Microsoft and SAP and the cloud

May 22nd, 2011 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

To ease cloud deployments for their combined customer base, Microsoft and SAP are configuring some of their software products to work more easily together.

SAP will expose some of the functionality in SAP software to the Microsoft .Net platform as well as  the Microsoft Azure cloud computing service. These  should speed development of .Net applications that interact with SAP programs, and make it easier to connect Azure cloud applications to internal SAP systems.

With the .Net integration, developers will be able to tap SAP’s NetWeaver Gateway connectivity framework without  specific knowledge of how to use Gateway. When building applications, developers can use the Gateway to build applications that draw data from the SAP Business Suite applications. The integration technologies will be available as an add-on to future editions of Visual Studio, as well as in modifications to the .Net framework.

The partnership will also provide an SDK software development kit to bridge Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform with NetWeaver Gateway.

This is not the first time the two companies have partnered. Earlier this year they released Duet Enterprise, software that connects Microsoft SharePoint 2010 with SAP’s ERP applications


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