In October of last year, SAP announced a partnership (nicknamed “Embrace”) with Microsoft for using Azure as a platform for SAP S/4HANA installs. In a nutshell, what this means is that companies now have a simplified methodology for migrating to SAP S/4HANA on Azure. This partnership will extend to creating a joint sales model as well as the development of joint migration roadmaps. For small companies this could be just what they need to reduce the complexity of migration and make it worthwhile.
This collaboration isn’t the first partnership between these giants of the software world, either. SAP and Microsoft have been hard at work building bridges between their companies through the integration of their IoT device interfaces and Blockchain service offerings to clients. Statistics show that more than half of all users utilize Microsoft for their cloud deployments. While Amazon remains the world’s top cloud infrastructure provider, more SAP users are gravitating towards using Azure. This fact explains why SAP is embracing Microsoft to make life easy for their hyperscaling clientele.
Making Life Easy
One of the most crucial elements of this partnership between Microsoft and SAP is the simplification of migration details. Users already have a list of things that they need to look at before migrating to S/4HANA. The partnership with Microsoft makes it easier to do so on an Azure server. However, it doesn’t impact the considerations the business needs to have for its current processes and its penchant for growth in the short and long terms. The massive amount of additional utilities and information that this partnership will generate is indispensable for users opting for an Azure-based server.
More in Store?
This most recent merger suggests that the partnership between SAP and Microsoft may continue. The depth of the collaborations may not be as intense as the Embrace partnership, although this remains to be seen. This partnership may facilitate SAP’s push to have users move to the cloud to a great extent. Not only does SAP get to support their clients through easy integration with a significant cloud infrastructure provider, but it helps Microsoft move away from software manufacturing and get a better foothold in the industrial cloud services market.
What Should SAP Users Know?
Learning about Azure is a priority for companies looking to migrate. Even if you’re not going to use Azure for your server, the partnership makes it easy to get information about Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. As more information comes to light, Azure might just be the best option to use based on simplicity and a plethora of support documents.
SAP is already ramping up its push to get more users signing up for S/4HANA. This latest partnership seems to ease the more common issues with migration. With a reliable cloud infrastructure, users can reduce the chance of problems within the migration process. This reduction in complexity may speak to SAP users who want to experience the cloud but are worried about how complicated migration can be. Only time will tell whether they succeed in wooing more on-premise businesses into the cloud.