SAP Partners play a key role in helping organizations just like yours succeed. Every day the experts at our partners help customers of all sizes – across all industries – transform and run their businesses simply. They can help you identify, buy, build, implement, service, support and run the SAP solutions that best fits your unique needs. Working with an SAP partner is the smart and simple choice.
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SAP partners help customers of all sizes, across all industries, and in more countries take advantage of SAP’s innovative solutions to transform and simplify their business. At SAP we rely on our ecosystem of over 13,000 partners to make our solutions more relevant and attainable to companies just like yours, so that together we can help the world run better and improve people’s lives. Here are just some reasons why you might consider working with an SAP partner:
Built just for you – It would be impossible for SAP to reach every customer and serve every unique business need alone – this is why SAP partners play such a critical role. SAP partners build, extend, customize and enrich our technology platforms to deliver innovative and tailored solutions that meet the exacting needs of customers all over the world. Each partner brings their own unique blend of expertise, skills and services to deliver the solution you need and act as your trusted advisor today and into the future.
Keep it local – For some of you, working directly with a large company like SAP may may not be practical. This is especially true of our small and midsize (SME) customers. In fact, today SAP partners service virtually all of our SME customers, and for this reason some of our SME specific solutions are exclusively available through our network of partners. Simply put, working with a partner who is nearby, understands your local market, speaks your language, is embedded in the culture and can easily navigate local nuances might be the ideal choice.
Quality built-in – All SAP partners must adhere to stringent requirements across all areas of their business operations, solutions and services. This gives you peace of mind knowing that you’re working with a partner that is not only endorsed by SAP but also continually monitored and evaluated.
Best in breed – Unlike many partner programs, SAP rewards and measures its partners on more than just their revenue performance. Our programs also incent partners on those things that matter most to you; like customer satisfaction, quality and skills level. This ensures the best possible experience for you since it helps us maintain the high caliber of our partners, and creates a culture that places a strong emphasis on building customer relationships and not on just closing deals.
SAP technology paired with the power of our SAP partner ecosystem truly amplifies our solutions and the value they can bring to your business. If you’ve never considered working with an SAP partner, maybe you should.
SAP partners can work with you to solve your business challenges and help you run simple. Many of our partners work across a variety of SAP technologies, and support one or more of these four disciplines:
Sell solutions – These partners are often referred to as ‘Value-Added Resellers” and in truth do far more than just ’sell’ SAP solutions. These partners will act as your trusted advisor and often have unique experience in specific industries, while many are experts in addressing the specific needs of small and midsize customers (SMEs). They will help you identify the best solution to address your challenges and the ideal deployment model that aligns to your business objectives. They can also provide ongoing maintenance and support services, and will strive to help you extract the maximum value as your needs change and company grows.
Build solutions – These partners build solutions based on SAP's simplified, next-generation platforms which connect the worlds of Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud and Mobile, to help propel companies like yours into a new digital world. It is because of these partners that the very unique needs of many businesses can be met, and new innovative ways to run and grow your business are realized. Partners who build SAP solutions extend our technology and functionality and make it more powerful and relevant to more businesses.
Service solutions – These partner organizations can provide you with strategic business consulting through the design, development, implementation, and integration of SAP solutions. It’s not uncommon for our service partners to work in unison with SAP to deliver the right solution in the right way for your business.
Run solutions – More and more businesses are coming to realize that running their IT systems often distracts them from running and growing their business. That’s why many companies are moving away from on-premise solutions for their IT infrastructure and towards hosted solutions managed and run by third parties. Our partners are here to help host, manage and run your SAP solutions and IT infrastructure on your behalf. Not only does this free up resources to allow you to focus on running your business, but can often help you better manage and redirect finances towards high-impact growth strategies.
At SAP we make it easy for you to understand the depth of expertise and experience our partners have based on their level in the SAP PartnerEdge program and any SAP Recognized Expertise designations they’ve acquired.
SAP PartnerEdge Open Ecosystem Partners – These are our entry level partners, and often represent smaller organizations, or those partners who have a new and growing relationship with SAP. All of these partners are required to complete minimum training before they can begin engaging with companies like yours.
SAP PartnerEdge Silver Partners – These partners are part of our tiered SAP PartnerEdge program; and while it is considered the entry level into this program these companies have had to meet some pretty stringent requirements. These partners have made a time, financial and resources commitment to join the program, and have passed our skills assessments and evaluation checks to qualify for program entry. Aside from meeting the requirements, these partners must continue to adhere to ongoing training and business operations requirements in order maintain their silver status.
SAP PartnerEdge Gold Partners – These partners have achieved the gold level status within the SAP PartnerEdge program by performing at a high level across their entire business and by illustrating a strong commitment to delivering business value to our customers. A partner cannot achieve gold status on business performance or size of customer base alone, because we also allocate points for competency and strategic alignment. Partners are evaluated on a yearly basis and must continue to overachieve to maintain their gold status.
SAP PartnerEdge Platinum Partners – Our platinum partners represent our most strategic and global partnership organizations. Partners can only become platinum by invitation, and are offered this level based on a business case that is reviewed and approved by the SAP Executive Board. Working with one of our platinum partners means you’re working with one of our largest and most vested SAP partners.
SAP Recognized Expertize – When you see one of our partners using the SAP Recognized Expertise logo it shows they have a acquired a specialization and depth of experience with regard to implementing services in a specific area, SAP solution, or industry. Since each partner must go through rigorous training and meet stringent requirements to achieve a SAP Recognized Expertise designation, you can rest easy knowing they are truly experts in the area of specialization.
Our annual SAP Pinnacle Award program shines a spotlight on our most outstanding partners. Finalists are judged by a panel of experts against stringent award criteria, while the ‘Customer choice award’ gives you an opportunity to nominate your own SAP partner. Working with an SAP Pinnacle Award winner means being aligned with one of our most innovative, proven and top-performing partners. Below are the SAP Pinnacle Awards 2017 categories, winners and finalists:
SAP Pinnacle Awards
2017 Winners and Finalists
Customers' Choice Partner of the Year
Winners (Tie): Capgemini | EY
SAP Business One Partner of the Year
Finalists: Vision33 | VAR One