IBM transforms business operations with RISE with SAP solution as part of expanded partnership with SAP


ARMONK, NY and WALLDORF, Germany, May 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ –IBM (NYSE: IBM) and SAP today announced the latest step in their longstanding partnership as IBM undertakes one of the world’s largest business transformation projects based on SAP® ERP software, designed to fuel the growth of company and better support its customers.

As part of this expanded partnership, IBM is migrating to SAP S/4HANA®, SAP’s next-generation ERP software, to perform work in more than 120 countries, 1,000 legal entities and numerous IBM companies supporting software , equipment, advice and finance. The project focuses on improving business processes with RISE with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Private Edition, Premium Vendor Option with IBM Consulting, and will eventually move over 375TB of data to IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Cloud. RISE with SAP brings together what businesses need to pursue their digital transformation goals and accelerate their move to the cloud.

Driven by the need to modernize processes and deliver better insights to support customers running in the cloud, RISE with SAP is helping IBM centralize and standardize data worldwide. With access to the SAP HANA® database, data can be viewed in real time and shared more efficiently across business units and teams. The expanded partnership will also help improve AI-supported decision-making and automated workflows. Once the transformation is complete, almost all of the US$58 billion revenue will flow through SAP software.

“This expanded partnership will enable IBM to accelerate its cloud business transformation and fuel future growth,” said Christian Klein, CEO and member of the management board of SAP SE. “As a result, IBM will be positioned to provide the highest value of support and flexibility to its customers, enabling them to simplify and accelerate their business transformations while benefiting from the full value of RISE with SAP.”

This business transformation will eventually move over 300 SAP instances and consolidate 500 servers with the RISE with SAP solution on IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Cloud. The migration to SAP S/4HANA is already underway across the company’s software business unit. The initial deployment is focused on IBM’s software as a service and billing system and is already benefiting IBM’s customers and business partners through simplified billing and payment systems while enabling rapid order processing. and contracts.

IBM Consulting, with more than 38,000 highly skilled SAP consultants, is leading the transformation by providing the consulting, implementation, security, industry and technical expertise needed to move these complex systems and applications into a digital environment. It’s another example of IBM and SAP’s accelerated ecosystem strategy, combining both technology and consulting expertise while supporting most cloud environments to help customers to more easily adopt a hybrid cloud approach and move their mission-critical SAP software workloads to the cloud.

“Enterprise customers are looking for greater choice and control as they modernize their mission-critical workloads. Enabled by RISE with SAP, this is a landmark business transformation initiative for both companies due to its complexity and scale,” said Arvind Krishna, chairman and CEO of IBM. “With this decision and IBM’s experience using RISE with SAP internally, we will be even better prepared to support our customers on their hybrid cloud and business transformation journeys.”

Extended Premium Provider Option for RISE with SAP Enabled IBM power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Cloud

To provide customers with more flexibility and computing power, including those in highly regulated industries, IBM is making available to customers the same cloud-based computing power that underpins its own migration. For customers running RISE with SAP on IBM Cloud, an extension of the premium provider option provides additional choice for running workloads on IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux on IBM Cloud.

As a premium provider, IBM was the first cloud provider to offer infrastructure, technical managed services, business transformation and application management services as part of RISE with SAP. As customers increasingly take advantage of hybrid cloud strategies to modernize their workloads, IBM and SAP are offering customers running on Power servers the option to use RISE with SAP S/4HANA on Power infrastructure in accordance to the architecture they execute on site. Built exclusively on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, companies running IBM Power on IBM Cloud will be able to achieve high levels of performance in a cloud environment for their mission-critical workloads, thanks to the flexibility, resiliency and security features provided by IBM and RedHat.

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