SAP and IBM: 50 years of collaboration, innovation and delivering the future

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History of a unique partnership 

Since 1972, IBM and SAP have been co-innovators, joint stakeholders, and true partners. That’s 50 years of imagining possibilities and executing on them; 50 years of helping the world run better, smarter, and more efficiently. 

From the very beginning, IBM and SAP have helped deliver on the promise of transformation through computing. The ability to access data in real-time, integrated across business functions, has been one of the most important developments in the advancement of global business innovation. 

But this unique relationship has never been about the past. IBM has always believed the longest-lasting partnerships, the ones that drive real innovation and deliver the greatest value to clients, are ones that don’t look back. Their vision and efforts are bent on the future, collaborating in the areas of AI, sustainability and industry-specific solutions, all powered by the promise of the hybrid cloud. 

IBM believes that artificial intelligence, powered by Watson and infused into SAP technology, will further accelerate innovation, allowing faster decisions to be made in a hyper-competitive and ever-fluctuating world.


Driving IBM’s own transformation with RISE with SAP

The world of technology is one of perpetual, unremitting change. Case in point: SAP’s public commitment to ending support of SAP Business Suite by 2030, requiring users to migrate to S/4HANA.

As users across the globe consider migrating to S/4HANA, as facilitated by SAP’s new subscription model of products and services known as RISE with SAP, they’re tasked with an undertaking that will transform the way they do business for decades to come. For many, the question is not if, but when they will embark on this journey.

This is why IBM is now starting its own transition to SAP S/4HANA. It will be one of the largest ERP transformation projects in the world, designed to fuel the company’s growth and better support its clients. It will drive standardisation, require less manual effort through automation, and enable actionable insights through real-time analytics. 

Simply put, it will simplify and synchronise IBM’s enterprise processes, enabling a pathway to real growth.


IBM’s transformation is one of the largest, most complex implementations in the world, making it the perfect use case for clients who have similarly complex SAP application landscapes spread across geographies


The ultimate use case for clients 

Expanded Premium Supplier Option for RISE with SAP on IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux using IBM Cloud

IBM’s transformation is one of the largest and most complex implementations in the world, making it the perfect use case for clients that have similarly complex SAP application landscapes, spread across geographies.

To provide more flexibility and computing power, including those in highly regulated industries, IBM is making the same cloud-based computing power that underpins its own migration available to clients.

For clients who run RISE with SAP on IBM Cloud, IBM will provide the additional choice, in addition to the x86 infrastructure, of running workloads on IBM Power on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

With BREAKTHROUGH with IBM, premium supplier IBM is the first provider to offer infrastructure, technical managed services, business transformation and application management services together to deliver RISE with SAP – the market’s first true full stack offering. 

With clients increasingly leveraging hybrid cloud strategies to modernise their workloads, IBM and SAP are giving clients running on IBM Power servers the ability to use RISE with SAP S/4HANA on Power infrastructure consistent with the architecture they run on-premise. 

Underpinned exclusively by Red Hat Enterprise Linux, businesses running RISE with SAP on IBM Cloud will be able to achieve superior levels of performance in a cloud environment for their mission-critical workloads, with the unmatched flexibility, resiliency and security features provided by IBM and Red Hat.