Brief

CenturyLink to help enterprises manage SAP applications and analytics efforts

Dive Brief:

  • CenturyLink Inc. announced a new solution Monday designed to help enterprises deploy, develop and manage SAP applications more easily. The collaboration was announced at the SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

  • The fully managed solution designed to "optimize enterprise workloads running on SAP software" will be available this summer, according to Channel Partners Online.

  • The solution is designed to help enterprises speed up deployment of SAP systems.

Dive Insight:

It's all about partnerships. As enterprise technology grows increasingly complex, vendors are finding collaboration is the key to surviving and thriving in a tech landscape that is constantly evolving. This latest collaboration is certain to serve both parties well. Telecom companies like CenturyLink have been looking to streamline offerings and focus on services such as this. Last November, CenturyLink sold its data centers and colocation business to a consortium of funds as part of that effort.

Meanwhile, SAP has been working to diversify beyond its traditional on-premise enterprise software, and partnerships are a key way to accomplish that. Rick Knowles, SAP senior vice president and general manager, recently said that by collaborating, large tech companies can do a lot more to serve their enterprise customers. In March, Google announced it was partnering with SAP to integrate Google's cloud and machine learning capabilities with SAP enterprise applications.

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