IBM and SAP expand partnership on hybrid cloud

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New project offers customers the capability to run business-critical SAP Software workloads on hybrid cloud.

IBM and SAP announced their partnership’s next evolution, with plans to develop several new offerings designed to create a more predictable journey for businesses to become data-driven intelligent enterprises.

The two tech giants have been working together since 2016, when they first launched what they call a digital transformation partnership. The partnership aims to combine complementary technologies and services of the two industry powerhouses. These include merging IBM cognitive capabilities and IBM cloud and power systems with SAP S/4HANA and SAP HANA Cloud Platform.

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Newest step aimed to help global clients

This next evolution of the IBM and SAP partnership aims to help drive faster business transformation time to value, accelerate industry innovation through industry-specific data value offerings, turbocharge customer and employee experiences and provide ultimate flexibility and choice to run their workloads in hybrid cloud environments.

Global clients across industries are choosing to run their SAP software workloads on IBM Cloud. These include Peruvian construction company Cementos Pacasmayo as well as Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP). Italian fashion footwear retailer Primadonna Collection is also choosing a cloud environment.

Expanding the IBM and SAP ecosystem for GSI and ISV partners

IBM has long been committed to investing in a hybrid cloud ecosystem. Now IBM and SAP are also expanding their ecosystem of GSI and ISV partners, to include Syniti, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Tech Mahindra and others, to help simplify and speed how clients run their SAP software workloads on IBM Cloud. 

In addition to expanding its partner ecosystem, IBM will provide new services, including the IBM Cloud-powered Rapid Move for SAP. IBM will also offer IBM Cloud, IBM Global Financing, and IBM Services, which provides a hybrid option for clients to selectively launch applications on the cloud-based platform. 

COVID-19 is driving the expansion of offerings

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to significantly impact many industries across the globe, organizations are realizing they need the agility to seamlessly adapt to changing market conditions and customer demand.

“Clients across industries are looking to shift to cloud and this is the core focus of our collaboration with SAP,” said Harish Grama, general manager, public cloud, IBM.

The mission is to give their clients the ability to embrace the benefits of cloud without compromising on security and controls, he added.

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