SAPPHIRE NOW: SAP broadens availability of Cloud Platform; expands AI and blockchain capabilities

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At last week’s SAPPHIRE NOW event in Orlando, SAP announced a number of new products and partnerships to enable the “intelligent enterprise”, with expanded capabilities in conversational artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and analytics for the SAP Leonardo portfolio.

The new offerings include SAP Conversational AI, a service which includes an end-to-end toolkit for training, building and monitoring intelligent chatbots, which could be integrated with SAP and non-SAP systems; and SAP Cloud Platform Blockchain, a new blockchain as a service, enabling enterprises to easily build and extend business solutions with blockchain technologies, such as Hyperledger Fabric and MultiChain.

SAP announced that SAP Leonardo Machine Learning capabilities are embedded in applications across the SAP portfolio, including SAP S/4HANA Cloud, SAP C/4HANA and SAP Ariba solutions; and five new services from SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation, including object detection, text recognition in images and text classification.

SAP has also released Leonardo-based innovation kits for specific industries, including retail, life sciences, manufacturing and automotive, and launched the SAP Leonardo Partner Medallion Initiative, an SAP partner service that has more than doubled the number of Leonardo embedded industry solutions.

SAP’s multicloud strategy for the Cloud Platform has taken another step forwards with the general availability of SAP Cloud Platform on Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure – meaning it is now available on all major hyper scale cloud infrastructure providers.

The company disclosed plans to release a private cloud deployment of SAP Cloud Platform on the IBM Cloud – allowing clients in regulated industries such as banking, healthcare and transportation to have flexibility, speed and agility for data management via a private cloud. For Android users, SAP has also now released the Cloud Platform SDK to develop apps for Android or Chrome devices.

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