SAP and Microsoft Enter Cloud Partnership

SAP is a producer of enterprise-level software and has been for decades. In its most recent offering, SAP S/4HANA, the company attempts to take the operating procedure for their client machines away from on-premise computing systems and into the cloud. While there has been a lot of marketing and hype around this improvement, many of the company’s clients have noted how difficult it is to move from an on-premise system to a cloud-based system. To improve and streamline this migration process, SAP has entered into a partnership with Microsoft.

“Embracing” a New Paradigm

The partnership (referred to by both companies as “Embrace”) enables clients to run remotely-hosted applications supported by SAP S/4HANA’s database system. To make life easier for SAP users, Microsoft bundled the business software manufacturer’s cloud platform services together, allowing users to have better access. Microsoft even announced that they would be offering the software package on the software giant’s distribution platforms.

Addressing User Problems

SAP works alongside other cloud systems such as AWS or Google Cloud. However, the partnership with Microsoft has deepened the already existing ties between SAP and Microsoft’s Azure department. The prompting behind the move was based on increasing customer complaints about the difficulty of transitioning from a locally-housed database into a cloud-based system. Addressing this problem has seen SAP double new cloud bookings over the third quarter.

SAP continues to be a global leader for enterprise-level business software. Their integrated systems make it a simple process for companies regardless of size to monitor, document, and improve their operating potential. SAP already has partnerships with other software producers that develop add-ons for their platform. In the past, SAP promoted its own cloud service, but the widespread usage of Microsoft’s system has made it necessary to partner with the software giant to provide functionality and ease-of-use to its customers.