SAP will support its business-critical applications on Microsoft Azure from June. Users will be able to run SAP Business Suite software, Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise and the developer edition of the Hana platform on Azure public cloud.
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Some 86% of the Fortune 500 global enterprises use SAP software. These users will be able to move existing SAP applications and services, or deploy new ones to Azure cloud using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool, enabling them to benefit from the public cloud’s scalable compute capacity and pay-per-use model. SAP has been certified for use on AWS public cloud since 2011.
To extend interoperability between applications and platforms, Microsoft and SAP are developing a new version of the SAP Gateway for Microsoft to help customers automate business processes and access SAP applications and data through Azure cloud and Microsoft Office 365.
SAP’s support for Azure comes as the two companies extend their 20-year-old collaboration to cloud and mobile devices.
Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft corporate vice-president, cloud and enterprise marketing, said on the company blog that this is part of Microsoft’s commitment to help enterprises “thrive in this mobile-first, cloud-first world” and “do more”.
As well as extending their collaboration in the cloud computing area, the two firms are improving interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, and are developing SAP mobile apps for retail and banking segments for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.
Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice-president, cloud and enterprise, said: “Microsoft and SAP are committed to meeting the diverse needs of enterprise customers. Our expanded partnership with SAP demonstrates our commitment to deliver the applications and services our customers need – in their private clouds, service provider clouds, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office.”
Microsoft said the expansion of the partnership would help the companies to deliver new solutions to improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value for customers and partners.