Integration Microsoft Teams in SAP
SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) and Microsoft Corp. announced plans to integrate Microsoft Teams with SAP’s Intelligence Suite.
As ITSDONE, this is the fifth year we’ve been intensively involved with “SAPandAZURE” – that lowercase “AND” is important – that’s what it’s all about. It describes the closing of ranks between the two ecosystems SAP & Microsoft. So we were all the more excited to see the press release from January 22 this year.
“New ways of working, collaborating and interacting completely transform how we operate,” said Christian Klein, SAP CEO and member of the Executive Board. “By integrating Microsoft Teams across our solution portfolio, we will bring collaboration to the next level, jointly determining the future of work and enabling the frictionless enterprise. Our trusted partnership with Microsoft is focused on continuously advancing customer success. That’s why we are also expanding interoperability with Azure.”
To facilitate these business and societal changes, SAP and Microsoft are building new integrations between Microsoft Teams and SAP solutions, such as SAP S/4HANA, SAP Success Factors offerings, and SAP Customer Experience. This can enable innovation, increase employee productivity and engagement, deliver collaborative learning and support global growth. These integrations are planned for delivery in mid-2021.
The nice writing of the SAP PR consists of softeners, possibility forms and is wonderfully unspecific. For us as SAP and Microsoft partners, and especially for our customers, practical examples would be helpful. Good. We’ll wait until the middle of 2021 and take away from this that the two industry giants are not at loggerheads with each other, at least so far.
The guest speaker role of Satya Nadella at RISE with SAP on January 27 was once again factual, refreshing and with vision. Even though Steve Ballmer hasn’t been CEO since 2014 – here once again is a look back at a piece of bouncing IT history : https://youtu.be/I14b-C67EXY
Away from the fact that SAP is making use of Azure IaaS, among other things, and that the migration path from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA in Azure has already come of age with tools, methods, automations, reference architectures, etc., integrative working between S/4HANA and Microsoft 365 is simply essential.
In the meantime, we have successfully implemented a number of cross-ecosystem solutions:
- SAP data capture in Microsoft Forms
- Analysis, dashboarding and reporting using Microsoft Teams with Power BI
- Use of SAP data in various Power Apps
- Power Automate Flow Scenarios e.g. master data update, approval processes
- and much more
For the enterprise segment (Austrian understanding >250 employees) there are therefore already a number of useful options from both worlds. Much is still to come. So we can look forward to seeing what new possibilities await us in mid-2021. Then hopefully a bit more detailed.
We would be happy to present our SAPandAzure solutions to you if you are interested – just make an appointment.