In an effort to simplify and streamline the transition of customers to the cloud as part of the Embrace project, SAP SE and Microsoft announced a large-scale partnership agreement on the market entry strategy – from concept development to sales organization-to accelerate the implementation of SAP s/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform products by customers in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
This mutually beneficial partnership will enable SAP and Microsoft, together with a global network of system integrators, to offer end-to-end solution packages to consumers with unified reference architectures, roadmaps and proven market strategies that provide clear guidance for the transition to the cloud. As part of this project, which simplifies customer tasks, Microsoft will sell SAP Cloud Platform components together with Azure. This unique offering will allow SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA users to easily migrate from on-premises servers to the public cloud.
“The new partnership will reduce the complexity of migrating to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud and minimize customer costs,” says Jennifer Morgan, SAP co — Director. “By combining the capabilities of SAP and Microsoft, we give customers the support of two industry leaders, allowing them to confidently and effectively implement smart technologies in enterprises.”
“SAP’s decision to favor Microsoft Azure significantly strengthens the relationship between our companies and indicates that both companies are interested in developing the cloud ecosystem,” said Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President of Microsoft Worldwide Commercial Business. — This news also reflects our commitment to putting customers first and supporting their cloud transformation. It is this desire that guides Microsoft in everything from partnership agreements to the development of innovative products. This takes joint sales to a whole new level.”
With Microsoft Azure, SAP will begin moving customers using SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA on-premises solutions to the cloud, building on best practices, reference architectures, and cloud services. This includes future deployment and migration of existing SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud users using a hyperscale infrastructure. However, SAP will continue to offer consumers alternatives that allow them to choose the solution that best suits their business needs.