SAP also reiterated its pledge to listen to its customers and act on their biggest concerns with two new initiatives. Amazon Web Services already offered support for most of the services debuting in Google Cloud, while Microsoft Azure's scope is more limited and remains oriented to proprietary developments.
SAP intends to make the partnership, announced earlier this year, available globally and partner with Google in machine learning, IoT, data transparency, custodian services and workplace productivity.
Customer will also an excitingly named "cockpit" for cloud management.
To support SAP HANA and other high-end database workloads, Microsoft announced M-Series virtual machines powered by IntelXeon processor E7-8890 v3 that support single node configurations up to 3.5TB memory. Microsoft Azure is now available as a public preview and Google Cloud Platform as a demo showcase, and all may be managed using the new SAP Cloud Platform cockpit.
Virtustream, an SAP partner, is participating at SAPPHIRE NOW® and ASUG Annual Conference being held May 16-18 in Orlando, Florida in booth #438.
The massive infrastructure instances that Microsoft is offering with over 4TB of RAM will be restricted to use by SAP customers at this point. Protera will be presenting its cloud-enabled application management services platform, Protera AppCare, and migration services platform for the SAP HANA® platform, Protera FlexBridge.
"By applying a combination of new technology capabilities to create next-generation business models, digital transformation can revolutionize a business sector or even make small improvements to existing business models to provide a competitive advantage", said Owen Pettiford, SAP mentor and Senior Vice President of Digital Transformation Practice, BackOffice Associates.
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. These types of integrations also make it easier for SAP customers to run hybrid cloud setups, which an terrible lot of older IT organizations are choosing rather than migrate wholesale to the public cloud.
Public cloud providers like AWS and Azure are increasingly building capability around providing a suite of services that take data from traditional enterprise systems and use it to extract additional value, such as by applying machine learning algorithms to it. "By working together to invent digital solutions that address tomorrow's finance and supply chain needs, SAP will gain Deloitte Consulting's in-depth business process knowledge and understanding of how organizations will use technologies in the future". SAP App Center now offers online discovery so users can easily try, purchase and use partner apps directly from the center.
SAP IT Operations Analytics 2.0 offers more business context to IT issues with new features to help IT prioritize responses based on business impact.
The focus at Sapphire wasn't all multi-cloud and Google, with the expected slew of updates and enhancements to the SAP Cloud Platform.