SAP and Microsoft expand cloud partnership

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 17 May 2016
SAP and Microsoft expand cloud partnership

SAP and Microsoft have expanded their partnership help enterprise customers leverage the cloud to drive innovation, productivity and agility, and develop new ways to work.

Revealed at the 28th annual Sapphire Now conference (17-19 May in Orlando, Florida), the partnership will involve certifying SAP HANA to run development, test and production workloads on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, including SAP S/4HANA. This will enable organisations in all industries to deliver mission-critical applications and data analytics on a global scale with enterprise-grade security and compliance.

Early adopters of this new offering, such as Coats, Rockwell Automation and Nortek, have already experienced the benefits of deploying SAP HANA on Azure.

“The Microsoft Azure platform provides us the scalability, security and level of services needed to confidently run our most demanding SAP HANA and big data applications,” said Sujeet Chand, senior vice president and CTO at Rockwell Automation. “We are excited to be an early adopter of running SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure since it is an important capability in helping us realise our vision for the connected enterprise and advanced data analytics.”

In addition, the companies will integrate data from the Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite with SAP’s Concur, Fieldglass, SuccessFactors, and Ariba solutions to boost employee productivity. Several of these integrations will be demoed at Sapphire Now and will be available from the third quarter of 2016. Additional integration features are expected to be introduced in the future.

“We believe the IT industry will be shaped by breakthrough partnerships that unlock new productivity for customers beyond the boundaries of traditional platforms and applications,” said Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO. “SAP and Microsoft are working together to create an end-user experience built on unprecedented insight, convenience and agility. The certification of Microsoft Azure infrastructure services for SAP HANA, along with the new integration between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions from SAP, are emblematic of this major paradigm shift for the enterprise.”

Customers will also be able to embed Microsoft Intune mobile device management capabilities into the mobile apps they build with SAP Fiori on the SAP HANA cloud platform. This integration will allow them to leverage the same capabilities used by Office 365 mobile apps and will be available in the third quarter of 2016.

“At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organisations to advance their digital transformations,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together with SAP, we are bringing new levels of integrations between our products that provide businesses with enhanced collaboration tools, new insights from data and a hyper-scale cloud to grow and seize new opportunities ahead.”

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