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Executive Summary
Updated on March 24, 2022

We performed a comparison between Microsoft Azure and SAP Cloud Platform based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: With Microsoft Azure, the ease of deployment directly corresponds with the type of deployment, size of the application, amount of databases, webservers, etc. The complexity of the deployment grows with the complexity or size of the deployment. For larger deployments, many users relate that specialists are needed to ensure things go smoothly. SAP Cloud platform users, tell us that even some larger deployments are generally very simple to complete.
  • Features: Microsoft Azure users like that the solution is very flexible, scalable, and extremely intuitive. The solution is very easy to use, stable, and offers great performance. Microsoft Azure users would like to see improved integration with other solutions, and better security. Some users mention that more services with the on-premise versions would be beneficial and make the solution more attractive.

    SAP Cloud Platform users feel that the solution offers very good support and good integration. Users appreciate the data synchronization, the push and pull of the data, and also the pre-delivered content. SAP Cloud Platform users believe the solution could be more flexible and more stable, which would help users feel more confident using the solution.
  • Pricing: Users of both solutions feel they could be priced more competitively and that the overall costs with the scale-up, pay-as-you-go options can get very costly and need to be closely monitored.
  • Service and Support: Microsoft Azure users are split: while some are happy, there are several who feel that even with the tiered support level options Microsoft offers, it can still be challenging to get adequate support in a timely manner. Overall, SAP Cloud Platform users are very pleased with the support they have received.

Comparison Results: Although SAP is easier to deploy and has better service, Microsoft is a branded, well-known product and numerous organizations worldwide are an active part of the Microsoft Azure Universe. It is strong and powerful and many users are simply more familiar and comfortable using a solution they feel confident will help them get the job done well and that clients can more easily integrate with such a stable product.

To learn more, read our detailed Microsoft Azure vs. SAP Cloud Platform report (Updated: July 2022).
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"The most valuable features of the solution are for management, such as dashboards.""The technical support has been excellent.""Provides a high level of availability and 99% uptime.""I appreciate that everything is basically shift forward from a security standpoint.""In terms of scalability, it is perfect.""The system is more secure, and this is valuable.""It's a flexible solution.""The Azure Portal has an advantage in terms of UX making buying resources or downgrading is really easier to understand. AWS has micro, smaller functionalities whereas Azure has more end-to-end focus which makes it easier saving you time and money."

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"SAP Cloud Platform's most valuable features are its exhaustiveness, scalability with minimum maintenance, and functionality.""The dashboard provides pretty good clarity.""It’s great that we have the entire suite of SAP at our fingertips.""The maintenance part can be outsourced easily.""The pre-delivered content from the SAP cloud platform is definitely a strength.""The ability to expand it whenever required has been great — it's very simple.""Cloud Platform's stability is great.""The solution can scale."

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"Due to the pandemic, I haven't been able to utilize their full resources. This has made it complicated to scale up. I hope this will be resolved after the pandemic.""It can be improved in terms of ease of billing or monitoring of the billing. That gets to be a little difficult.""Any time you use a cloud service, there are increased security risks. If you want more security, you have to have private hosting.""I believe that some of the services need to be available on the on-premises version and not only based on the cloud.""A good strategy would be to include a feature for integrating with external ecosystems.""Sometimes performance takes a hit on a slow network.""I'd like to see better integration with S/4HANA integrated and other services, like monitoring, for example.""The pricing needs to be a bit lower. It's an expensive solution right now."

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"When they innovate too fast, they end up confusing their customers.""The addition of more industry use cases would be an improvement.""The current pricing model is credit-based. We would like to have more information about the usage of the existing applications.""When I started looking at the client's IT architecture, I started by doing a study of their services, DVM, data volume, and management services. According to the results, they could be a lot better at this.""Lacks flexibility in its licensing structure.""I'd like to see more local integration.""While it was good for a small entity, it was not ideal for a large enterprise.""The main problem is that there aren't any easy migrations from SAP PO to SAP CPI, so from process orchestration to cloud platform integration."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing for us is higher because we are using IaaS."
  • "Pricing of Microsoft Azure services depends on the build of what you prepare to deploy."
  • "It is important to consider ROI when looking at the cost of a subscription."
  • "The cost is a little high and can be more competitive."
  • "Monthly billing convenience reduced cost overheads up to 70 percent."
  • "The pricing model is subscription-based and it's not an expensive solution."
  • "It is not cheap. Its price could be a little bit less."
  • "The pricing model can be improved because we find that Azure pricing is a bit high."
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  • "The cost when it comes to monitoring can be difficult."
  • "SAP offers yearly, subscription-based, and pay-as-you-use licensing."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Ramakrishna Potluri - PeerSpot reviewerRamakrishna Potluri
    Real User

    I think it's based on the context of your environment and what you want to do. The LinkedIn article by Murali Shanmugham gives you some perspective here.

    If you use SAP applications extensively, extending them with various services offered by SAP on the SAP Cloud platform would be very useful. 

    In fact, SAP has made this platform available on hyperscalers like MS Azure, AWS, etc.  

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Public Cloud is IBM’s Platform-as-a-Service. It aims to provide organizations with a secure cloud environment to manage data and applications. One of the features we like is the cloud activity… more »
    Top Answer:One of the best features of SAP Cloud Platform is that it is web-based and you can log in from anywhere in the world. SAP Cloud Platform is suitable for companies of any size; it works well with both… more »
    Top Answer:I would recommend Google Firebase instead of Microsoft Azure, simply for the array of features that it has to offer. In particular, the Firebase library grants you access to a shared data structure… more »
    Top Answer:How is SAP Cloud Platform different than Amazon AWS? Amazon AWS offers options both in terms of upgrading and expanding capabilities as well as acquiring greater storage space. These upgrades can… more »
    Top Answer:SAP Cloud Platform's most valuable features are its exhaustiveness, scalability with minimum maintenance, and functionality.
    Top Answer:SAP offers yearly, subscription-based, and pay-as-you-use licensing.
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    Also Known As
    Windows Azure, Azure, MS Azure
    SAP HANA Cloud Platform
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    Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud platform, where developers can create, deploy, and maintain their apps. This cloud application platform allows developers to concentrate on the actual applications, while it takes care of all the elements behind the apps.

    Windows Azure works across multiple frameworks and languages. It is fully scalable, localized in that it is hosted globally in many datacenters, and has widespread capabilities with elements of application development, deployment, and management.

    Azure is comprised of several different service modules, including Infrastructure; Web; Mobile; Dev & Test; Big Data; Media;Storage, Backup & Recovery; and Identity & Access Management.

    Microsoft Azure works as a:

    1. Platform as a service (PaaS)
    2. Software as a service (SaaS)
    3. Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)

    Microsoft Azure is available:

    • On-premises
    • Hybrid
    • Multi-cloud
    • At the edge

    Compared to its competitors, Microsoft Azure:

    • Has more affordable features
    • Has easier migration for organizations already using other Microsoft tools
    • Has several educational resources available
    • Provides robust support
    • Is ideal for small and large businesses

    Microsoft Azure Features:

    • Scalability
    • Stability
    • Flexibility
    • Azure Site Recovery
    • Active Directory
    • Monitoring features
    • Cloud-based
    • Automated tasks
    • Change capability cadence
    • Showback capabilities
    • Information protection
    • Azure Data Lake
    • Excellent portal
    • Intuitive user interface
    • Remote desktop
    • Fast provisioning
    • Data security
    • Data resiliency
    • Speed of service
    • Integrated delivery pipeline
    • Disaster recovery
    • Robust templates
    • Flexible coding languages
    • Virtual systems testing

    Benefits of Microsoft Azure:

    • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): Because Microsoft Azure is an IaaS, organizations can deploy as well as manage applications easily and quickly. Azure also provides you with the ability to customize the cloud software to meet your specific business needs.
    • Seamless integration: Microsoft Azure is built to seamlessly integrate with existing IT departments via hybrid databases, secure private connections, and storage solutions.
    • Cost-effective: Because Azure can harmoniously exist in your business environment with your data center, it is a very cost-effective solution.
    • Analytics support: Azure is designed with built-in support that is used to analyze data and provide key insights. Azure offers Cortana Analytics, Stream Analytics, Machine Learning, and SQL services.
    • Unique storage system: Compared to other cloud services, Microsoft Azure has more data centers and delivery points, which helps create an optimal user experience and also helps deliver content faster. In addition, Microsoft Azure makes it possible for organizations to exchange content across several virtual machines.
    • Enhanced flexibility: Azure provides extreme flexibility by allowing you to choose any level of functionality you require. It also supports many of the same technologies IT teams and developers usually depend on, making it easier for them to manage.
    • Easy implementation: Microsoft Azure is easy and quick to deploy. If necessary, you can change web apps to Azure with almost zero downtime.

    Reviews from Real Users:

    "It is a flexible solution that is straightforward to use," says the principal consultant at a computer software company.

    OmarJ., future datacenter consultant: Microsoft Azure Cloud at a tech company, adds that "The user interface is very nice and makes everything easy to use."

    You can build an environment in minutes. It's very good in terms of being an infrastructure as a service, and I found that really fascinating,” says an information technology consultant at a computer software company.

    "I think Azure's level of automation to achieve efficiency or agility is valuable. I also like the change capability cadence, the showback capabilities, and understanding what our costs are," says an enterprise architect at an energy/utilities company.

    Marco C., Ing. at Wolters Kluwer, says "The valuable features of Microsoft Azure are that it is cloud-based and has good storage. The storage is completely managed by Azure. We do not need to do any patching of security because it is handled by Azure which is a benefit. The solution is fully compatible with the Microsoft technology stack and is very scalable."

    "The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure is it has everything together in one place. It is one large tool with lots of small tools that are updated often," says the owner of a media company.

    SAP HANA Cloud Platform powers applications that deliver real-time insights to drive more effective and timely decision making. The product promises to accelerate analytics, business processes, sentiment data processing, and predictive capabilities.

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    Sample Customers
    BMW, Toyota, easyJet, NBC Sports, HarperCollins, Aviva, TalkTalk Business, Avanade, and Telenor.
    Siemens, Shell & Volkswagen, Still, EarlySense, Roche, National Football League, Heidelberg University Hospital, In Mind Computing, The Timken Company, OPAL, EnterpriseJungle, Groupe Danone, Accenture, T-Systems, Sailing Team Germany, Sloan Valve
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company25%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Manufacturing Company8%
    Comms Service Provider7%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Manufacturing Company42%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Pharma/Biotech Company17%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company7%
    Energy/Utilities Company6%
    Company Size
    Small Business40%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise68%
    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise11%
    Large Enterprise74%
    Small Business14%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Azure vs. SAP Cloud Platform
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Azure vs. SAP Cloud Platform and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,600 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Microsoft Azure is ranked 1st in PaaS Clouds with 190 reviews while SAP Cloud Platform is ranked 6th in PaaS Clouds with 12 reviews. Microsoft Azure is rated 8.4, while SAP Cloud Platform is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Microsoft Azure writes "This helps us meet multiple requirements other PaaS solutions do not but there is a lot of room for improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SAP Cloud Platform writes "Easy to maintain, great features, and helpful support". Microsoft Azure is most compared with Amazon AWS, Oracle Cloud Platform, Google Firebase, Pivotal Cloud Foundry and IBM Public Cloud, whereas SAP Cloud Platform is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Salesforce Platform, Mendix and Pivotal Cloud Foundry. See our Microsoft Azure vs. SAP Cloud Platform report.

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