Enterprise software giant SAP has announced it is adding artificial intelligence to its enterprise resource planning system S/4HANA, sharply stepping up the pace on the cloud delivery of the product.
The president of S/4HANA Cloud, Darren Roos, announced at a New York Stock Exchange analysts event that the company also will begin issuing quarterly roadmaps to inform customers of coming upgrades.
“SAP S/4HANA Cloud encompasses the latest architecture and technology innovations, along with SAP’s proven set of business management expertise to usher in a true new generation of intelligent ERP in the cloud,” Roos said.
SAP is not the first to introduce what it’s calling artificial intelligence technology into its business application. In recent months, Oracle began to roll out its line of Adaptive Intelligent Applications, while Salesforce unveiled its Einstein software platform.
SAP’s new release of S/4 features a so-called “professional services cloud” that includes project management, finance functions with procurement and order management capabilities, and comprehensive real-time enterprise management tools.
Its first quarterly roadmap says that SAP will add setup wizards able to grow dynamically through machine learning and artificial intelligence; prepopulated but easy-to-adjust settings; and expanded integration tools and application programming interfaces (APIs) to integrate with legacy systems and outside applications.
It also plans to include block chain digital ledger capabilities and Internet-of-Things capabilities to support global digital business models as well as industry vertical extensions.
SAP previously had announced a new tool called Transformation Navigator to guide customers through a digital transformation strategy, particularly ERP implementations. Customers value guidance more than a plethora of choices and have asked for assistance assessing their ERP needs and understanding what’s possible.
In recent years, SAP has brought forward a number of key new technologies, including its in-memory, columnar, high-speed database HANA – which the company hopes will displace Oracle database tech that has underpinned SAP applications in the past. Transformation Navigator will give customers insights into how HANA, combined with S/4 in the cloud, can enhance the way they do business.
• As ERP moves into the cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning can enhance its functions.
• Quarterly insight about an evolving ERP system can help set priorities about what to implement now.
• SAP hopes to guide customers through a complete digital transformation, not just ERP implementation.
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Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 16, 2017 at 03:12PM