Microsoft, SAP join hands to drive cloud and mobility in India

Major software providers Microsoft and SAP forged an alliance to drive cloud and data interoperability and deliver mobility  and productivity solutions in India.

The partnership allows Indian enterprises to leverage the flexibility and scalability of Microsoft  Azure for their mission critical SAP deployments, the company said. It is expected to deliver 200-300 percent efficiency increase in IT infrastructure deployment and savings of 40-75 percent on total ownership costs with Azure’s “pay per use” model.

The partnership supports SAP Business Suite software, SAP Business All-In-One solutions, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (SAP ASE) and the developer edition of the SAP HANA platform on Azure.

In addition, Microsoft and SAP expect that customers and developers will be able to deploy and provision a number of preconfigured SAP solutions, within minutes, directly to Azure using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool.

The partnership focuses on three critical areas: enterprise cloud computing, with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office; and mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.

The SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure allows customers with existing SAP licenses to deploy SAP software on Microsoft Azure, thus safeguarding and increasing the value of their Microsoft and SAP investments, the company said.

“Along with SAP, we will deliver the best applications and services to customers on the cloud. This will help improve employee productivity, enhance workforce mobility and drive increased business value,” said Peter Gartenberg, general manager – Enterprise and Partner Group, Microsoft India.

Deb Deep Sengupta, SAP IndiaDeb Deep Sengupta, chief operating officer, SAP India said, “SAP and Microsoft are among the most trusted vendors for Indian enterprises. With this partnership we are enabling SAP customers to extend their on-premise ERP deployment across cloud and mobile.”

Sonata, a provider of mobility, BI and analytics, is selected as the partner to take the partnership to market.

“Our proven track-record in mobility, BI and analytics coupled with our commitment to invest and innovate continuously across different segments of Microsoft’s business will help us deliver value to customers across industries and cloud configurations,” said Sujit Mohanty, head – Technology Infrastructure Group, Sonata.

Compared to traditional on-premises deployment, SAP applications on Azure will additionally provide savings up to 60 percent on storage, with fast recovery capabilities and easy transition from existing data centers to cloud at no extra cost.

Microsoft and SAP will also help customers conduct business anywhere and anytime by developing and co-marketing SAP mobile apps for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. These new applications will be managed and secured by the SAP Mobile Secure portfolio or Windows Intune.

The partnership with SAP, according to Microsoft, helps the company realize its vision to connect the universe of SAP data to Microsoft’s mobile first, cloud first world, so that customers can do more.

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