SAP rolls out industry-specific cloud model

Summary:The German software giant said the goal with the model is co-innovation, where both customers and partners will work together to build out the targeted platforms.

Just ahead of its Sapphire conference in Orlando, SAP announced the rollout of industry-specific cloud models based on its HANA Enterprise cloud platform. 

The subscription-based services will tackle big data applications for organizational umbrellas including chemical, financial services, healthcare, higher education, industrial internet, professional services, sports, retail, public service, and travel.

While SAP rival Infor has already done the industry-specific cloud method, the German software giant said the goal with its approach is co-innovation. In theory, both customers and partners work together to build out the platforms across public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructures.

"We intend to shake things up for ourselves and the market by asking a new generation of customers to help us solve their next-generation business problems," said Christoph Behrendt, SVP of Application Innovation, and head of Suite and Industry Platform Unit for SAP. "They can imagine forward-looking industry-specific use cases better than any team of in-house software developers. Industry IT leaders are going to embrace a partnership that brings together their needs with the deep industry expertise of SAP to co-innovate elegant, simple solutions for the cloud."

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Topics: Big Data, Cloud


Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail tec... Full Bio

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