Virtual Forge and smartShift Technologies partner to provide unique offering for SAP market

Heidelberg, (PresseBox) - Virtual Forge has partnered with smartShift Technologies to bring market-leading enterprise application optimization, cutting-edge application security expertise and cloud management services under one roof for the first time.

Enterprises moving to the cloud are faced with the challenge to harden their application and cloud infrastructures. Code optimization, application and infrastructure security as well as monitoring and managing are essential considerations that businesses have traditionally addressed with separate vendors. This new partnership provides a unique, unified Cloud-Security offering that will save time and resources for customers, from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

One of the biggest challenges for SAP customers, who need to adhere to the latest industry standards and SAP best practices, is to reduce the risks associated with application security, compliance and quality, while performing periodically recurring tasks such as system upgrades, consolidation projects, and custom development. The proactive management of risks, e.g. fraud or downtimes, is not only critical for businesses to maintain their customers' trust, but also in order to improve system performance and reduce operating costs as a result.

In their partnership, Virtual Forge and smartShift Technologies reduce those business risks for SAP customers in a two-phased approach:

1. Safeguard: Protection of newly developed in application code through the entire SAP development lifecycle and prevention of data loss while ensuring that ABAP customers maintain to the highest standards of security, compliance and quality.

2. Clean-Up: Performing automated modernization and code optimization for ABAP customers, as well as services to transition and manages enterprise software environments in the cloud, this can be regarded as the next level of enterprise security solutions.

"For the first time, SAP customers can turn to a single trusted partner to protect applications against key risks now and to effectively mitigate legacy issues," said smartShift Technologies Chief Executive Officer Stefan Hetges. "Together we will deliver top-tier custom enterprise software, highly-efficient modernization and cloud enablement services for the global market in the most secure, compliant and cost-effective way."

"Never before have enterprise customers had such comprehensive options when it comes to their application optimization, security and cloud computing needs," said Virtual Forge Chief Executive Officer Dr. Markus Schumacher. "With Virtual Forge's track record in security, compliance and quality plus smartShift Technologies' automated optimization and cloud management capabilities, we're bringing a complete solution, the first of its kind, to the SAP market fulfilling the three key requirements of companies going to the cloud: security, security, security."

About smartShift Technologies

smartShift Technologies is a cloud transformation company with a suite of unique, automated tools that optimize complex technology environments and offer companies a competitive edge. smartShift Technologies' patented products let customers harness the power of the cloud by providing integrated migration, management and security services for custom business software applications. In addition to comprehensive and secure cloud enablement for SAP and other enterprise products, smartShift Technologies' software provides automatic and error-free code correction that keeps systems compliant and up to date while improving productivity and performance. Major customers include 10 of the top 20 global financial firms as well as BMW, Shell, Kimberly-Clark, BP, OfficeMax, Scotts and dozens of mid-market and startup companies.

For more information, please visit www.smartShiftTech.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn.

*SAP, ABAP, and all SAP logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of SAP AG in Germany and in several other countries. All other product and service names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective companies.

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Virtual Forge GmbH

Virtual Forge is an independent supplier of Security, Compliance and Quality products for SAP systems and applications. We help our SAP customers to automatically identify key risks and correct errors. Beyond we implement preventive measures and obtain the steady control of risks in SAP environments. Our customers are worldwide leading companies in branches such as the automotive industry, banking and insurance, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, high-tech and electronics, media and entertainment, consumer goods, trade, oil and gas, and utilities.

For more information, please visit www.virtualforge.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube and our Security and Quality Experts Blog.

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