Alibaba to offer S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform on IaaS

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Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma and SAP CEO Bill McDermott at the Alibaba Computing Conference in Hangzhou, China (PRNewsfoto/SAP SE)

Extending an two-year-old partnership between Alibaba Group and SAP, the companies have announced plans to offer customers in China SAP’s major cloud platforms on Alibaba Cloud’s infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“China has been SAP’s second home for more than two decades,” said SAP chief executive officer Bill McDermott, who announced the move alongside Alibaba CEO Daniel Zhang. “Alibaba and SAP’s growing partnership expands our ability to empower digital China by building intelligent enterprises. SAP embraces the China Dream as we prepare for substantial expansion here in the years ahead.”

Established in 2009, Alibaba Cloud is China’s largest provider of public cloud services, and according to Gartner figures, the company is also among the world’s top three IaaS providers. The partnership makes S/4HANA Cloud and SAP Cloud Platform available via all top public clouds globally. As part of the agreement, SAP will continue to employ Alibaba Cloud’s technology, while Alibaba will adopt S/4HANA for its own innovation and new business model.

“We are pleased our partnership with SAP reached new heights today,” said Zhang. “The availablility 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.”

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