October 10, 2017
VMware has announced that it will be joining forces with world CRM leader SAP to boost IoT projects across devices, infrastructure, the cloud, and other applications. The companies will be mostly working on the deployment and scalability of Enterprise grade IoT systems. The companies said that the partnership will "accelerate and streamline enterprise IoT initiatives."
"VMware and SAP have a long and rich history of working together to empower our mutual customers to transform their businesses with solutions that help to innovate, simplify and move toward a software-defined enterprise architecture," said Mimi Spier, vice president, Internet of Things, VMware. "Today, we extend that relationship with our collaboration to apply our know-how to helping customers successfully deploy and operate their IoT solutions spanning infrastructure to applications and analytics."
The agreement, announced on Monday, will help the companies combine SAP's analytics into business transactions and device data with VMware's operational systems, as well as holistic analytics to offer clients solutions which offer real-time visibility into IoT device and network management.
Both companies already have their hands buried in a lot of IoT projects. While VMware is working with Dell to provide IoT monitoring services for the Dell Edge Gateway, for example, SAP’s cloud platform is used in many applications for smart cities like analyzing parking sensor data recorded from Parkinformationssysteme GmbH in Vienna and managing a smartPORT logistics platform for shipping in Hamburg.
"Companies win when they can make intelligent real-time decisions at the edge; SAP Leonardo supports that bold innovation," said Nils Herzberg, senior vice president, global head, IoT Go-to-Market & Strategic Partnerships for SAP. "As customers start to implement, one obstacle to realizing that vision is tackling infrastructure lifecycle and management outside of the traditional data center. By working with VMware, we are helping mutual customers to create innovative gains while supporting a reliable, maintainable and secure IT platform."