SAP partners with consultancies to spur adoption of cloud ERP software

18 July 2018

Leading enterprise resource planning software firm SAP SE has partnered with Accenture, Capgemini, and Deloitte to accelerate adoption of its next-gen SAP S/4HANA Cloud software. SAP will draw on the industry and consulting expertise of the firms to provide custom solutions to clients in the oil & gas, discrete manufacturing, and service sectors.

German enterprise resource planning (ERP) software firm SAP SE is the market leading provider of the critical software that helps companies manage their business processes – including procurement, accounting, sales, and customer relationships, among others.

The firm has shifted its focus in the past decade to integrate pivotal emerging technologies like cloud and AI into its successful ERP systems. To this end, SAP has acquired numerous cloud tech firms in recent years, including Concur Technologies in 2014 for a price tag of $8.3 billion.

The central thrust of the company’s tech evolution has been the roll-out of SAP S/4HANA Cloud, the newest generation of the SAP Business Suite. The ERP software leverages cloud technology as well as AI integration. Utilizing AI self-learning mechanisms, project managers can, for example, use the software to ‘intelligently’ project cost forecasting and reduce budget overruns.

Now, the company has announced a partnership with Accenture, Capgemini, and Deloitte to accelerate the cloud and AI-enabled ERP software’s adoption in the process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing, and service sectors. Together, the companies will develop innovative solutions to help clients become ‘intelligent enterprises’ through the effective application of SAP’s industry-leading software.SAP partners with consultancies to spur adoption of cloud ERP software"With a user experience that no longer requires a keyboard, and manual processes that are automated with the help of artificial intelligence, our customers will be empowered to reimagine their business models while keeping cost to a minimum,” said Franck Cohen, president, Digital Core & Industry Solutions, SAP.

By collaborating on its cloud ERP solutions with leading consultancies, the firm can tap into their deep industry expertise to better address customers’ industry-specific demands.

With Accenture, SAP will jointly develop a solution running on the SAP S/4HANA Cloud platform for the oil & gas industry. The solution will help industry clients cut operational costs and open up new revenue opportunities.

The partnership with Capgemini will focus on creating a long-term co-development and co-innovation road map for the software in discrete manufacturing industries. Initially focusing on the automotive industry, the partnership will provide solutions that leverage the Industrial Internet of Things, automation, machine learning, and digital twins.

Deloitte and SAP will collaborate to expand adoption of SAP S/4HANA Cloud in services and process manufacturing. They will aim to provide solutions that manage exponential data growth, strengthen core digital capabilities, and help clients in their digital transformation.

SAP’s AI-powered solutions should prove attractive to industry decision-makers. According to a survey of 2,500 C-suite execs conducted by the firm, 9 out of 10 say that AI will be critical to their companies’ survival over the next five years. Six out of ten say that they are planning to implement AI in the next year, and a third revealed that they are planning to make serious AI investments ($500,000-$5 million) in the next 12 months.

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Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutions

17 April 2019

Accounting and consulting firm Deloitte will work with Google Cloud to create an array of solutions for the life sciences and healthcare, financial services, and retail sectors. The announcement was made at the annual Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco.

Deloitte has an especially strong partnership with Google Cloud, having been named its Global Services Partner of the Year for two years running. Google Cloud is among the leading enterprise cloud platforms, alongside the offerings of industry heavyweights such as Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM.

Deloitte currently provides a number of industry-specific solutions build on the Google Cloud platform, targeting areas like big data and analytics, machine learning, application services, SAP, and security. Deloitte leverages its existing technology and industry-specific expertise to build solutions on Google’s powerful open-source software. It’s a common exercise for many consulting firms – turning the raw material of a platform or ecosystem into a useful finished product for diverse clients, possibly as part of a wider overall advisory package.Deloitte to collaborate with Google Cloud on raft of new solutionsThe consulting firm will now deliver new Google Cloud solutions to clients in three pivotal sectors. In life sciences and healthcare, Deloitte will offer solutions targeting biomedical research, operations optimization, and healthcare data modernization. Within financial services, the firm will help banking, insurance, and investment management companies convert ideas into profitable strategies though Google’s high-performance computing and applied AI. Deloitte will also offer leading-edge solutions to help detect financial crimes.

The retail sector, meanwhile, will be able to benefit from advanced consumer insights and engagement, more connected supply chains, and efficient and modern commerce infrastructure.

"We are thrilled to make this commitment with Google Cloud to bring the power of its leading technologies to our enterprise clients," Janet Foutty, chair and CEO, Deloitte Consulting and chair-elect, said. "Together, we plan to transform operating models across these key sectors by harnessing the power of cloud technologies and the extensive industry-specific knowledge and experience of our practitioners."

Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud CEO, added, “Deloitte's reputation for enterprise transformation makes them an ideal teammate for us as we expand our cloud into new industries and with the world's biggest customers. Industries from health care to financial services to retail share a need to modernize – quickly. We're excited to join with Deloitte and deliver solutions and technology to help them do just that."

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