Siemens hopes the new platform will accommodate growth and boost efficiency (Photo: Kurt Bauer)

Siemens, which is moving business systems and processes from classic SAP ERP to SAP HANA, has awarded Atos a six-year multi-million-euro contract to provide a cloud-based platform for data services.

The consultant and systems integration specialist said the SAP HANA platform, which will be based on the x86 "bullion" server made by Bull, will support more than 100,000 people worldwide at Siemens. The installation will include both Bull and EMC hardware and software and will be one of the largest SAP Hana platforms in the world.

SAP HANA is the German business software group's scalable, in-memory platform, which is at the core of almost all products and services SAP sells.

For Siemens, one of the world's largest technology and engineering groups, the new data platform aims to accommodate global growth, while reducing costs and boosting operational flexibility.

“The project is an essential enabler for the new Siemens business vision, providing the environment in which we can innovate to the benefit of our business," Norbert Kleinjohann, Siemens CIO, said in a press release. Siemens is one of the world's largest engineering groups.