BT’s biggest enterprise customers will be able to access SAP business applications and services after the UK-based operator signed a collaboration agreement with Deutsche Telekom.

The deal sees the Germany-based operator’s enterprise arm T-Systems give BT access to the data centres that host SAP cloud capability.

BT Compute for SAP will be delivered as a managed service from early next year in the UK and Europe.

T-Systems CEO Reinhard Clemens said the deal would tap into both organisations’ strengths in IT and networking.

BT Global Services and T-Systems compete as providers of a wide range of services to multinational businesses.

Since selling its 50 percent share in mobile operator EE to BT, Deutsche Telekom owns 12 percent of the UK telco.

BT Global Services CEO Luis Alvarez commented: “The strength of BT’s Cloud of Clouds portfolio strategy relies largely on the combination of the quality and expertise of our ecosystem of partners and our own cloud services integration capabilities.

“T-Systems is one of the world’s leading experts when it comes to SAP solutions in the cloud, and we are very happy to combine their SAP capabilities with our own global network and cloud services integration strengths into a unique offering for the benefit of our customers."

In the last few weeks, both companies have won major IT contracts in Asia.

T-Systems will upgrade systems belonging to two Chinese airports while BT will provide a new global infrastructure for Japanese manufacturer Komatsu.

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