Microsoft and SAP Team Up in the Azure Cloud

Tech titans Microsoft and SAP are expanding to the cloud their decades-old relationship. On Monday, the companies announced that various SAP applications are being certified for Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

The applications include SAP's Business Suite, Business All-in-One, Adaptive Server Enterprise database, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise, and the developer edition of its Hana in-memory computing platform. Through SAP's Cloud Appliance Library, the companies said that preconfigured software packages will launch quickly.

In a post Monday on The Official Microsoft Blog, Microsoft corporate VP Takeshi Numoto said that this arrangement means customers will be able to get the benefits of using SAP software on Microsoft's enterprise-grade public cloud. His post indicates that SAP software is currently used by a significant enterprise base, including 86 percent of the global Fortune 500.

Retail and Banking-Specific Apps

The two companies have also agreed on a technical support and service arrangement where Microsoft handles infrastructure problems, SAP takes application ones, and they both work together if the problem still remains unsolved.

Additionally, the companies said that an integrated version of SAP BusinessObjects and Microsoft Power BI will be available through Excel, and an improved SAP Gateway is being launched by Microsoft. The gateway, available by the end of this year, is designed to give customers access to SAP data and processes through Office 365 and Azure.

Also, SAP mobile apps will now support Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. Numoto posted that "industry-specific apps for retail and banking, as well as updated versions of the SAP Mobile Platform with SDKs for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, are on their way." Previews are expected by the end of this year, while general availability is targeted for next year.

Tech Service and Support

Industry analyst Laura DiDio of Information Technology Intelligence Corp told us that this expanded arrangement will be good for both...

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