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Microsoft’s new era of openness and collaboration has helped the company foster a successful cloud business that has propelled record revenues. Furthering that ethos, Microsoft today announced a new partnership with enterprise software giant SAP.

Described as an extensive collaboration, the two companies are aiming to accelerate cloud migration for customers of both services. Together, Microsoft and SAP will offer a joint reference road map, market information, and architectures. With the combined tools of Azure and SAP, organizations can transition to the cloud more efficiently.

“SAP’s decision to select Microsoft Azure as its preferred partner deepens the relationship between our two companies in a differentiated way and signals a shared commitment to fostering the growth of the cloud ecosystem,” says Judson Althoff, executive vice president, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft.

Specifically, the companies say customers can migrate to SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Azure. On its end, Microsoft will become a reseller of SAP Cloud Platform with Azure. HANA is an enterprise resource planning package designed to remove issues found in traditional solutions.

“This partnership is all about reducing complexity and minimizing costs for customers as they move to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud,” adds Jennifer Morgan, co-chief executive officer of SAP. “Bringing together the power of SAP and Microsoft provides customers with the assurance of working with two industry leaders so they can confidently and efficiently transition into intelligent enterprises.”

Partnership Details

  • “A simplified move from on-premise editions of SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANAfor customers with integrated product and industry solutions. Industry market bundles will create a road map to the cloud for customers in focused industries, with a singular reference architecture and path to streamline implementation.
  • Collaborative support model for simplified resolution.In response to customer feedback, a combined support model for Azure and SAP Cloud Platform will help ease migration and improve communication.
  • Jointly developed market journeys to support customer needs.Designed in collaboration with SAP, Microsoft and system integrator partners will provide road maps to the digital enterprise with recommended solutions and reference architectures for customers. These offer a harmonized approach by industry for products, services and practices across Microsoft, SAP and system integrators.”

Project Embrace

Earlier this year, Microsoft became a member of SAP’s Project Embrace, joining cloud rivals Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services. Announced at Sapphire Now 2019, the solution looks to simplify cloud adoption. Embrace is a collaborative initiative with Microsoft, AWS, Google Cloud, and vendors.