Microsoft, SAP announce new cloud partnership

European software giant SAP and Microsoft today announced their plans to deliver broad support for SAP HANA platform deployed on Microsoft Azure.

The partnership is aimed at simplifying integration between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions from SAP and will provide enhanced management and security for custom SAP Fiori apps.

"At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organizations to build systems of intelligence that advance their digital transformations. Together with SAP, we are bringing new levels of integrations between our products that provide businesses with enhanced collaboration tools, new insights from data and a hyper-scale cloud to grow and seize new opportunities ahead," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

With SAP HANA on Azure, organizations across all industries will be able to deliver mission-critical applications and data analytics on a global scale with enterprise-grade security and compliance.

Working together, the companies are certifying SAP HANA to run development, test and production workloads on Microsoft Azure, including SAP S/4HANA. These new offerings for SAP HANA are built to handle customers' largest and most demanding production workloads.

"We believe the IT industry will be shaped by breakthrough partnerships that unlock new productivity for customers beyond the boundaries of traditional platforms and application. SAP and Microsoft are working together to create an end-user experience built on unprecedented insight, convenience and agility. The certification of Microsoft Azure's infrastructure services for SAP HANA along with the new integration between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions from SAP is emblematic of this major paradigm shift for the enterprise," said SAP CEO Bill McDermott.

SAP will enable its customers to build and deploy custom mobile hybrid SAP Fiori apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform with an open standards plug-in framework. As part of the framework, customers can build apps that can be managed, deployed and protected with Microsoft Intune.

Using the cloud build process as part of SAP Fiori cloud edition, app publishers will be able to embed Microsoft Intune management capabilities in their apps, leveraging the same capabilities used by Office 365 mobile apps. The integration is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2016.

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