SAP with Google Cloud – Research Collaboration and Education Initiative

Accenture and the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg together with Google Cloud have started a first for Europe approach for applied research of SAP cloud coupling and also training through the newly formed cloud academy. Cloud coupled SAP solutions from Google Cloud and Accenture allow new ways of differentiation for their clients based on the usage of large data in near real-time, in marketing, sales, admin, compliance, production, or across entire value chains. The new composable enterprise platform enables the transformation and augmentation of existing systems through leading cloud-based services. The three partners offer an open, unique exchange platform for industry and science and invite further companies to join this enterprise cloud initiative.

The research initiative will be supported by leading applied researchers from the Magdeburg Research Competence Cluster (MRCC). Examples of the research avenues are near real-time precision marketing, AI-based visual inspection processes, or sustainable optimization of production-related processes, all in combination with data from SAP.  In this context, Google Cloud adheres to high security and data protection standards and operates one of the industry’s cleanest clouds. Accenture provides the partnership with holistic industry competence, strategy and delivery capabilities. Methodology-wise, the research process of a use case starts with the interdisciplinary ideation workshop to set an initial scope. Afterwards, this frame receives refinement, including research of the state of the art and review by domain experts regarding business impact, added value and market relevance, leading to detailed scoping and planning. In order to ensure agile delivery in sprints, frequent stand-up meetings for early feedback and collaboration with relevant experts are required. The results of such an initiative will be published externally in white and research papers.

The educational part is realized by the newly formed cloud academy. The academy will build on existing Cloud competencies with the Business Informatics Chair of Prof. Dr. Klaus Turowski and enrich the SAP on Cloud syllabus and student learning experience through increased access to the latest innovative SAP on Google Cloud technology. Future experts will receive a cloud-targeted curriculum and have the option to gain an industry-grade certification. Connected teaching institutions can also leverage this interdisciplinary approach and framework.