SAP Industry Cloud: Partner-Driven Expansion into a Platform-Focused Ecosystem
This IDC Market Note describes and examines SAP's recent expansion and announcement of SAP's Industry Cloud. SAP announced expansion into three new industries, creating a total of seven. This document inspects how the new offering fits into SAP's broad product portfolio and how industry cloud relates to initiatives like applications, business networks, and shared applications. It also examines SAP's platform strategy and how it relates to other vendors moving into the industry cloud space from software and infrastructure. Last, this document revisits IDC's definition of industry cloud as vendors begin to use the term to describe different industry cloud environments and platforms."SAP's Industry Cloud initiative is unique in the market, even as technology vendors, new and old, claim the 'industry cloud' space for themselves. Connecting SAP's Industry Cloud to the company's other offerings and the greater market is worth exploring," according to Zachary Rabel, senior research analyst, SaaS and Industry Cloud at IDC.
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