts will be on solutions that “increase customer value through cognitive extensions, enhanced customer and user experience, and industry-specific functionality”.

This will include the creation of industry-specific cloud solutions, expanded SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud services to include ongoing application maintenance and support services, and the development of cognitive solutions for SAP S/4 HANA and line-of-business solutions utilising IBM’s cognitive APIs.

From a user experience perspective, IBM Interactive Experience digital agency, SAP Global Design, and the SAP Customer Engagement and Commerce team will together to create predesigned experiences that can be customised for clients’ customers and employees.

SAP and IBM will enable client engagements for hybrid and on-premise offerings with SAP HANA on IBM Power systems, supported through the new IBM Power Systems Center of Excellence for SAP HANA, while the two organisations will also co-create digital transformation road maps by industry and by C-suite role.

“Today’s announcement builds on SAP’s commitment to enable strong, growing businesses that can seize the amazing opportunities of the digital economy,” said Rob Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and president of Global Customer Operations, SAP.

“SAP S/4HANA is the reimagined suite of core business applications that has once again set the standard for the industry. I’m delighted that IBM and SAP will collaborate closely to give customers a clear road map to innovating new business models and outcomes that were never before possible.”

“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,” said Bridget van Kralingen, senior vice president, IBM Global Business Services. “We’re formalising a complementary set of capabilities to simplify and speed outcomes for clients evolving to become cognitive enterprises.”