IBM and SAP are going to work together further on their cloud systems, says a report in the Wall Street Journal, to “modernise their offerings for the digital economy”. Mind you, since every technology company in the world ought to be looking at the implications of going digital we’re not sure how meaningful that phrase actually is.
In practice what’s happening is that IBM is moving more of its cognitive computing power into the SAP environment. IBM’s cognitive computing, brand named Watson, is the technology that enabled it to enter a computer into the US game show, “Jeopardy!”, recently.
The original collaboration between the two companies dates back to 2014, when SAP announced that it would be using IBM technology to deliver its services through the cloud. Both organisations were long established before cloud became an issue, and they will be working out ways of making the new environment work for them,