SAP partners with Microsoft for enhanced cloud migration offerings

SAP partners with Microsoft for enhanced cloud migration offerings

SAP and Microsoft have announced an extensive go-to-market partnership — from conceptualization to sales — to help accelerate customer adoption of the SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Microsoft Azure.

This cloud partnership includes a global network of system integrators, to offer holistic bundles that provide customers with unified reference architectures, road maps and market-approved journeys.

As part of this simplified customer journey, Microsoft will re-sell components of SAP Cloud Platform alongside Azure with an aim to more easily migrating SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA customers from on-premises to public cloud.

Jennifer Morgan, co-chief executive officer of SAP, said: “This partnership is all about reducing complexity and minimizing costs for customers as they move to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud. Bringing together the power of SAP and Microsoft provides customers with the assurance of working with two industry leaders so they can confidently and efficiently transition into intelligent enterprises.”

Judson Althoff, executive vice president, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft, said: “SAP’s decision to select Microsoft Azure as its preferred partner deepens the relationship between our two companies in a differentiated way and signals a shared commitment to fostering the growth of the cloud ecosystem.

“Today’s news also reflects our commitment to a customer-first mindset and supporting their cloud transformation, which continues to drive how we at Microsoft approach everything from partnerships to product innovation. It takes co-selling to a whole new level.”

Cloud migration offerings

SAP will lead with Microsoft Azure to move on-premise SAP ERP and SAP S/4HANA customers to the cloud, including future deployment and migration of existing direct SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud customers leveraging hyperscaler infrastructure, but will continue with its policy of supporting choice for customers who request alternatives based on business requirements.

They will also offer a simplified move from on-premise editions of SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA for customers; collaborative support models to ease migration and improve communication; road maps to the digital enterprise with recommended solutions and reference architectures for customers.