SAP makes new Leonardo appointment, rebadges division

Marc Teerlink

Marc Teerlink, SAP

SAP SE has brought former IBM Watson executive Marc Teerlink into the fold as global vice president for SAP Leonardo, responsible for new markets in artificial intelligence.

At IBM, Teerlink was chief business strategist for IBM Watson, driving and overseeing the new offerings portfolio for the Watson Platform. In his new role at SAP, he will assist with strategy and vision for the SAP Leonardo digital innovation system, reporting to Mike Flanagan, SVP of SAP Leonardo and SAP Analytics and based in Washington DC.

“[Marc] is an innovative business strategist whose experience and vision will help create more value for our customers from SAP Leonardo. I am confident that we will meld broad thinking and passion in his approach to help our customers transform their businesses with the SAP Leonardo technologies including artificial intelligence and machine learning,” said Flannagan.

Elsewhere at SAP, the company has announced that the division formerly known as SAP Custom Development will now operate as SAP Innovative Business Solutions, in tandem with an expanded business model.

With 2000 development professionals and 38,000 R&D and services experts on the books, the organisation will work with clients in an end-to-end innovation process, covering exploration workshops, innovation sprints and projects and continuous support, to discover, design, develop and run tailored solutions in the cloud, on premise or in hybrid scenarios.

In its previous iteration, SAP Custom Development delivered 4000 individualised solutions to 1500 clients.

“How they innovate and who they partner with is a very personal decision for modern companies as they navigate the digital economy, and it is fuelling the need for high-value application development services,” said Klaus Weber, executive vice president and general manager, SAP Innovative Business Services, SAP.

“Organisations are being forced to transform much more rapidly and more often, knowing that their customers, partners and employees are demanding simpler and faster interactions delivered with a personalised experience, accessible anywhere and on any device.”