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SAP, Microsoft collaborate on the cloud

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SAP and Microsoft have announced joint plans to deliver broad support for the SAP Hana platform deployed on Microsoft Azure, simplify work through new integrations between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions from SAP, and provide enhanced management and security for custom SAP Fiori apps.
The announcement was made at the 28th annual Sapphire Now conference taking place in Orlando, Florida this week.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and SAP CEO Bill McDermott took the stage together to discuss the expanded partnership that will help organizations use the cloud to drive innovation, agility and enable new ways to work.
“At Microsoft, we are focused on empowering organizations to advance their digital transformations,” says Nadella. “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.”
“We believe the IT industry will be shaped by breakthrough partnerships that unlock new productivity for customers beyond the boundaries of traditional platforms and applications,” says McDermott. “SAP and Microsoft are working together to create an end-user experience built on unprecedented insight, convenience and agility.
“The certification of Microsoft Azure infrastructure services for SAP Hana along with the new integration between Microsoft Office 365 and cloud solutions from SAP are emblematic of this major paradigm shift for the enterprise.”
With SAP Hana on Azure, organisations 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 workloads.
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 this framework, customers can build apps that can be managed, deployed and better 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.