Microsoft and SAP to help enterprises transform human resources

Rebecca Gibson
Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson on 19 October 2016
Microsoft and SAP to help enterprises transform human resources

Microsoft has expanded its partnership with SAP to provide public cloud services for the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite.

SAP will make its cloud-based human capital management solutions available on Microsoft Azure over the next five years. This is SAP’s first move to supplement its own infrastructure and operate SAP SuccessFactors solutions in a third-party public cloud.

It is expected that the partnership will help SAP to transform customers’ human resources processes and improve business outcomes.

“Microsoft and SAP share a commitment to empowering digital transformation across every aspect of business,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft. “The combination of SAP’s market-leading, innovative human capital management solutions with Microsoft’s intelligent cloud will equip companies around the world to help maximise the potential and skills of their most valuable asset, their people.”

SAP will have significant additional capacity to run operational workloads of SAP SuccessFactors solutions on Azure, beginning with demo environments, to support its continuing client user growth.

“SAP SuccessFactors is the fastest growing core HR solution, and offers an unmatched depth and breadth across the entire HCM suite, of any vendor in the industry,” said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors. “We’ve seen exponential growth in the past two years, with 42 million users now benefiting from our market-leading solutions. In selecting Azure, we will be able to expand our reach even further, with the reliability that is required of these mission-critical applications, and continue to innovate and enhance services to meet client needs across additional environments.”

Microsoft and SAP already have a well-established partnership, offering integrations between Microsoft Office 365 and SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, as well as SAP Fieldglass Vendor Management System, SAP Ariba and Concur solutions.

The partnership also includes broad support for the SAP HANA platform on Azure to enable companies to deliver mission-critical applications and data analytics from the cloud. SAP now enables its customers to build and deploy custom mobile hybrid SAP Fiori apps on SAP HANA Cloud Platform that can be managed, deployed and protected with Microsoft Intune.

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