Microsoft and SAP extend big data, cloud and mobility partnership

Microsoft and SAP have agreed to a partnership designed to improve big data, cloud computing and enterprise mobility, the companies said in a statement. SAP applications will now be available on Microsoft Azure, Excel will be connected to SAP BusinessObjects, and SAP will be creating apps for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft Azure will support SAP’s Business Suite software, Business All-In-One solutions, Mobile Platform, Adaptive Server Enterprise, and the developer edition of SAP HANA. Customers and developers will be able to deploy and provision preconfigured SAP solutions to Azure via the SAP Cloud Appliance Library tool, both companies said. The integrations will be completed and readily available by the end of Q2 2014.

Microsoft has connected Excel to SAP BusinessObjects BI solutions via Microsoft’s Power BI platform. Additionally, SAP has released the Gateway app for Microsoft, which is designed to help customers access SAP applications and data through Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure.

The two companies also announced that they will develop and co-market SAP mobile apps for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. The apps will be managed and secured by SAP Mobile Secure or Windows Intune.

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