SAP widens Business AI strategy with Meta open source models

This blog post is part of our Essential Guide: SAP Sapphire 2024 news, trends and analysis

SAP used its SAP Sapphire user, developer, practitioner, customer, partner event this week in Orlando, Florida to showcase its work in open source model development carried out in association with Meta..

The company explained that it provides access to AI models through the generative AI hub in SAP AI Core on SAP Business Technology Platform (SAP BTP). 

By integrating AI capabilities into the business context of organisation’s operational and organisational fabric, users are promised an opportunity to benefit from solutions that are relevant, reliable and responsible.

Grounded in an AI ethics framework, SAP collaborates with partners on industry-specific data and deep process knowledge. Using and fostering a multi-partner approach helps the company champion flexibility and prevents vendor lock-in, so it is claimed.

Llama love

SAP is now integrating the Meta Llama 2 and Meta Llama 3 models into the generative AI hub to enable customers to create dashboards based on content with Llama qualitative conversational outputs, and to explore use cases built with Meta Llama 3.  

An SAP Business AI white paper provides an overview of SAP’s business AI strategy, highlighting the opportunity for the SAP ecosystem to build an array of solutions with generative AI capabilities and extensions on SAP BTP. 

SAP will make Joule available in SAP Analytics Cloud to let planning and analytics users get work done faster and drive business outcomes in a secure and compliant way. The range of capabilities offered by Meta Llama 3 will enable Joule users to get assistance with key activities, including the auto-generation of custom scripts to extend dashboards, as well as delivery of the most accurate scripts directly in SAP Analytics Cloud.  

The goal is to integrate generative AI into major workflows of SAP Analytics Cloud. 

“Transforming these workflows will unlock innovative possibilities for distinct planning and analytics roles that are common in organizations globally. SAP will make Llama 3 available in Q2 2024 in the generative AI hub in SAP AI Core given customer interest in Llama 3. The generative AI hub makes it simple to build generative AI use cases for SAP applications, thanks to its value-adding features around SAP integration and the ability to orchestrate language model interactions,” notes Walter Sun, senior vice president and global head of AI at SAP SE.

Adding Meta Llama 3 to the generative AI hub allows developers in the SAP ecosystem to leverage its value-adding features. The 70B variant of Meta Llama 3 will be the largest open source model available on the generative AI hub. 

SuccessFactors HCM suite

Sun also states that SAP customers are exploring ways to enhance the visual appeal and relevance of images within the SAP SuccessFactors HCM suite. The current process of curating and uploading images can be time-consuming and costly, often resulting in generic images that only partially cater to specific scenarios while also incurring expenses associated with stock image licensing.

“Integrating the latest iteration of Meta’s open source Large Language Model (LLM) offers numerous benefits. Creative features from models such as Llama 3 come into play, allowing users to generate custom images that meet their needs within SAP SuccessFactors software,” he said.

Sun rounds out his comments by saying that whether it is customisable course content thumbnails and banners for learning, tailored images for assignments in SAP SuccessFactors Opportunity Marketplace, unique images for different themes on the home page, or personalised profile and banner images on people profile, the impact will be far-reaching. 

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