Microsoft just added another bell and whistle to its Azure offering for enterprises looking to take advantage of a fully integrated cloud solution upgrade.
Recently announced, Microsoft and leading application management software company SAP have partnered to give enterprise customers a cloud solution that is both expansive in flexibility as well as robust in product support. SAP is the market leader in application software management that enables businesses to find efficiencies in their everyday workloads that include back office, warehouse, storefront, internal and external program optimizations to list a few.
Perhaps, as a show of good faith or a bit of dogfooding, both SAP and Microsoft Azure will internally fuse their respective solutions, the result should be the better guidance of reps when presenting architecture integration and deployment options for both SAP and Azure solutions. Starting soon, Microsoft will be using the new SAP S/4HANA platform in a secure and managed cloud, in part, to transform the company's internal financing systems, AI analytics and a few other business-critical applications.
“As technology transforms every business and every industry, organizations are looking for the right platforms and trusted partners to help accelerate their digital transformation,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “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.”
To their credit, SAP has over 365,000 businesses and public sector customers it's bringing to the table to accompany Microsoft Azure's ballooning portfolio. The combined efforts of Microsoft and SAP already have big names such as Costco Wholesale, The Coca-Cola Company, and Columbia Sportswear Company excited at the new level of cloud integration proposed by the partnership.