Google Cloud expands partnership with SAP

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On Thursday, Google’s cloud business and SAP announced an expansion of their partnership to help enterprises go through the digital transformation smoothly.

The new collaboration is two-pronged in its approach. First, the search giant and SAP will work on Rise with SAP, a bundle of solutions by the latter for enterprise use in modernizing business operations.

The second task will be to make SAP’s Analytics Cloud and Data Warehouse Cloud software products available on Google Cloud.

Nudging enterprises to the cloud

SAP makes a renowned enterprise resource planning (ERP) platform that many enterprises use to manage key business processes like accounting. Last year, the company launched Rise with SAP, designed to help enterprises switch from legacy versions of the ERP to a new cloud-friendly iteration.

Rise with SAP is composed of several types of software products and professional services that do not just simplify the ERP upgrades, but also promise enterprises better ways of optimizing business processes.

As part of the partnership announced, Google takes its place as a strategic cloud partner for Rise with SAP. The companies will team up to help joint customers move SAP software deployments to Google’s cloud.

Not a hard sell

Rob Enslin, Google Cloud’s president, said in a statement that through support for Rise with SAP and deeper integration between SAP and Google Cloud, the new collaboration will enable customers to seamlessly bring critical business systems and apps to a “future-proof, secure and low-latency environment” where they can be run sustainably, on the industry’s “cleanest cloud.”

SAP is also bringing its Data Warehouse Cloud to tackle complicated analytics projects. It can run queries across multiple cloud-based and on-premises systems at the same time.

With this kind of integration, enterprises will have access to most of what they need to enable a digital transformation.