Microsoft and SAP have expanded their global partnership to improve cloud and data interoperability on Microsoft Azure, as well as to deliver new Windows Phone and productivity solutions.
The new deal extends the companies’ 20-year partnership in three critical areas and aims to help partners deliver solutions that improve employee productivity and enhance workforce mobility.
By the end of June, SAP aims to certify a number of its business-critical software applications to run on Microsoft Azure, including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise and the developer edition of the SAP HANA platform. In addition, Microsoft and SAP expect that customers and developers will be able to deploy and provision a number of preconfigured SAP solutions directly to Azure using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool.
New and existing SAP customers will be able to take advantage of Azure’s ‘pay per use’ model to reduce infrastructure costs and the total cost of ownership. Customers will benefit from the compute resources in Azure to support SAP solutions and quickly scale capacity as computing requirements change, paying only for the resources used.
In addition, the deal will improve interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP BusinessObjects business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering.
From the second half of 2014, the companies plan to offer a new version of the SAP Gateway for Microsoft, which is expected to help customers automate business processes and access SAP applications and data through Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. Customers can use the current SAP Gateway for Microsoft and upgrade to the new version when it becomes available.
“Microsoft and SAP have a great history together, and we are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our enterprise customers,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. “Our expanded partnership with SAP demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver the applications and services our customers need – in their private clouds, service provider clouds, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office.”
Also in the pipeline are new, industry-specific applications for retail and banking, as well as updated versions of the SAP Mobile Platform with software development kits for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.These new applications will be managed and secured by the SAP Mobile Secure portfolio or Windows Intune. Examples of prospective offerings resulting from this increased collaboration will be showcased at Sapphire Now, which will be held from 3-5 June 2014 in Orlando, Florida.
“This has been an exciting year for one of the leading strategic partnerships in our industry,” said Steve Lucas, president of Platform Solutions, SAP. “For our customers, SAP and Microsoft are among the top strategic vendors relied upon to drive their business’ success. We are proud of how we listened to our customers and together developed – and will continue to develop – innovative new programmes focused on the cloud, mobility, analytics and interoperability that we expect will provide unparalleled value for our customers.”
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