Microsoft has extended partnership with SAP to provide public cloud services for the SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite.
Under this partnership, 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.
With the addition of Azure, SAP has a trusted, global cloud and a powerful data platform to help it drive companies’ human resources transformation, and the potential to dramatically improve business outcomes, Microsoft said.
Judson Althoff, executive vice president, Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft, said, “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 maximize the potential and skills of their most valuable asset, their people.”
With its enterprise-grade security, an open developer platform and advanced data services, Azure helps organizations grow in today’s digital environment. 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 has seen exponential growth in the past two years, with 42 million users now benefiting from it, said Mike Ettling, president of SAP SuccessFactors.
“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,” Ettling added.
Microsoft and SAP have partnered on several technologies including integration between Office 365 and SAP SuccessFactors HCM Suite, as well as SAP Fieldglass Vendor Management System, SAP Ariba and Concur solutions.
The Microsoft and SAP 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.