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SAP and Accenture are partnering to target industry verticals with industry-specific cloud solutions

SAP and Accenture are partnering to target industry verticals with industry-specific cloud solutions

Global system integrator and consulting firm Accenture and German software giant SAP announced a partnership Monday that will see the two companies jointly set up a business unit to focus on developing industry specific cloud-based solutions. The news comes barely two weeks after SAP’s cloud-native competitor NetSuite announced a similar partnership with Dell and Deloitte.

The companies announced the creation of a business group that will develop cloud-based tools specific to industry verticals, and integrate those solutions with other digital technologies like M2M.

The Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group will be based in San Jose, California, and will bring Accenture’s intellectual property and business process expertise in a range of industry sectors, with SAP leveraging its recently announced cloud-based HANA in-memory computing platform. The companies said they hope to deploy the co-developed solutions ‘as a service’.

“We expect that this will be a game-changer that can go far beyond the traditional boundaries of how enterprise-grade software and platform companies and technology services companies collaborate, innovate and deliver solutions to the market today,” said Marty Cole, group chief executive of technology, Accenture.

“By joining together our industry-leading assets and capabilities under this new business group, Accenture and SAP will be positioned to deliver unprecedented value to clients through more rapid access to integrated industry-specific SAP solutions,” Cole said.

Among the first solutions to see further developed under the new arrangement is a marketing analytics platform co-developed by the two companies and announced last September, and an oil & gas upstream operations training and human capital management suite.

Rob Enslin, president, global customer operations and member, global managing board at SAP AG said that the partnership will see more industry-specific solutions brought to market jointly.

“They want solutions to be simpler and more relevant to their specific business challenges,” Enslin said, echoing Shuba Ramkumar, a senior ICT research analyst at Frost & Sullivan who told Business Cloud News that some verticals are holding back from cloud-based platforms due to a lack of vertically-specific solutions.

News of SAP’s partnership with Accenture arrives barely two weeks after SAP’s younger, cloud-native ERP provider announced a partnership with Dell and Deloitte, largely for similar ends.

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