SAP and Microsoft recently announced they had signed a three-year partnership to help simplify the process for SAP customers to bring their data to the cloud. The industry is abuzz about it, but what does it really mean for you?
“What does this new partnership between SAP and
Microsoft mean for me? Why should I care?”
The Struggle of Migrating to the Cloud
In this day and age, where cloud computing is the gold
standard for many businesses, an all-too-common complaint from SAP customers has
been that it can be challenging to move from SAP’s on-premise model to remotely
hosted services. This partnership aims
to change that.
Embrace: Making Migration to the Cloud Easier
The new partnership between SAP and Microsoft will bundle
SAP cloud services with what they’re calling the Embrace. This will help
clients run operations hosted at remote servers, supported by SAP’s flagship
S/4HANA database. The goal is to allow SAP customers to more easily migrate from
their existing on-premises models into the cloud by simplifying the migration
to SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Microsoft Azure.
So, what this means for SAP customers is that
moving to the cloud is about to get a lot easier, faster, and less expensive. It will also provide new and exciting
opportunities to both SAP service providers and partners, Microsoft partners,
and cloud service providers.
As part of the agreement, Microsoft will resell components
of SAP Cloud Platform alongside Azure. It will reduce the complexity and
minimize costs for customers as they move to SAP S/4HANA in the cloud. While the
partnership strengthens SAP’s relationship with Microsoft and its Azure cloud
division and positions Microsoft as SAP’s preferred partner for cloud solutions,
Embrace will also work with Google and Amazon Web Services to provide customers
with flexibility for their business solutions.
The Benefits of the Partnership Between SAP and Microsoft
Here are a few key takeaways about the new partnership
between SAP and Microsoft and the benefits that Embrace offers:
will reduce the complexity of your move to the cloud by bundling SAP cloud
services to simplify your migration to SAP S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on
the complexity of the migration to the cloud means lowering your costs by
simplifying the process, reducing the amount of time needed to migrate, and
new collaborative support model for Azure and SAP Cloud Platform will help ease
your migration, improve communication, and simplify resolution.
these two massive cloud platforms is likely to increase the availability of
services and competencies that CSP’s can offer, so partners can expect new business
service providers will have access to the Microsoft partner network of
technology companies to assist in building business solutions with Microsoft
revenue for both companies means there may be increased availability of
business development funds (BDF) and marketing development funds (MDF) for
partners on both sides.
with industry leaders ensures that you can transition into SAP intelligent
enterprises and bring your mission-critical services into the cloud with
The Cloud is the Future
between SAP and Microsoft is a powerful indicator that the entire cloud
business is maturing and reaching new levels of power and sophistication. With cloud computing becoming more important
than ever before, this new partnership provides a unique opportunity for you to
take advantage of the power of these solutions and move your data and services
to the cloud to poise your business to improve your existing offerings and
poise yourself to take advantage of future opportunities.