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Availability of SAP’s portfolio on Azure should bolster Microsoft’s contention that Azure is an option for running enterprise applications

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If you’re pitching your cloud infrastructure as the cloud for enterprises, you need to show it runs enterprise applications. So that’s why it’s important for Microsoft to be able to claim SAP applications run on Azure. And so they will: By the end of June, SAP’s Business Suite, All-in-One, its Mobile Platform and the developer edition of HANA will be available on Microsoft’s cloud, the two companies said early Monday.

The two companies also pledged better ties between SAP’s back-office applications and Microsoft Office and between SAP BusinessObjects analytics and Microsoft Power BI. SAP will talk more about the allegiance at SAPPHIRE NOW next month and we’ll ask Guthrie more about enterprise applications running on Azure when he’s on stage at Structure on June 18.

Microsoft EVP of cloud and enterprise Scott Guthrie.

Microsoft EVP of cloud and enterprise Scott Guthrie.

Microsoft needs this; most of SAP’s enterprise applications are already available on Amazon Web Services. Face it, ERP isn’t really glamorous but most businesses — at least those not born in the web — depend on these applications to do the heavy lifting of tracking inventory and accounting. And SAP needs to be able to show that its applications are good cloud citizens, so users can pay per use. SAP arch-rival Oracle last year made its database, hypervisor, linux and  products on Azure but not, apparetnly its applications.

Per a post on the Oracle tech network:

Oracle will certify and support Oracle software, including Java, Oracle Database, and Oracle WebLogic Server, on Windows Server Hyper-V and in Windows Azure. Microsoft will also offer these software products to Windows Azure customers, and Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers. 

No mention there of Oracle Financials or other applications running on Azure. Microsoft offers its own roster of financial and ERP applications under Dynamics label, some of which run on Azure but they mostly target smaller companies or divisions or branches within bigger enterprises while SAP and Oracle applications are focused on enterprise accounts.

Microsoft and SAP are old colleagues. As Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie put it in a statement: “Microsoft and SAP have a great history together … Our expanded partnership with SAP demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver the applications and services our customers need — in their private clouds, service provider clouds, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office.”

  1. Microsoft has announced plans to create their own TV shows, with a dozen pilots in development. Microsoft without Ballmer is as badly deluded as they were with Ballmer. The same old crew is still running the company and they might as well have decided to start selling ice cream.

    Some pundits say that with Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella it’s a changed company. Is that why a software producer decided to make TV shows? Between that and the purchase of Nokia they may have a few more losses (like the Surface) that would kill most companies. But they make so much on their enterprise business, maybe they don’t care.

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    1. Google has yet to figure out how to monetize Android and I am sure the first few years it cost 10x more than it brought in, same with ChromeOS. Surface is going on a 10 year old OEM, might want to give it a few more years before noting its success/failure.

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