In the same week SAP announced cloud ventures with Dell and Amazon, the enterprise resource planning software giant also forged an expanded partnership with Microsoft under which the companies said they will work to improve the integration of SAP’s applications with Microsoft virtualization and cloud computing technologies.

The plans include making SAP’s application more easily consumed and extended by .NET developers.

“SAP and Microsoft plan to offer interoperability and native development experience, so that a .NET developer can easily build applications in visual studio that run across the SAP and Microsoft platforms,” Vishal Sikka, an SAP executive board member for technology and innovation, said in a statement. “Interoperability is a core advantage that SAP and Microsoft can deliver to the customers we both share.”

In addition to increasing the .NET capabilities, the companies plan to provide integration between the upcoming landscape management software from SAP and Microsoft System Center and Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V technology. Microsoft said this will provide greater agility for cloud management and deployments.

In the future, SAP and Microsoft plan to continue their collaboration to support deployment of SAP applications on the Windows Azure Platform.




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