Microsoft and SAP will deploy each other's technology internal as part of a strengthened cloud partnership.
SAP's private managed cloud service, HANA Enterprise Cloud, already runs on Azure, and now the company will migrate more than a dozen business-critical system to Azure, including the SAP S/4HANA system supporting Concur, an SAP company.
Microsoft will now deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure to run its own internal finance process.
Microsoft said its deployment would consist of shifting off legacy SAP finance applications and implementing SAP S/4HANA Central Finance running on Azure. Microsoft will also connect SAP S/4HANA to Azure AI and analytics services for more powerful financial reporting and decision making.
The two companies will document the project to use as a framework for customer deployments of Azure and SAP.
“As technology transforms every business and every industry, organisations are looking for the right platforms and trusted partners to help accelerate their digital transformation,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said.
“Building on our longtime partnership, Microsoft and SAP are harnessing each other’s products to not only power our own organisations, but to empower our enterprise customers to run their most mission-critical applications and workloads with S/4 HANA on Azure.”