May 29, 2014
IBM (NYSE: IBM) and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced plans for a global collaboration to provide tailored business applications and consulting services for the transportation and logistics industry.
Across the globe, transportation companies such as ocean liners, freight forwarders and railways recognize that challenges from energy costs to economic volatility remain outside their direct control. However, they can drive improved performance via superior service to their customers if they evolve core business process execution with analytics, cloud computing, mobile and other technology advances. IBM and SAP intend to meet this market need by delivering a next-generation transportation platform that aims to standardize functional processes while enabling innovation at the business process level to improve operational performance.
The new collaboration is intended to combine IBM's strategy, industry consulting and experience managing large-scale, global business transformation with SAP's expertise in co-innovating industry-specific enhancements to standard software with customers.
The new initiative is intended to combine SAP® software with IBM's implementation and configuration services. The SAP Transportation Management, SAP Event Management and SAP Customer Relationship Management applications, as well as the SAP Billing and Revenue Innovation Management solutions are planned to be integrated to provide a 360-degree view of individual customers. Backed by deep industry knowledge and experience from IBM's SAP Center of Competence, IBM's best practice templates will allow the transportation industry solution from SAP to be tailored to meet each transportation company's needs. This is intended to result in lower implementation costs and faster time to value.
SAP and IBM plan to work closely in the areas of business development, sales, sales support, marketing and consulting. Customers are envisioned to adopt the new solutions in step-by-step rollouts according to their specific organizational needs and existing infrastructures.