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SAP expands portfolio to accelerate digital growth & productivity

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SAP this week expanded its portfolio of cloud-based applications and services to accelerate digital business transformation. During its online Sapphire Now conference, SAP announced that it has rolled out additional managed digital transformation services, leading to better business processes and higher productivity.

 SAP is also delivering on a promise to integrate the process analytics platform it procured with the acquisition of Signavio earlier this year. Rechristened as SAP Process Insight, the platform adds the ability to identify inefficient business processes using data collected from SAP applications and databases.

The company has also integrated its robotic process automation (RPA) platform with SAP Process insights, in addition to allowing users to capture and automate processes involving both end-users and machines.

The company is also adding machine learning algorithms to its Concur travel expense management offering — delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform — to better enable organizations to identify anomalies and other issues via a Verify module. And it has made available a unified trading partner portal that aggregates data from platforms such as the Ariba Network, SAP Logistics Business Network, and SAP Asset Intelligence Network.

Finally, SAP has added a suite of offerings to address a range of sustainability issues, including SAP Product Footprint Management; SAP Responsible Design and Production; Sustainability Reporting and Steering; SAP S/4HANA for Product Compliance; and SAP S/4HANA for Environment, Health & Safety.

The SAP Analytics Cloud (SAC) is at the core of the company’s efforts to enable organizations to consistently apply analytics across the breadth of the SAP portfolio. The platform is now integrated with SAP SuccessFactors, a workforce optimization application also delivered via a SaaS platform and the supply chain software it makes available as part of its enterprise resource planning (ERP) portfolio. An SAP Analytics Cloud for planning processes is in line later this year.

SAP is also adding a data marketplace to SAP Data Warehouse Cloud to make it simpler for customers and partners to consume data created by others.

In its most recent quarter, SAP noted that despite the impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on usage of its Concur travel management platform, revenue from cloud offerings reached $2.6 billion, up 7% year over year.

The current cloud backlog stands at $9.3 billion, a 15% increase. Overall, Cloud and software revenue combined reached $6.6 billion, a 1% increase.

SAP is the largest non-American software company by revenue, the world’s third-largest publicly traded software company by revenue, and the largest German company by market capitalization.

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