IBM and SAP to Help Financial Institutions Accelerate Cloud Adoption to Modernize Operations in a Secured Environment

ARMONK, N.Y., and WALLDORF — IBM (NYSE: IBM) and SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced that SAP intends to onboard two of SAP’s finance and data management solutions to IBM Cloud for Financial Services to help accelerate IBM cloud adoption within the financial services industry.

The collaboration will be designed to help the companies address the industry’s stringent compliance, security and resiliency requirements, while supporting business transformation and innovation for financial services institutions.

As banks and insurers balance the need to deliver innovative services and meeting the industry’s strict security and compliance requirements, hybrid cloud environments have become increasingly important. To fuel industry-wide innovation, IBM introduced the IBM Cloud for Financial Services with built-in security and compliance controls that help reduce risk and regulatory barriers impeding IT landscape modernization, transformation and innovation.

IBM Cloud for Financial Services offers a highly secured, purpose-built environment for financial services institutions to transact with their technology partners and FinTechs. By onboarding to the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, clients can adopt migrated SAP offerings, while addressing their regulatory and compliance standards. Supported by a growing ecosystem of more than 100 partners and FinTechs, the cloud platform is designed to speed customers’ business transformations by both addressing risk in the supply chain for financial institutions and unlocking new revenue opportunities.

In the context of their ongoing global strategic partnership, IBM and SAP have helped hundreds of companies digitalize their operations using an open, hybrid cloud approach. SAP intends to join IBM’s ecosystem to deliver finance risk, operations and total spend management offerings on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services. The companies intend to help financial institutions benefit from faster business transformation through industry-specific data value offerings and enhanced customer and employee experiences.

“The rapid transition of regulated industries, such as financial services, toward the cloud makes it necessary to address new operational and technology challenges,” said Bob Cummings, head of SAP Financial Services Sector. “The combination of IBM Cloud and SAP’s capabilities can help banks and insurers around the world to accelerate their digitalization journey and scale their business globally.”

“As we continue to add partners, such as SAP, to our growing ecosystem, we’re one step closer to driving a true change in cloud adoption for the industry to ultimately help reduce risk throughout the supply chain,” said Joel Spieth, General Manager, IBM Cloud for Industries. “We’re helping financial institutions modernize with SAP solutions on IBM Cloud for Financial Services, driving innovation, and creating operational efficiencies.”

When onboarded, SAP’s offerings that can now be delivered on the IBM Cloud for Financial Services will provide financial services institutions, their partners and FinTechs with the following:

  • SAP’s intelligent suite, including SAP S/4HANA solutions: With its intelligent enterprise framework, SAP provides integrated applications, intelligent technologies and a digital platform designed to enable banks to better serve current customers.
  • SAP’s solutions for strategic data management, including SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, and SAP IQ software: Combining the strength of in-memory technology with these solutions, SAP offers a robust data platform to achieve business agility.

SAP and IBM together have hundreds of clients and more than 5,500 individual products. SAP and IBM are focused on helping enterprises modernize their businesses and making the most of cutting-edge technologies.

For more information on IBM Cloud for Financial Services, visit www.ibm.com/cloud/financial-services.

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