SAP announces new products and partnerships

SAP to enhance key product lines with advanced technologies

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SAP announces new products and partnerships SAP has focused on integrating its leading solutions to provide a single view of the customer, says McDermott.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 14, 2018

SAP has announced a number of new products and partnerships at its SAPPHIRE NOW conference last week.

Among the announcements from SAP were expanded capabilities for key solutions with integration of advanced technologies such as conversational artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, and analytics.

The company announced the introduction of a new suite of applications, SAP C/4HANA, to help businesses serve and retain customers. SAP also announced the SAP HANA Data Management Suite, the industry's first comprehensive data management solution that enables companies to turn data sprawl into business value.

"The legacy CRM systems are all about sales; SAP C/4HANA is all about the consumer," said Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP. "We recognize that every part of a business needs to be focused on a single view of the consumer. When you connect all SAP applications together in an intelligent cloud suite, the demand chain directly fuels the behaviors of the supply chain."

To expand and accelerate global adoption and best practices of blockchain in the transportation industry, SAP has started a global blockchain consortium with seven founding members, including Intel Corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) and A3 by Airbus SE.

To help customers easily embed advanced technologies into their solutions, SAP released SAP Leonardo-based innovation kits for specific industries, including retail, life sciences, manufacturing and automotive. SAP launched the SAP Leonardo Partner Medallion Initiative for partners to embed industry solutions.

SAP continues to expand and enhance its multicloud strategy with the general availability of SAP Cloud Platform on all major hyperscale cloud infrastructure providers: Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services.

During SAPPHIRE NOW, SAP announced plans to collaborate with Accenture, Capgemini, and Deloitte to accelerate customer adoption of SAP S/4HANA Cloud in the process manufacturing, discrete manufacturing and service industries. ANSYS and SAP announced their first solution under a new partnership.

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