IBM and SAP Form Alliance to Better Serve Customers

IBM and SAP SE are partnering to accelerate plans across both companies to modernize clients’ analytical systems and processes for big data.

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

The companies plan to co-innovate solutions that increase customer value through cognitive extensions, all enabled with SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) software, available on-premise and in the cloud.

"SAP S/4HANA is the reimagined suite of core business applications that has once again set the standard for the industry,” said Rob Enslin, member of the Executive Board of SAP SE and president of Global Customer Operations, SAP. The collaboration will providecustomers with a clear roadmap to innovating new business models and outcomes, he added.

The collaboration will feature offerings such as cloud-based solutions, on-premise solutions, cognitive capabilities, upgraded customizable customer and user experiences, and integrated services.

IBM’s Institute for Business Value and SAP’s Value Engineering organization will co-create digital transformation road maps by industry and by C-suite role to further improve platforms and solutions, moving forward.

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