SAP/Microsoft: supply chain & industry 4.0 in the cloud

By Georgia Wilson
SAP and Microsoft have expanded their partnership to run supply chain and industry 4.0 in the cloud...

In an announcement made by SAP And Microsft, the two organisations have expanded their partnership to enable customers to design and implement digital supply chain and industry 4.0 solutions in the cloud.

SAP identified in its announcement that research from the IDC indicated “70% of IoT deployments by 2023 will include edge-based decision-making to support organisations’ operational and strategic agendas,” as well as by “2023, 70% of enterprises will run varying levels of data processing at the IoT edge. In tandem, organisations will spend over US$16bn on IoT edge infrastructure in that time.”

With this in mind, the partnership has been reported to include a collaborative approach to standards, consortia, and open source in order to shape the future of supply chain and manufacturing.

”SAP is excited to bring our proven and innovative solutions to Microsoft Azure for our manufacturing and digital supply chain customers. This partnership gives our customers the ability to subscribe to our digital supply chain and manufacturing solutions in the cloud and enhances our offerings for Industry 4.0. Building on this, SAP solutions will soon be available at the edge in factories, plants, and automated warehouses in close proximity to sensors, machines, and control systems,” commented Franz Hero, SAP Senior Vice President for Digital Supply Chain Solutions.

As part of the partnership, organisations will be able to use SAP Digital Supply Chain solutions on Microsoft Azure including: SAP solutions for digital manufacturingSAP Intelligent Asset Management solutions, SAP Integrated Business Planning, and SAP Logistics Business Network. 

In addition SAP has announced new tools, updates and services to make the lives of developers easier, regardless of skill level or job focus. Its new offerings include low-code/no-code tools, a free tier model for SAP Cloud Platform, exclusive free learning opportunities and updates to SAP Business Technology Platform.

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