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This time, Microsoft and SAP are committing to deploy each other's cloud offerings internally, as well as to jointly engineer and support resulting integrated Microsoft and SAP business services.

Running SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud on Microsoft Azure will allow customers to run SAP S/4HANA in a secure, managed cloud, the release noted. Microsoft said it will use SAP S/4HANA on Azure to track its internal finances, and SAP will do the same for its own operations. SAP is migrating more than a dozen business-critical systems to Azure for the optimal efficiencies, flexibility and innovation the platform offers.

Microsoft now runs a number of legacy SAP finance apps, but will be moving to SAP S/4HANA Finance on Azure.

In addition to partnering on ERP from the cloud, Microsoft and SAP also are using each other's products. "Azure is a truly global infrastructure that is flexible, scalable and developer-friendly and it has helped us to better serve our customers".

"The strategic partnership announced between Microsoft and SAP is an extremely important development for the Coca-Cola System", said Barry Simpson, Coca-Cola's senior vice president and CIO.

The pair have been working to get SAP's business software and services running on Azure for since at least 2011.

Microsoft and SAP plan to document these internal projects and make them available to customers who want to deploy SAP on Azure for guidance purposes. "Microsoft and SAP both benefit because they have an overlap of enterprise customers", said Puranik in an email remarks sent to eWEEK.

He continues, "The value of aligned engineering, sales and delivery between these two strategic partners will allow our system to accelerate our digital agenda".

Over the past several years, Microsoft and SAP have made lots of partnership commitments. A number of mutual big name customers including the Coca-Cola Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. claimed that the expanded partnership will help to boost their own cloud strategies.

According to SAP Chief Executive Bill McDermott, customers frequently ask the company which technology they should use. "The Microsoft and SAP alliance provides us with the assurance we need for our innovation in the cloud".

Digital Innovation Conclave was hosted to bring out the importance of a public-private partnership.

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