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Microsoft and SAP collaborate to improve cloud and data interoperability

Subodh Kolhe
posted on 11th September 2014
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As per a recent study by the consulting firm Zinnov, 30 per cent of IT spend in India is aimed at transformational projects, specifically in the areas of mobility, cloud and big data.

Microsoft and SAP have started delivering their global partnership in India, making Microsoft Azure available for SAP applications.  The partnership will allow Indian enterprises to leverage the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft Azure for their mission critical SAP deployments. Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables users to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

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The partnership is expected to deliver 200-300 percent efficiency increase in IT infrastructure deployment and savings of 40-75% on total ownership costs with Azure’s 'pay per use' model.

Microsoft and SAP are extending their long-term partnership in three critical areas: enterprise cloud computing, with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Excel offering; and mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.

The SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure allows customers with existing SAP licenses to deploy SAP software on Microsoft Azure, thus safeguarding and increasing the value of their Microsoft and SAP investments.

Speaking about the collaborating deal with SAP, Peter Gartenberg, General Manager – Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft India

Along with SAP, we will deliver the best applications and services to customers on the cloud. This will help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value

Sharing same thoughts, Deb Deep Sengupta, Chief Operating Office, SAP India said

SAP and Microsoft are among the most trusted vendors for Indian enterprises. With this partnership we are enabling SAP customers to extend their on premise ERP deployment across cloud and mobile.

Both Microsoft and SAP have selected few early partners to launch this solution to market. If early adopters are happy with the products, its the best possible way of marketing one could implement. On being one of the early adopters, Sujit Mohanty, Head – Technology Infrastructure Group, Sonata said,

We are thrilled to be selected as an early partner by Microsoft and SAP to take these unique solutions to market. Our proven track-record in mobility, BI and analytics coupled with our commitment to invest and innovate continuously across different segments of Microsoft’s business will help us deliver value to customers across industries and cloud configurations.

SAP applications on Microsoft Azure

The partnership supports SAP® Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solutions, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server® Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the developer edition of the SAP HANA® platform on Azure. In addition, Microsoft and SAP expect that customers and developers will be able to deploy and provision a number of preconfigured SAP solutions, within minutes, directly to Azure using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool.

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SAP HANA is the modern platform that empowers customers to transform their businesses and innovate in the cloud. This includes new innovations, key features and functionalities, mobile, analytics, data services and cloud integration services delivered through open user interfaces.

Compared to traditional on-premises deployment, SAP applications on Azure will additionally provide savings up to 60% on storage, with fast recovery capabilities and easy transition from existing data centers to cloud at no extra cost.

Increased mobile collaboration

Microsoft and SAP will also help customers conduct business anywhere and anytime by developing and co-marketing SAP mobile apps for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. These new applications will be managed and secured by the SAP Mobile Secure portfolio or Windows Intune.

Microsoft is committed to helping customers thrive in this mobile-first, cloud-first world, with industry leading platforms that support the software, services and applications required to run their business.  The partnership with SAP is another exciting step on that journey with a vision to connect the universe of SAP data to Microsoft’s mobile first, cloud first world, so that customers can do more.

This move brings exciting new capabilities to customers and opportunities for partners and developers through the combined strengths of Microsoft and SAP applications and platforms.

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