SAP, Google Cloud building open data and AI for enterprises

New offering will unite SAP with Google Cloud's data and analytics technology, making enterprise data more open and advancing enterprise AI development

SAP and Google Cloud have announced an extensive expansion of their partnership, introducing a comprehensive open data offering designed to simplify data landscapes and unleash the power of business data. 

The offering, announced at Google Cloud Next 2023, enables customers to build an end-to-end data cloud that brings data from across the enterprise landscape using the SAP Datasphere solution together with Google's data cloud, enabling businesses to view their entire data estates in real-time and maximise value from their Google Cloud and SAP software investments.

The new solutions build on a long-term, strategic partnership between SAP and Google Cloud to help enterprise customers accelerate their digital transformations and optimise value from business-critical data. Google Cloud is a strategic partner for the RISE with SAP solution and to date counts many leading enterprise companies as joint customers. By integrating generative AI into SAP software and Google Cloud’s open data cloud, customers can deploy powerful new solutions that use information from SAP Datasphere and from virtually any other data source to significantly improve business insights, analysis, and decision-making.

Data the cornerstone of digital transformation and AI development

Organisations spend significant resources building complex data integrations, custom analytics engines, and generative AI and natural language processing (NLP) models before they start to realise value from their data investments. Data originating from SAP systems, in particular, are among organisations' most valuable assets and can contain critical information on supply chains, financial forecasting, human resources records, omnichannel retail, and more. 

SAP Datasphere combines this mission-critical data with data from across the enterprise landscape, regardless of its origin. Being able to easily combine SAP software data and non-SAP data on Google Cloud, from virtually any other data source, means organisations can dramatically accelerate their digital transformation with a fully-defined data foundation that retains complete business context.

“Bringing together SAP systems and data with Google's data cloud introduces entirely new opportunities for enterprises to derive more value from their full data footprints,” said Christian Klein, CEO and member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. “SAP and Google Cloud share a commitment to open data and our extended partnership will help break down barriers between data stored in disparate systems, databases, and environments. Our customers not only benefit from the business AI already built into our systems, but also from a unified data foundation.”

“SAP and Google Cloud now offer an incredibly comprehensive and open data cloud, providing a foundation for the future of enterprise AI,” said Thomas Kurian, CEO at Google Cloud. “Few resources are as important to digital transformation as data. By deeply integrating SAP data and systems with our data cloud, customers will be able to utilise our analytics capabilities, as well as advanced AI tools and large language models to find new insights from their data.”

The companies also plan to partner on joint go-to-market initiatives for enterprises' largest data projects, enabling customers to adopt data products from both SAP and Google Cloud.

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