SAP Partners with Microsoft to Facilitate its Customers' Transition to Cloud

CIOReviewIndia Team | Monday, 21 October 2019, 13:46 IST

CIOReviewIndia TeamThe German company SAP SE has made a three-year deal with Microsoft to help its large enterprise customers in moving their business processes to the cloud. The cloud partnership called “Embrace” brings together SAP and Microsoft, along with a global network of system integrators, promising to offer comprehensive bundles that provide customers with integrated reference architectures, road maps and market-approved journeys to pave a clear way toward the cloud. With this simplified customer journey, Microsoft will be able to re-sell components of SAP Cloud Platform alongside Azure. This unique offering has been devised with an aimed of more easily migrating SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA customers from on-premises to public cloud.  

“This partnership is all about reducing complexity and minimizing costs for customers as they move to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud,” said Jennifer Morgan, Co-Chief Executive Officer of SAP SE. “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.”

“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,” said Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft. “Today’s news also reflects our commitment to a customer-first mindset and supporting their cloud transformation, which continues to drive how we at Microsoft approach everything from partnerships to product innovation. It takes co-selling to a whole new level.”  

SAP plans to lead with Microsoft Azure to move on-premise SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA customers to the cloud through industry-specific best practices, reference architectures and cloud-delivered services. It includes future deployment and migration of existing direct SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud customers leveraging hyperscaler infrastructure. However, SAP will continue with its longstanding policy of supporting choice for those customers who request alternatives based on business requirements.  

For the two industry giants, the partnership strengthens their relationship further, deepening SAP’s already close relationship with Microsoft and its Azure cloud division. However, the German enterprise software behemoth also works in partnership with Google and Amazon Web Services in the cloud.

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