SAP Taps Partner Power to Drive Digital Success for Customers

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SAP + Apple = Enterprise App Craze

According to IDC analyst John Jackson, (as reported in WSJ)  "one of the biggest obstacles to companies adopting more mobile devices in the workplace is the difficulty in connecting apps to the information that sits in systems like SAP’s."

According to SAP’s press release announcing the partnership, 76% of global business transactions touch an SAP system; there are 2.5 million global SAP developers; and 98% of F500 businesses use iOS devices.

The math cannot be denied. The SAP/Apple partnership is sure to spark an SAP iPhone/iPad enterprise app craze.

The partnership covers four basic points:

  • A new SAP HANA Cloud Platform SDK for iOS
  • A new SAP Fiori for iOS
  • Native iOS SAP apps for critical business operations
  • An SAP Academy for iOS

The new iOS apps will be built using the Apple's Swift programming language. A revamped SAP Fiori for iOS design language enables developers to leverage native capabilities of iOS devices. And, of course, the SDK lets developers tap into SAP systems and access data in real time.

To kick start SAP iPhone/iPad enterprise app craze, SAP has committed to developing the first 100 apps. 

The real bonanza for SAP customers, however, will be the hundreds, probably thousands, of SAP business apps created by SAP developers world wide and SAP partners like NTT DATA with the requisite experience, skills and resources.

SAP + Microsoft = Customers Rule

The recent SAP and Microsoft announcement also centers on making digital transformation easier, faster and more fruitful for mutual customers.

Major points of the SAP/Microsoft partnership include:

  • Broad support for the SAP HANA platform deployed on Microsoft Azure
  • Integrations between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions from SAP
  • Enhanced management and security for custom SAP Fiori apps

As reported in WSJ, Microsoft has more than 70 million active business users on Office.  It’s fair to surmise that of SAP’s 300,000 or so global customers, the vast majority use Microsoft products.

As one can imagine, the customer overlap between the leading business platform and productivity company and the leading enterprise application software company is substantial.

This overlap puts the customer firmly in control. As more and more applications migrate to the cloud, customers demand that the vendors do everything possible to ensure their products integrate easily and seamlessly with those of others.

Accessing data stored in an SAP system from Office applications is a huge win-win-win, as in running SAP HANA in the Microsoft Azure Cloud.

The SAP/Microsoft partnership is testament to this customer digital demand being satisfied.

SAP + Dell = Private, HANA-powered Cloud Boon

As SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP and Dell announced tightening their partnership to spur digital transformation for mutual customers. The two companies will work together across cloud, mobile, big data, and the Internet of Things (IoT) with the aim of making it easier for Dell customers to deploy SAP solutions in the cloud and extend analytics, especially IoT, across the enterprise.

The SAP/Dell ramped-up partnership basically focuses on new (or updated) architectures than enable SAP solutions to run on Dell hardware.

Top takeaways include:

  • Dell Edge Gateway -- Dell's embedded computing technology -- integrated with SAP HANA and Cloudera Hadoop to provide a powerful analytics tool that can work with structured, unstructured and sensor data to provide actionable insights.
  • Dell Automation and Cloud for SAP makes it easier for Dell users to setup and run virtualized VMware environments across hybrid or private HANA-powered cloud landscapes.
  • Dell’s SharePlex Oracle-to-Oracle replication suite has been updated so that SAP customers can now transition easily and smoothly from Oracle databases to SAP HANA.
  • The release of VMware vSphere 6.0, which supports up to 4TB of data with 128 vCPUs in a virtualized HANA environment, makes SAP HANA easier to implement and run, cuts costs, increases flexibility, and allays fears of data outgrowing HANA landscapes. (Dell’s acquisition of EMC, which includes 80% ownership of VMware, closed September 7th.)

With its acquisition of EMC, Dell sounded its determination to be a leading supplier in the rapidly growing market for cloud computing.

The combined Dell/EMC company is the leading vendor by revenue in the world-wide $29 billion market supplying hardware to cloud-computing providers. In 2015, according to IDC as reported in WSJ, Dell and EMC combined garnered 18.2% of the highly fragmented market.

SAP HANA running on Dell’s equipment fits particularly well with companies building private clouds but also benefits companies looking to run, manage and secure their SAP applications across different clouds.

SAP + NTT = Complete Stack Coverage -- Datacenters, Applications & Network

Earlier this month SAP and NTT Group announced a partnership enhancement in co-innovation, global partnership and global reference. (NTT DATA is an NTT DATA Group company.)

Both companies are accelerating their cooperation in private managed cloud solutions, such as the SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud service, using NTT’s world-class global data center network and NTT DATA’s deep pool of world-class SAP consultants.

Today, 85% of Fortune Global 100 companies rely on NTT Group as their business partner. NTT Group generates over $95 billion in annual revenues, has over 240 data centers and employs more than 241,000 professionals working in 87 countries. 

More than ever before, businesses need a service provider who can cover the entire stack — from datacenters to applications to the networks they run on. Drawing on the collective strength and capabilities of NTT Group companies, NTT DATA stands alone in its end-to-end capabilities for accelerating digital transformation for our SAP customers.

Contact NTT DATA today to learn more about our expertise in driving digital success for SAP customers.

Post Date: 9/22/2016

Tim Clark - NTT DATA Tim Clark

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Tim is a Vice-President with NTT DATA with responsibility for SAP Consulting and the global HANA COE. He has 20+ years of experience in the SAP space with a focus on leading large scale global transformation programs and outsourcing engagements. He has worked across 30+ countries and a variety of industries, including Wholesale Distribution, Semiconductors, Building Materials, Consumer Products and Oil Field Services. Previously, Tim was a Vice-President at Neoris/CEMEX and a Partner at Accenture.