Today’s digital transformation is driving rapid change across all industries, and its effects are profound. We are witnessing a paradigm shift with the commoditization of cloud computing and how its openness, flexibility, and scalability is driving digitalization globally. With billions of connected devices and the copious amount of data they generate, we see an ever-increasing demand to store and process distributed data in real-time.
Disruptive technologies – such as in-memory computing and machine learning – make it easier to uncover valuable information and enable companies to turn big data into smart data.
Whenever I speak to customers today, they all have the same concerns: How can we stay competitive in today’s fast pacing environment? Does our IT landscape have the high performance, computing power, flexibility, scalability, and security to meet current and future business needs?
Armed with the power of cloud computing, enterprises are now able to react quickly to business and operational insights derived from big data and turn these into new business opportunities. In contrast to the past, no company, be it a start-up or an established enterprise, can tackle the challenges and opportunities that come with digitalization alone. In a digital economy, it is not about going solo, but about partnering, cooperating, and co-innovating on a global scale
And today, it is all about such a global partnership. During the Google Cloud Next ’17 conference in San Francisco, Diane Greene, SVP Google Cloud, and I had the honor to announce a strategic co-innovation partnership between our two companies to help global enterprises run their businesses on a highly secure public cloud with best in class flexibility, scalability, and speed.
Let’s have a look into the details of this partnership that creates value for our customers and ecosystem across multiple areas:
SAP flagship products to run on Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and benefit from the extended reach and speed of the network.
SAP and Google partner in the area of infrastructure-as-a-service to lift enterprise cloud applications to the next level.
SAP and Google partner to integrate SAP applications and Google’s G Suite to get the best out of both worlds.
With the size, scope, and scale of both our companies, we see a great opportunity to completely transform the way end-to-end business processes and enterprise software are run in the digital economy. And this is only the start. With machine learning becoming increasingly important, SAP and Google will also collaborate in this area, taking full advantage of the business and technology capabilities of both industry leaders – more about this at this year’s SAPPHIRE NOW event!
At the end of the day, it is all about offering our customers the highest flexibility and choice to enable them to stay competitive in the digital economy. We are ready to partner, cooperate, and co-innovate – and we are ready to succeed together with our customers!