ORLANDO: SAP is deepening its partnership with Google by allowing data to be moved and worked on seamlessly between the companies' platforms.
SAP chief executive Bill McDermott (pictured below) revealed the future of the partnership with Google during SAP's Sapphire Now 2015 event in Orlando, saying that it will "make work easier for people".
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt described it as "a great day", and explained how SAP software integration with Google for Work is a priority for the company.
"What's great about this first step, with all the big customers that we jointly have, is that we are now able to show the power of web and mobile computing and the power of all that data and computation that SAP has been producing for years," he said.
"By putting them together, it's also the first step in taking SAP services and putting them more and more onto the Google compute cloud platform."
The existing partnership has already seen SAP apps made available on Google's Android for Work mobile suite, along with enabling the creation of visualisations in SAP Lumira with enterprise data gleaned from Google Sheets.
SAP claims that the next steps will enable Lumira visualisations to be stored and shared in Google Drive and allow the flies to be stored as Google Docs so that they can be accessed on multiple devices.
Users of SAP's SuccessFactors cloud-based human capital management software will benefit from its planned integration with Google for Work, enabling Google Docs to be used as a repository for HR documents, and will give HR professionals access to Google Docs features within SuccessFactors.
Another key part of the plan is to enable apps using SAP's Fiori user experience to access Google Apps, such as Google Calendar, from within Fiori apps.
Partnerships appear to be a big part of SAP's strategy, having denied rumours that it could be considering acquiring Salesforce, and instead cited working with the likes of Facebook and IBM as ways to improve its service offerings.
IBM has expanded its partnership with SAP by creating new Power Systems server configurations to run SAP's HANA platform for use in big data projects.
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