How IBM can expand the value of your mission-critical applications

Drive innovation and respond quickly to challenges

Core applications limit the ability to innovate and respond quickly to new market challenges. The next generation of industrial processes is powered by AI, machine learning, and other intelligent technologies (like IoT, Edge computing, and 5G) that enable you to make your business more efficient than ever. Begin the transformation of your core business processes by co-creating your strategy with an IBM design thinking workshop. Then leverage our deep knowledge from over 100 joint innovations with our enterprise application partners to help build intelligent workflows for your business.

Additionally, the front lines of your organization now require decision making in real-time. With 5G-technology primed for expansion, data from the edge will become more immediate and accessible. IBM has forged partnerships with leading providers like Samsung to equip your organization with the right 5G-enabled devices to stay connected to your business and customers anywhere.

Build a strategy and business case for modernizing

The average business runs about 2,000 custom workloads in their legacy ERP systems, yet more than 50 percent of those programs are never used. Organizations are looking to optimize and maximize the capabilities of mission-critical systems whereas approx. 90% of current applications will still be in use with insufficient modernization by 2023. IBM can be your trusted partner to convene enterprise application partners like SAP and Microsoft , build a business case, define the journey and upgrade, update core applications like ERP, CRM, HCM, etc. We have invested to build world-class tools/methodologies to help our clients define the business case and to deliver the results while accelerating the speed of their implementations and their time to value. 

Break down data silos that decrease operational performance

On average, <1% of production data is analyzed and acted upon in real-time. Leading companies need connected data and real-time insights from their core business applications with optimized, scalable, and flexible infrastructure. By streamlining your business processes, IBM can connect your data silos to provide you with greater visibility and improved operational performance. We can help advise, build, migrate, and manage on open and interoperable hybrid cloud platforms that securely allow multiple applications, protects against vendor lock-in and enables applications to flexibly interact. This hybrid cloud environment may have industry-leading deployment options like IBM Power Systems or IBM Cloud or any other leading public cloud.

Bloomberg Media Studios and IBM present 'Built for Change Perspectives'. See why you must modernize core apps.

Rapidly expand the value of your core business applications

Your core business applications are now more important than ever. From process planning to CRM, when this data becomes connected, real-time insights allow you to build a smarter business. You can realize new visibility to make critical decisions, optimize investments to fund innovation, and deliver essential customer experiences. Integrate core apps with the latest technologies like AI, IoT, and edge computing to bring agility to your operations. IBM’s deep expertise in business applications and our team of industry problem solvers will work with you to create an effective roadmap and build your strategic advantage.

Four critical elements to enhance your core business applications as the backbone of a smarter business

Optimize your investments to create actionable insights and invest in innovation

From planning and design, to implementation and go-live, IBM can help you deploy on-time and on-budget, transforming your ability to launch new initiatives, boost data analysis capabilities and drive automation.

Accelerate time to value with expert integration

98% of all businesses plan to adopt multiple cloud architectures in the next 3 years, yet only 38% have the procedures and tools in place to operate in a multicloud environment.⁽¹⁾ 
Shorten your time to value by deploying and managing ERP applications across multiple cloud providers with IBM Services.

Operate with flexibility and empower faster decision making

Running your core applications in new cloud environments requires both industry and technical expertise to realize powerful opportunities around flexibility, speed and insight.

Simplify and accelerate SAP deployments, with the right infrastructure for your organization

As you deploy SAP HANA throughout your enterprise, consider the impact your choice of server platform can have on your business.  IBM® Power Systems™ help you provision faster, scale affordably, and reach maximum uptime, when compared to x86 Systems⁽¹⁾.

Evoqua : Ensuring a safe, sustainable water supply for customers around the globe

For Evoqua, a global leader in water technologies, the top priority is ensuring safe water supplies to municipalities and companies – but its IT environment was holding it back. Evoqua leveraged the renowned expertise of IBM® Services™ to implement SAP S/4HANA®, gaining greater operational insight and data visibility, and improving performance.

Clients who have enhanced their core business applications

Whirlpool | A managed SAP cloud deployment to support global operations.

Appliance manufacturer Whirlpool runs over 65 manufacturing and technical facilities around the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  They turned to IBM Services for Managed SAP Applications to provide scale and room to grow, maintain uptime, and help power innovation to help ensure consumer loyalty and their position at the forefront of the global home appliances industry.

Hayleys PLC: Standardizes processes to achieve fast, accurate information across a diverse business

To maintain its market-leading position, Sri Lankan conglomerate needed a clearer view of performance across its diverse lines of business. IBM® Services deploys SAP S/4HANA®, running on IBM Power Systems™ servers and IBM Storwize® storage in four of its sectors.

Dilip Buildcon Ltd: Fueling India’s growth with integrated, management for infrastructure projects

With costs up to 50 percent of revenues, tighter control of spending is vital for the company, as it manages capital-intensive projects. With integrated processes based on SAP S/4HANA in a managed IBM® Cloud™, the company is driving savings of USD 7 million in year one.

Solutions and services to maximize the value of your core business applications

SAP S/4HANA Services

If your business relies on SAP, your digital transformation plans rely on migrating to SAP S/4HANA.  Understanding your key priorities and business imperatives is essential to a successful migration.  

Enterprise Application Management

Many enterprises are choosing multicloud environments to run their core business applications, citing greater security/resiliency, greater scalability and vendor choice as key benefits.  Managing these applications over multiple clouds can be complex, time consuming, and draw resources away from key strategic activities. IBM Enterprise Application Management services can help.  

SAP workloads on IBM Cloud

While SAP workloads are a critical component to your business, maintaining these workloads can be an expensive and time-consuming challenge. Let IBM focus on SAP management while you focus on building your enterprise.

IBM Power systems for your hybrid multicloud strategy 

Every new journey begins by making the right preparations. Hybrid multicloud is no different. See how you can seamlessly integrate your hybrid multicloud strategy and get the security and reliability you need to help your business grow.

Enterprise Application Services

Rely on IBM Services to help simplify and accelerate the day-to-day navigation of these six enterprise platforms:

  • SAP
  • Oracle 
  • Microsoft 
  • Workday 
  • Salesforce 
  • Mobile Services


Unlocking the value of your move to SAP S/4HANA

Watch our latest webinar to learn about digitally transforming your enterprise and how IBM can partner with you on everything from developing a business case to a complete migration and every step in between. Join three experts as they discuss what it takes to move your enterprise to SAP S/4HANA.

Insights from IBM on the journey to SAP S/4HANA

To reap the full benefits of the digital economy, companies need to simplify their business processes and, simultaneously, use their expertise to build stronger relationships with customers. Regardless of industry or progress on the implementation journey, IBM provides the insights and expertise your organization needs to adopt SAP S/4HANA.

Public cloud infrastructure comparison: IBM Cloud vs. Microsoft Azure

IBM Cloud offers a much more robust SAP offering, featuring dedicated hardware for SAP HANA and SAP NetWeaver. This paper presents a comparison of cloud services from IBM and Microsoft using publicly available information.

Leverage the IBM Garage to brainstorm your enterprise applications transformation

IBM Garage™ is a bold, comprehensive approach to innovation and transformation that brings designers and developers together with your business and IT stakeholders to quickly create and scale new ideas that can dramatically impact your business.