Japanese firm Fujitsu and SAP today announced a partnership where both the firms would jointly develop advanced ERP solutions that use artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). The companies also plan to jointly develop industry-vertical-oriented cloud services, to be delivered by Fujitsu, that incorporate its expertise in a range of industries. Through this agreement, Fujitsu becomes one of SAP’s first global technology partners to collaborate on intelligent ERP services. The two companies aim to offer services first in Japan and other Asian markets, and thereafter steadily expand into Europe and North America.
“I am delighted that SAP and Fujitsu will continue our many years of collaboration with even greater co-creation in this era of digital transformation. By combining our respective technology and expertise, we will be able to further accelerate the digital transformation of our customers,” said Norihiko Taniguchi, Director and Corporate Executive Officer, SEVP, Head of Business Lines and Global Services Integration Business, Fujitsu.
Based on this agreement, the companies aim to develop solutions that will accelerate the digital transformations of their customers, combining each company’s AI and IoT technologies based on the SAP ERP solution, SAP S/4HANA and the SAP Leonardo IoT platform.
In addition, incorporating the experience it has accumulated in providing services to customers across a variety of industries, the Japanese firm will develop and provide proprietary cloud services specialized for various industries.
These services are intended to run on Fujitsu Cloud Service K5, Fujitsu’s cloud service, SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, cloud services from SAP, and cloud services offered by other partner companies, with Fujitsu offering a one-stop solution covering all areas, from service-platform builds to application development and operations.
“We look forward to deepening our partnership with Fujitsu to drive digital transformation globally. Together, we are planning co-innovation based on some of SAP’s most powerful solutions with the goal of helping businesses Run Simple in a digital world,” said Arlen Shenkman, EVP, Global Business Development & Ecosystems, SAP.
In addition, Fujitsu software technicians expect to be stationed at SAP headquarters, with the goal of having regular technology exchanges between the development units of the two companies, thereby accelerating the development of services that combine SAP’s cutting-edge software and Fujitsu’s industry-specific expertise.
Through their initiatives going forward, the two companies aim first to offer new services in the manufacturing field beginning in the second half of 2017, and thereafter expand into other industries.