Microsoft has signed a major deal with enterprise resource planning giant SAP covering cloud computing and support for Windows Phone 8.1 on the eve of a major announcement about its Surface series of tablets.
The deal comes despite direct competition between the Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP and CRM systems and some of SAP’s products.
Under the agreement, Microsoft will offer a number of SAP software packages through its Azure cloud platform, including SAP Business Suite, SAP Business All-In-One solutions, SAP Mobile Platform, SAP Adaptive Server and HANA.
The Azure-SAP cloud products will be available on a pay-per-use basis, allowing businesses to quickly scale computing capacity as needed.
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Another aspect of the announcement is improved integration between SAP BusinessObjects BI and Microsoft’s PowerBI software, as well as a new version of SAP Gateway for Microsoft. The upgrades will improve interoperability between SAP’s business software and Office 365.
The agreement will also see new versions of SAP mobile apps for the Windows Phone platform, which will be secured through either SAP’s Mobile Secure Portfolio mobile device management suite, or Windows Intune.
In a statement, Microsoft’s corporate vice president for cloud and enterprise marketing, Takeshi Numoto says preview versions of the Windows Phone apps out before the end of 2014 with a general release in 2015.
“Customers will be able to get the mission-critical benefits of SAP software – used by 86% of the global Fortune 500 – on our enterprise-grade public cloud,” Numoto says.