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Move to SAP S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure with Confidence

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Recently a press release was posted about a multi-year strategic alliance between our parent company, NTT DATA Corporation, and Microsoft Corporation. The companies announced an expansion of their alliance that is focused on accelerating enterprise customers’ digital transformation, with Microsoft Azure as a preferred cloud solution to help accelerate business and increase workplace productivity.

The Embrace Initiative is a strategic alliance between SAP and Microsoft focused on simplifying and accelerating a customer’s journey to SAP S/4HANA. Under this new program, NTT DATA Business Solutions, Microsoft and SAP can provide customers with a prescriptive journey and integrated services to lower barriers to entry and provide a clear path forward on their transformation journey. Working with NTT DATA Business Solutions, our customers can move ahead with confidence and maximize their success on a proven platform optimized for SAP.

Customers will benefit from The Embrace Initiative in several key ways:

  • Simplify: Customers can move to SAP S/4HANA on Microsoft Azure with confidence, leveraging a consistent approach that reduces complexity and mitigates risk.
  • Accelerate: The program helps businesses become agile and efficient on Microsoft Azure, with a cloud platform optimized for SAP solutions that leverages shared industry-leading best practices and specialist expertise.
  • Innovate: Businesses can transform and evolve with continuous innovation from SAP and Microsoft to create new opportunities and drive growth.

Key initiatives of the alliance include:

Digital Transformation as a Service (DTaaS)

NTT DATA Business Solutions recently launched its Digital Transformation as a Service model, which accelerates the digital journey for businesses in an ‘as a service’ offering. DTaaS delivers a prescriptive, continually evolving SAP technology roadmap with predictable monthly fees that puts customers on pace with the technology curve and helps to keep them there. The Embrace Initiative enhances our DTaaS model to deliver innovation, optimization and ongoing support on the Microsoft Azure platform.

Cloud Assessment Services

NTT DATA Business Solutions and Microsoft will extend cloud deployment migration and managed services, together with innovative IT solutions for mission-critical applications. NTT DATA Business Solutions offers significant expertise and is positioned as a leading Global Managed Services provider with a strong international SAP customer base.

Migration and S/4HANA Transformation

NTT DATA Business Solutions combines cloud advisory, migration and managed services with flexible licensing, support and billing options. Together, NTT DATA Business Solutions and Microsoft can offer a global Azure and SAP S/4HANA transformation center-of-excellence experience.

Industry-Focused Advisory Services

The Embrace Initiative provides the opportunity for customers to benefit from industry-specific roadmaps, solution design and implementation of SAP S/4HANA on the Microsoft Azure platform. A combination of SAP advisory services and Microsoft Azure proof of concept will help customers to gain confidence in the SAP S/4HANA experience hosted on Microsoft Azure.

Working with NTT DATA Business Solutions, customers can benefit from the momentum and extensive joint investments both SAP and Microsoft are making to align engineering, sales, support and services. Regardless of where they are in their journey to the cloud, this integrated relationship will minimize complexity, lower costs and facilitate key business outcomes.

Ted Tavrides
Ted Tavrides
Director, Channel and Strategic Alliances, Managed Services

Ted Tavrides is responsible for Channel and Strategic Alliance execution and strategy at NTT DATA Business Solutions North America.  He has been in the industry over 20 years and has worked for the NTT Group (intelligence and NTT, ltd) for the past 6.5 years.  He has extensive experience with private and public cloud (AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud), comprehensive managed services, and SAP application managed services.  Ted prides himself on helping our clients, partners, and colleagues leverage our strategic alliances to solve business problems and create added value.

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