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SAP's Chinese Dream

Alibaba Group and SAP plan to offer S/4 Hana Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform on Alibaba Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) in China. This is intended to make it easier for customers to move to the cloud and help them on their way to becoming a smart enterprise.
E-3 Magazine
November 6, 2018
SAP's Chinese Dream
This text has been automatically translated from German to English.

Alibaba and SAP have been jointly providing enterprise cloud solutions through the Alibaba Cloud for two years to help customers in China keep pace with ever-changing market demands.

Alibaba Cloud is the cloud computing division of Alibaba Group. Effective immediately, the two groups will jointly develop and launch innovations to deliver S/4 Hana Cloud, SAP's flagship product for successful business in the cloud.

Alibaba's cloud customers can also use SAP Cloud Platform to extend their existing enterprise solutions, develop new applications, and integrate third-party technologies.

"China has been SAP's second home for more than two decades"

says SAP CEO Bill McDermott.

"The expanded partnership between Alibaba and SAP gives us new opportunities by creating smart businesses to strengthen digital China. SAP looks forward to the Chinese dream as we expect substantial growth here in the coming years."

Everywhere simple

"We are pleased that our partnership with SAP has reached the next level today"

Daniel Zhang, Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group, said.

"The availability of the world-renowned ERP software S/4 Hana Cloud on Alibaba Cloud is another milestone in our globalization strategy and exemplifies our mission to make business simple everywhere.

We've worked closely with SAP in the past, and it's exciting for us to expand our partnership."

Jack Ma, Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, states:

"Entrepreneurs who believe in and embrace the future and who can use new thinking, new concepts and new technologies will be the future winners."

Bill McDemott

SAP S/4 Hana Cloud makes businesses smarter with its AI-powered automation and predictive analytics capabilities, voice-based conversational interfaces, and forward-thinking business processes.

With S/4 Cloud, companies can migrate core business processes more cost-effectively, shorten deployment and innovation cycles, and achieve faster time to value.

A growing number of companies in China are moving to S/4 Cloud. SAP Cloud Platform is an open Platform as a Service (PaaS) that provides an in-memory database and a suite of technology and business services to develop, extend and connect enterprise applications.

As an open and flexible application and integration platform, it enables customers to quickly develop new applications and cutting-edge technologies and to personalize and adapt existing ones.

Top 3 IaaS providers

Founded in 2009, Alibaba Cloud is China's largest provider of public cloud services and one of the top three IaaS providers in the world according to Gartner. The partnership extends the global reach of S/4 Hana Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform to all leading public clouds.

Under the agreement, SAP will continue to use Alibaba Cloud technology. In return, Alibaba will use SAP S/4 Hana to drive its own innovations and support its new business model.

Alibaba and SAP are exploring expanded collaboration in areas such as artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, and New Retail and New Manufacturing, Alibaba Group's new initiatives.

The collaboration is expected to result in solutions that support companies in their digital transformation and help them increase added value for customers.

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