In 2018, after extending a two-year partnership, SAP and Alibaba Group had officially announced its plans to offer to the Chinese market SAP Cloud Solutions on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS).
Recently, SAP Cloud Solutions SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform are made available on Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest provider of public cloud services and the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group. Apart from providing seamless integration of world-class SaaS, PaaS and IaaS solutions, this development enables Chinese enterprises to easily adopt SAP’s world-leading enterprise cloud solutions on the powerful Alibaba Cloud infrastructure.
Stefan Wagner, Global Senior Vice President of SAP, shared that the German software giant’s close partnership with Alibaba led to the deployment of SAP S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform on the leading IaaS platform in China to help Chinese enterprises speed up their migration to the Cloud and kickstart their innovation and transformation. He added:
“Delivering on our strategy ‘in China for China’, SAP runs several co-engineering activities with Alibaba, combining our strengths to deliver solutions tailored to the Chinese market,” said Stefan Wagner, Global Senior Vice President of SAP.
Recognising the unique needs of Chinese enterprises, Alibaba Group and SAP will be designing local solutions that would help accelerate their digital transformation, which includes co-innovating in the areas of Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, and enterprise-level Big Data applications.
“The integration of SAP’s world-leading enterprise solution with Alibaba Cloud’s advanced intelligent platform will bring great value to customers, and help them to accelerate their digital transformation with much better experience. The partnership with SAP is an important practice for Alibaba Cloud to implement its ‘to be integrated‘ and globalization strategy,” explained Ken Shen, President of Global Ecosystem of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence.
SAP S/4HANA Cloud, fully built on the in-memory platform SAP HANA, is designed for business and provides an instant insight by using a single source of truth, real-time processes, dynamic planning, and analysis. Known as the digital core suite-of-choice to run a successful business in the cloud, SAP S/4HANA Cloud enables companies to migrate vital business processes in a cost-effective manner, experience faster deployment and shortened return on investment time.
SAP Cloud Platform is an open business platform designed to innovate, integrate and extend applications with agility, flexibility, and choice. As SAP’s in-memory platform-as-a-service (PaaS), Alibaba Cloud’s customers will now be able to extend their current business solutions, build new applications, and integrate with third-party technologies efficiently.
Last year, Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang has stated:
“The availability of SAP’s globally renowned ERP system S/4HANA Cloud on Alibaba Cloud is yet another milestone in our globalisation strategy, and exemplary of our mission to make it easy to do business anywhere. We have formed a close collaboration with SAP in the part, and it is exciting for us to expand our partnership.”
As the plans of SAP and Alibaba Group to integrate their cloud technologies have come to fruition, the Chinese market can now take advantage of a versatile, all-inclusive cloud-computing environment.