Consulting firm Atos and Siemens have entered into a six year multi-million dollar contract, under which Atos deliver a wide range of IT services to 100,000 Siemens personnel across the globe. The deal includes the creation of one of the largest SAP HANA platforms once completed, and will see the two companies work ever more closely with each other.
In 2011, Siemens and Atos formed an alliance, which is one of the largest in the area of collaboration between an IT consulting firm and an engineering firm. It is built on three pillars. Firstly, the combination sees the two organisations develop business opportunities and deliver customer value through technology; secondly, as Siemens is Atos’ largest client and with Atos is Siemens’ preferred IT supplier, the two companies will be able to closely align their systems integration, managed services and consulting services; and thirdly, the largest industrial shareholder of Atos is Siemens.
SAP HANA system
As part of their alliance, the two companies recently signed a six-year contract under which Atos will manage Siemens’ transition to the SAP HANA* system to meet its data services demands. The new system is expected to deliver increase cost-efficiency, agility and scalability, while also enabling improved organisational agility.
The project is one of the largest of its kind in terms of size and the use of technology, which, when complete, will be the largest implementations of the SAP HANA platform in the world.
Commenting on the deal, Norbert Kleinjohann, CIO of Siemens, says: “The project is an essential enabler for the new Siemens business vision, providing the environment in which we can innovate to the benefit of our business. Atos, as our longstanding IT partner, is perfectly positioned to help us make the transition from SAP ERP to SAP HANA.”
Kari Kupila, CEO Global Siemens Account at Atos, adds: “Atos is proud to be the design and implementation partner for a project that is helping to improve the future of Siemens. We are delighted that Siemens has once again placed its trust in Atos to deliver this business-critical project.”
* Siemens is implementing SAP HANA, which is an in-memory and cloud-enabled SAP platform that is scalable.