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Mergers, Acquisitions, Partnerships in April 2023

What's Happening in the SAP World? Current Mergers, Partnerships, and Acquisitions in April 2023
E-3 Magazine
19 May 2023
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Aleph Alpha and msg enter into partnership

Aleph Alpha offers for the first time a European alternative to GPT-3 and ChatGPT from OpenAI with the different AI models.

The consulting and IT company msg and the German AI company Aleph Alpha entered into a partnership in January 2023: Together, they want to introduce novel AI technologies in the context of AI language models (Large Language Models) to companies and public authorities and thus open up innovative application possibilities of AI. The common goal is to accelerate the adoption of state-of-the-art AI technologies in organizations through Aleph Alpha's large language model called Luminous.

It can process, analyze and also produce a wide range of texts without user-specific training. It is also capable of combining images with text. Various functionalities in the fields of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Natural Language Generation (NLG) are thus made possible in the first place. Potential applications include chatbots and digital citizen assistants in public administration. Aleph Alpha thus offers a European alternative to ChatGPT for the first time. What makes this technology special is that it is based on a European understanding of language and culture, respects EU data protection and privacy laws, and is also traceable.

Jonas Andrulis

AI is breaking new ground. We must therefore keep a closer eye on the digital sovereignty of Europe and Germany.

Jonas Andrulis, Founder and CEO,
Aleph Alpha

Valantic and Orianda consolidate

The Munich-based company Valantic and the Swiss system house Orianda provide information about their consolidation.

The digital solutions, consulting and software company Valantic continues its growth course and welcomes the SAP asset management system house Orianda as a new partner. Headquartered in Tägerwilen, Switzerland, the company has proven expertise in strategic consulting and technical implementation of intelligent SAP asset management (EAM) solutions for the maintenance, consumer goods and railroad industries. Orianda's long-standing customers include the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and the technology company Bachem. Orianda has been supporting operators, manufacturers and maintenance companies since 1998 through sustainable asset management based on SAP.

Holger von Daniels, Valantic

Holger von Daniels,
CEO and Partner,

Continuation of the globalization strategy of the Global Business Unit

Nagarro expands its business areas and SAP competencies with the acquisition of MBIS.

Nagarro, a digital engineering company with over 20 years of experience and a team of 450 employees, announced that it plans to acquire MBIS, an SAP Gold Partner in Turkey, to expand its SAP services globally and broaden its offerings to key customers in Turkey. The acquisition will close once antitrust clearance is obtained. Nagarro has established itself as a full-service provider in the Turkish SAP market with MBIS, helping its customers transform their technology and processes to state-of-the-art SAP platforms.

MBIS offers its customers cloud services, value-added solutions, implementation and consulting services, and licensing. The company invests extensively in research and development to enhance SAP functionality to provide additional benefits to its customers. The acquisition expands Nagarro's SAP offering to tap into the fast-growing IT market in Turkey. With this acquisition, key SAP customers can expect an enhanced service offering and a variety of offerings in the technology space.

Michael Schmidt, Nagarro

MBIS and Nagarro are a very good cultural fit and share the same values.

Michael Schmidt,
Managing Director, Nagarro

Partnership agreed for platform

Database independence is of great importance against the background of increasing cloud transformation. 

Pyramid Analytics and the auditing and consulting firm PwC Germany enter into a partnership for the distribution and implementation of the Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform. In the future, PwC will implement Pyramid's decision support systems in the financial and ESG sectors (environmental/environmental, social/social and governance/responsible corporate management) at companies and organizations in German-speaking countries. The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform combines Data Preparation, Business Analytics and Data Science with AI guidance in a single integrated platform.

This eliminates the need to use tools from multiple vendors, resulting in lower licensing costs and greatly simplifying enterprise-wide data management. Lower total cost of ownership (TCO), rapid deployment, fast and direct access to all available data, and industry-leading user adoption simultaneously accelerate value creation, growth, and innovation. The platform can be deployed on-premise, in private and public clouds, embedded or via managed services providers (MSPs).

Thomas Hempel PWC

The Pyramid Decision Intelligence Platform is an innovative and powerful BI and Analytics platform. Especially relevant is the database independence.

Thomas Hempel,
Partner Business Analytics,

Hybrid Ecosystem

Potential added value for complex procurement organizations. The consulting firm Apsolut and the experts for AI-driven supplier data from Scoutbee will collaborate more closely in the future. Apsolut has experience in implementing SAP-based procurement systems and Scoutbee offers a platform for AI-driven supplier identification and data harmonization. The new partnership opens up new opportunities for companies whose procurement is based on S/4 Hana, Ariba or SRM to find new suppliers even faster.

"We are certain that the most successful procurement system of the future is a hybrid ecosystem that combines a stable core with innovative and intelligent new tools," explains Klaus Bernzen, Senior Partner at Apsolut. Apsolut and Scoutbee are currently implementing a joint project for a tier-one automotive supplier. Further projects for customers from the consumer products, healthcare, discrete manufacturing and automotive sectors are already being planned.

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