Tokyo — The three companies SAP Japan, IBM Japan, and IBM Business Consulting Service will collaborate in the field of Business Intelligence (BI), to help their customers make fast, efficient business decisions.
In specific terms, IBCS will increase its core team of SAP consultants with BI skills from the current 10 members to 20 by the end of this year, and IBM Japan will open the BIA Solution Center at its Hakozaki Office. The Center will demonstrate, test, and verify solutions that combine SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator and the IBM blade server, IBM BladeCenter. In addition, SAP Japan will provide skills training support for IBCS and technical support for the BIA Solution Center.
Fast, efficient decision-making is essential for enabling companies to respond flexibly and promptly to changes in business environment, and survive in competition through reforms. SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator software provides the capabilities needed to quickly and consistently search and analyze the vast amount of information that accumulates from day to day in data warehouses. By installing SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator, customers that currently utilize SAP NetWeaver BI can accelerate their search processing performance by a factor of up to 200, speeding up management decisions and business reforms. SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator also helps to reduce TCO substantially, by reducing the cost of hardware resources, operation, and management.
To promote the provision of this solution, the three companies will implement the following initiatives.
Increase in consultants
To help customers conduct business reforms to achieve flexible, prompt responses to changes in business environment, last July, IBCS established the Value Delivery Center (VDC). The VDC provides all-round support for systems based on SAP products, from strategy formulation to installation, operation, and management. Now, to meet customers’ needs regarding BI solutions, IBCS will increase its core team of SAP consultants with BI skills from the current 10 members to 20. Through this means, IBCS aims to facilitate the smooth installation of SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator solutions, by reducing project costs and time when customers install SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator, enhancing the quality of the resulting systems, and enabling to upgrade from BI systems in current use.
Opening of BIA Solution Center
IBM Japan will today open the BIA Solution Center within its Hakozaki Office. For customers and business partners of IBM Japan, the Center will provide the capability to demonstrate, test, and verify solutions that combine IBM BladeCenter, IBM TotalStorage, and SAP NetWeaver BI Accelerator. In addition, through pre-configured offerings for BI Accelerator in collaboration with business partners, IBM Japan will help to reduce the time and cost required to construct such environments, enabling customers to bring their systems into operation quickly.
Sales, service, and marketing collaboration – Sales opportunity seeking, skills training, and technical support
SAP Japan will uncover sales opportunities and provide overall technical support for the BIA Solution Center and IBCS consultants. Additionally, SAP Japan and IBM Japan will conduct joint marketing activities, including seminars and events for customers and business partners. As the first phase of this initiative, on December 19, a customer seminar will take place at SAP Japan’s head office, entitled “Strategies to Solve the Problem of Ballooning Data Warehouses – Introduction to BI Accelerator, the Industry’s First Technology for Speeding Up BI.”