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SAP Unveils Joule to Expand Its Generative AI Footprint

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SAP SE (SAP - Free Report) unveiled Joule, which is an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) copilot driven by natural language and generative capabilities. Joule will be released with SAP SuccessFactors solutions and SAP Start later this year, followed by integration with SAP S/4HANA Cloud, a public edition in the near future.

Joule will be integrated into SAP's cloud enterprise suite and offer proactive, contextual insights from SAP solutions and third-party sources. This will likely help customers to make faster and more informed decisions while ensuring security and compliance. It will also help to transform the user experience across departments like HR, finance, supply chain, procurement, and customer experience.

The AI copilot continuously evolves by delivering tailored solutions for diverse scenarios, such as aiding in HR tasks, like unbiased job descriptions and relevant interview questions, added the company.

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Building on existing SAP Business AI offerings, Joule aligns with SAP's broader strategy to cultivate an enterprise AI ecosystem, involving direct investments and strategic partnerships with leading tech players.

Per a report from Fortune Business Insights, the global generative AI market size is projected to grow from $43.8 billion in 2023 to $667.9 billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 47.5%. The industry is likely to benefit from the growing demand for AI and virtual reality applications.

SAP is one of the largest independent software vendors in the world. The company is also the leading provider of enterprise resource planning software. Momentum in SAP’s business technology platform, particularly the S/4HANA solution, along with opportunities presented by the proliferation of generative AI, bode well.

The company recently inked an agreement with Microsoft to team up on generative AI solutions to aid clients in addressing the talent gap with new recruitment and development tools. SAP also invested funds in three companies, Aleph Alpha, Anthropic and Cohere, which are engaged in generative AI.

SAP currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). Shares of the company have gained 58.6% compared with the sub-industry’s rise of 36.9% in the past year.

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