This effort is part of a larger Project Embrace initiative through which SAP is encouraging IT organizations to deploy ERP applications on public clouds from either Azure, AWS, or Google. As part of an effort to make it simpler to deploy ERP applications in the cloud, SAP and Microsoft last week announced they have extended their existing alliance to provide tighter integrations between S/4 ERP applications running on the SAP HANA database deployed on the Microsoft Azure cloud. These integrations and reference architectures will reduce the amount of time and effort required to deploy S/4 on the Microsoft Azure cloud in addition to streamlining the support process, says David Robinson, senior vice president and managing director of SAP's cloud business group. "We're going to harmonize services," says Robinson. "It's been a painstaking effort."