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SAP clients take rapid strides with IBM Cloud

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In October 2014, SAP announced that it has selected IBM as a premier strategic provider of Cloud infrastructure services for its business critical applications – accelerating clients’ ability to run core business in the cloud. Just a few months after the historic announcement of a premier cloud partnership between IBM and SAP, clients started getting results from the integrated solutions.

One Cloud to address changing requirements

IBM is committed to simplify, innovate and transform our clients’ businesses. And clients have attested IBM Cloud to handle their SAP applications and are excited about key features of the IBM Cloud:

  •  IBM Cloud optimizes SAP environments and improves cost efficiency, reduces complexity, provides an enterprise-class infrastructure. At the same time it improves scalability, provides resiliency for core business processes and is backed by skilled SAP specialist services.
  • It provides the latest in automation for SAP environments in a modular approach and delivers outstanding performance of SAP systems on IBM Softlayer ensuring flexibility in size and number.
  • Additionally, it provides ITIL-based services for SAP systems through the SAP basis layer with industry leading service level agreements (SLA) all the way to the application layer.
  • IBM Cloud has offerings on IBM Power or Intel based servers therefore providing a wide range of  deployment options at market competitive pricing.


Client Results: 70% more power, 20% TCO savings per year

SAP and IBM have helped a significant number of clients deploy SAP workloads to the cloud in every major geography and go live with their solutions. This includes small enterprises as well as global players with complex requirements.

Many clients confirm, that the IBM and SAP cloud partnership has delivered business advantages for them. For example, Pasqui, Biologici Italia and ISS Consulting  have seen significant impact using the IBM Cloud Automated Modular Management solution. Others who have chosen IBM’s Cloud Managed Services for SAP are for example Edwards, INEOS, and Freescale.  So what changed for them?

Edwards, an industrial products company, needed a scalable SAP hosting solution from a trusted provider with international presence. The IBM Cloud platform supports Edwards’ strategic growth objectives and delivers 70 percent more computing power while driving down costs.

INEOS, a chemicals company, wanted to simplify and improve the reliability of its SAP landscape to improve key business processes. IBM helped with the integration of SAP and other partner systems which helped boost ‘Perfect Order’ metrics, delivering 20 percent TCO savings.

Data Centers – covering all major geographies

When a 43-year partnership embraces Cloud technology with a firm belief to transform the way businesses are run, it is to simplify, innovate and transform for our clients globally. Some of our clients have told us, that the choice of having a data center for SAP deployments available in their region, is critical.

As a result, IBM has been deploying data centers covering 5 geographies, including countries like Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, UK and the US – and the numbers are still growing.

Ready for Hybrid Cloud – expanding capabilities

Many of our clients have a need to integrate public and private clouds with enterprise applications – creating hybrid cloud environments.  Therefore, IBM is further expanding industry solutions with hybrid cloud capabilities covering non-SAP and SAP workloads.

Specifically for SAP clients, IBM has made recent investments and announcements with SAP in HCM (SAP SuccessFactors and IBM Kenexa) as well as Marketing and eCommerce (SAP hybris and IBM services capabilities). The recently announced collaboration between SuccessFactors and Kenexa disrupts the HCM market by addressing client needs for flexibility, best-of-breed capability and investment protection. There is a  webinar on flexibility across the HR Cloud available, which you probably want to take a look at.

Ready for more? Start innovating today. Learn more about IBM Cloud offerings for SAP and get started on the IBM Cloud right here:


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