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New IBM and SAP services benefit businesses

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IBM SAP Cloud Platform, private edition“Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair,” the old adage goes.

One of the biggest issues of our time is trust in technology. For more than 100 years, IBM has built its brand on being a trustworthy partner for some of the most critical organizations in the world. The 45-plus year partnership between IBM and SAP solidifies such trustworthiness with a suite of inclusive products for customers.

Here’s a look at what’s to come with IBM and SAP.

Trust in transformation

Arvind Krishna, senior vice president of IBM Hybrid Cloud and director of IBM Research, previously shared how SAP and IBM extended its partnership with the announcement of the SAP Cloud Platform, private edition with IBM as a strategic cloud provider. Now, SAP clients can use a mission-critical, enterprise-made private cloud environment.

IBM has been one of SAP’s premier certified cloud partners for all types of cloud, including unmanaged infrastructure as a service (IaaS), for a fully managed cloud for SAP Cloud Platform, private edition. In addition, IBM was the first SAP partner to be chosen by SAP for its HANA Enterprise Cloud offering (HEC).

This dedicated cloud option is highly attractive for companies looking to benefit from the agility and scale of IaaS but that need the isolation of a single-tenant cloud environment. According to SAP, the SAP Cloud Platform provides business services, Internet of Things (IoT) services, machine learning, blockchain, in-memory data management and big data services, enabling customers to transform into intelligent enterprises.

IBM now has SAP Cloud Platform, private edition installed in its Dallas, Texas cloud data center and is working closely with SAP on various use cases and services that our joint clients can use. The IBM Global Business Services (GBS) group has already developed dozens of industry and cross-industry solutions that will enable organizations to be more competitive and agile. This also gives SAP clients the ability to use the mission-critical cloud for S/4HANA while using SAP Cloud Platform, private edition all in the same data centers. SAP clients also benefit from the comfort of a mission-critical, enterprise-grade, competitive edge environment to run both S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform as a managed service.

Trust in time

In addition to the aforementioned IBM GBS solutions, we also intend to run our new Apple-SAP-IBM Time Management Approvals app on SAP Cloud Platform, private edition.

This app will enable clients to deploy a standardized app that can be up and running in weeks rather than months while being compatible with S/4HANA as well as other systems of record.

Trust in pedigree and scalability

The IBM-SAP partnership is on target to have more than 2,000 SAP customers who are running SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems. This best-of-breed solution for SAP HANA enables SAP customers to take advantage of the top-of-the-line performance, scalability (24 terabyte scale-up) and the ever-important reliability of IBM Power Systems for mission-critical applications such as SAP S/4HANA.

As SAP clients look to have both cloud capability and the reliability of an underlying platform and infrastructure, IBM is announcing IBM Cloud with IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA. This solution enables SAP HANA customers to not only scale up to 24 terabytes, but also provides the reliability and flexibility of the IBM Power platform.

While at SAP TechEd in Barcelona, SAP SVP of the SAP Cloud Platform Ecosystem Marc Geall shared the strategy behind the SAP Cloud Platform, private edition: “Our strategy with SAP Cloud Platform, private edition is to offer our joint customers distinct value-add through innovative cloud partners that bring geographical reach, industry experience and technology differentiation. The key, though, will be service differentiation, where the partner delivers additional cloud services, accelerators and apps as part of its private offering. IBM, as an example, has global reach with 60-plus IBM data centers with an initial private cloud focus on North America and expertise in public sector, financial services and healthcare.”

Trust in the future

While this solution was only recently announced, SAP and IBM are working closely with a significant number of interested clients. For example, the IBM solution called MetroPulse, developed for the retail industry, has been installed on the SAP Cloud Platform, private edition at the IBM data center in Dallas, Texas. IBM MetroPulse predicts and addresses local market demand on a street-by-street basis with hyperlocal data combined with enterprise data.

Mark Dudgeon, my colleague and distinguished engineer and CTO of IBM Services, said from the stage at SAP TechEd, “SAP Cloud Platform is an unparalleled opportunity to embrace new technologies for the Intelligent Enterprise, extending SAP Applications to address new business growth areas and differentiators, all the while increasing the speed of SAP updates to the business users with lower costs. IBM Services is helping to guide many customers on their journey to SAP S/4HANA, which includes SAP Cloud Platform as the adjacent application layer where de-coupled upgrade cycles can enable customers to really embrace Cloud Native SAP. The multicloud strategy for SAP Cloud Platform provides every enterprise their choice of cloud for SAP, with the new SAP Cloud Platform, private edition on IBM Cloud being key to this strategy to directly address the need of customers who require additional security and data protection, and still want to evolve their business into the intelligent enterprise.”

I am confident that with this track record, along with SAP’s stalwart reputation in enterprise computing, the SAP Cloud Platform, private edition running on the IBM Cloud will be a very compelling solution.

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