SAP for IM&C Building Blocks Launched by Hitachi Consulting

January 25, 2016

By Joe Rizzo - Contributing Writer

Back in December 2015, a leading provider of IT consulting and management consulting solutions and services, Hitachi (News - Alert) Consulting, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced an agreement with SAP to deliver a fully integrated Hitachi Consulting Enterprise Cloud for SAP (News - Alert) for Industrial Machinery & Components (SAP for IM&C) solutions. After working with SAP for about a month, Hitachi Consulting is now ready to launch its standardized modular offerings that offer fixed pricing.

Through the use of what the company is referring to as building blocks, Hitachi Consulting Enterprise Cloud for SAP for IM&C can now be tailored for individual company needs regardless of the organization’s size.

Essentially, Hitachi Consulting will be able to offer an affordable and ready-to-use subscription-based offering of SAP solutions. The feeling is that compared to a full on-site deployment, this option potentially reduce the overall cost of ownership by as much as 25 percent. In addition, overhead and up-front perpetual licensing costs could also be eliminated from the IT budget.

The cost savings come from the fact that this cloud-based solution allows Hitachi Consulting the ability to offer its customers a cost-effective, on-demand delivery model of their SAP software solutions. Regardless of whether an organization wants a software as a service solution, or an on premise option, the building block approach is designed to bundle a company's entire IT environment as a single package offered for one monthly price.

Michael Driessen, senior vice president at Hitachi Consulting feels that "Hitachi Consulting Enterprise Cloud solution for discrete manufacturing allows us to help companies across multiple industries realize the potential of SAP applications in a simple, modular, easily accessible environment. With our new solution geared specifically for discrete manufacturing, companies with the most intricate processes and fulfillment needs are now able to capture the operational benefits of SAP software in the cloud."