News : SAP and Accenture Join Forces in Core and Industry Platform Development
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Walldorf, Germany and New York; Jan. 10, 2016 – SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and Accenture (NYSE: ACN) are joining forces in the core and industry development and go-to-market of SAP(R) Business Suite 4 SAP HANA(R) (SAP S/4HANA), the business suite from SAP built on an in-memory platform. This collaboration intends to accelerate development of SAP S/4HANA as well as industry and line-of-business solutions, with a view to simplifying and fast-tracking customers’ journeys to digital businesses.
"This strategic agreement to further advance our collaboration and integration builds on the success of the existing Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group," said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer, Accenture. "Accenture developers and industry experts are now working side by side with SAP, providing us with unique input, insight and development opportunities with SAP S/4HANA. For example, our teams in Germany and Shanghai are helping SAP with the design and build of the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution. In addition, we plan to involve clients as part of a broader co-innovation strategy to ensure that we are optimizing our development efforts for SAP S/4HANA to meet their needs and help them stay competitive across industries and markets."
In addition to co-development activities, a go-to-market approach will build on joint value-proposition capabilities and collaborative delivery efforts between SAP and Accenture. The result would be differentiated solutions with flexible delivery options for bundled industry cloud deployment. The companies will co-invest in resources and appoint dedicated executives to bring maximum value to mutual clients.
"Our enhanced agreement with Accenture signifies another key step to further strengthen our commitment to SAP S/4HANA," said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board, Products & Innovation, SAP. "We look forward to working with Accenture to drive digital transformation for businesses with even simpler solutions that accelerate time to value. Our comprehensive portfolio allows companies to successfully tackle the diverse challenges of the digital economy across the whole value chain, today and beyond, and make them ready for the future."
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Published: Monday, January 11, 2016