Google Cloud and SAP Expand Partnership to Enable Native Integration

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By Mark Sen Gupta
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Google Cloud and SAP SE announced an expansion of their relationship, unveiling native integration between Google Workspace and SAP’s flagship cloud ERP, SAP S/4HANA Cloud.

Native IntegrationThese native integrations will allow customers to connect core SAP software designed for running all mission-critical processes in the cloud with the collaborative capabilities of Google Docs and Google Sheets to innovate how work gets done across the enterprise.

New integrations will allow customers to leverage collaborative features of Google Docs and Google Sheets directly from within their SAP software workflows

RISE with SAP solution provides a comprehensive set of products and services – including SAP S/4HANA Cloud – to help companies on their journey toward becoming intelligent and sustainable enterprises. Google Workspace enables teams of all sizes to connect, create and collaborate – to drive innovation from any device and any location. Built on the cloud-native communication and collaboration platform, Google Workspace brings together the apps— Gmail, Chat, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Meet and more — into a single integrated workspace.

Google Docs and Google Sheets, integrated with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, will enable new business capabilities, use cases and opportunities for collaborative tasks within small and large organizations alike. First scenarios are planned in finance and in many additional solution areas, where data exports and collaborative document management create a more seamless user experience, with more to follow. Customer benefits include:

  • The efficiency of ready integration, enabling users to adopt the solution quickly
  • The ability to export and import data between SAP software and Google Docs and Google Sheets for instant access to real-time editing and simultaneous collaborative engagements on these documents and spreadsheets
  • The confidence of having a clean data source due to the one-step integration, which enables version control and removes layers of potential translation when sharing application data and documents

For example, imagine a finance specialist working on SAP S/4HANA Cloud to manage financial records in a safe, reliable, and compliant manner. The employee will be able to access Google Docs and Google Sheets to edit documents collaboratively, as part of their standard business processes, knowing that SAP S/4HANA Cloud provides a clean data source with version control and process reliability.

The initial set of features is planned to be included as standard functionality in SAP S/4HANA Cloud later this year. It is being built on SAP Business Technology Platform, enabling tight integration and a consistent user experience across SAP software supporting business processes end to end.

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