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NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Big Bang ERP, a cloud solutions consulting firm based in Montreal, Canada, has joined the NetSuite Solution Provider Program to bring NetSuite's cloud business management suite that encompasses ERP, CRM and omnichannel commerce capabilities to businesses spanning a variety of industries including retail, wholesale distribution, manufacturing, services and software. This partnership allows Big Bang ERP to meet rising demand from companies around the globe for the superior business visibility, efficiency and scalability possible with NetSuite.

Founded in March 2014, Big Bang ERP merged in January 2015 with fellow Montreal-based consultancy Acumen Factory, an established three-star NetSuite Solution Provider. The fast-growing cloud solutions consultancy currently employs more than 40 staff and has over 300 active customers in North America as well as elsewhere in the world including Africa, Australia, Hong Kong, Israel, New Zealand and the U.K. Big Bang ERP offers its clients services including strategic planning, application implementation, customization, integration and training. In addition to its expertise in NetSuite ERP, CRM, NetSuite SuiteCommerce and Professional Services Automation (PSA), Big Bang ERP has experience with implementing two-tier ERP solutions, with NetSuite OneWorld deployed at a subsidiary level and integrated with an on-premise system in place at a client's headquarters.

"NetSuite has a proven track record as a robust, flexible platform, and is clearly the leader in cloud ERP," said Mark Rhyman, Co-CEO and Chief Business Development Officer at Big Bang ERP. "We've seen the rapid evolution of NetSuite with new features and enhancements over the years, and we look forward to bringing those next-generation capabilities to our clients as a trusted advisor and one-stop shop for implementation, customization, training and support."

"Big Bang ERP's global footprint and years of experience with NetSuite are a welcome addition to the NetSuite Solution Provider program," said Craig West, Vice President of Channel Sales at NetSuite. "Together we will continue to meet the global demand for a unified suite of applications that allow companies to manage their entire business in the cloud."

Big Bang ERP offers unique expertise in NetSuite because the consultancy is itself a NetSuite customer. The fast-growing consultancy runs its finance and professional services operations on NetSuite OneWorld and has benefited from the real-time insight into and control over its global business provided by the robust enterprise-strength cloud-based business management suite. As Big Bang ERP continues to expand its operations, the consultancy can take further advantage of NetSuite OneWorld's scalability, financial consolidation capabilities, and its multi-currency, multi-language and multi-country compliance support. Big Bang ERP anticipates opening new offices in Australia, London and Mauritius in the near future.

Launched in 2002 and earning a 5-Star ranking in the 2015 CRN Partner Program Guide, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program is the industry's leading cloud channel partner program, providing hundreds of channel partners with a cloud solution to offer prospective customers and grow their businesses as well as industry-leading margins and incentive programs. With cloud computing at the forefront of the hottest trends and cloud ERP leading the way, channel partners representing on-premise products are continuing to build new practices based on NetSuite's superior cloud business management suite. Designed to help solution providers transform their business model to fully capitalize on the revenue growth opportunity of the NetSuite cloud, the NetSuite Solution Provider Program delivers unprecedented benefits that begin during recruitment and range from business planning, sales, marketing and professional services enablement, to training and education.

SAP, IBM Join Forces to Transform Talent Management with Complementary Industry-Leading HR Solutions

ARMONK and ORLANDO — Leveraging their existing global strategic alliance, SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced cloud-to-cloud integrations of the two companies’ industry-leading human resources (HR) software and services.

The product integrations are expected to help customers improve their business processes and make fact-based decisions more smoothly and simply about how they recruit and manage their workforces. The announcement was made at SAPPHIRE NOW, being held May 5-7 in Orlando, Florida.

With availability planned for mid-2015, the first offering from this alliance includes a planned integration between the SuccessFactors Employee Central solution and IBM Kenexa’s cloud-based HR software Talent Acquisition Suite. This integration is expected to enable IBM customers to move their HR information systems (HRIS) to the cloud with the leading core HR solution from SuccessFactors, an SAP company, while helping to protect their recruiting investments, and provide customers of SuccessFactors Employee Central with a broader set of options for recruiting, assessment and onboarding of candidates. This offering is planned to provide speedier integration with committed ongoing support with services and skills from both SAP and IBM. With expected availability later this year, an additional integration between IBM’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS) and the SuccessFactors Learning solution is planned to help customers get the right learning content to the right person in the most efficient way possible.

Building on a history of strong alliance between the two companies over the past 40 years in both consulting systems integration and business-process-as-a-service (BPaaS) solutions, and a number of successful joint deployments, the new agreements between SAP and IBM are expected to provide significant value for each company’s customers. Allowing customers to more easily build upon their capabilities by choosing from a wider set of solutions from both providers, SAP and IBM intend to provide skills and offerings to deploy and operate solutions made up of the combined set of capabilities.

In addition, SAP and IBM plan to offer customers:

  • Greater data sets across the entire HR spectrum: Customers have the opportunity to leverage the vast amounts of data from the SAP ERP Human Capital Management (SAP ERP HCM) solution, cloud-based SuccessFactors HCM Suite and IBM Kenexa Workforce Sciences for analytics, enabling more insights for better decisions on hiring, growing and retaining their workforce.
  • A better client experience: Customers that choose a mixed SAP and IBM solution to meet their HR technology needs can be expected to rely on an experience consistent with that of working with a single company. Collaboration in areas such as implementation and ongoing support are key elements of this alliance.

“Any move to improve and better integrate HR software is a welcome one for large organizations such as BP,” said Richard Bye, vice president, Global HR Operations & HRIS, BP International Limited. “As a partner with both vendors, we will take a keen interest in the development of the new alliance announced between IBM and SAP.”

“We are excited to team with SAP to focus on changing the experience for clients. Our philosophy on the value of flexibility, choice and investment protection is strongly aligned,” said Debbie Landers, general manager, Kenexa and Smarter Workforce, IBM. “We are both committed to putting the client first and ensuring that those who choose to work with us clearly see 1+1 = 3 — and they obtain more value, more quickly. The opportunity to not only extend our existing solution reach together, but to team on bringing SAP data into IBM’s Talent Insights (powered by Watson Analytics) is expected to be a game changer for our clients who want to move more quickly to analytics-driven business decision making.”

“We are very focused on helping our customers deliver value with their HR strategies and processes. This partnership intends to make it easier for our mutual customers to leverage the cloud solutions that help them achieve their goals so they can focus more on their business and less on integrating solutions,” said Mike Ettling, president, HR Line of Business, SuccessFactors. “SuccessFactors Employee Central is the fastest-growing solution in our HCM suite, and this deepening partnership with IBM means that IBM customers may be able to connec

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