SAP, headquartered in Germany, is a leading provider of enterprise
software and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, with over 335,000
enterprise customers in over 180 countries. SAP systems and services are used
by 87 percent of global businesses and 98 percent of the top-100 most valued
Most SAP clients are still in the early proof-of-concept phase of
DLT adoption, but SAP is already providing DLT services to its clients, according
to Gil Perez, senior vice president for product and innovation and head of
digital customer initiatives at SAP, as reported
The new blockchain service allows for the building of business
applications with DLTs, such as Hyperledger Fabric and MultiChain. According
to Perez, “SAP is taking an agnostic approach” to the underlying blockchain
technology. DLT is still in an early development phase, and “SAP doesn’t want
to commit” to any underlying blockchain “until the market decides which way to
During the conference, the company also announced that the SAP Cloud Platform is now
available on all major cloud infrastructure providers, including the Google
Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. SAP also intends to release a private
edition of the SAP Cloud Platform, targeted at clients in regulated industries
such as banking, healthcare and transportation, as well as those managing
In September 2017, SAP announced a “blockchain
co-innovation initiative” and that it plans to make DLT “an integrated part of [IoT],
manufacturing and digital supply chain solutions.” The first companies
participating in the initiative included Capgemini and Deloitte.
“Our early access customers and partners can join SAP to get a
first-mover advantage innovating and scaling blockchain [technology] as a core
part of their Internet of Things strategies,” said Tanja Rueckert, president of
IoT and digital supply chain at SAP, per the announcement.
So far, SAP’s blockchain co-innovation initiative has helped about
65 companies to integrate DLT solutions in industries such as transportation,
food and pharmaceuticals. For example, U.S. sausage maker Johnsonville is using
DLT to trace the origin of products in its supply chain.
“SAP is steadfast in its belief that the technology can
dramatically alter business processes and IT,” noted a ZDNet commentary.
“Blockchain [technology], along with machine learning and artificial
intelligence, are seen as cogs in what SAP is betting will become the
To expand and accelerate global adoption and best practices of
blockchains in the transportation industry, SAP has started a global industry
blockchain consortium with seven founding members, including Intel and Hewlett Packard.
The consortium was created after customer feedback on DLT received via an Enterprise
indicated a need. The survey covered future applications of DLT, current use cases
and how to accelerate DLT market adoption and business impact.