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Enterprises are accelerating their digital transformation. We have seen this momentum over the last year as evidenced by customers moving their mission critical SAP applications to Azure. This digital transformation is being powered by the adoption of SAP’s intelligent ERP, S/4HANA, running on the agile cloud infrastructure offered by Azure. For example, Daimler AG is transforming its mission critical procurement system with S/4HANA and chose Azure for its agility, cost savings, and speed of deployment.

Since last November, both Microsoft and SAP have been embarking on our own journeys to run internal SAP S/4HANA systems on Azure. We announced at SAP’s Sapphire NOW that Azure supports the largest scale and broadest choice for SAP HANA including our Azure M-series VMs and BareMetal offerings. In addition to this, we have launched a managed services option for customers with SAP’s HANA Enterprise Cloud with Azure and enabled SAP developer productivity with the general availability of SAP’s Cloud Platform on Azure.

Microsoft and SAP share a common goal of enabling customers to build secure and compliant solutions in this journey. Microsoft is a leader in protecting customer data in the cloud and Microsoft Azure offers a comprehensive set of security and compliance tools along with 85 compliance offerings, including tools and services to help customers meet GDPR compliance. SAP also has a long history of delivering Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) solutions.

Today, I’m excited to announce that SAP Data Custodian, a SaaS offering from SAP, will soon become available on Azure. SAP Data Custodian combines Azure’s built-in compliance controls and the deep expertise of SAP to provide customers end-to-end visibility of their SAP data on Azure and an easy to use set of data governance controls. This will help customers to fulfill their responsibility for data governance, segregation of oversight duties, and achieve independent verification.

If you would like to learn more about running SAP solutions on Azure and our partnership efforts with SAP, please attend these SAP on Azure sessions or stop by the SAP on Azure booth in the expo hall for a demo of SAP HANA and SAP Data Custodian on Azure.

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