On Tuesday, SAP and Microsoft announced that they are now buddies, working together to better integrate their cloud services. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered the news in person on stage at SAP’s annual conference.
Under the new relationship, Microsoft will deliver broad support for the SAP HANA in-memory database and business applications on its Azure cloud. Also, there are new integrations between Microsoft Office 365 and SAP cloud applications.
Why? It’s all about the cloud users. Microsoft has more than 70 million active business users on Office 365, and the SAP alliance will let it do new tricks, such as access an expense report from Concur (an SAP service) directly from Microsoft Outlook.