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    SAP: Advancing partnership with Microsoft

    On the 24th of March 2022, Microsoft announced that they would be expanding their partnership with SAP, accelerating their commitment to each other’s platforms. This latest development will see Microsoft be the first public cloud provider to adopt the RISE with SAP solution internally, in the hopes to transform some of its larger SAP ERP deployments. This partnership also allows Microsoft the opportunity to improve on their own SAP S/4HANA modernization in addition to enabling them to improve their services and better serve their customers.

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    This transformative journey will see SAP optimize its IT operations for many critical internal business systems. These changes have seen many customers and partners experience early success in progressing their business’s infrastructure and it has simplified their path to the intelligent enterprise.

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) is one organisation that has choose to migrate their SAP IT solutions to Microsoft Azure and have seen great success. This move has brought flexibility, scalability and given the NBA access to a wider range of data and AI support. The personalisation of Microsoft Azure gives opportunity for this industry to generate fan-centric experiences that bring together the business, games, and the fans as one. Other organisations that have also gained greater flexibility from these changes is Fressnapf and Wolverine Worldwide.

    Both Microsoft and SAP understand that the future of their technology lies in the hands of Developers, and there is constant innovation for change and improvements within both co-operations.


    Setting up production-ready SAP S/4HANA installations and adopting best practises to improve performance, security, and cost efficiency can be difficult. The partnership between Microsoft and SAP, however, has now made it possible for customers to deploy such production systems. This is with SAP Cloud Appliance Library on Microsoft Azure.

    The use of SAP Cloud Appliance Library allows administrators to build a SAP and Microsoft approved SAP S/4HANA landscape. This is based on customer individual software stack definitions, SAP instance sizing, and high-availability options using a wizard, with a simple UI flow. Finally, customers can boost efficiency even more by combining SAP applications with Azure native services.

    Microsoft respects that every user experience is different and that each company has their own set of requirements and priorities when it comes to the use of their recourses. The developing partnership between SAP and Microsoft offers a range of opportunities and allows customers to take the best path for their business. Microsoft will continue to develop and progress their infrastructure for years to come.

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