Microsoft Azure to Support Woolworths’ Next Phase of Cloud Transformation with SAP

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Microsoft and SAP provide technology backbone, amps up innovation opportunity.

Microsoft will supply the backbone cloud technologies for Woolworths’ SAP solutions as the retailer migrates its current SAP footprint to Azure, paving the way for the upgrade path to SAP S/4HANA.

John Hunt, CIO, Woolworths said of the company’s cloud transformation strategy:

“At Woolworths, we’re harnessing the cloud to provide evergreen infrastructures that foster innovation and improve speed to market. Our cloud transformation is making work simpler for our teams, streamlining our supply chains and improving the customer experiences across our vast network of stores and online channels.”

“Azure is a trusted, resilient and high performing cloud platform, supporting our ongoing digital transformation and we are confident it will provide us with the performance and flexibility required to meet our ever evolving SAP requirements in providing an exceptional customer experience.”

Steven Worrall, managing director, Microsoft Australia said;

“Microsoft is honoured to have been selected as one of Woolworths’ transformation partners, and trusted to run mission-critical applications such as SAP in addition to the existing online footprint.

“The cloud transformation underway at Woolworths will expedite the business for ongoing innovation, for agility and continued growth.  Woolworths’ decision reflects our joint commitment to a customer-first mindset and to support their cloud transformation.”

Damien Bueno, president and managing director, SAP Australia and New Zealand said that the migration will fast-track Woolworth’s digital transformation:

“Woolworths has one of the largest SAP environments in the world, which supports business-critical processes, including retail operations and finance. Migrating SAP applications and platforms to Azure, including SAP ERP and SAP Cloud Platform, will enable this great business to innovate faster than ever. In time, this will also support Woolworths’ move to SAP S/4HANA.”

Woolworths is the first company in the Asia Pacific Japan region, and one of the first in the world to leverage the Embrace initiative – again reinforcing its pioneering approach to digital transformation.

About Woolworths

Woolworths is a diverse group of retail businesses whose purpose is to create better experiences together for a better tomorrow. It is Australia’s largest retailer serving more than 29 million customers each week online and in-store. With a physical footprint of 3,000 stores, the company employs more than 200,000 people and is a trusted business partner to thousands of suppliers.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.

About SAP

As the Experience Company powered by the Intelligent Enterprise, SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, helping companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: 77% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP® system. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables more than 440,000 business and public customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people’s lives. For more information, visit www.sap.com.

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