SAP and Microsoft have expanded an existing partnership to offer new products to users of the Azure and Office 365 cloud services, focused on better integrating the two companies’ offerings.
Azure customers will be able to use SAP HANA in Microsoft’s public cloud, expanding the reach of that popular relational database service. SAP is also integrating its services including Fieldglass, Concur and SuccessFactors with Microsoft Office 365, so users can get the benefits of Microsoft’s communications, collaboration, calendar and document editing tools.
This all fits into Microsoft’s ongoing strategy of partnering broadly with a variety of companies, including those that compete against it in some businesses. Teaming up with SAP can make Azure and Office 365 more appealing to companies that are already tied into SAP’s ecosystem, and drive adoption of each company’s products.