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Microsoft adds SAP as strategic ally in cloud war against Amazon

Microsoft adds SAP as strategic ally in cloud war against Amazon

The two companies agreed 18 months ago to work together to integrate Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based version of Microsoft's flagship productivity software, into SAP, while SAP agreed to run its HANA database software on Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft and SAP said they will jointly provide technical support for customers using the integrated offerings.

Although they are stalwart competitors in the business software space, Microsoft and SAP have found common ground in the fast-growing market for enterprise cloud services. SAP S/4HANA is an ERP system designed for large enterprises.

The partnership is the fruit of years of cooperation between the two software giants.

"The strategic partnership announced between Microsoft and SAP is an extremely important development for the Coca-Cola System", states Barry Simpson, senior vice president and chief information officer at The Coca-Cola Company. By the same token, SAP agreed to run its HANA database software on Azure.

Running SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud on Microsoft Azure will allow customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud, the release noted.

"It's a partnership that was about to happen, the question is really what took both parties so long?" Together, SAP and Microsoft will help companies make the most of running SAP applications in the cloud. However, he warned that Microsoft and SAP still need to show they can deliver on customer traction, value and success.

Microsoft's FAQ page says organizations now using SAP's software can move their licenses to Azure. They also are working on co-marketing efforts. Microsoft said it will use SAP S/4HANA on Azure to track its internal finances, and SAP will do the same for its own operations.

The companies will document these internal projects, to better offer customers guidance and enterprise architecture for the deployment of SAP applications on Azure, according to the release.

At AutoMobility LA™ Cubic Telecom will demonstrate how its data analytics solution powered by Azure Location Based Services will help city planners, automotive OEMs and third parties to more effectively manage Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging station locations, occupancy rates and overall efficiency of the infrastructure. Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure to run its internal finance processes, and SAP will move its key internal business critical systems to Azure, according to a press release.


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