IBM and SAP Expand Collaboration to Support Clients with Generative AI

IBM and SAP are advancing their collaboration, adding new generative AI capabilities and industry-specific cloud solutions that can help clients unlock business value.

"IBM and SAP's shared approach to generative AI, built on an open ecosystem, trust and purpose-built models, will help empower clients to optimize business outcomes," said John Granger, senior vice president, IBM Consulting. "Our new Value Generation partnership initiative will enable clients to accelerate the path to innovation, competitive advantage and become a next generation enterprise through generative AI."

IBM Consulting and SAP aim to accelerate transformation enabled by RISE with SAP by supporting clients in the following key areas:

  • Next-generation AI business processes: Together, the companies are exploring opportunities to build new generative AI capabilities for RISE with SAP and infuse AI into SAP business processes across industry-specific cloud solutions and line of business applications.
  • Next-generation industry innovation: IBM and SAP plan to build intelligent industry use cases, enabled by data-driven insights, into end-to-end business processes to fuel next-generation industry innovation. These use cases will initially focus on the industrial manufacturing, consumer packaged goods (CPG), retail, defense, automotive, and utilities industries.
  • Next-generation platform architecture and customer adoption approach: Next-generation enterprises require next-generation platform architectures and a modernized approach to customer adoption. Through the Value Generation partnership initiative, IBM intends to provide next-generation reference architectures that enable a clean core approach. To do this, IBM plans to leverage SAP BTP, SAP Signavio, and LeanIX solutions.
  • Next-generation ecosystem expansion: IBM and SAP plan to partner around their respective employee network groups and "next-gen" communities, such as the business women's networks at IBM and SAP, the SAP University Alliances program and the Veterans to Work program of SAP and Veterans at IBM to increase the SAP solutions experience in the consulting workforce and develop the next generation of talent.
  • watsonx planned availability on the generative AI hub: IBM Granite Model Series are expected to be accessible for use across SAP's portfolio of cloud solutions and applications—which is underpinned by the generative AI hub in SAP AI Core.

This initiative will build on the companies' over 50-year collaboration based on deep technology, industry, and domain expertise and demonstrates the two organizations' joint commitment to continue to evolve to put clients first and meet market demand, according to IBM and SAP.

"It makes perfect sense to expand our partnership with IBM to help more customers accelerate their cloud journey leveraging RISE with SAP and realize the transformative benefits of generative AI for business in the cloud," said Scott Russell, chief revenue officer and executive board member, customer success of SAP SE. "This expanded partnership will help more of our joint customers reach new heights by innovating through the cloud, data and business AI to grow and transform their businesses."

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