New IT model integrates Microsoft /SAP workloads.

Individuals interact with the enterprise in a very different way today. Instead of being subservient to business processes, employees drive the processes themselves via personal productivity tools such as Microsoft Office and the onslaught of consumer–based technology. To date, this user-centric model has not been integrated into the traditional business-driven model, and a gap remains between the two corresponding sets of technologies.

This gap has led to reduced employee productivity because users have found alternative ways to complete their objectives. This, in turn, has resulted in the emergence of multiple, isolated data stores of unstructured data. Not only are these silos difficult for the enterprise to control but, as more technology is purchased to support the extra processes, they are more expensive and time-consuming to manage and maintain.

But a new IT model is emerging that integrates SAP’s structured workload with Microsoft’s unstructured workload to increase productivity, reduce time to market, and improve compliance.  This unique approach combines the power of SAP-based business application solutions with the ability to increase its wider adoption and improved usability through Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint and .NET. It identifies areas where connecting SAP and Microsoft technology more closely together will provide the biggest benefits to the business and reduce IT complexity significantly.