SAP and Microsoft partner to deliver S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform through Azure

October 21 2019

Microsoft and SAP announced a significant new partnership, building off of the earlier project Embrace initiative, in a bid to increase customer adoption of SAP Cloud Platform and S/4HANA on Azure. Together with system integrators, the two companies plan to offer what a statement termed "holistic bundles". Microsoft will resell SAP Cloud Platform in conjunction with Azure, helping with overall migration of customers from on-prem to cloud.

Based on customer feedback the two companies will provide a combined support model and offer recommended solutions and reference architectures as road maps for customers. SAP indicated it will support future HANA Enterprise Cloud, along with migrations of existing customers, using hyperscaler infrastructure.

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jefflfrye's picture

This deal hanging out there would explain Microsoft's weird absence from a good portion of Summit activities last week. I told a few people that it looked like Microsoft was phoning it in. Microsoft was 100% absent from GP land and judging by the slew of unimpressed other-product users I talked with Microsoft's primary contribution was cloud revenue proclamations.

I like this news. The entire purpose of Dynamics 365 for Microsoft was to increase Azure and cloud revenues (for the c-suite which came from that division). With SAP they can do this and they can quietly sell or break off the Dynamics business lines to companies (like SAP) who can do something with those large and somewhat still loyal user bases. Microsoft over the last couple of decades has shown real discomfort with the ERP sales and support models and having partners who are comfortable selling products running in the MS cloud would allow them the out they (and us customers) want.