Fujitsu and SAP have announced a deepening of their global partnership. The announcement is yet another indication that SAP isn’t just partnering with companies for marketing purposes. It is putting time and investment into them for the benefit of itself and its customers. This announcement follows news in March that it had entered a strategic innovation partnership with Google. In addition, late last year the first fruits of its relationship with Apple were announced.
The partnership will offer “advanced ERP solutions that use artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT)” globally. These solutions are initially rolling out to Japan and Asia, availability in Europe and North America will follow.
Norihiko Taniguchi, Director and Corporate Executive Officer, SEVP, Head of Business Lines and Global Services Integration Business, Fujitsu Limited commented: ”I am delighted that SAP and Fujitsu will continue our many years of collaboration with even greater co-creation in this era of digital transformation. By combining our respective technology and expertise, we will be able to further accelerate the digital transformation of our customers.”
Fujitus and SAP to deliver Intelligent ERP?
Fujitsu will bring a history of developing artificial intelligence and IoT solutions for clients. This knowledge has been built using the Fujitsu R&D teams and in delivering solutions to clients. The partnership with SAP will see these technologies integrated into SAP ERP solutions. Primarily this will use SAP S/4HANA and the SAP Leonardo IoT platform. The inference is that Fujitsu will develop industry specific solutions.
What is missing from the announcement is how the Fujitsu AI teams will integrate into SAP. This would have made the announcement more interesting and considerably more important. Fujitsu set up its AI consulting division in 2015, backed by more than 200 AI researchers. The company also recently announced that it had solved a problem on manufacturing lines using AI powered image recognition technology. The AI helps reduce the bottleneck created in image recognition systems when specifications are changed. It reduced development time by 80% and maintained recognition rates at 97% which reduced work hours by 33%.
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