Microsoft and SAP today announced the expansion of their global partnership to deliver new solutions that are intended to help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value for customers and partners.
The partnership is in three critical areas:
- Enterprise cloud computing with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure;
- Improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering;
- Mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows Server is a great platform for SAP business applications, and now we’re taking that to the cloud. By the end of June, SAP will certify a number of their business applications to run on Microsoft Azure, including SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solution, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the developer edition of the SAP HANA® platform. This means customers will be able to get the mission-critical benefits of SAP software – used by 86 percent of the global Fortune 500 – on our enterprise-grade public cloud. They will be able to move existing applications and services, or deploy new ones in minutes using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool, to Azure and benefit from nearly unlimited computing capacity.
Customers are already using Power BI and the interoperability built into the SAP Gateway for Microsoft to access SAP applications and data through Microsoft Office. We’re taking that to the next level with the general availability of Power BI connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects and an improved SAP Gateway for Microsoft. With Power BI connectivity, customers get best-in-class tools to visualize and find insights in the data that drives their business. And, the new Gateway for Microsoft, which is expected to be available by the end of 2014, will allow customers to access SAP data and processes through Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. Developers can also use this new Gateway to build applications quickly and easily by leveraging key Office 365 and Azure services like document collaboration, workflow, enterprise social and identity.