SAP and Accenture Forge Unprecedented Collaboration

SAP and Accenture Forge Unprecedented Collaboration

By Rory Lidstone, Contributing Writer  |  January 12, 2016

Looking for a way to help accelerate development of its SAP (News - Alert) Business Suite 4 SAP HANA (SAP S/4HANA) as well as industry and line-of-business solutions, SAP SE has decided to join forces with Accenture to aid in the core and industry development and go-to-market of the platform. SAP S/4HANA is the next generation business suite from SAP built on its most advanced in-memory platform.

This unprecedented collaboration comes not long after Accenture (News - Alert) bolstered its cloud services through the acquisition of CRMWaypoint, a supplier of cloud advisory and technology services based in the Netherlands.

“This strategic agreement to further advance our collaboration and integration builds on the success of the existing Accenture and SAP Business Solutions Group,” said Paul Daugherty, chief technology officer for Accenture. “Accenture developers and industry experts are now working side by side with SAP, providing us with unique input, insight and development opportunities with SAP S/4HANA. For example, our teams in Germany and Shanghai are helping SAP with the design and build of the SAP S/4HANA Finance solution.”

Aside from co-development, this collaboration will include a unique go-to-market approach that directly builds on the join value proposition capabilities and collaborative delivery efforts of SAP and Accenture. The result: differentiated solutions with flexible delivery options for bundled industry cloud deployment. To accomplish this, the two companies will co-invest in resources and appoint dedicated executives, providing maximum value for mutual clients.

Key benefits of this include enriching solutions by combining SAP and Accenture’s industry expertise and product knowledge, shortening time to market through Accenture’s delivery expertise for cloud solutions development for SAP S/4HANA, new apps for SAP S/4HANA Finance, accelerating adoption of SAP S/4HANA and shortening client time to digital value.

“Our enhanced agreement with Accenture signifies another key step to further strengthen our commitment to SAP S/4HANA,” said Bernd Leukert, member of the Executive Board, Products & Innovation, SAP. “We look forward to working with Accenture to drive digital transformation for businesses with even simpler solutions that accelerate time to value.”

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere