Google Cloud And SAP Expand Partnership

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

Google Cloud and SAP announced an expansion of their relationship, unveiling new integrations between Google Workspace and SAP’s flagship cloud ERP, SAP S/4HANA Cloud. These 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.

SAP is a leading ERP software provider for enterprises. Its 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 location. Built on the industry’s leading cloud-native communication and collaboration platform, Google Workspace brings together the apps loved by billions of people – 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 enables users to adopt the solution quickly.
  • The ability to export and import data between SAP software, 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 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 safely and compliant. 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.

“Native integration with Google Docs and Google Sheets has been a common request from many joint customers,” said Philipp Herzig, SVP, Head of Intelligent Enterprise & Cross Architecture, SAP. “This integration will further pave the way for people to work collaboratively on any business documents and manage them closely along with their most critical business processes and data managed through SAP – all in the cloud.”

“The move to hybrid work signals enterprises can no longer rely on legacy toolsets that can create silos and barriers to collaboration,” said Javier Soltero, Vice President and General Manager, Google Workspace. “With the expansion of our partnership with SAP,  these new in-depth integrations will enable employees working in complex datasets within SAP S4/HANA to tap into the real-time collaboration capabilities of Google Workspace, enabling teams to access SAP data and more efficiently drive projects forward simultaneously.”

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