In this year probably more than any other, the power of partnership has come to the fore, proving to be a core catalyst for accelerating innovation, and at scale.
And as the year draws to close, and with the power of words able to affect our reality, perhaps now is the time to reframe the narrative of the pandemic towards one of a contagion of positive change. One with integrative emergent technology, collaborative ecosystems and trusted partnership at its heart. A very tangible example of this is the long established relationship between IBM Power Systems and SAP HANA creating shared value for business and wider society too. Let’s explore some examples of this positive power partnership in action!
As we have all sought to embrace a state of continual and rapid change across 2021, it is the health sector that has seen the most significant scale of disruption. Key trends include using artificial intelligence to improve efficiency, the rise of telehealth to become ‘typical’, quicker decision making enabled by cloud computing, innovation advanced through interoperability, the securing of medical supply chains and the accelerated use of big data analytics with artificial intelligence (AI) /machine learning (ML) to predict, understand and better treat disease behaviours.
And SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems has played a vital role in many aspects of this transformational change. With built-in virtualisation and on-demand capacity, IBM Power Systems meets the demands of data intensive in-memory workloads, allowing you to expand the database capacity and size of your SAP HANA environment without the need for provisioning of a new server. It also brings an array of benefits across increased productivity, reduced downtime and even more critically, reduced energy consumption too. These are highlighted by Forrester Research based on their analysis of a group of companies using SAP HANA on IBM Power Systems extensively.
A case in point is the Technical University of Munich where this infrastructure proved ideal to build their protein centric ‘ProteomicsDB’ database which is instrumental in cancer research and treatment, necessitating a high performance solution to provide a simple, flexible and efficient approach to rapid data analysis. This was actualised by leveraging the capabilities of the SAP HANA business data platform with multi-tenant database containers supporting the efficient use of compute resources; alongside IBM Power Systems to provide the advanced performance, high availability, straightforward maintenance and continuity imperative, readily accommodating growing data volumes. In combination, this is building the optimised operations and dedicated platform to help medical scientists around the world identify previously unknown correlations and create more effective treatment options - and to save lives in the future. The personification of meaningful partnership in action.
And another inspiring example is embodied in Mankind Pharma based in India which is manufacturing affordable medicine and pharmaceuticals to millions, democratising access to this critical healthcare support. To make this mission actualisable and scalable, ensuring cash flow and operational costs are kept under tight control is absolutely vital and harnessing the power of data to advance its operational efficiency has proved the pillar to sustainable success. Underpinning this was the development of a high-performance platform with near-real-time analytic insights, based on SAP S/4HANA on IBM Power Systems Servers and with IBM FlashSystem storage - recently awarded a 2020 Gartner Magic Quadrant Leader for Primary Storage. As Pramod Gokhale, Group CIO at Mankind Pharma notes 'IBM and SAP have a close strategic alliance, which means that product developers at both companies work together when designing new solutions'. The time to value results and commentary here speak volumes!
And my other examples both come from another area of critical impact to create shared value - that of Sustainability. Firstly, Aryzta is helping customers make informed choices about purchasing sustainably produced food, and supporting the restaurants and supermarkets to have the detailed sourcing information to be able to deliver on this growing need and expectation.
People are paying far greater attention to the ingredients in the food they buy and around sourcing more broadly, with the fragility of supply chains increasingly made visible during the pandemic and support for a more Conscious Consumerism rising significantly too. To manage the vast volumes of product data effectively, the optimised partnership opportunity was SAP Business Warehouse running on IBM Power Systems, and hosted in a private cloud by Freudenberg IT.
And finally, focussing on the imperative for greener packaging, Hoffmann Neopac are bringing this to fruition with the deep data insights enabled by SAP S/4HANA with IBM Power Systems servers and high-throughput, low-latency IBM FlashSystem storage, within a private cloud environment. Serving the food, pharmaceuticals and related specialist sectors, the company wanted to better respond to consumer trends, comply with regulations, cut waste and innovate at speed. Becoming data-first was the answer, enabled by the IBM/SAP trusted partnership and resulting in transformational improvements in energy consumption, processor footprint and software license costs.
Fantastic leadership benefiting both digital transformational for business whilst promoting a more sustainable society for all! A theme I will return to soon!
Disclaimer: From time to time, IBM partners with industry thought leaders to share their opinions and insights on current technology trends. The opinions in this article are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of IBM and BBN Times.
About the Author
Prof. Sally Eaves is a highly experienced Chief Technology Officer, Professor in Advanced Technologies and a Global Strategic Advisor on Digital Transformation specialising in the application of emergent technologies, notably AI, FinTech, Blockchain & 5G disciplines, for business transformation and social impact at scale. An international Keynote Speaker and Author, Sally was an inaugural recipient of the Frontier Technology and Social Impact award, presented at the United Nations and has been described as the ‘torchbearer for ethical tech’ - founding Aspirational Futures to enhance inclusion, diversity and belonging in the technology space and beyond.