IBM And SAP Collaborate To Help Enterprises Move Workloads And Apps From SAP To The Cloud

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IBM is the first partner to offer cloud infrastructure and technical managed services as part of the RISE with SAP offering.

On Thursday, 10 February 2022, IBM announced that it is teaming with SAP to provide technology and consulting expertise to make it easier for enterprises to embrace a hybrid cloud approach and move mission-critical workloads from SAP solutions to the cloud for regulated and non-regulated industries.

The companies jointly launched the premium supplier option with IBM for RISE with SAP with tools to help enterprises accelerate the migration of their on-premise SAP software workloads to IBM Cloud, backed by the highest level standard security capabilities.

IBM also unveiled a new program, BREAKTHROUGH with IBM for RISE with SAP, a portfolio of solutions and consulting services that help accelerate and amplify the journey to SAP S/4HANA Cloud. The solutions and services use intelligent workflows to streamline operations built on a flexible and scalable platform. In addition, the program provides an engagement model that helps plan, execute and support holistic business transformation. Enterprises are offered the flexibility and choice to migrate SAP solution workloads to the public cloud with the support of their deep industry expertise.1

In addition to the announcement, IBM is the first cloud provider to offer infrastructure, business transformation, and application management services as part of RISE with SAP. IBM’s premium supplier designation is a continuation of SAP’s long-standing efforts to provide choice and optionality to customers, further supporting IBM customers who prefer their RISE with SAP package to run on IBM Cloud.

Additionally, migration to SAP S/4HANA on IBM Cloud from on-premise data centers can potentially deliver the following benefits, according to a study by IDC,2 sponsored by IBM:

  • Return on investment: Migrating to SAP S/4HANA on IBM Cloud delivered revenue increases for up to 90 percent of organisations making the transition according to users surveyed.
  • Reduced costs: More than 80 percent of the organisations in the study said they experienced a reduction in operational costs.
  • Greater productivity: 9 out of 10 businesses in the study said they improved their productivity after migrating to SAP S/4HANA on IBM Cloud.

“We are thrilled to advance our long-standing partnership through RISE with SAP,” said John Granger, Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting. “Our shared commitment is to meet our clients, especially those in highly regulated industries, where they are in their digital journey, while giving them choices for migrating or modernising their mission critical workloads with a hybrid cloud approach.”

“BREAKTHROUGH with IBM is an outstanding complement to RISE with SAP as it lays the foundation for our customers to embark on or advance their business transformation journeys. Further, it reaffirms the value customers recognise from RISE with SAP and the impact and innovation opportunity RISE with SAP offers to organisations that move to the cloud. I have every confidence that the combined expertise and experience SAP and IBM offer will accelerate cloud adoption and business growth for customers across the globe,” said Brian Duffy, President of Cloud, SAP.

IBM and SAP have worked with hundreds of clients globally on thousands of individual projects to modernise their systems and business processes based on an open, hybrid cloud approach. Recent examples include Coca-Cola European PartnersParle ProductsHarmont & BlainePuravankara Ltd, and Virgin Megastore KSA.

Underscoring its commitment to SAP S/4HANA both as an SAP customer and a business partner for 50 years, IBM has also made a significant investment in RISE with SAP to help transform its infrastructure. IBM is a new RISE with SAP Premium Supplier and is using the IBM Hybrid Cloud including IBM Power enabled Infrastructure as a Service to enhance the performance, availability and security of deployments of private editions of SAP S/4HANA Cloud.


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1 Based on IBM Hyper Protect Crypto Service, the only service in the industry built on FIPS 140-2 Level 4–certified hardware. FIPS 140-2 Level 4 provides the highest level of security defined in this standard. At this security level, the physical security mechanisms provide a comprehensive envelope of protection around the cryptographic module with the intent of detecting and responding to all unauthorized attempts at physical access.

2  IDC White Paper, sponsored by IBM, Business Benefits Possible by Choosing the Right Cloud Provider to Run SAP Workloads. Doc #US47166220, December 2020.








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