Last week, Microsoft and SAP announced they are expanding their partnership. Following the in-memory database SAP HANA, the ERP suite S/4HANA is now also being offered on Azure, the Microsoft cloud platform. This development can be seen as a strategic move against the cloud market leader Amazon on the one hand, but on the other hand end customers in particular benefit from this cooperation between the two IT firms. An overview.
The strategic partnership between the two IT giants Microsoft and SAP has existed for quite some time: Currently more than 37,000 joint customers benefit from cooperation between the two companies, for example through the use of NetWeaver or HANA on Azure. Now the corporations are taking another step closer to each other. Customers can let their S/4HANA system run on the Microsoft Azure managed cloud platform. The benefits are readily apparent: Implementing a S/4HANA system takes less time and the solution's performance is improved by linking S/4HANA to Azure services. Microsoft solutions such as Power BI and Microsoft Azure Machine Learning can now be used for analysis of the S/4HANA data. The fast scalability of the IT landscape running on Azure is another benefit, since additional server capacities are always available. Last but not least, the Microsoft cloud scores points in the area of data protection compared to other clouds. In short, the cooperation between Microsoft and SAP establishes optimum conditions for the digitalization of companies.
S/4HANA on Azure is a good solution for midsize enterprises. In addition to the implementation speed, the main benefits of cloud services are scalability and lower costs. Additional hardware capacities are available at any time and can be activated with a click – worldwide. One only pays for what is actually used, down to the minute.
"As a gold partner of both Microsoft and SAP, we welcome this cooperation between our two leading partners," says Frank Wilkes, member of management in Technology Services at Sycor. Sycor customers benefit in two ways: Sycor has expertise accumulated over many years in the integration of Microsoft and SAP applications, and counts both Azure specialists and S/4HANA experts among its employees. "We are going to set up a task force for S/4HANA on Azure, and are already looking forward to our first S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure projects," Wilkes adds.
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