In 2016, SAP Cloud Services has elevated its expertise by teaming up with Altiscale, one of the world’s leading providers of Big Data-as-a-Service. This led to the product SAP Cloud Platform Big Data Services, a toolkit for working with big data based on the SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) model.
Philippine enterprises have contributed to the double-digit growth of SAP Cloud Services catering to migration according to GMA News Online’s interview with Claus Andresen, SAP Southeast Asia President and Managing Director. SAP has recognized the digital transformation efforts of the companies in the country, which includes shifting their databases into the cloud.
“In the Philippines, we are seeing very significant double-digit growth digits in the cloud space,” Andersen said.
He explained that the country is like any other SAP market around the world. Philippines’ customers are focused on the outcome, which is essentially what benefits the organisation. He further said:
“The Philippines is obsessed about how to get to that outcome as possible and with the lowest possible risk, and cloud will often give you that answer.”
SAP Cloud Services offerings include Cloud Application Services, Cloud Peering, Customer Experience Services, Digital Interconnect, HANA Enterprise Cloud, Learning Hub, and Preferred Success, which can be customized based on clients’ needs.
In the process of cloud migration, data, information technology services, applications, and other digital resources are shifted to a cloud-computing server.
SAP and Philippine Telcos
Globe Telecom Inc. and PLDT Inc., two of the country’s major telco enterprises, have been working with SAP in their digital transformation. The SAP SeA President shared that the German software giant hosts most of the telecommunication companies worldwide, including the two.
Earlier this year, Ayala-led Globe Telecom, one of the largest mobile, fixed-line, and broadband networks in the Philippines, has announced its plan to shift to the cloud and go 100% paperless by 2020 from the current level of 80%. Mid 2018, Globe signed a three-year deal with SAP for business suite platform and service solutions to digitize its finance processes. The digital transformation will enable real-time decision-making and support the company’s agile environment.
Also in 2018, the German multinational software company has announced the completion of the SAP Revenue Accounting and Reporting (RAR) solution implementation for PLDT, Inc, the first in the Philippines to use RAR as a step in addressing the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) compliance requirements. The project was part of the telco giant’s digital finance transformation efforts to continuously improve business processes to adapt to the changing market and regulatory requirements.
With 77% of the world’s transactions revenue being tapped by an SAP system, Andersen said that the company is driven to invest heavily in software solutions wherein most of the SAP’s revenues are derived from. He stated:
“Over the last 10 years, we have invested in a new innovation, organically or inorganically. Every year, we invest more than €3 billion, in basically an organic growth of our solutions.” He stressed:
“We are quite committed to the Philippines. There’s other tech players out there which have not invested as heavily in the Philippines as we have over the years.”