At the SAPPHIRE NOW, in Orlando, Florida, Microsoft was named SAP Global Technology Partner of the Year. Also, today SAP and Microsoft announced their plans to improve integration between SAP software and Microsoft virtualization and cloud computing technologies. These plans include innovations to people-centric applications development for SAP software as well as virtualization and cloud computing without disruption of customer IT landscapes.
As a result of this announcement, developers can expect much more support and integration between the development worlds of SAP and Microsoft. Business processes from SAP software can now be easily consumed and extended by .NET developers, simplifying the overall application development process. This level of access will immediately reduce the number of steps developers must take in order to ensure app integration, and also lead to shorter development cycles and lower costs.
Microsoft and SAP also plan to provide integration between SAP's landscape management software, Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V technology, bringing greater agility to cloud management and deployments.
This integration will instill enhanced flexibility, scalability and management in the cloud, all while reducing cost and risk. Through these connected offerings, SAP and Microsoft customers will be able to easily scale their deployments in their own data centers or through private clouds, for example, if they've a workload that needs on-demand scale periodically, such as a paycheck or employee performance review app.
Together, Microsoft and SAP are committed to driving greater levels of innovation and flexibility for application development and cloud deployment -- from your datacenter to the public cloud, eventually enabling hybrid computing scenarios via Windows Azure for companies to embrace cloud computing on their terms.
[Source: SAP Press Release]