SAP on Microsoft Azure: PwC

The time is now to move to S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure

SAP customers are turning to the cloud to interlock S/4HANA to digital automation and upskilling, unleash the power of analytics, and enable new capabilities that were never possible before. The move to S/4HANA is the perfect catalyst for leveraging the cloud and establishing an intelligent enterprise.

Let PwC help you accelerate and modernize your transition to S/4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on Microsoft Azure. *PwC has earned SAP on Microsoft Azure Advanced Specialization.

Business advantages of SAP S/4HANA on Azure

SAP S/4HANA on Azure can help bring intelligence into ERP applications, including machine learning, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, and voice-enabled technology. Other benefits include:

Business benefits
  • Single platform: Make decisions with greater transparency across transactions and analytics
  • Simplified business processes: Improve efficiency by using a standard set of leading practices for nonstrategic business capabilities
  • Analytics: Gain instant insights using predictive analytics and narrative building
  • User experience: Reduce overall complexity with simplified onboarding and guided configuration
  • Quarterly updates: Rapidly access new functionality and leading processes with reduced business disruption with regular updates
IT benefits
  • Rapid implementation: Custom configuration and testing tools provided by SAP
  • Native integrations: Access to a broad array of cloud-based APIs available for immediate integration
  • Fit to standard: Designed to guide a simplified SAP landscape through leading practices
  • Dynamic extensibility: Use of extensions and APIs allow new channels of innovation, development, and value
  • Lower total cost of ownership: Reduce maintenance and ongoing support 

A quarter of SAP clients surveyed are already at the proof of concept stage in their migration to S/4HANA, and another quarter already have the system live and fully deployed. Another 35% of SAP clients say they expect to have S/4HANA live in the next year.

“The Journey to SAP S/4HANA: Key Lessons from PwC Research,” PwC, 2019.

PwC, Microsoft and SAP: Delivering better business outcomes

SAP S/4HANA represents an opportunity to unlock the promise of cloud computing, advanced analytics, AI, and machine learning.

Real benefits await those who make the move to SAP S/4HANA on Azure—improved and more modernized processes, better operational control, and more streamlined reporting operation, among other advantages.

With PwC’s industry and business strategy experience and Microsoft’s leading cloud products such as Microsoft Azure, Cortana Intelligence Suite, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, companies can optimize their operations and build a solid digital foundation for the future.

PwC has earned the SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization

As of February 2021, PwC has earned the SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization, a validation of a services partner’s deep knowledge, extensive experience and proven success at implementing SAP solutions on Azure.

As mainstream support for the SAP ECC platform ends in 2027, and as core SAP products are re-optimized for the SAP HANA database, many enterprises are looking for a partner with advanced skills to migrate their existing SAP environment to the cloud.

“The SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization is further evidence of PwC’s global commitment to SAP S/4HANA on Azure. Organizations that are moving to SAP S/4HANA on Azure are seeing modernized processes, improved operational controls, and streamlined reporting operations. With PwC’s industry and strategy experience and Microsoft’s leading cloud products, companies are building a solid digital foundation for the future.”

Jerry Lewis, Principal, Microsoft Alliance Leader at PwC US

“We are pleased to have earned the SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization. We’re seeing the overwhelmingly positive impact that SAP S/4HANA on Azure is having on our clients’ businesses and we look forward to helping more organizations reach their cloud objectives. The move to SAP S/4HANA is the perfect catalyst for organizations to leverage Azure and enable digital transformation.”

Rich Sernyak, PwC’s US SAP Alliance Leader

“The SAP on Microsoft Azure advanced specialization highlights the partners who can be viewed as most capable when it comes to migrating enterprise SAP applications over to Azure. PwC clearly demonstrated that they have both the skills and the experience to offer clients a comprehensive and professional SAP to cloud managed service.”

Gavriella Schuster, Corporate Vice President, One Commercial Partner (OCP) at Microsoft Corp.

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