Microsoft and SAP are hardly strangers – the two worked together earlier in the year to release Duet Enterprise, a software piece that connects SAP’s ERP applications with Microsoft’s Sharepoint 2011. Now, the two are teaming up again to create a simpler way for their cloud customers to get up and running.
While the Microsoft .NET platform and their Azure cloud have made inroads into the cloud computing market space, there are often issues when it comes to compatibility with other systems and platforms. SAP has now taken the initiative to expose some of its own software functionality so that it can be more easily harnessed by Microsoft users. The hope is to increase the speed of .NET application development and allow for easier connection between SAP systems and Azure apps.
In addition, the companies plan to integrate an unnamed landscape software that will work with both System Center and Hyper-V Server technology. By allowing for greater .NET integration, developers using Microsoft products will be able to access SAP’s NetWeaver Gateway without the need to understand the technical details of how the Gateway works. This in turn will allow developers to draw from broad array of SAP Business Suite application data, making for a more robust app development environment.
With cloud becoming big business quickly, both Microsoft and SAP find that they are in need of ways to ease the transition from virtualized environments to the cloud. Building on a strong relationship, the two have partnered in order to allow for a better app development landscape.
Slated for release in the immediate future, the SAP/Microsoft partnership should provide benefits across the board for developers, users and companies that are looking to make their clouds more versatile and more viable.
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