Matt Schwartz

Matt Schwartz

Global Head of AWS SAP Alliance and Partner Network

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Matt Schwartz, who leads AWS’ Global SAP Alliance and Partner Network, on the two companies’ partnership and how its solutions drive cloud transformations

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud, offering more than 200 fully featured services from data centres globally. Today, millions of customers worldwide are using AWS to lower costs, become more agile and innovate faster.

As explained by Matt Schwartz, who leads the Global SAP Alliance and Partner Network at AWS, the company works with anyone from the fastest-growing startups to the world's largest enterprises to government entities. “Our north star is to help customers lower their costs, be more agile and to innovate faster. And that's something that we're very passionate about.”

AWS has been partnering with SAP in the cloud since 2008, when the company started using Amazon’s EC2 instances to build and test its NetWeaver solution. SAP has been trusting AWS to build and run its products ever since, and today over fourty thousand customers run SAP applications on AWS.

Schwartz explains the long-standing innovation history: “If you look over the 15-plus years of innovation with SAP, we've continued to break new ground for our customers throughout, helping them take advantage of the cloud.”

Having held a number of senior executive roles at IBM, SAP, Ernst & Young and other leading technology companies, Schwartz brings a unique perspective to the SAP ecosystem.

Schwartz’s journey has equipped him with a deep understanding of the SAP ecosystem. “I understand what SAP customers' challenges have been in the past, as well as the challenges they are facing today and in the future. And so I can bring the unique perspective of having implemented this technology that they're on today and helping them on to what’s next in the cloud.”

As Schwartz explains, his favourite thing about working in the technology industry is the pace of change. “I'm someone who is passionate about delivering impactful solutions for my customers leveraging the latest innovative technologies.” 

“I enjoy continuously learning and I try to stay on the cutting edge of wherever the technology trends are. That's something I'm passionate about. I never want to become complacent and never want to become obsolete. And I do that by staying ahead of the curve.”

This pace of change represents challenges too. “If you said to me 18 months ago that I would have to become an expert in generative AI and how it is going to impact my SAP customers, I would've said, ‘most of my customers haven't fully adopted regular ML and AI and haven't figured out exactly how to take full advantage of that, let alone making a leap to generative AI,’” he comments. 

“The biggest challenge for me is when new technologies emerge to not just understand that technology, but how to apply that technology to drive value to SAP customers.”

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