By Aiaz Kazi, Head of Platform Ecosystem, Google Cloud
Does your organization use SAP? At SAP SAPPHIRE last month, Nan Boden, Google Cloud head of Global Technology Partners, announced the Intelligent App Challenge designed to encourage innovative integrations between the SAP and Google Cloud ecosystems, and we’re accepting submissions through August 1, 2017. Winning entries could receive up to US $20,000 in GCP credits, tickets to SAP TechEd ’17 and SAP Sapphire ’18, and on-stage presence at SAP TechEd ’17.
Earlier this year, we announced a strategic partnership with SAP at Google Cloud Next ’17 with a focus on developing and integrating Google’s best cloud and machine learning solutions with SAP enterprise applications. The partnership includes certification of the in-memory database SAP HANA on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), new G Suite integrations, Google’s machine learning capabilities and data governance collaboration. It also offers Google Cloud and SAP customers more scope, scalability and opportunities to create new products, and has already resulted in the certification of several SAP products on GCP.
The SAP + GCP collaboration allows developers to take advantage of SAP’s in-memory database running on GCP to store and index large amounts of transactional (OLTP) and analytical (OLAP) data in HANA, and combine it with GCP to use it in new ways. For example, you could build sophisticated and large-scale machine learning (ML) models without needing to transport or transform large subsets of data, or build out the ML infrastructure required to consume and analyze this information. Use Google Cloud Machine Learning tools and APIs along with SAP HANA, express edition to design intelligent business applications such as fraud detection, recommendation engines, talent engagement, intelligent campaign management, conversational interfaces, etc.
We’re excited to see how the ecosystem of partners of SAP and Google take our platform and use it to solve pressing business challenges. It’s our platform, and your imagination — to build solutions that solve customer problems in new and unique ways.
Entries to the Intelligent App Challenge must be built on GCP with SAP HANA, express edition. Extra consideration will be given to entries who use Machine Learning tools and capabilities.
Registered applicants for the Intelligent App Challenge will also have access to a number of resources and tutorials. Judges will include industry experts, developers, mentors and industry analysts.