SAP to bring more software services to Google Cloud through expanded alliance
Google LLC’s cloud business and SAP SE today announced that they are expanding their partnership to help businesses with their digital transformation projects in a number of ways.
The new collaboration has two main components. First, the search giant will partner with SAP on Rise with SAP, a set of solutions provided by the latter company to help companies modernize their business operations. Second, SAP will make its Analytics Cloud and Data Warehouse Cloud software products available on Google Cloud.
SAP is a popular ERP or enterprise resource planning platform that many companies use to manage key business processes such as accounting. Last year, the company launched Rise with SAP, an offering designed to help businesses move from legacy versions of its ERP to the latest cloud-ready version.
Rise with HANA includes a mix of software products and professional services. Along with simplifying ERP upgrades, the offering also promises to help companies find ways to make their business processes more efficient.
As part of the collaboration announced today, Google will become a strategic cloud partner for Rise with SAP. The companies will team up to help joint customers move SAP software deployments to Google Cloud. The two tech giants will also work together to support companies’ efforts to make their business processes more efficient.
Google Cloud President Rob Enslin said in a statement that “with support for RISE with SAP and deep integrations between SAP and Google Cloud, this new partnership will allow customers to seamlessly bring their systems and future-critical business applications, secure, low-latency environment and run them sustainably, on the industry’s cleanest cloud.
At the same time, SAP will bring two other products from its software portfolio to Google Cloud. Both products aim to help businesses find useful information in their business data.
The first offering is called Analytics Cloud. It is a business intelligence service that can turn data such as quarterly revenue figures into graphs for easier analysis. There’s also a search bar that lets you discover key details, such as which product contributed the most to quarterly revenue, using natural language queries.
The other product that SAP brings to Google Cloud, Data Warehouse Cloud, is intended for more complex analytics projects. It can run queries on information from multiple cloud-based and on-premises systems at the same time. The service is based on SAP’s high-speed HANA database, which stores business records in memory rather than in storage to facilitate faster processing.
Notably, Analytics Cloud and Data Warehouse Cloud also include machine learning features to facilitate some data processing tasks. The first service, for example, has an artificial intelligence tool that allows users to generate forecasts such as revenue forecasts based on historical business data.
“The integration between SAP solutions, SAP BTP infrastructure and Google Cloud and the capabilities of artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics gives customers both the choice they want as well as the innovative portfolio. they are looking to transform their businesses in the cloud, âsaid Thomas Saueressig, SAP board member and head of the company’s product engineering.
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