Hewlett-Packard Company and SAP AG are expanding their relationship focused on improving supply chain management and supplier management capabilities for large global customers and their respective trading partners.
HP also has entered into agreements to become a Most Valued Partner of SAPMarkets Partner Program. These initiatives will help customers to implement a holistic approach to solving their SCM and supplier management capability needs, the company claims.
HP and SAP plan to cross-train sales teams and consultants to design, develop and deliver solutions that combine mySAP Supply Chain Management (mySAP SCM) software components and HP hardware and middleware for global enterprises in the technology, consumer products, automotive, aerospace and defense, and engineering and construction industries.
Global solution centers have been created at HP and SAP locations to pre-configure and pre-test components for easier and faster implementation.
The market for supply chain management solutions is expected to grow by 25-35 percent annually over the next five years, according to Karen Peterson, a research director with Gartner, a well-known think tank on technology.
In addition to serving customers HP says it has optimized the supply chains within its own factories by using mySAP.com solutions, markedly reduced manufacturing cycles and improving on-time customer delivery. HP’s global implementation of mySAP.com will add now simulation capabilities and will support HP’s factories worldwide.