Friday, 15 December, 2017

Microsoft and SAP both commit to running SAP HANA on Azure internally

Azure is a suite of cloud comptuting solutions by Microsoft Azure is a suite of cloud comptuting solutions by Microsoft
Garry Little | 30 November, 2017, 13:30

Microsoft on Wednesday launched "Azure Location Based Services" - a new public Cloud offering for enterprise customers that will provide location capabilities built and integrated into Microsoft's Azure Cloud platform.

The two tech giants also announced that they will deploy each other's cloud solutions internally.

This week, Microsoft execs said they would be using SAP S/4HANA on Azure to run the company's own internal finance processes. "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".

Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, echoed the sentiment, adding that the world's largest enterprises "trust Microsoft and SAP". Indeed, Microsoft announced as far back as 2014 it was working to certify some of SAP's core business applications on its cloud. "Azure is a truly global infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and developer-friendly and it has helped us to better serve our customers".

This new agreement covers internal software development running within the cloud, as well as the ability to reach customers that use both Microsoft and SAP software.

More enterprises are moving key systems to the cloud to realize the benefits of digital transformation, including streamlined operations and new business models.

Microsoft and SAP said they will document their internal projects to help customers launch SAP applications.

He continues, "The value of aligned engineering, sales and delivery between these two strategic partners will allow our system to accelerate our digital agenda".

The deal is a win-win for both Microsoft and SAP, said Marty Puranik, CEO of cloud hosting provider Atlantic.Net. A number of mutual big name customers including the Coca-Cola Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. claimed that the expanded partnership will help to boost their own cloud strategies.

The announcement included customer testimonials from businesses using SAP solutions from Azure. "The Microsoft and SAP alliance provides us with the assurance we need for our innovation in the cloud". The companies will also work on joint marketing efforts, they said.

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