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Microsoft and SAP expand partnership

Microsoft and SAP expand partnership 

“Microsoft and SAP have a great history together, and we are committed to meeting the diverse needs of our enterprise customers,” said Scott Guthrie, EVP, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft, in a release. “Our expanded partnership with SAP demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver the applications and services our customers need — in their private clouds, service provider clouds, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office.”

The new solutions are intended to “help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value for customers and partners.”

Through the partnership, the companies expect to jointly support a number of SAP products – including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solutions, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise and the developer edition of SAP HANA – on the Microsoft Azure platform. According to the release, they expect to accomplish this by the end of the second quarter of 2014.

Using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool, customers and developers will be able to deploy a number of SAP solutions directly onto Azure in a matter of minutes.

Customers will be offered a “pay per use” payment model in Azure, reducing infrastructure costs and total cost of ownership, and enabling them to scale up as needed.

Additionally, the companies are releasing a new version of the SAP Gateway for Microsoft, which will allow customers to access SAP applications and data through Office 365 and Azure.

Microsoft and SAP also have plans to develop and co-market SAP mobile apps for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, which will be managed by SAP Mobile Secure or Microsoft Intune.

“This has been an exciting year for one of the leading strategic partnerships in our industry,” said Steve Lucas, president, Platform Solutions, SAP. “For our customers, SAP and Microsoft are among the top strategic vendors relied upon to drive their business’ success. We are proud of how we listened to our customers and together developed — and will continue to develop — innovative new programs focused on the cloud, mobility, analytics and interoperability that we expect will provide unparalleled value for our customers.”

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