IBM Cloud and SAP: Working Together to Solve Enterprise Business Challenges

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Business strategies are constantly changing to meet new business requirements, and enterprises worldwide are looking to adapt to meet evolving customer needs.

Each business — from small to multinational — has a unique offering for the customer and, therefore, has a unique operation. Enterprises will invariably need to consider modernizing their SAP workloads, which power many of these business processes, along with their hybrid cloud strategy.

According to Aberdeen Research, by transitioning to SAP S/4HANA using cloud IaaS, organizations are 36% more likely to lower capital expenditure costs and able to reduce downtime by 30%. However, these benefits do not mean existing ERP systems (such as SAP ECC) are irrelevant — they remain critical to the business to continue their operations.

SAP on IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud believes that to empower our enterprise customers, an extensive array of offerings for various SAP workload scenarios will help solve the business challenges of today and accelerate their hybrid cloud journey for the future.

As an example of these success stories, Prysmian Group recently moved their SAP S/4HANA suite to IBM public cloud using expertise from IBM Services and saved 20% in infrastructure costs, with their migration completed in less than 12 months.

Our SAP on IBM Cloud portfolio includes the following:

  • The highest performance SAP benchmarks for running both SAP S/4HANA and SAP BW/4HANA, using either Intel or IBM Power.
  • A broad Infrastructure-as-a-Service portfolio for SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver with Intel Bare Metal, Intel Virtual Servers, IBM Power Virtual Servers, and VMware. All available worldwide, on-demand, and no multi-year terms.
  • The latest Kubernetes technology stack, including Red Hat OpenShift for SAP Data Hub.
  • Multiple SAP Partner solutions to assist SAP project implementations.
  • Deep industry expertise and compliance, coupled with hardened security of IBM Cloud.

SAP on IBM Cloud leverages knowledge accrued from 40+ years of IBM expertise delivering SAP-led solutions. This includes partnering with IBM Systems to create our affiliate IBM Power Systems Virtual Server offerings, and recently partnering with IBM Services on IBM Rapid Move for SAP to combine their expertise simplifying the journey to SAP S/4HANA with IBM Cloud with a finance proposition.

Building an ecosystem

As equally important as leveraging all IBM has to offer for SAP, we are consistently bringing new technology/ISVs and GSI partners that can accelerate the modernization of SAP workloads to cloud and to SAP S/4HANA, such as Syniti, Tech Mahindra, and Tata Consulting Services (TCS).

For all these reasons, more and more industry leaders are entrusting on IBM Cloud with running their existing SAP workloads and building their future landscape for SAP S/4HANA; including Coca-Cola European Partners, Italian footwear retailer Primadonna Collection, and Cementos Pacamayo. All these leaders understand the importance of their hybrid cloud journey with SAP and the benefits from IBM Cloud.

For all SAP software workloads that empower the enterprise, IBM Cloud and our robust global partner ecosystem is ready to accelerate your hybrid cloud journey.

Read our recent press release to learn more: "IBM Drives Capabilities for Clients to Run Business-Critical SAP® Software Workloads on Hybrid Cloud"

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