SAP steps back from S/4HANA-on-Azure preference

Microsoft Azure’s preferred status for hosting S/4HANA appears to be coming to an end. SAP, which has been recommending pairing its ERP suite with Azure as part of a deal it struck with Microsoft, will now encourage customers to host S/4HANA wherever they want.

According to SAP, the companies’ Embrace partnership will now refocus on customer choice. At the same time, SAP is pushing a new way to pay for its software: a subscription-based, hosted offering that it calls “Rise with SAP,” which will be in the spotlight at its Sapphire Now 2021 customer event in June.

“On the underlying infrastructure, Azure is a big partner for Rise, but we have expanded here our support for the other hyperscaler providers, AWS and Google and Alicloud,” said Jan Gilg, president for SAP S/4HANA.

The partnership with Microsoft will continue, he said, “especially on the application layer.”

In January SAP and Microsoft announced plans to integrate Microsoft Teams with SAP’s ERP, HR, and CRM applications. Customers will be presenting their experience of that integration at Sapphire Now.

The Embrace project started out in May 2019 as a way for SAP to promote a reference architecture for partners to move its applications to the cloud, hosting them either with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, or Microsoft Azure.

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