Google Cloud & SAP taking supply chain to the next level

Google Cloud reveals that internal SDK allowing it to leverage SAP solutions is now available as free download for its customers

Two of the world’s biggest players in the digitalisation of supply chains are Google Cloud and SAP.

The Google Cloud Platform is a suite of cloud computing services that provides computing, data storage, data analytics and machine learning, alongside a set of management tools. 

SAP, meanwhile, is the most important provider of enterprise-level software solutions.

Google Cloud has an ongoing partnership with SAP to provide SAP-certified infrastructure for all its customers’ SAP systems, such as  SAP S/4HANA Cloud (an ERP business suite), SAP Ariba (spend management), and SAP Business Technology Platform (a cloud platform for collaboration through tech such as AI, IoT and blockchain).

At the SAP Sapphire event in 2023, Alphabet – Google's parent company – revealed that it also uses SAP S/4HANA systems on Google Cloud, in order to manage its critical business operations, including finance, supply chain, logistics, planning, and allocations.

It is SAP S/4HANA systems that allow Alphabet to consolidate over 50 billion transactions and process multiple terabytes of data every month, and better support its global operations.

SAP S/4HANA is enterprise resource planning software developed for large enterprises. It is a ready-to-run cloud ERP that delivers the latest industry best practices and continuous innovation. 

Google Cloud uses SAP products to scale operations

Alphabet revealed that, to scale its business operations, Alphabet leverages many Google Cloud products and services using a software development kit (SDK) created by Google Cloud’s SAP Engineering team.

This SDK provides “an integration point between SAP and Alphabet’s internal systems”, says Alphabet, adding that it “powers AI and ML solutions that drive decisions and enable business process automation”. 

Since launching internally, the SDK is behind Alphabet production supply chain use cases that include supply chain planning, procure to pay, and forward and reverse logistics.

Google Cloud says that for years, its customers have been “asking for ways to easily integrate their SAP systems with Google Cloud services”. 

Now, in a newly released paper, it says that the launch of its special SDK, the same technology that has been powering Alphabet’s business operations since 2019 is now available for Google Cloud customers. 

Google Cloud says this is part of its mission “to help organisations harness the power of data and AI to drive more intelligent logistics operations and supply chains”.

******
Check out the latest edition of Supply Chain Digital and also sign up to our global conference series: Procurement & Supply Chain 2024. ​​​​Supply Chain Digital is a BizClik brand.

Share

Featured Articles

IBM: Supply Chain Data is Sustainability 'Blockage'

IBM study highlights sustainability disconnect between intention and impact, with 76% of execs agreeing it's crucial but just 30% making much progress

Heineken Toasts Success of Supply Chain Transformation

Digital transformations have a notoriously high failure rate but not so at Heineken, who has transformed its European logistics operations to great effect

GEP's Procuretech Advice, as new Scope 3 Reporting Laws Loom

GEP issues advice around mandatory Scope 3 reporting, an issue that will figure large at Sustainability LIVE: Net Zero, being held in London

Cainiao: The World's Largest Ecommerce Logistics Provider

Operations

FedEx Express Opens Singapore Logistics HQ

Logistics

Supply Chain Problems Sees Partnerships Programme Grow

Operations