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Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

SAP seeks to speed analytics with AI technology

SAP seeks to speed analytics with AI technology

For SAP, the GCP partnership is evidence of the company's multi-cloud approach. The two also announced the global availability of the SAP Cloud Platform on GCP.

Becoming a digital business requires business model and business process changes that no single technology can deliver.

The partnership also aims to make SAP Cloud Platform on GCP available globally, as well as future collaboration and integrations in machine learning, the IoT, data transparency and custodian services, and workplace productivity.

Customers may select infrastructure powered by SAP, or by Amazon Web Services.

SAP has made no secret that it wants its traditional customers to find innovative uses for their data through its own PaaS.

Also announced at the conference and tying in nicely with the multicloud play by SAP, is the expansion of its partnership with Google.

SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference are the world's premier business technology event and largest SAP customer-run conference, offering attendees the opportunity to learn and network with customers, SAP executives, partners and experts across the entire SAP ecosystem.

SAP's recruiting solution, WorkConnect, is also getting an update in the form of new capabilities such as product documentation, how-to information, and troubleshooting tips, the release said.

SAP and Google announced an innovation partnership in March 2017, which now includes "additional certification of SAP technology and applications on Google Cloud Platform (GCP)", the company says. The SAP Cloud Platfrom is already live on AWS, with Azure doing a public preview and Google a "demo showcase".

The company has expanded the abilities of SAP Leonardo, its innovation system, to include integrations in machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), big data, and blockchain technologies, all on its SAP Cloud Platform. Customers will benefit from Azure's enterprise-proven compliance and security, in addition to close connections between their other Azure workloads and SAP solutions running on Azure in SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud.

For those customers who need even more memory to run applications including SAP Business Warehouse, Microsoft is planning a set of multinode instances that can scale out to a whopping 60TB of RAM. Machine learning technology from SAP and Google will result in service enhancements beyond the enterprise segment.

Google and SAP announced the Intelligent App Challenge. It provides customers the full power of SAP HANA in a private, managed cloud environment that is supported by the most knowledgeable resources in the industry - from infrastructure to applications.

Other developments in the SAP Leonardo innovation portfolio include the Machine Learning Foundation and the SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain service.

The trifecta of clouds allows customers to easily migrate from one cloud platform to another and avoids lock-in, he added.

As it has with other platform offerings, the company is taking steps to build a broader ecosystem around Leonardo, faster, by opening up APIs and other connectors to make it easier for partners and other developers to build custom applications, integrations, and other add-ons that will work with the core functionality of Leonardo.

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