Lenovo and SAP aim to boost customer agility in the digital economy

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The deal is hoped to bolster an existing partnership, combining SAP solutions with Lenovo’s data centre offerings

SAP and Lenovo have partnered to create innovations between the SAP HANA platform and Lenovo systems, jointly execute global go-to-market programmes and develop cloud solutions in China.

The deal is expected to strengthen an existing partnership and to combine SAP solutions with Lenovo’s data centre offerings.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, 80 percent of business processes and products will have been reinvented, changed or eliminated as a result of improved access to information. This potential is only realised when technology can turn data into insights, with the speed in which decisions are made as a critical competitive differentiator.

Lenovo System xThe partnership will include:

Further strengthening joint execution, including developing innovative cloud solutions in China

Engaging in new innovations between SAP HANA and Lenovo systems to explore and define new technologies that address the needs of the digital economy. This will also result in SAP using Lenovo systems as an infrastructure server platform

Jointly executing global go-to-market programmes, inclusive of system integrators and technology partners, to bring these new technologies to joint customers. This will include showcasing joint differentiated solutions in Lenovo Enterprise Innovation Centres in Stuttgart; Morrisville, North Carolina; and a centre soon to be opened in Beijing

Gerry Smith, executive VP and COO, PC and Enterprise Business Group, Lenovo, said: “With more than 5,000 servers optimised for SAP HANA and shipped by Lenovo, our experience in helping transform and drive growth for customers continues a tradition of leadership related to mission-critical SAP applications and SAP HANA platforms.

Expanding our partnership with SAP provides a greater foundation to collaborate on new and innovative solutions to solve major challenges facing businesses today related to turning insights into action.”

Kevin Ichhpurani, executive VP and head, business development and strategic ecosystem, SAP, said: “Together, we are bolstering the development of innovative cloud solutions for customers in China, and exploring new technologies based on SAP HANA and Lenovo systems that will help address the needs of the digital economy.”