3. Faster Access to Updates and New SAP releases: As SAP has announced, its new in-house version of S/4HANA, will be supported through 2030. Those with all other earlier versions will not be supported after 2025. This means an inevitable need for considering SAP in the cloud. In this case, all the software is automatic, even security. You always have access to the latest innovations both from SAP and Azure. Plus, you can benefit from a set of market-approved journeys that would take you faster towards your ultimate business goals.
4. Improved Workflows and Data Sharing: SAP offers a robust suite of business applications, but its in-house systems have limitations for an increasingly mobile workforce. SAP in the cloud fosters effective collaboration without geographical restrictions and enables real-time file-sharing from anywhere on any device. What’s more, Microsoft IoT hub now effectively integrates with SAP Leonardo, meaning that you can run more advanced IIoT deployments and collect real-time insights from several physical assets.
5. Integrated Offerings To Support Large Scale Deployments: Azure recently made available a number of extra-large instances to support massive SAP HANA deployments. In particular, they now have Azure Mv2 Virtual Machines (VMs) with up to 6 TB of memory for SAP HANA. In addition, customers can choose custom SKU configurations of up to 480 Intel CPU cores and up to 24 TB of memory.
6. Co-Engineered Products: Microsoft and SAP state that they will be co-engineering new services, will market them together, and co-support them. Today, open connectors are already available for Microsoft Face API and SAP machine learning. CEO’s of both companies state that they are committed to deploying the technologies they offer – a collaboration that will give clients the ability to access the power of a cloud-based system, along with data and analytics that will be not just efficient but will move them to a level of competition that sets them apart.
7. Faster Time-to-Market for SAP Releases. The aforementioned Forrester study indicates that organizations running SAP on Azure can release new SAP instances much faster while reducing the duration of the testing phase and an overall number of error-related delays. All of this results in $3.3 million worth of benefits.
8. Azure is a Best-in-Class Cloud Services Provider. A Goldman Sachs survey of 100 IT executives at Global 2000 companies established that Azure is the most preferred choice for hosting cloud infrastructure due to its service reliability, a diverse array of integrations and innovative platform services. Most SAP products now run beautifully on Microsoft Azure.
9. Clear Customer Journey Maps: Microsoft, in moving its own SAP systems to Azure has done the groundwork so that any business of any size and with any complexity of SAP solutions can migrate with as few landmines as possible. In fact, SAP on Azure is now used by 90% of Fortune 500 companies – its scalability is huge, and it handles more than 5 trillion storage transactions every month. Furthermore, the two companies are offering extensive account support and additional consulting services to those wishing to migrate to the cloud.