SAP foresees no more restructuring this year and plans to use artificial intelligence technologies like generative AI in its products
Business software maker SAP on Friday reported first-quarter revenue above analysts’ expectations, backed by growth in its cloud business but lowered its outlook for the year due to the divestment of its Qualtrics unit.
SAP, which announced plans to cut 3,000 jobs as it looked to cut costs in January, foresees no more restructuring this year and plans to use artificial intelligence technologies like generative AI in its products.
While tougher economic conditions have riled big technology companies, SAP has still been able to grow its revenue by 10% in the first quarter to €7.44 billion ($8.2 billion), beating a company-provided consensus.
It said it was working with Microsoft Corp-backed OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT that can provide human-like responses to questions.
“We were studying ChatGPT for quite a while… we have built over 50 AI use cases embedding it with our technology,” chief executive officer Christian Klein said. Those products will be available to customers next month after its annual Sapphire conference, he said.
SAP also has an internal committee with customers, researchers and analysts to check for biases in AI use cases and guard against potential misuse of the technology, Klein said.
Revenue from SAP’s lucrative cloud business grew 24% year-on-year, broadly in line with the consensus. SAP has already discounted subsidiary Qualtrics’ profits, which it divested last month, from the current earnings report.
For the year, SAP expects non-IFRS (International Financial Reporting Standards) operating profit in the range of €8.6-8.9 billion, €200 million less than before. Cloud revenue forecast is seen down by €1.3 billion to between €14 and 14.4 billion.
“Underlying guidance is essentially unchanged, although updated to reflect the disposal of Qualtrics,” Jefferies analysts wrote in a client note.