SAP announced a partner innovation program to deliver microvertical capabilities with SAP S/4 Hana Cloud. [shutterstock: 519473755, Sergey Nivens]
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SAP TechEd 2018: SAP Launches Partner Innovation Program

SAP announced that it has launched an innovation program for partners to build and go to market with new applications that augment the rich functionality of SAP S/4 Hana Cloud.

The partner innovation program is designed for customers who want to leverage S/4 Hana Cloud. SAP focuses on microverticals within priority industries, such as professional services and manufacturing. The announcement was made at the TechEd conference in Barcelona.

The program will help partners extend the intelligent capabilities of SAP S/4 Hana Cloud using the open and agile SAP Cloud Platform. Morover, S/4 Hana Cloud SDK makes the development process even faster. SDK is a software development kit that supplies partners with all the productivity tools and templates they need for quick innovations. SAP will co-market these solutions with partners. Its aim is to help them drive new business growth and profitability.

Initially, SAP will engage with a group of select partners. Eventually, it will extend the program in 2019 to all partners focused on SAP S/4 Hana Cloud.

Demand for intelligent enterprise resource planning solutions

“Many of our customers are asking for an intelligent enterprise resource planning solution. They want it to not only addresses broader industry needs, but also supports their unique microvertical business challenges,” said Franck Cohen, president of Digital Core and Industry Solutions at SAP.


Cohen added, “They want a solution from out of the box to help them thrive. The SAP ecosystem and partners will play a critical role in helping us meet the needs of our customers in specific markets. We are committed to empowering and supporting our partners. Consequently, they can successfully build and market solutions that are complementary to our core S/4 Hana Cloud software.”

SAP S/4 Hana Cloud is one of the most complete cloud ERP solutions today. Additionally, it leverages a digital-age user experience, AI-powered automation and next-generation business processes. Consequently, SAP’s cloud solution is the most intelligent ERP offering available in the market.

Building on SAP’s deep industry expertise and over 40 years of market leadership in the ERP space, S/4 Hana Cloud is trusted by customers. These include Deloitte, Spain’s top football league LaLiga, pladis (home of brands such as Godiva) and positioning technology company Topcon Corporation. The solution was recently recognized as a leader in the 2018 ERP Technology Value Matrix by Nucleus Research. It attained the top position in terms of functionality.

SAP partner Beyond Technologies is already using S/4 Hana Cloud SDK to develop extensions.

“S/4 Hana Cloud SDK significantly enhanced the development process for extensions for S/4 Hana Cloud,” said Leonardo De Araujo, partner and chief technology officer at Beyond Technologies. “Instead of manually implementing all required code to handle oData service calls, the SDK generates them automatically for us. Consequently, we have been able reduce development by up to 50 percent.”


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