It seems that Hitachi is not the only company teaming up with SAP around green ICT (as we reported last week).
In fact before the Hitachi announcement Wipro had announced its own agreement with SAP to develop and deliver green solutions. The two companies have agreed to collaborate on sustainability performance management and energy management solutions.
The companies will work together to combine green IT services from Wipro with SAP solutions for sustainability, including the SAP Carbon Impact on-demand solution, SAP BusinessObjects Sustainability Performance Management and SAP EHS Management applications.
The idea is that the combined offerings will help companies address compliance and business risk around people, health and safety, improve product safety and stewardship and support environmental compliance. Wipro already offers green IT strategy, assessment, planning and implementation services.
These two SAP agreements give an indication of the weight of enterprise software companies in the sustainability solutions market. It’s the large players with the solutions pedigree that are likely to be the first choice providers, hence the collaborations with SAP. Other IT services players have developed (or bought in) there own solutions, particularly around Carbon Emissions Management Solutions (see www.cemsus.com). It’s the smaller, specialist solutions providers that will have to fight to maintain their market share, or sell out to a bigger player.