Teradata and SAP Expand Partnership

May 11, 2009
Teradata Corp., a Miamisburg, Ohio-based provider of data warehousing and business analytics products, and SAP AG recently announced a new agreement to provide SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse (SAP NetWeaver BW) on the Teradata database.

Responding to customer demand for accelerated, unified access to detailed enterprise data for improved business visibility, the partnership aims to deliver a seamlessly integrated and scalable solution that lowers total cost of ownership and consolidates data on one database platform, according to Teradata.

Companies that use both Teradata and SAP products have various databases for their data warehouses, and use different business intelligence (BI) tools to analyze that data. Most have at least one SAP NetWeaver BW data warehouse. As a result of the new agreement, customers will benefit from an integrated end-to-end offering, including data warehouse infrastructure and management and BI tools, according to Teradata.

"For companies like ours that leverage massive amounts of information with Teradata and SAP, the promise of tighter integration and closer collaboration is significant," says Joe Zakutney, vice president, Global Applications, The Hershey Co. "Most companies realize that centralized data warehousing is the best approach for BI and analytics, and SAP software running on Teradata is exactly the kind of combination we foresee as a technology advantage in the years ahead."

Teradata is endorsing SAP as a strategic partner for analytics and BI products. The partnership agreement also renews and expands Teradata's role as a reseller and as a strategic database platform for the SAP BusinessObjects portfolio, which provides open, heterogeneous solutions in the areas of business intelligence, information management, governance, risk and compliance, enterprise performance management and all the components of the SAP NetWeaver technology platform.

Additionally, SAP and Teradata will seek to leverage their joint business intelligence solutions in non-SAP enterprise resource planning (ERP) accounts.

"Combining SAP Business Warehouse with Teradata on a single scalable enterprise data warehouse platform will improve companies' operating efficiencies and information infrastructures," says Teradata President and CEO Michael Koehler. "Teradata brings powerful economies of speed, scalability and intelligence to businesses that increasingly expect rapid and measurable return on their technology investments."

The integrated system will be showcased at the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The "hands-on" working lab provides opportunities for customers to collaborate with SAP and Teradata on real-world simulations to validate possible investment decisions in advance.

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