SAPPHIRE NOW: SAP to expand Leonardo, Google partnership, SAP Cloud Platform


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SAP used the first day of its SAPPHIRE NOW event in Orlando to announce the expansion of its SAP Leonardo portfolio to encompass a range of digital services.

“With our expanded definition of SAP Leonardo, we now have all the ingredients to not only explore innovations in IoT, blockchain, machine learning, and analytics, but also to scale our ideas with design thinking and new innovation services that enable real digital business transformation,” said Dr Tanja Rueckert, president of IoT and Digital Supply Chain, SAP.

“The expanded SAP Leonardo portfolio enables companies to analyse and take real-time action from the massive volumes of data that are created by IoT and innovate with new technologies.”

SAP will enable customers to access Leonardo by either industry accelerators, aligned to specific use cases with fixed prices and timelines, or a flexible approach. Its capabilities will be integrated into its existing applications, and will offer services for developers and partners to build custom applications supported by SAP Leonardo Centres, to be based initially in New York, Paris, São Leopoldo and Bangalore.

Other new developments include the establishment of the SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation; a set of new machine learning-enabled applications from invoicing to customer service and retention; and an SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service for building application extensions and solutions using distributed ledger technology.

Under the Leonardo banner, SAP launched its new digital twin solution and new services to optimise asset management with the IoT, as well as a new collaboration with Deloitte to deliver digital solutions for finance, supply chain and software-as-a-service for industry.

New certifications on Google Cloud Platform

SAP and Google have expanded their co-innovation partnership announced earlier this year, to include additional certification of SAP technology and applications on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and global availability of SAP Cloud Platform on GCP.

The SAP NetWeaver technology platform is now certified on GCP, as is the SAP HANA database on GCP for larger instances, and a data connector for the SAP Analytics Cloud solution for Google Big Query.

Google and SAP also plan to accelerate digital transformation through innovations such as conversational apps which combine SAP business process expertise with Google’s machine learning services and open source library, to guide users through complex workflows and transactions.

SAP Cloud Platform options extended

Customers can now run apps with a choice for infrastructure providers for the SAP Cloud Platform, including multicloud support through SAP, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, managed via a new cockpit. The SAP App Centre now also offers online discovery so users can try, purchase and use partner apps directly from the centre, while hundreds of new APIs for SAP S/4HANA, SAP Hybris solutions, and SAP Ariba solutions have been added to the SAP API Business Hub.

According to SAP, other new value-added services for SAP Cloud Platform such as the IoT service general availability and big data services to support apps powered by SAP Leonardo, as well as new mobile services and SAP Fiori Cloud app development and deployment services will provide customers with a digital edge.

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