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Microsoft and SAP release SAP S/4HANA on Azure

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Software giants Microsoft and SAP announced integrated offerings aiding enterprise customers take SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud to Azure.

SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, SAP’s private managed cloud service, will be available on Microsoft Azure, allowing customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud.

Additionally, the two businesses are taking on each other’s software, with Microsoft deploying SAP S/4HANA Central Finance on Azure to run its own internal financial processes, while SAP will move over a dozen key internal business-critical systems to Azure.

Microsoft will connect its own SAP S/4HANA to Azure AI and analytics services for efficient financial reporting and decision-making, while SAP states it will receive optimal efficiencies, flexibility and innovation from Microsoft Azure.

Both companies will document these internal projects to provide guidance and insights to customers seeking to deploy SAP applications on Azure, seeing just how Microsoft and SAP did it themselves.

“As technology transforms every business and every industry, organisations are looking for the right platforms and trusted partners to help accelerate their digital transformation,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive of Microsoft.

“Building on our longtime partnership, Microsoft and SAP are harnessing each other’s products to not only power our own organisations, but to empower our enterprise customers to run their most mission-critical applications and workloads with S/4HANA on Azure.”

“We are taking our partnership to the next level with this new capability to run SAP S/4HANA in the Microsoft Azure environment,” said SAP chief executive Bill McDermott. “The world’s significant businesses trust Microsoft and SAP. Together, we will help companies win the customer-driven growth revolution.”

The two companies say SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud on Azure offers customers the best of two worlds – application management and product expertise from SAP, and a global, trusted and intelligent cloud from Microsoft Azure.

A company already using both SAP and Azure is Coca-Cola. “The strategic partnership announced between Microsoft and SAP is an extremely important development for the Coca-Cola System,” said Barry Simpson, senior vice-president and chief information officer at The Coca-Cola Company. “The value of aligned engineering, sales and delivery between these two strategic partners will allow our system to accelerate our digital agenda. This is a very positive and exciting development for us.”

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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