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SAP apps heading to Microsoft Azure cloud

20/05/2014 by


Microsoft and SAP’s long-standing partnership is being strengthened with the pending certification of SAP’s ERP and other software for deployment on the Azure cloud infrastructure service.

By the end of the second quarter, SAP’s Business Suite, Business All-in-One, mobile platform, Adaptive Server Enterprise database, and the developer version of the Hana in-memory computing platform will be certified for Azure, the companies said Monday.

SAP’s Cloud Appliance Library will make it possible to launch preconfigured SAP software packages to Azure within just a few minutes, they added.

Under the agreement, Microsoft will support customers if a problem crops up at the infrastructure level, while SAP would take over if the issue involves an application error, said Kevin Ichhpurani, senior vice president, head of business development and strategic ecosystem at SAP.

If the problem’s source can’t be immediately targeted, SAP and Microsoft would work together to resolve it, he added.

Also Monday, SAP and Microsoft announced the general availability of an integration between SAP BusinessObjects and Microsoft Power BI through Excel; an upcoming release of SAP’s Gateway that will tie together SAP applications and Office 365; and plans for SAP mobile applications that support Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.

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