SAP China teams up with Alibaba Cloud

ChinaTelecom Asia — SAP China and Alibaba Cloud have teamed up to launch three cloud-based SAP services to Chinese customers by the end of the year. The companies have revealed plans to launch in-memory computing platform SAP HANA Cloud Platform and two other services in 2016.

SAP Labs India launches accelerator programme for startups

IndiaEnterprise Innovation — Enterprise application software company, SAP Labs India has launched accelerator programme SAP Start-up Studio, aimed at providing mentoring, infrastructure and technology support to early-stage start-ups.

Samsung SDS seeks expansion with SAP

KoreaSamsung SDS, the information technology unit of Samsung, said Wednesday that it is seeking to find new business opportunities focusing on the enterprise cloud computing system segment with SAP of Germany. SAP is a long-time business partner of Samsung SDS, and has been letting it manage some of its qualified software content at data centers in Korea.

Concur’s cloud computing empowers AirAsia to soar to new heights

MalaysiaNews Straits Times — KUALA LUMPUR: A unit of German multinational software corporation SAP SE, Concur Technologies Inc (Concur), has collaborated with AirAsia to implement an integrated travel and expense solution for the local carrier’s subsidiary, AirAsia Global Shared Services. In a statement today, SAP said the solution provides business process outsourcing services to AirAsia Group’s 17,000 employees and is expected to be completed by early July this year.

IHS: IBM leads global SaaS cloud service market

APACTelecom Asia — IBM currently leads the SaaS cloud service market, while Amazon leads the global cloud infrastructure market (IaaS, CaaS, PaaS) in 2015, according to a new report by research firm IHS. According to the report, Salesforce ranked the second in the SaaS cloud service market with 8% of market share, while Microsoft and Oracle had 6% and 3%. SAP had just 2% share in the global SaaS cloud service market.

Alibaba hooks up with Accenture, SAP in expansion push in China and Southeast Asia; takes aim in dominating global cloud business

ChinaSCMP — Alibaba Cloud, China’s largest computing services provider, is looking to accelerate its expansion in China and Southeast Asia on the back of newly formed alliances with global consulting firm Accenture and software giant SAP China. “Accenture is a well-respected consulting firm in the industry, especially for computing enterprises,” said Ethan Yu, vice president of Alibaba Cloud told reporters.

Strong cloud and software revenue growth sees SAP APAC revenue exceed €3b

APACZDNet — SAP has attributed strong growth in cloud and software revenue to helping the company’s Asia-Pacific arm achieve record results for the fourth quarter and 2015 full year. The company reported that for the full year ended December 31, 2015, revenue exceeded €3 billion (AU$4.6 billion), noting that non-international financial reporting standards (IFRS) cloud and software revenue grew by 20 percent, and cloud subscriptions increased by 99 percent.

China Telecom, SAP launch front-office platform for Chinese SMBs

ChinaTelecom Asia — Targeting retailers and wholesale distributors as well as business-to-business and business-to-consumer companies, SAP Anywhere is a front-office solution specifically tailored to the e-commerce needs of SMBs with 10 to 500 employees. It enables SMBs to monetize digital sales channels by using a full set of customer experience and commerce features, including inventory control and insight, online marketplace management and business and customer engagement.

SAP to SMEs: Invest in ‘digital economy’ to stay in the game

APACBusiness Mirror — Singapore: During the company’s just-concluded media summit here, SAP Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) President Adaire Fox-Martin said that gone are the days of the so-called industrial economy, when everything was done in a manual way, or the whole series of mechanical-based process had enabled the movement of goods and services.

NTT Group Announces Expansion of Partnership with SAP for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud

JapanBusiness Wire — TOKYO: NTT Group today announced that it has entered into a premium partnership with SAP to provide infrastructure services for SAP HANA® Enterprise Cloud. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is a private, secure cloud fully managed by SAP and supported by global partners, and is offered for companies that run mission-critical applications in the cloud.

Hitachi Data Systems is Betting Big on Smart Cities

JapanForbes — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), once known as a storage leader, is now making big strides into smart cities, Internet of Things, and analytics. Branded as social innovation solutions, HDS is integrating Big Data analytics and IoT with its domain expertise. The company is ambitiously seeking to partner with various government agencies in Asia Pacific to drive the agenda of smart cities.

SAP-NUS collaboration to help students prepare for the digital economy, from SG

SingaporeSAP and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have signed an agreement to help enterprises and students become better positioned in today’s digital economy. SAP and NUS will take part in joint activities to support the further understanding of information processes and their applications to the transformation of enterprises. This new agreement builds on existing collaborations initiated several years ago, on enterprise resource planning technologies and applications.

Telstra wins $23m Komatsu deal extension

AustraliaTelstra has won an extension to a 15-year-partnership with mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu, signing a three-year extension valued at $23 million. Under the deal, Telstra will continue to provide voice, data and mobile services as well as machine-to-machine and cloud services to the company. The telco will help Komatsu extend a recent trial of M2M technology, which Komatsu said had allowed the company to remotely download performance diagnostic data from more than 700 pieces of Komatsu equipment on mine sites without human interaction.,telstra-wins-23m-komatsu-deal-extension.aspx

SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program to pour $7.3M into smart city startups, from SG

SingaporeSingaporean and overseas startups are getting a new acceleration program to help them in their first fledgling steps to market. The SAP Startup Focus Acceleration Program is the self-explanatory title of an initiative undertaken by Singapore’s Infocomm Development Authority,enterprise software firm SAP Asia, and investment firm August Capital Partners. The program has a duration of two years and is open to all technology-based startups that are looking into smart city solutions based on data and analytics.

Huawei extends cooperation with SAP

China.gifHuawei has expanded partnership with SAP and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with research institute Fraunhofer ESK. Both the agreements were recently made during CeBIT 2015. Huawei and SAP will deepen cooperation in Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. An expanded partnership with SAP aims towards establishing joint innovation efforts in Shenzhen, China and Walldorf, Germany.

Telstra to power Ikea, 7-Eleven tech transformation

AustraliaIkea and 7-Eleven are amongst the brand names to benefit from a wide-ranging, multi-million dollar technology tie-up with Telstra. Telstra inked a deal with Dairy Farm Group which has more than 100,000 employees and 5800 stores and franchises across Asia, including the furniture giant and convenience store chain. Australia’s largest telco will manage the storage, physical security, maintenance and connectivity of Dairy Farm’s new SAP suite. SAP applications consists of payroll, human resources and financials, among others.

Hitachi boosts Cloud SAP portfolio with oXya purchase

JapanHitachi Data Systems is set to acquire SAP Cloud service provider, oXya, in a bid to extend its portfolio of managed Cloud services. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of March and is subject to customary closing conditions. Upon the close of the acquisition, oXya, with more than 500 employees, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems and will continue to execute its current business model under oXya vice-president and chairman, Frederic de Belloy, reporting to Hicham Abdessamad, HDS executive vice-president, Global Services.

NEC Launches Solution to Improve Availability of SAP HANA(R) Run on AWS

JapanTokyo, Jan 30, 2015 – (JCN Newswire) – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the global release of a solution employing NEC’s EXPRESSCLUSTER clustering software to improve availability of the in-memory database software, SAP HANA(R), running on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service. In recent years, cloud usage has gained heavy momentum, and the number of corporations using SAP HANA on cloud-based service platforms has been increasing.

Cloud and SAP HANA drive SAP APJ’s growth in 2014

APACSAP’s core and cloud offerings were the two major pillars of growth for the company’s business in Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) last year.   According to the company’s full-year earnings, non-IFRS support and cloud subscription revenue in the region grew by 59 percent year-over-year in 2014. This solid performance reflects the strength in its core SAP HANA and analytics businesses, as well as the robust migration of existing and new customers to SAP cloud.

Delivering Results from Government Big Data

APAC“Big Data has almost got to the point where the term puts people off,” admits Vivek Puthucode, General Manager of Public Services, Asia Pacific Japan, SAP. “So it is really important to focus on the immense opportunity, using technology that’s available today, to share information within and between agencies and significantly improve their operational decision-making.”

Business software vendor SAP looks to team up with Taiwan cloud data centers

Enterprise software and service provider SAP is looking to sign a number of strategic alliance agreements with Taiwan-based cloud data centers in 2005, driven by growing demand for cloud applications from small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), according Janice Lai, general manager of SAP Taiwan. SAP has been deepening its deployments in Taiwan for years, focusing on helping not only large-scale enterprises to strive for innovation and upgrades but also catering to the need of SMEs, Lai said.

Fujitsu launches Cloud for SAP solutions in Australia

The new cloud service leverages Fujitsu’s IP for the optimal management of systems running SAP software, and is offered via Fujitsu Australia’s Private Hosted Cloud Platform hosted on its secure, local data centres. According to Mike Foster, CEO of Fujitsu Australia & New Zealand, the cloud service offering is unique in that it is delivered “end-to-end” by Fujitsu, with the platform leveraging the breadth of Fujitsu’s capability including data centres, managed services, hardware and SAP application support.

SAP India looks to tap growing cloud business

BENGALURU: Software firm SAP India is looking at offerings such as B2B trading portal Ariba, Cloud HR, succession planning tool and social media to offset a slump in sales of on-premise enterprise resource planning services. For SAP, these cloud-based new applications are growing at over 50 per cent year-on-year — a sharp contrast to its breadand-butter ERP business, where sales have slowed to about 10 per cent.

Infosys embraces SAP Business Suite, powered by HANA

BANGALORE, INDIA: SAP SE today announced that Infosys Limited has gone live with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. With more than 150,000 users on the system, this is currently the world’s largest single instance of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. The system is deployed on a Hitachi Unified Compute platform for SAP HANA.

SAP Making $150M Australian Government Cloud Push

Germany-based software company SAP is investing AU$150 million (approx. $130 million USD) in Australia in a bid to capture government business. The investment will include a data center to support its HANA enterprise cloud, and the creation of a new facility to be known as the SAP Institute for Digital Government. Both are set to open in the second quarter of 2015. The company does not plan to build the data center itself, but has yet to name a provider.

Infosys goes live with SAP Business Suite

SAP has announced that Infosys Limited has gone live with SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. With more than 150,000 users on the system, this is currently the world’s largest single instance of SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA. The system is deployed on a Hitachi Unified Compute platform for SAP HANA. With SAP HANA, Infosys expects to accelerate its financial closing processes, progressively move more and more batch activities into a real-time environment and renew the whole user experience with the SAP Fiori user experience.

SAP Australia launches digital services research centre in 2015

Software company SAP is building a research centre in Australia to study government digital services and work for public sector agencies. The Institute for Digital Government will support Australian agencies to develop citizen-centric services and improve business processes, SAP said. The company is also building a data centre in Canberra to help agencies execute on their cloud strategies. The government released a policy in October urging agencies to go cloud-first.

SAP eyes Korean healthcare market

SINGAPORE ― SAP plans to offer more health-oriented devices and services in Korea in cooperation with major Korean technology companies. “I understand healthcare is everywhere. Value proposition is the key point that Korean companies need to consider. I would say many different processes are underway,” said Adaire Fox-Martin, president of SAP’s Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ), in an interview at the company’s Asian headquarters, Sunday.

SAP to open new innovation centre in Singapore by end-2014

SINGAPORE: Software giant SAP will be opening its SAP Innovation Center in the city-state by the end of the year, as it expands its regional footprint in its 25th year in Asia Pacific. The SAP Innovation Center will focus on developing innovations to address areas such as smart cities, healthcare, Industry 4.0 and digital consumers, it said in its press release on Friday (Oct 24).

Two more SAP executives Ritika Suri & Abdul Razack join Vishal Sikka at Infosys

BANGALORE: Two more former colleagues from SAP have joined Vishal Sikka, becoming part of a team that is seen helping him implement a plan to transform Infosys into what the new CEO has described as a “next-generation IT services company.” With the addition of Ritika Suri and Abdul Razack, five senior executives from SAP have switched loyalties to Infosys since August 1, when Sikka took over as the first non-founder CEO of India’s second-largest software company.