Microsoft and Germany based software giant SAP announced an extended partnership today to deliver more options to enterprise customers. The partnership between the two companies spans over 20 years and will expand to focus even more on cloud services and mobile compatibility.
They plan to increase customer productivity through greater cloud connectivity on mobile devices. Part of the three tiered plan for further collaboration includes developing and co-marketing SAP mobile applications. According to the Microsoft blog, they are planning industry specific applications for retail and banking that will run on Windows powered mobile phones.
SAP business applications will be managed and secured by Windows Intune and SAP Mobile Secure. They will be certified to run on Microsoft Azure by the end of June. Eighty-six percent of global Fortune 500 companies use SAP software. Integration of these applications with Microsoft Azure will allow their customers to easily deploy software solutions to the cloud.
“Microsoft is committed to helping customers thrive in this mobile-first, cloud-first world, with industry-leading platforms that support the applications and services they use to run their business.”
Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Marketing said. “Our partnership with SAP is another exciting step on that journey, and we look forward to connecting the universe of SAP data to Microsoft’s mobile and cloud solutions so our customers can do more.”
Microsoft has been demonstrating a strong commitment to the growth of their cloud services. The Azure Intelligent Systems Service (AISS) is available in limited beta. This service is designed to support data capture for the “internet of things”, an area which is expected to have strong growth in coming years. They have also ensured the ability to compete in the European market with their cloud contracts being the only ones so far to comply with strict EU privacy standards.
Other aspects of the plan include offering enterprise cloud computing with SAP applications certified for Microsoft Azure and improved data compatibility between Microsoft Office and SAP applications.
Both stocks (MSFT and SAP) were slightly down at the end of trading today.