Two heavyweights in the enterprise technology and computing sector are joining forces in hopes of a few mutual benefits. Reports on Thursday (Nov. 19) said Microsoft and HP Enterprise, the latter a newly formed company following a shakeup at Hewlett-Packard, will collaborate in the B2B Software-as-a-Service space as Microsoft looks to attract more corporate customers.
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The companies had already launched a strategic partnership last year, but according to Wall Street Journal reports, the companies said they will be extending that deal to now include corporate cloud computing services.
Together, new services will operate on Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system and be marketed to HP Enterprise’s existing business customers, reports said.
The move comes just weeks after HP Enterprise announced it would be shuttering its B2B cloud service, Helion Public Cloud. So, as Microsoft seeks out a greater corporate customer base, HP Enterprise will be able to gain more business, despite winding down its own cloud services.
At the moment, the companies said they are collaborating on cloud services for the energy, retail and transportation sectors; already HP Enterprise and Microsoft have worked together for other sectors, reports said.
Their extended partnership also coincided with Microsoft’s announcement that its Dynamics corporate program suite would get an overhaul. Dynamic already includes tools from SAP and Oracle, among other major B2B cloud firms, for enterprise resource planning services from accounting to inventory. The newest version, according to reports, has been dubbed Dynamics AX and will run in the cloud instead of requiring companies to purchase software and install it.