Microsoft and SAP expand partnership, to sell each other’s cloud services

Microsoft and SAP today announced their expanded partnership that will help enterprise customers to do business innovation in the cloud. Microsoft and SAP will be deploying each other’s cloud solutions internally. Also they both will co-engineer, go to market together with premier solutions and provide joint support services for their customers. Basically, SAP and Microsoft will help their customers make the most of running SAP applications in the Azure cloud.

Key announcements:

  • SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud — SAP’s private managed cloud service — on Microsoft Azure will allow customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud. A
  • Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure to help run its own internal finance processes, and SAP will move its key internal business critical systems to Azure.
  • SAP Ariba is currently utilizing Azure and is exploring further use within its procurement applications.
  • SAP is migrating more than a dozen business-critical systems to Azure for the optimal efficiencies, flexibility and innovation the platform offers. This includes the SAP S/4HANA software supporting Concur, an SAP company.

“As technology transforms every business and every industry, organizations are looking for the right platforms and trusted partners to help accelerate their digital transformation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Building on our longtime partnership, Microsoft and SAP are harnessing each other’s products to not only power our own organizations, but to empower our enterprise customers to run their most mission-critical applications and workloads with SAP S/4HANA on Azure.”

“We are taking our partnership to the next level with this new capability to run SAP S/4HANA in the Microsoft Azure environment,” said SAP CEO Bill McDermott. “The world’s significant businesses trust Microsoft and SAP. Together, we will help companies win the customer-driven growth revolution.” Learn more about this announcement here.

Last year, Microsoft announced their partnership with SAP to deliver broad support for the SAP HANA platform deployed on Microsoft Azure. Earlier this year, Microsoft announced even more updates for SAP workloads on Azure.

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