In addition to solutions and technology, Ericsson will lend its consulting,systems integration and managed services, and complementary device andapplications testing, as well as verification services to facilitate afastertime-to-market, efficient use of mobile network resources and an optimizeduserexperience. Operators, such as M2M connectivity providers, may choose fromdifferent levels of ambition, ranging from a full enterprise M2M primesupplierto an ecosystem partner.
The Ericsson Device Connection Platform and Service Enablement Platformoperatorcommunity is growing rapidly, with recent announcements by 3UK, Megafon,Swisscom, TeliaSoneraand XL Axiata.
Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson, said: "The global M2M servicerevenue is estimated to reach more than 200 BUSD by 2017. This partnershipgivesus a chance to unlock some of that potential. By accessing services andcontrolling devices with solutions leveraging Ericsson experience from thecommunications industry and SAP from the enterprise segment, businesseswillfind better and more innovative ways to respond to customer needs morequickly.Building an ecosystem also allows our operator customers a new way toaddressnew markets and enterprise needs."
The joint go-to-market model combines the assets of SAP, Ericsson andmobileoperators, making it possible for enterprises to effectively connect theirenterprise assets across multi-country operations with full integration toexisting business processes, along with support for mobile and real-timescenarios.
This means that an enterprise needing a full end-to-end logistics solution-including M2M connectivity, applications and cloud services - can get acomprehensive solution from a mobile operator leveraging the SAP/Ericssonpartnership.
In another example, an enterprise needing a smart vending machine solutionincluding M2M connectivity, applications and cloud services, would be abletocontract the SAP and Ericsson offerings as a service through a mobileoperatorleveraging the deal. Other components and vertical applications from bothcompanies can also be included in order to offer value-add and increase thescope of the solution offered to the customer.
NOTES TO EDITORS
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helpscompanies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office toboardroom,warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device - SAP empowers people andorganizations to work together more efficiently and use business insightmoreeffectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and servicesenable more than 232,000 customers to operate profitably, adaptcontinuously,and grow sustainably. For more information, visit www.sap.com.
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