Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:09

SAP, Accenture collaborate on release of new business suite

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SAP is partnering with global management company Accenture in the core and industry development and go-to-market of SAP Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) – the next-generation business suite from SAP built on its advanced in-memory platform.

Described by the two companies as an “unprecedented collaboration”, Accenture’s chief technology officer, Paul Daugherty said the strategic agreement to further advance collaboration and integration builds on the success of the existing Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group.

“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 S4/HANA to meet their needs and help them stay competitive across industries and markets.”

Daugherty said that in addition to co-development activities, a “unique go-to-market approach” will build on joint value-proposition capabilities and collaborative delivery efforts between SAP and Accenture. He said the result would be differentiated solutions with flexible delivery options for bundled industry cloud deployment, and 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.”

Accenture and SAP list key benefits from the collaboration as:

•    Enriching solutions by combining SAP and Accenture’s deep industry expertise, as well as extensive product knowledge

•    Shortening time to market by leveraging Accenture delivery expertise for core and industry cloud solutions development for SAP S/4HANA

•    New apps for SAP S/4HANA Finance using the SAP Fiori user experience to bring an enhanced and simplified user experience and increased productivity across finance functions

•    Accelerating adoption of SAP S/4HANA and shortening clients’ time to digital value by aligning and scaling joint go-to-market efforts

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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