SAP Offers Up Free Supply Chain Services; Debuts New Cloud Metric (MESA)

SAP has announced new offerings and access to select technologies to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, among them the company’s SAP Digital Supply Chain, SAP Ariba and Qualtrics solutions.

“SAP has already rolled out offerings to help companies address many of the issues they are facing now such as sourcing challenges, business travel disruption and managing remote work environments,” the company said in a statement. “Access to select software from SAP can help businesses better manage and adjust to the changes that are happening inside their companies, with their customers and with their supply chains.”

The planning-as-a-service solution SAP Integrated Business Planning for Supply Chain is being made available for free, allowing SAP channel partners to evaluate supply chain impacts and supply options, by simulating demand shifts and impacts of production rate changes. Meanwhile, the Qualtrics Supply Continuity Pulse solution is geared toward helping buyers gain visibility into suppliers’ health and allow them to analyze overall risk associated with potential supply chain disruptions.

“SAP combined the procurement and experience management expertise of SAP Ariba and Qualtrics solutions to create Qualtrics Supply Continuity Pulse,” the company said. “With this preconfigured solution, buyers can issue a questionnaire to suppliers and receive results immediately after suppliers respond.” That solution allows user to identify potential supply constraints, areas to improve business continuity, and ways to collaborate with suppliers to meet demand.

Additionally, on April 3, SAP announced that during the fiscal first quarter of 2020, it will share a new metric that will help improve reporting on the company’s cloud business.

Dubbed Current Cloud Backlog, the metric replaces the previously disclosed New Cloud Bookings, and looks at contractually committed cloud revenue that SAP expects to recognize over the next 12 months, all based on existing cloud subscription contracts.

“Its expansion between two reporting dates is an indicator for the net cloud business volume added over that period, considering new business as well as renewed vs. lost business,” the company said.