Riding the Wave – Making Work Better with SAP and Office 365

There’s no doubt that with former cloud division lead Satya Nadella becoming CEO of Microsoft, Redmond is making a big bet on the cloud. Every CIO on this planet that has invested in the MSFT stack needs to adjust his or her IT strategy to this move.

 

But this challenge even get’s more complicated if you take your SAP investments into consideration. There’s currently no way to operate large scale SAP ERP installation in a full cloud environment, except for distinct areas such as Talent Management (aka "Successfactors") or Procurement (aka "Ariba“).

 

Fueling the hybrid enterprise engine

At Sitrion we have one clear goal: Make work better for everyone in your organization. With our exciting product line up, we give all your employees and managers access to SAP based business processes, and we blend this with the power of collaboration from Microsoft:

  • Approving SAP workflows on a tablet? Check.
  • Giving employees a spot bonus based on kudos from colleaques leveraging social capabilities? Check.
  • Mashing up SharePoint docs with realtime SAP data? Check.

 

With Sitrion you now can connect your on-premise SAP ERP instances with Microsoft Office 365 to use the best out of both worlds – cloud and on-premise.

 
Not just technology but an end-to-end solution

Sitrion is a complete end-to-end solution that addresses all major challenges in a hybrid MSFT/SAP environment:

Experience & Apps

First of all it’s a comprehensive portfolio of SAP apps native to Office 365. Beautiful apps. Apps that every employee and manager can use without any training. These use a responsive Office 365 HTML5-App model that works on any tablet, smartphone or desktop.

Sitrion delivers horizontal apps that make life easier for every SAP user. Think one-click SAP approvals, rich employee profiles (O365 + SAP + Social), time and attendance, compensation, hire to rehire, organizational changes and much more...

 

All Sitrion Apps are hosted natively in Office 365 as autohosted apps that can be downloaded from the Office Store to any Office 365 site – public or dedicated. Partners and customers can even build own apps for Office 365 and SAP with the Sitrion modeling tools in Visual Studio 2013 the same way we created them – simply and cost efficiently.

 
Hosting

Microsoft Windows Azure is the gateway for connecting on-premise SAP systems to Office 365. A Sitrion server runtime is hosted in Azure and bridges your data center with your Office 365 tenant. The Sitrion server runs all apps in the cloud, exposes secure API’s to Office 365, and handles all communication to your SAP systems.

 

Security

A hybrid infrastructure needs to be secure. That’s why Sitrion leverages sophisticated industry-standard security architecture. Clients authenticate from their devices or desktops to Office 365 and Sitrion will ensure full single-sign-on all the way down to your on-premise SAP systems using Microsoft ADFS and token-based oAuth 2.0.

 

Connectivity

The Sitrion runtime in Azure has built-in adapters for SAP RFC and SAP NetWeaver Gateway. Your organization can even start with RFC now and switch to NetWeaver Gateway in the future without any production downtime. No need for any middleware or big-bang IT infrastructure projects.

Want to learn more? Visit us in booth #1808 next week at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Markus Dopp, General Manager

The co-founder of our SAP business practice, Markus leads the strategy behind Sitrion’s Smart Routines and Self Services offering. Markus is passionate about user experience and the impact it can have helping people get their job done. Previously, Markus held positions in leading companies covering Content Management and SAP HCM where his leadership was instrumental in company growth. Whether in product management or sales, Markus inspires our customers with the vision of how work should be done –simplifying complex processes with easy access and intuitive experience.

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