Software giant Microsoft Corp and SAP SE have partner to provide enterprise customers with a clear road map to confidently drive more business innovation in the cloud.
In a bold show of commitment, the two companies have also announced they will be deploying each other's cloud solutions internally. Through the partnership, the companies will co-engineer, go to market together with premier solutions and provide joint support services to ensure the best cloud experience for customers.
SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud - the vendor's private managed cloud service - on Microsoft Azure will allow customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud. Additionally, Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure to help run its own internal finance processes, and SAP will move its key internal business critical systems to Azure.
"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, CEO, 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 SAP S/4HANA on Azure."
Bill McDermott, CEO, SAP said: "We are taking our partnership to the next level with this new capability to run SAP S/4HANA in the Microsoft Azure environment. The world's significant businesses trust Microsoft and SAP. Together, we will help companies win the customer-driven growth revolution."
SAP and Microsoft both will run SAP S/4HANA on Azure for their internal operations.