IBM and SAP Expand Partnership to Help Customers Move Workloads from SAP® Solutions to the Cloud

IBM is the first partner to offer cloud infrastructure and managed technical services as part of the RISE with SAP offering

February 10, 2022

ARMONK, NY and WALLDORF, Germany, February 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is partnering with SAP (NYSE: SAP) to provide technology and consulting expertise to make it easier for customers to adopt a hybrid cloud and move critical workloads from SAP® cloud-based solutions for regulated and unregulated industries.

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As customers seek to adopt hybrid cloud strategies, moving the workloads and applications that form the backbone of their business operations requires a highly secure and reliable cloud environment. With today’s launch of the premium provider option with IBM for RISE with SAP, customers will have the tools to accelerate the migration of their on-premises SAP software workloads to IBM Cloud, backed by security capabilities from point.1.

IBM is also unveiling a new program, BREAKTHROUGH with IBM for RISE with SAP, a portfolio of solutions and consulting services that help accelerate and amplify the journey to SAP S/4HANA® Cloud. Built on a flexible and scalable platform, the solutions and services use intelligent workflows to streamline operations. They provide an engagement model that helps plan, execute and support overall business transformation. Customers are also offered the flexibility and choice to migrate workloads from the SAP solution to the public cloud with the support of deep industry expertise.

Today’s announcement that IBM is becoming a premium provider makes IBM the first cloud provider to offer infrastructure, business transformation and application management services as part of RISE with SAP. IBM’s premium vendor designation continues SAP’s longstanding efforts to provide choice and optionality to customers, further supporting IBM customers who prefer their RISE package with SAP to run on IBM. Cloud.

Additionally, migrating to SAP S/4HANA® on IBM Cloud from on-premises data centers can potentially deliver the following benefits, according to an IDC study, sponsored by IBM:2

  • Return on investment: migration to SAP S/4HANA® on IBM Cloud delivered revenue increases by up to 90% organizations making the transition according to surveyed users.
  • Reduced costs: More than 80% of organizations in the study said they experienced a reduction in operational costs.
  • Increased productivity: 9 out of 10 companies in the study said they improved their productivity after migrating to SAP S/4HANA on IBM Cloud.

“We are excited to advance our long-standing partnership through RISE with SAP,” said John Granger, Senior Vice President, IBM Consulting. “Our shared commitment is to meet our customers, especially those in highly regulated industries, where they are in their digital journey, while giving them the choice to migrate or modernize their mission-critical workloads with a hybrid cloud approach. .”

“BREAKTHROUGH with IBM is an exceptional complement to RISE with SAP as it lays the foundation for our clients to embark on or advance their business transformation journeys. Additionally, it reaffirms the value customers recognize from RISE with SAP and the opportunity for impact and innovation RISE with SAP offers to organizations migrating to the cloud. I am confident that the combined expertise and experience of the SAP and IBM offering will accelerate cloud adoption and business growth for customers around the world,” said Brian DuffyPresident of Cloud, SAP.

IBM and SAP have worked with hundreds of customers worldwide on thousands of individual projects to modernize their systems and business processes based on an open hybrid cloud approach. Recent examples include Coca-Cola European Partners, Parle Products, Harmont & Blaine, Puravankara Ltd and Virgin Megastore KSA.

Underscoring its commitment to SAP S/4HANA® as both an SAP customer and business partner for 50 years, IBM has also made a significant investment in RISE with SAP to help transform its own infrastructure. IBM is a new premium provider for the RISE with SAP offering and uses IBM Hybrid Cloud, including IBM Power-enabled Infrastructure as a Service, to improve the performance, availability and security of private edition deployments of SAP S/ 4HANA® Cloud .

To learn more about the BREAKTHROUGH with IBM program for the RISE with SAP offering, visit:

About IBM
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1 Based on IBM Hyper Protect Crypto Service, the industry’s only service based on FIPS 140-2 Level 4 certified hardware. FIPS 140-2 Level 4 provides the highest level of security defined in this standard. At this level of security, physical security mechanisms provide a complete protective envelope around the cryptographic module in order to detect and respond to all unauthorized physical access attempts.

2 IDC white paper, sponsored by IBM, Business Benefits Possible by Choose the Right Cloud Provider to Run SAP Workloads. Doc #US47166220, December 2020.


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