It has been agreed that the HANA business software from SAP will run on the Azure cloud service from Microsoft and will carry certified support. The new agreement will cover every aspect of workloads including development, testing, and production on both HANA and S/4 HANA. The latter will only use HANA as the database layer and cannot be used with other types of databases.
The company also announced an agreement that will allow better integration between Office 365 and the apps offered by SAP. Users will be able to manage the mobile apps for SAP using Microsoft. Office 365 is to feature integration with a number of SAP apps including Fieldgrass, Concur, and Ariba. There are also plans for further integration to be developed in the future.
The two companies are making plans for integrating apps developed using Microsoft Intune and SAP APIs. The new partnership will make it easier to manage apps that are built using software such as SAP’s Fiori, the HANA Cloud platform, and the mobile UI framework when using Intune.
The announcement was made at the SAPPHIRE NOW conference being held in Orlando, Florida. Microsoft has been working with SAP for many years on software-based projects. Excel has also been an important feature in the integration tools for analytics and BI and the SQL server from Microsoft uses SAP’s ERP as the database section.